“Why My Father Took Me To Public School Despite His Wealth” – Asa


Popular Nigerian singer, Asa has revealed that she attended public schools despite being born in a wealthy home.

The singer who made this known during an interview session with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu said her father’s disciplinary measures made her attend public schools.

She said she was pulled out of Subuola in Festac, Lagos, and sent to two different public schools on her dad’s decision.

According to Asa, her father wanted her to feel the hard life he experienced in his time owning to the fact that she had too much privileges.

She said:

“I was in primary school, Subuola in Festac. Then, my dad decided to demote us to a public school, School Eleven. He had this idea that we had too much and that we should go to a public school because he did himself.”

“I remember that when my sandals cut, I walked bare feet to school and it wasn’t because he couldn’t afford it. We had a chequered green uniform. It was public as public can be. I learned a few tricks; how to steal people’s snacks.”

“I learned how to be street-smart. I didn’t stay too long because I returned to a private school, Christian Council. They dropped me again in another public school, something grammar school, where I stayed until JSS 2.”

She also recalled her struggle with bullying and oppressive seniors at the Federal Government College (FGC), Jos.

“My dad wanted a new life. I was sent to Jos ahead of the family. I enrolled as a boarding student. It was a Nazi camp. It was tough and cold. Food was scarce. The students were wicked. It’s worse when they’re young,” she said.

“SS1, my welcome was a good beating from a senior who became my school mum. I would go outside and dream of walking back to Lagos. She made us steal corn and potatoes for her, tied in our shirts, from neighboring farms.”

“It was trouble if you didn’t come with something. I tried to avoid the bullying but sometimes you couldn’t escape. It was terrible. The boys’ dorm was much harder. I told my dad after I stood up to a senior and he only chuckled.”

“And the school authorities? No one listened and, when you’re done, you return to the dorm to face angry seniors. The housemistress was fed up with our set, 1999. Students were brutal. We had burned part of the school in a riot.”

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