In a candid revelation, Nigerian singer Kizz Daniel, whose real name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, recently shared his experience of childhood bullying. Speaking on the latest episode of the Afrobeats Podcast hosted by Adesope Olajide, the ‘Buga’ crooner disclosed that he had endured bullying as a child, which had a profound impact on him.
Kizz Daniel explained that he had created his own world in his mind as a coping mechanism during his younger years. He attributed this need for self-isolation to the bullying he faced due to his weight, revealing that he was chubby as a child, which made him a target for ridicule by other children.
The singer further revealed that the bullying he endured had a lasting impact on his social skills. He confessed that he struggled with social anxieties, sometimes turning to alcohol to cope with social situations.
“I have built a world of my own in my head since I was little. Because growing up, I was a fat kid. I was chubby. So, I don’t go out because the kids in the area make fun of me. They called me orobo (someone who is fat). And they bullied me. So I always stay indoors,” Kizz Daniel explained.
He went on to say, “During that time that I always stayed indoors, I’d already built this fantasy world in my head. In the world that I have built in my head, I’m very comfortable in that space. So, I reintroduced myself to the world after I lost weight; I lost all forms of social skills. I don’t know how to communicate. I don’t know how to socialize with people.”