I Took A Class When I Was In US To Speak Igbo Fluently – Jidenna



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US based Nigerian hip hop artist, Jidenna has revealed one of his goals is to be able to speak Igbo fluently. He explained he took a class in the United States to learn the language.

The “Classic Man” crooner made this known while addressing journalists at the Heineken Live Your Music press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday.

He said;

“I speak Igbo a little but not the way I wish. I actually took a class when I was in the US to speak more fluently and Aunty Ifeoma, God bless her, was just excited that we were there and she went so slow that at the end of the semester, we didn’t download anywhere.

One of my goals is to be fluent so I actually hired a teacher recently to Skype with me so I can learn on the road so hopefully one year from now, I’ll be much more fluent than I am now.”

He further spoke about his music career where he revealed he does not have a sound of his own yet.

“I still don’t think that the music I have released thus far is the artiste in me, I mean it’s not my sound yet. I have not crafted it. I’m so excited about the new album I’m working on, it combines all my favourite music; juju, reggae, dancehall, highlife, soul, R&B, hip-hop.

My foundation was in hip-hop but influenced by other sounds. When I was growing up in Nigeria, Bob Marley was like the biggest god so him and Fela were my biggest heroes when I was a kid.

I stir all that todownloadher and try to make music but I don’t think it has all that at the same time but now I have figured out the formula. I listen to a lot of highlife of the late 60s and early 70s. Juju music, Sunny Ade, Sunny Okosun and then the newer people from Wizkid, Tiwa, Tekno to Sarkodie.”

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