“I was a chubby kid who endured bullying” – Kizz Daniel reveals
Kizz Daniel, the renowned Nigerian vocalist whose real name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, has candidly discussed a distressing chapter from his childhood and its enduring impact on his social life.
He acknowledged that during his formative years, he battled with being overweight, which led to relentless teasing and bullying from his peers, ultimately driving him to withdraw from social interactions.
The singer of the hit track “Buga” revealed that even today, the scars of his challenging childhood experiences continue to affect his ability to engage with others.
Kizz Daniel shared these personal insights during a recent conversation on the Afrobeats Podcast, hosted by Adesope Olajide, a British-Nigerian media personality.
The musician added that he uses alcohol as a coping mechanism occasionally to help him deal with social anxiety.
“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.
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.”