Why I hid my mother’s identity while growing up - Mayorkun


Mayorkun and his mum, Toyin Adewale

By Victoria Oluwayemi

Renowned Nigerian musician, Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, known as Mayorkun, has revealed the why he decided to keep the identity of his mother, Toyin Adewale, a notable Nollywood actress hidden while he was growing up.

In a conversation with Taymesan on Saturday, Mayorkun clarified that he opted not to flaunt the identity of his mother to avoid receiving preferential treatment in any situation.

In a widely circulated video online, the singer said during his university days, he deliberately refrained from disclosing that his mother, actress Toyin Adewale, was a well-known movie star.

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“Growing up, my brother and I didn’t like the fact that our mom was a popular actress because we wanted freedom, but with her fame came fake attention and all.

“I hated being treated differently, not because you like me but because I am Toyin Adewale’s son. “Even in my university, people didn’t know she was my mother for four years. I was intentional about this.

“My mum brought food to me at school once, and a girl saw her. I quickly ran to her to get what she came with just so no one else saw her.”

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