I grew up in Peckham, reason I speak Yoruba fluently – Naira Marley

Nigerian singer, Naira Marley, has revealed why he speaks Yoruba fluently despite growing up in London, the United Kingdom.

Naira Marley who raps mostly in Yoruba, said his dad banned the speaking of English in their house as they grew up.

Speaking during a Cool Fm interview, Naira mentioned he grew up in South-East London, Peckham precisely, and that also made it more easy for him to communicate in Yoruba.

He said; “What made it easy for me [to blend with Nigerian street music] is that I grew up in South-East London, Peckham to be precise. That is like small Lagos, you know what I mean?

“And all my life in England, my dad banned speaking English in the house. So, we had to speak Yoruba and all these Yoruba stuff. I still listen to Fuji. We eat African foods. Even though I’m in England, it was like I’m still in Nigeria. Yeah, it was easy for me. When I came back [to Nigeria], people didn’t really know I came from London.”

The singer said he could have been a footballer, adding that he played for Arsenal youth team while in England.

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