The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, revealed that he would have been a musician and not a politician if he was not discouraged by his father.
Adeleke, who is formally described as a dancing Senator, gained popularity for his lively dance moves in public events.
His entertainment displays, became a topic of discussion during his governorship campaign, with opponents questioning his suitability for the serious responsibilities of governance.
Speaking in a recent interview on ARISE TV, on Wednesday, the 63-year-old politician shared that his passion for music dates back to his childhood.
“Actually, I was supposed to be a musician right away. But my father, when we were growing up in the sixties, didn’t allow it. They didn’t believe that somebody should go and do music. They just wanted you to go to school. So he discouraged me. But I know that I have that talent. It’s the talent I passed on to my nephew and my son.
“If you play music now, I don’t know how I would just start dancing. My body would just start moving without knowing it.
“I got to America in 1981. The name of my school at that time in Alabama was Jacksonville State University. It was in the countryside. At that time, the school was having their anniversary, and a lot of activities were happening there. So I picked the dancing part. So, after the stages, we got to the finals.
“So, to cut a long story short, I won. I remember vividly, that the president of our school was trying to pronounce my name – Ademola Adeleke – he called me Jackson. And at that time, Michael Jackson was reigning. So that’s how I got the name Jackson.”