In a new edition of CNN African Voices, Media Personality Denrele Edun, talked about his signature style, and how he had to deal with the backlash he received from friends, family, and lecturers as a result of his ‘weird’ appearance.
“I would say I grew up in a totally negative society that gave me negative reception. I can remember days when I was at the University of Lagos, ‘cos I used to dress a certain kind of way and looked a certain kind of way, I think I didn’t go down well with the vicinity ‘cos my lecturers used to walk me out of class every day” Denrele said.
“This identity, this brand, this uniqueness was not borne out of wanting to be different or trying to sound different from the guy next door. I think it is an expression of my individuality and extension of my personality,” he added.
Explaining what he does in the Entertainment Industry, Denrele said:
I’d like to think that I’m some sort of globetrotter, jet setter, high roller, fashion killer, jaw dropper, headliner, ninja destroyer, chart topper, mix taper. I think I’m a multitasker if I can put it that way. And I am some sort of entertainment entrepreneur. If nobody is going to sell your market for you, better do it yourself. Sing your praises yourself.
He revealed that he is still ‘surprised and shocked’ that his father allowed him expressed himself amidst the negativity in his family.
“My grandma would wake up in the morning and start crying and lamenting that her grandchild is running mad and might be admitted to the psychiatric hospital anytime soon,” Denrele said.