Chike Ezekpeazu Osebuka, better known by his stage name Chike, is a Nigerian R&B artist who has reflected on his life as an everyday guy before fame. He recalls being able to drive to the car wash and visit a barbershop to get a haircut when he was younger; he can no longer do any of those things freely because he is now a celebrity. Chike’s rise to fame has brought him a significant change in his lifestyle, where he now faces the challenges of constantly being recognized and approached by fans wherever he goes.
Despite losing certain freedoms, Chike remains grateful for his success and uses his platform to inspire others through his music. The artist also responded that he enjoyed working with all the musicians when asked which one he liked or enjoyed working with the best.
The ‘Roju’ crooner admitted in an interview with The Cable that while he doesn’t regret being famous, he misses the everyday things that a regular person could do. He expressed that fame has brought him incredible opportunities and experiences but has also limited his freedom to enjoy simple pleasures. Despite the perks, he longs for the ability to blend into a crowd without being recognized and relish in the mundane activities that make up an ordinary life. Chike said;
“I do not have any regrets. When I consciously started making music, I have always wanted to be only recognized for what I do. So, I will not say I have regrets, but I would just say there are some things that I wish I could still do without raising an eyebrow.
For example, I love taking my car to the car wash and doing stuff myself. In fact, one of my favorite things to do when I was younger was to be in a barber’s shop and get a haircut, but now you have to stay at home. It is a lot of home time. I am not very extroverted, but there are just certain places that I like to go to.”