I sold recharge cards to buy studio time – Spyro speaks on early struggles


Spyro, the Nigerian singer also known as Oludipe Oluwasanmi David, has opened up about his father’s lack of support for his musical career.

Not only did his father oppose his aspirations to become a musician, but he had also previously hindered his dreams of becoming a fine artist.

Frustrated by his father’s resistance, Spyro rebelled and pursued his passion for music despite the disapproval.

During a recent episode of the Tea With Tay podcast, Spyro shared his journey and highlighted the challenges he faced along the way.

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In order to sustain himself and finance his music, he took on various odd jobs, such as selling recharge cards.

This allowed him to cover his expenses and even save enough to pay for studio time to record his songs.

He said, “Being a pastor, my dad never wanted me to do music. I was a fine artist before. I could draw so well but for one reason or the other, he stopped me from doing that. Then I started music. He also wanted to stop me from doing that then I got rebellious.

“I have always had a flair for music right from primary school. I was in the church choir. And I was really good. All the choir masters back then always commended my talent. I was also playing the drum set back then. But my dad never wanted me to do music. It was war. But I knew it was what God has called me to do.

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“After my secondary education, I started recording songs at the studio. I was selling recharge cards back then because I had to make ends meet even though I had parents that were feeding me. But I had to hustle to pay for my lifestyle and book studio time.”

Spyro’s breakthrough came when his track ‘Who Is Your Guy’ went viral in 2023, propelling him to fame.

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The remix of the song featuring Tiwa Savage even earned the prestigious Best Collaboration of the Year award at the 2023 Headies Awards.

Despite the initial lack of support from his father, Spyro’s determination and talent have proven that he made the right choice in pursuing his musical dreams.

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