First lady Michelle Obama hosted the third annual “Beating the Odds Summit” at the White House earlier this week.
Among the panelists, who addressed the 130 college-bound students in attendance, was rapper-singer Jidenna. He spoke about how education helped him succeed after he moved to the U.S. with his mother from Nigeria.
“My mother came with a couple hundred dollars to her name and I didn’t know we were struggling because she hid that from me, but it was definitely a struggle to get through life and get through school,” he told the crowd.
“The thing that got me to where I am now, though, it’s not just talent. It’s not just a hit record but it actually was my education.”
Jidenna added that he actually hit rock bottom in college and eventually him believing he could graduate was his motivating force.