Singer Oritsefemi Majemite Ekele better known as Oritse Femi has explained that his poor financial situation in years past was the reason he didn’t marry any of the two women who bore him two lovely daughters.
The Itsekiri-born artiste whose father is a polygamist and married seven wives and has thirty children stated this in an interview he granted Weekend Vanguard.
According to him, “Back in time, as a street boy, growing up in the ghetto city of Ajegunle, I had some childhood girlfriends who got pregnant. Then, I had no means of livelihood to sustain them. But I ensured that I took care of my kids right from when they were born. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take care of their mothers because of my financial status then. But now, that God has elevated me, I am planning to take my children abroad.”
The father-of-two whose daughters are between ten and nine years old also narrated how he started fending for himself as early as 14.
He said: “At 14 years, I went into the street to hustle. I hawked in the street. My dad was an engineer, and he taught me how to dismantle and repair boat engines. I learnt all that.
“Then, I had my own boat that I was using to transport passengers from Ajegunle to Lagos Island. I also worked as a bus conductor. Growing in Ajegunle, you have to hustle, otherwise your contemporaries would snatch your girlfriend from you.”