VGMA Artiste of the Year, Black Sherif who recently performed at the 2023 Wireless Festival in the United Kingdom has shocked fans with a recent revelation about his time in the University.
Born Mohammed Ismail Sherrif, the 21-year-old in a recent interview shared on Twitter has sparked a conversation about the value of a University education for entertainers.
In the video, a blogger in the UK on the sidelines of the festival asked the ‘Kweku The Traveller’ singer about his experience studying marketing in his first year of University.
The blogger quizzed, “We are glad you quit school to pursue music. Thank you for that. You studied marketing in your first year at the university. I want to know something. For that one year studying Marketing, did you learn anything that you can tell me about Marketing?”
Blacko responding to the question revealed that he only attended class a few times. “Nah, I went to class like eight times, I played Fifa as well,” he shared.
His comments quickly took social media by storm with most fans divided over his revelation. Whiles some fans believed he did not see value in his education and criticized his actions others also hailed his actions.
A fan tweeted, “B L A C K O to the whole WIASE”
Black Sherif’s experience is not unique as several Ghanaian artistes have also dropped out of school. The list includes Mzvee, Stonebwoy and D-Black who were all unable to balance school and their music careers successfully.
Many music artistes and entertainers struggle to find relevance in their coursework, especially when they are still exploring their interests and passions.
This raises the question of whether Ghanaian universities are doing enough to engage students and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen fields.
Others like Samini, Stonebwoy and Becca have also beaten all odds to achieve their educational goals.
Black Sherif enrolled in the University of Professional Studies, Accra in 2021 after his high school education. However, he is said to have ditched his education in pursuit of a blooming career that same year.