“Nice boots!” shouted someone from the crowd as Lady Jaydee, the Queen of Bongo Flava, took The Underground stage on the afternoon of September 26, 2023, in knee-length glittering boots.
Yale Schwarzman Center, the Whitney Humanities Center, and Yale’s Council on African Studies presented Lady Jaydee and Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma in conversation at the inaugural Humanities Now event, a new Whitney Humanities Center series. Humanities Now sparks deep thinking, inclusive deliberation, and smart action on current intellectual and social concerns. The discussion was followed by a reading by Obioma from his novel, The Fishermen and a performance from Lady Jaydee.
Some artists plan their careers while others just stumble into it. Lady Jaydee, started off the afternoon’s conversation by sharing that she hadn’t planned to become an artist.
“It just happened that I became a musician. I started singing at the church choir when I was very young. As time went along, when I was in secondary school, I was performing at school concerts. That’s when I started getting attention from a lot of people, my fellow students and other people from outside,” Lady Jaydee shared.