School keeps Powerman busy as he mourns parents’ deaths
Even as deejay Powerman continues to mourn the sudden deaths of both his parents on the same day, he is grateful for one thing - school.
Powerman, whose given name is Michael Davey, told THE WEEKEND STAR that he is now in school in the US studying to earn his General Education Development (GED), and he is actually enjoying the course.
Additionally, he is using his experience to urge others to make the best use of their opportunity.
"As a youth, you go to school, you tek it for granted. You just a wait for the lunch bell to ring and the rest of the time, it's just idling. But when real life hits you, it is a wake-up call," he said.
He explained that while there are many opportunities in the US, you have to have the basic qualifications and one requirement is the GED, which is an alternative to the US high school diploma.
Emphasising that he has no feelings of embarrassment at all about going to school at his age, Powerman instead boasted that he is doing exceptionally well and hinted that he could even go on to do further studies.
"When you reach a level of maturity, there is no embarrassment in the thing. It is not a pride thing. Again, as a youth, you talk about going to become an artiste and that is all well and good, but you must have something to balance it when the bills need to be paid," he said. "I started this course in January and it is for three months, so I'll graduate in March, after I return from Jamaica for my parents' funeral," he said, sounding tearful.
For him, that will be a bittersweet moment.
"Right now, I am living my dream. I received my green card in the mail three days after my parents died. All along, I was telling them to hold on. Just hold on and everything will be all right, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be," he said.
The entertainer paused to give a huge shoutout to his artiste friends who have reached out to him following the sudden deaths of his parents on February 12.
He said that he was surprised that so many of them called to offer condolences and to just give him "a strength."
"Man like Ghost, General B, Ninja Kid and all the others who called me from up at Buju studio, I appreciate the calls, and I appreciate all the strength that they are giving me. Haffi mention Spragga Benz, Tanto and, Devonte, Sizzla, Capleton and of course, Mr G, who don't leave me, even though I am still overseas and he is in Jamaica," Powerman said.
The funeral for Powerwman's parents, Brenton and Loris Davey, will be held on Saturday, March 23, at the Holy Cross Church in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.