Jidenna graduated from Stanford University. He said he walked away with a bachelor’s degree in Ritual Arts, a major he created. “I began my studies in a sound and electrical engineering program, but I ultimately created a major called ‘Ritual Art.'”
When he graduated, he worked as a teacher in the South Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. He also was a political demonstrator in the Bay area, tackling the high incarceration rates of minorities.