David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido is an American born, Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. He is an award-winning, hardworking and talented Nigerian Musician, famously regarded as the King of Modern Afrobeats, his style of music blends traditional African sound with mainstream Pop.
Winning awards since his rise to stardom with his hit song “Dami Duro” which was the second song from his first Studio Album titled “Omo Baba Olowo” produced by Shizzi and released in 2011. Davido has gone on to win Best international act in the BET awards 2017, MTV Europe music award and his song with Chris brown “Blow my mind”, was recorded as the most viewed African song on YouTube reaching over 1million views within 11 hours.
In 2022, Davido teamed up with Trinidad Cardona and AISHA to record “Hiyya Hiyya” the theme song for the 2022 Fifa World Cup slated to hold in December 2022. He is the first Nigerian to have ever featured in a World Cup Collaboration.
In this article, I will be broadening your horizon into the Early life, Career, Collaboration, Awards, Net worth, Personal life, & Fun fact of Davido, beyond the usual perception you had about him.
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Davido’s Early life
David Adeleke AKA Davido was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 21st November 1992 to the family of Mr. Adedeji and Mrs. Veronica Adeleke, his father is a business magnate, a household name in the Nigerian society, his mother who died when Davido was only 10 years old, was from Edo state, Nigeria, Bini by tribe (Full name Veronica Imade; probably why he named his first daughter Imade).
He attended British International school Lagos from there, he proceeded to Oakwood University, Alabama to study Business administration from 2008 to 2010.
He later dropped out of school after 3 semesters to pursue his musical career, he started with recording of songs and making of beats with his cousins B-red and Sina Rambo in 2009.
He moved back permanently to Nigeria in 2011, to continue the race to be a musician and surprisingly also enrolled in Babcock University (to honour his father) for a degree in music which his father sponsored, not just his fees, but apparently the institution to inaugurate a Department of Music ( which they didn’t have prior to that) just so he could attend University. And he became he First inaugural student and graduate of the Department of Music at Babcock University. He graduated in 2015. He later registered for the mandatory one year NYSC to serve his country but unfortunately could not complete it because of his world tour that year.
Davido started his musical career in 2009 but it became professional after returning to Nigerian in 2011, which followed the production of his debut single “Back when” released in 2011, it was received with open hearts by the Nigerian ever loving vibe music audience, Davido Introduced an High energy vocals, mixed with afrobeats and Pop sound with his broad voice to the Nigerian music scene and although many criticized him for not having Melody in his voice, others embraced this touch of diversity and uniqueness he brought to Nigerian music.
He soon rose to stardom with his second hit single “Dami Duro” released in October 20, 2011, it broke the airways
and became the second song on his debut Studio Album “Omo baba olowo” released in 2012, it won multiple awards, including, Best R&B/Pop Album, was nominated for Best Album in 2013 by the Headies award and The Nigerian Entertainment Award and eventually helped him to win the Headies next rated artiste in 2012.
The “Omo baba Olowo” album set his career and gave him a sense of identity among Nigerians who quickly attributed Davido’s success to his Father’s Wealth, because “Omo baba Olowo means, A Child whose father is Rich”, ignoring the fact that Davido actually put in the work to achieve great success. This impression about him is what Davido tries to address in his songs, highlighting that although he had help from his father, he still puts in a great deal of work to rise to the height he is today and that spurred him to continue to drop back to back hits, maintaining his place as one of the top Nigerian musician.
In January 2016, Davido signed a $1 million record deal with Sony music, a deal that set him on the record as being the first African to sign a record deal with a global record label. And the deal helped him to create, market and distribute his music at World class level. In October of that year he sign another deal with Sony’s RCA Record label, that required him to release two albums that will be distributed by Sony Music.
Prior to that, between 2013 to 2015, Davido continued to release series of hit singles including “Gobe” which was ranked 2nd out of Top 10 songs of 2013 on Premium Times list, and the music video was shot in South Africa by Godfather Productions.
He released “One of a kind”, also shot in South Africa and the music video depicted a United Africa, rich in music and culture, in the video, he went as far as mentioning names of African countries and showcasing their flags.
In August of 2013, he also released another hit single “Skelewu”. Skelewu broke the airways from Nigeria to Africa to the world, it came with a dance challenge sponsored by Davido and winners were promised Cash prizes. Skelewu ranked 5th on the Top 10 songs on Premium times list of 2013 and had two music videos Production, one by Sesan and another by London based producer Moe Musa.
In 2014, Davido released another hit singles “Aye” which also won him Ton of recognition within and outside Africa.
Davido’s sophomore Album “Baddest” which was scheduled to be released in December 2015 and had the above mentioned songs on it track list, was delayed after his record deal with Sony music in January 2016. Davido, in an interview with Channels TV in 2016, said Sony music were still reviewing the album to ensure it fits Global Appeal and the album is likely not to be released that year, but unfortunately the album was never released officially. Although the 17 track record can be downloaded online, the album is not recognized as one of Davido’s official studio Albums.
In October 2016, Davido released “Gbagbe Oshi”, “How Long” “Maga to Mugu” “Return” and “coolest kid in Africa” all of which were part of his 5 track Extended play (EP) titled “Son of Mercy”. He started his own record label, DMW (DAVIDO MUSIC WORLD) and has gone on to sign artists like Mayokun, Peruzzi, and Dremo.
Davido’s musical career is one, which you can say was highly favored because of the magnitude of success he acquired within less than 10years (from 2009- 2016) in the music industry and that is why most people attributes his success to his Father’s wealth (Adedeji Adeleke), but they forget the adage that says “money can take you there but cannot keep you there”. Davido is worthy of attention due to the success he has achieve through his musical career and the hit records is back to back.
From 2017-2018, Davido released a series of hit singles, “If” “Fia” “Fall” and “Assurance” which all did exceeding well in the global space, “If” won Best Pop single and Song the year at the Headies 2018 awards, Orange culture also teamed with Davido to create a Capsules Collection inspired by “If”, while “Fall’s music Video” released in 2018 became the Most viewed video by a Nigerian artiste, after reaching 100 million views on YouTube. In 2019, “Fall” became the Longest charting Nigerian song in Billboard history, was certified Platinum by Recording industry of South-Africa, Gold by Recording industry Association of America and according to Rolling Stone magazine, “Fall” was one of the Top 100 most Shazam songs in America and Top Ten in New York.
In November 2019, Davido released his second studio Album “A Good time” which featured songs like “1 mill” “Blow my mind”, ” Risky”, “Company” “Disturbance” and more. “Blow my mind” featured ‘Chris Brown’, the video broke the airways as it recorded over 1million views on YouTube within 11hours of upload, becoming the most watched African song on YouTube.
In 2019, Davido was named one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New Africa Magazine, in January of 2019, The O2 Arena in London was sold out by Davido, making him the first solo African to do so, but unfortunately the concert which was scheduled to begin in Winter and end in Spring of 2020 was cancelled because of the COVID19 Pandemic which became full blown in March 2020.
He later released his third Studio Album “A Better Time” in November 2020. It contains 11 tracks and featured Artiste like Nicki Minaj Tiwa Savage, Nas, Mayokun, Young Thug, Bella Shmurda, Ckay and others. It featured songs like “FEM” “JOWO” “So crazy” “The Best” and more. It was nominated as one of the Best Album for the All African Music Award in 2021.
On November 17, 4 days to Davido’s 29th birthday celebration, he challenged his Friends in a post on Instagram and Twitter to send him 1million naira for his birthday, as well as his fans warning those who do not comply to stay away from him. His friends and Fan began sending money to his Wema bank account( Wema bank had to call Davido because of the large inflow of cash into the account in one day, and they made him brand Ambassador), he was about to raise 200 million naira which he added 50 million to and donated it to all orphanages in Nigeria as a birthday gift to them. He instituted a 5 man working committee to monitor the sharing process round the country.
Davido in March 2022 was featured along side Trinidad Cardona and AISHA on “Hayya Hayya” (Better tomorrow) the first single of multiple song FIFA WORLD CUP, QATAR 2022, official soundtrack. And this marked Davido as the first Nigerian to be featured in a FIFA World Cup single. Davido’s lastest single “Stand Strong” was released in May 2022 that featured the Sample Choir.
Davido has collaborated with a number of artiste both local and Internationally beginning from his first Studio Album where he collaborated with, 2baba, Ice Prince, Naeto C, B-Red, Sina Rambo, and Kayswitch. He has also collaborated with the following artistes over the years;
- The South African duo Mafikizolo, in the song titled “Tchelete in 2014
- He collaborated with Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, Mi Cassa and Tiwa Savage on the song “Africa Rising”, used for DStv’s eponymous campaign to inspire Africans to partake in community-based social investment projects
- Meek Mill in the song “Fans Mi” released in 2015
- Chris Brown in “Blow my mind” released in 2019.
- Jamaican singer Popcaan, in “Risky” released in 2019
- Nicki Minaj during his 3rd Album and a host of others.
He has also performed on International stage including the Made in American Festival and at the O2 Arena and a host of others.
|2012||The Headies Award||Next rated Artiste of the year award for “Dami Duro”||Davido|
|2013||The Headies award||Best R&B/Pop Album||Davido|
|2014||BET Award||Best international Act||Davido|
|2017||MOBO Award||Best African Act||Davido|
|MTV Europe music Awards||Best African Act||Davido|
|2018||BET Awards||Best international artiste||Davido|
|The Headies Award||Best Pop single and Song of the year||Davido|
|2020||South African music award||Best African artiste||Davido|
|2022||The Headies award||Digital artiste of the year||Burna Boy|
|Humanitarian of the year|
Davido is worth is around $40 million, a majority of his income comes from live shows, hit singles, album sale, endorsement deals and collaboration with other high class musicians.
His yearly income is about $20 million, and Davido charges about 10 million naira per show in Nigeria apart from transportation and other facilities, $90,000 for foreign shows and about $70,000 for collaboration with foreign artiste
Davido has the following cars;
- Two black SUVs
- A Rolls-Royce Cullinan
- A Bentley Bentayga
- A Grey Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, his latest addition which cost about $460, 247 million
- And a Bombardier Global 6000 private jet.
Davido is attributed by his close friends as a very respectful, people loving, humble and generous personality who always loves helping people and this can be visible seen on his social media pages, as he assist his fans with financial support very often, by investing in businesses and helping young Artiste grow.
Davido, although he is not married, fathers 5 children born from different mothers
Ayotomide Labinjo has a 6 year old child for Davido and claims to have met him in 2013 at a night club after which they had an affair which resulted in a beautiful baby girl, Mitchell Anu Adeleke.
His daughter Aurora Imade Adeleke was born by Sophia Momodu, a cousin of Dele Momodu; CEO Ovation Magazine
His daughter Hailey Adeleke was born by Amanda aka Mandy, she is a US based model.
His first Son and 4th child David Ifeanyi Adeleke was born by his one time finacee “Chef Choima” whom he called things off with after wedding preparations were already in the pipeline.
His second son and 5th child was born by Larissa Yasmin Lorenco, a UK based make up artist, born and raised in Angola. His Album a good time became the first to cross a billion stream on YouTube.
Fun Fact about Davido
- Davido’s single FEM hit 1.8 million views within 24 hours of release on YouTube, breaking his own record when he uploaded “Below my mind”
- Davido’s 3rd studio Album “A better time” received about 213.2 online streams within a month.
- Davido is one of the most endorsed musician in Nigeria, he has deals with telecommunication companies and brands which includes:
- A N30 million endorsement deal with MTN
- An endorsement deal with Guinness
- An endorsement deal with Infinix mobile, an Hong Kong based phone manufacturer.
- Endorsement deal with 1xbet
- Endorsement deal with Pepsi
- Endorsement deal with close up
- Endorsement deal with PUMA
- Endorsement deal with Martell Blue
- Endorsement deal with Wema bank and more.
So, here you have it, the undeniable facts about Davido, his personal success is clearly more than a coincidence or help from his family, because it takes hardwork and determination to actually sustain wealth and fame.
I believe Davido is an inspiration to both rich and poor alike, proving to us that you can make it big regardless of where you come from, and undoubtedly Davido is one of the greatest musicians of our time.
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