Davido (Nigerian Singer)
David Adedeji Adeleke born November 21, 1992, better known as Davido, is an American-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. David was born in Atlanta, US, and raised in Lagos; he made his music debut as a member of the music group KB International.
David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992) is a Nigerian-American music superstar. The singer, songwriter, record producer, and music executive is known professionally as Davido.
He became a famous face in the Nigerian music industry after releasing his hit single, Dami Duro, in 2012. He released his debut studio album, Omo Baba Olowo, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Due to the success of his sophomore single, Omo Baba Olowo, he won the Next Rated Artiste award at The Headies 2012.
He signed a contract with RCA Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music, in July 2016. He released the top-charting singles, If and Fall, in 2017. Both songs were a hit internationally, as Fall was the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.
He released his second studio album, A Good Time, in November 2019, while his third album, A Better Time, was dropped in 2020. Formerly signed with HKN records, Davido founded his record label, DMW (Davido Music Worldwide), in 2016. The label is home to music stars: Mayorkun, Peruzzi, Dremo, Liya, Yonda, and Idowest.
Who’s Davido, Nigerian singer?
Christened David Adedeji Adeleke but became one of Africa’s best-selling musical artists with the name Davido is a 29-year-old Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Davido was born on November 21, 1992, in Atlanta in the United State Of America (USA) but had his time being brought up in Lagos, Nigeria.
He hit the limelight after releasing “Dami Duro” in 2011.
Davido Early Life
Davido was born to the family of Mr. Adedeji Adeleke and Mrs. Veronica Imade Adeleke on the 21st Of November 1992. He is the last child of The Adedeji Adeleke Family and was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He has five older siblings.
Although born in Atlanta, he schooled in Nigeria during his formative years and travelled back to Georgia during the holidays. His father is a business tycoon, while his mother was a university lecturer. His mother, Veronica Imade Adeleke, died in 2002 when Davido was just ten years old. He is the first cousin of musicians, Shina Rambo and B-Red.
Davido initially wanted to be a music producer and bought music equipment that he used to produce beats while studying at Oakwood University. He also had a flair for music promotion and was focused on promoting the music career of one of his cousins. However, things didn’t work out with his cousin.
Encouraged by some of his close pals to make music, he started recording his songs.
Davido Educational Background
Due to his parents’ wealth, Davido received the best education possible. He attended British International School for his elementary and secondary school education.
He studied Business Management at Oakwood University, Alabama, before dropping out to focus entirely on his music career. After a while, he chose to heed his father’s advice and further his education once again.
In 2011, he enrolled at Babcock University for a degree in music and graduated in 2015. His father had paid the university to start a music department for an inaugural class of one.
Davido attended British International School in Lagos but later moved to Alabama when he was 16.
Davido started off reading Business Administration at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, he later drop out to venture into music production.
In 2016, Davido went back to school to study Music at Babcock University and graduated with a degree in Music.
After some years, pictures circulated online seeing Davido serving in NYSC.
Davido Musical Career
Davido‘s official first single, Back When was dropped on the 7th Of May 2011. Rapper, Naeto C lent his vocals to the song, contributing to its success in the industry. The song, which Davido produced, was recorded in London, while Clarence Peters shot the music video in Nigeria. He was signed to HKN Records during this period, which his older brother, Adewale Adeleke, owns.
In 2011, Davido released his debut studio album, Omo Baba Olowo, featuring hit singles: Dami Duro, Ekuro, Overseas, and Back When. The album, which was a commercial success, saw Davido work with a cross-section of talented artists and producers – Maleek Berry, Spellz, Shina Rambo, 2baba, Jay Sleek, GospelOnDeBeatz, Naeto C, B-Red, Kayswitch, and Shizzi. The album, nominated for the Album Of The Year category at The Headies 2013, also won the Best R&B/Pop Album at the same award show.
In 2013, Davido partnered with his friend and producer, Shizzi, to release the hit singles: Gobe, One Of A Kind, and Skelewu. Skelewu was a massive hit globally as it promoted a unique dance style that trended for some years. Davido shot two music videos for the single. The first was directed by Sesan, while Moe Musa shot the second in London.
On the 1st Of February 2014, Davido took the industry by storm with the release of the song, Aye. The music video, which Clarence Peters shot, was released six days after. That same year, he collaborated with South African star, Mafikizolo to record and drop the song, Tchelete (Good Life). Then, in June 2015, he released Fans Mi‘s trap song, which had American rapper, Meek Mill as a guest artiste.
Davido announced to his fans in January 2016 that he had signed a record deal with Sony Music via their music imprint, RCA Records. Months later, he set up his record label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). He signed three artists that year: Mayorkun, Dremo, and Ichaba.
In addition, he released Son Of Mercy, a five-track EP, in 2016. The project features singles – Coolest Kid In Africa featuring Nasty C, How Long, and Gbagbe Oshi.
On the 17th Of February 2017, he released the song, If, to critical acclaim. The song, which was written and produced by Tekno, won Best Pop Single and Song Of The Year at The Headies 2018. In addition, the single was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Of South Africa (RISA), which meant it had sold over 200,000 units. The music video for If was shot and directed in London by Director Q.
Four months later, Davido dropped the international banger, Fall, on the 2nd Of June 2017. The song, which was one of the top-100-Shazam-searched singles in America, was also certified platinum by the Recording Industry Of South Africa (RISA) and was the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. The music video for Fall was shot and directed by Daps in the United States. Since its release, the music video has earned over 100 million views on YouTube, becoming the first video by a Nigerian artist to achieve the milestone.
A few days to his twenty-fifth birthday, he released the single, FIA, on the 10th of November 2017. Fresh VDM produced the song while Clarence Peters directed its video. He released Assurance on the 30th Of April 2018 to celebrate his girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland‘s, 23rd birthday. Davido went home with the Best African Act award at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards. He also won the Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards.
Davido sold out his organized show at The O2 Arena in London in 2019. He was the first solo African artist to do so. Before releasing his second studio album, A Good Time, on the 22nd Of November 2019, he dropped top-charting singles, Blow My Mind and Risky. He collaborated with Chris Brown for the former while he featured dancehall artiste, Popcaan on the latter song. Meji Alabi directed the music video for Risky.
His third studio album, A Better Time, was released to the joy of his fans on the 13th Of November 2020. The song features collaborations with artists such as Ckay, Mayorkun, Bella Shmurda, Lil Baby, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, and Chris Brown. By December 2020, the album had accumulated over 213.2 million streams. Prior to the project’s release, he had released the song, Fem on the 10th Of September 2020. Dammy Twitch directed the music video.
Davido was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father Adedeji Adeleke is a commercial enterprise mogul and his mom Veronica Adeleke turned into a college lecturer.
Davido is the youngest of 5 siblings and his father’s 2nd-born son, he sold his musical system while at Oakwood and started out making beats.
He also labored with his cousins B-Red and Sina Rambo to shape the music act KB International. Davido dropped out of Oakwood University to pursue music complete-time and relocated to London, in which he labored on his vocals.
After returning to Nigeria in 2011, he paused his music career and agreed to honor his father by enrolling at Babcock University.
In July 2015, he graduated from Babcock with a diploma in Music after his father paid the university to begin a song department for an inaugural elegance of one scholar.
Davido Personal Life
Davido is an indigene of Ede, Osun State. He has properties in the United States, United Kingdom, and Nigeria. He shuffles his time between Atlanta and Lagos. He used to live in a mansion in Lekki, Lagos. However, during the pandemic, he moved into a new home in Banana Island.
He is not yet married and has three children: two girls and a boy. He was barely nineteen when his first child, Aurora Imade Adeleke, was born to him by Sophia Momodu. He was formerly engaged to Chioma Avril Rowland, who is the mother of his son, Ifeanyi Adeleke.
Davido is considered to be the wealthiest Nigerian artist. He is the leader of the 30 Billion Gang. An owner of a private jet, Davido is known for his luxurious lifestyle and philanthropic exploits. Although he comes from a wealthy home, Davido is a self-made Billionaire.
He is also one of the biggest brand influencers in the country. He is the brand ambassador of top brands like Infinix Mobile, 1xBet, Martell, and Munch It. In addition, he was a former brand ambassador of the telecommunications company, MTN.
Davido is a father of three children and is engaged to the mother of his third child Chioma Avril Rowland.
Davido Record Label
Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)
Davido launched his music label Davido Music Worldwide in 2016. He founded it shortly after signing up with Sony Music. Numerous top musicians signed below the label imprint. A number of them consist of Teli, Peruzzi, Mayorkun, Dremo, and others.
Davido Net Worth
Davido has spent over ten years in the industry, and during this period, he has amassed a fortune from endorsement deals, performing at music gigs, and organizing his shows. He is also an entrepreneur, having investments in thriving companies across the world.
Davido has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Davido Endorsement Deals
On April 6, 2012, Nigerian Entertainment Today stated Davido had signed a ₦30 million endorsement cope with MTN. The deal unveiled him as the face of MTN Pulse, an advertising and marketing marketing campaign aimed at Nigerian adolescents.
On October 24, 2013, Pulse Nigeria pronounced Guinness Nigeria had signed Davido for an endorsement deal.
As part of the deal, Davido done on the Guinness International of extra concert along artists inclusive of P-Square, D’banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide, Phyno, Chidinma, Waje and Tiwa Savage.
On May 9, 2018, Guardian Life mentioned Davido had signed an endorsement cope with Infinix Phone, a Hong Kong-based totally phone manufacturer.
- A Better Time (2020)
- A Good Time (2019)
- The Baddest (2015)
- Omo Baba Olowo (2012)
- Son of Mercy (2016)
- One of a Kind (2013)
- Gobe (2013)
- Skelewu (2013)
- Aye (2014)
- Tchelete (Goodlife) featuring Mafikizolo (2014)
- Dodo (2015)
- Fans Mi (featuring Meek Mill) (2015)
- Owo Ni Koko (2015)
- The Sound (featuring Uhuru and DJ Buckz) (2015)
- The Money (featuring Olamide) (2015)
- Pere (featuring Rae Sremmurd and Young Thug) (2017)
- Fia (2017)
- Like Dat (2017)
- Nwa Baby (2018)
- Wonder Woman (2018)
- Champion Sound (& Focalistic) (2021)