David Adeleke Adedeji is one of the biggest music stars in Africa at the moment. This Nigerian-American musician and songwriter have lots of hit songs under his belt. David Adeleke, popularly known by his stage name, Davido is famous for putting out songs such as ‘Aye’, ‘If’, ’Fall’, ’Assurance’, ‘Fem’ and many more.
The DMW boss is also called ‘OBO’, an acronym for Omo Baba Olowo, which translates to ‘Son of a Wealthy Father’. It is no longer news that Davido ranks high among Africa’s richest musicians. In this article, we will talk about Davido, his biography, early life, family, music career, songs, business, and net worth.
Davido developed a special interest in music at a young age. He met the likes of D’Prince and Wande Coal as a teenager. Due to his pursuit of a career in music, Davido dropped out of Oakland University and decided to go into music full time. On relocating to Nigeria, he released his first single ‘Back When’, which featured Naeto C and the song was a hit.
Soon after, Davido met some producers and began working on his debut album ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ around 2011. At that time, he was signed to HKN Music, which he co-owned with his elder brother. Davido gained more relevance in the music industry and became more popular after the release of “Dami Duro”, another hit track that shook the streets of Lagos, Nigeria.
Davido’s unique ability to fuse African music with global pop music is a talent of its own. David is quite unique with his sound and some of his feats is unmatched in the music industry.
Davido has released a lot of hit songs, he can go for up to 3 hours performing songs from his discography because all his songs are almost hits. His hit single, ‘IF’ has more than 200 million views on YouTube alone and collectively, Davido has amassed billions of streams from his songs. His second music album, ‘A Good Time’ remains one of his most streamed Nigerian music albums.
Over the years, Davido has garnered a lot of fans all over the world and has millions of followers across all his social media pages. His record label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) is associated with music stars like Mayorkun, Dremo, Peruzzi, Danagog and Yonda. He has also signed ambassadorial roles for different local and international brands.
|Full Name||David Adedeji Adeleke|
|Date of Birth||November 21, 1992|
|Place of Birth||Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America|
|Education||British International School, Babcock University|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Music executive|
|Record Label||Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
Background and Early Life
David Adedeji Adeleke was born on the 21st of November 1992 in Atlanta, the USA into the family of Mr/Mrs. Adedeji Adeleke.
Davido is the second son of his father and is the youngest of five siblings. He grew up in Lagos, where he attended the British International School and finished his secondary school education. Later on, he proceeded to continue his education at Oakwood University in Alabama where he studied business administration but dropped out at some point to give full-time focus to his music career.
Upon returning to Nigeria, his father who highly esteemed education was displeased with him for dropping out. Davido proceeded to study music at Babcock University to honour his father. In July 2015, Davido made headlines when he graduated with a first-class from Babcock University.
Davido’s music career began at Oakland University, where he honed his skills and strategized how to make it in the industry, which has big names like Wande Coal, Don Jazzy, D’Banj, M.I Abaga, Ice Prince and Psquare.
He released his first ever single ‘Back When’ (featuring Naeto C) in 2011 and he immediately started the work for his debut album. Davido claimed to have written and recorded his first song back when he was still in London. His first music album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ contains popular singles like Ekuro, All of You, No Visa, Mary Jane, and Dami Duro, which was produced by Shizzy.
The Omo Baba Olowo album increased his popularity and solidified his position as a star. He received several nominations and awards as a result of the album. The album received nominations for Album of the Year and won the award for the Best R&B and Pop Album at the 2013 Headies award in Nigeria. It was also nominated for ‘Best Album Of The Year’ at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2013. He recorded, produced and distributed his debut album while still under the HKN record label, which was jointly owned by him and his older brother, Adewale Adeleke.
In 2013, Davido released another smash single, ‘Gobe’, which was produced by Shizzy. The music video for Gobe was shot and directed in South Africa by Godfather Productions. Gobe made it to the Top 10 song chart in Nigeria and was well received by Nigerians and received airplay in clubhouses, parties and in the media.
Subsequently, he released Skelewu, a song which went viral with its infections dance steps in August 2013. He accompanied the release of Skelewu with a dance video, which boosted the awareness and promotion of the single. The Skelewu dance became a popular Afrobeat dance step across Africa as a result of David’s skill and talent.
In February 2014, Davido released Aye and dropped the video a week after the official song release. Aye was produced by T-Spize and its video was shot by Clarence Peters. Between 2014 and 2015, Davido collaborated with several international music artists, notable among them is Meek Mill who featured in Fans Mi.
In January 2016, Davido signed a contract with one of the biggest record labels in the world, Sony Music. This deal was a great step in his career, giving him the leverage to target new grounds and become a global music star. By December 2014, Davido had already won 29 awards from 74 nominations, he won several awards which include one BET Award, one Kora award, 5 Headies Awards, 7 Nigerian Entertainment Awards, and many more. His fans are being expectant and patient at the same time because they believe he will win a Grammy someday.
On October 21st 2016, Davido released an EP, which he titled ‘Son of Mercy’. Son of Mercy is Davido’s debut EP and it features the likes of Nasty C, Simi and Tinashe. The production credit for the 5-track EP goes to Kiddominant, Spellz and Shizzi. Below is the tracklist for the Son of Mercy EP:
- Gbagbe Oshi.
- Maga 2 Mugu (featuring Simi).
- Coolest Kid in Africa (featuring Nasty C).
- “How Long” (featuring Tinashe).
Months after sealing a deal with Sony Music, Davido announced the launch of his record label named Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). He has released several hit songs under DMW and signed many artists. In 2019, Davido launched his second music album dubbed ‘A Good Time’.
In 2020, Davido released a 17-track album titled ‘A Better Time’ which contained a lot of hit songs and collaborations with international artists such as Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj. One of those hit songs on the album is ‘FEM’ which became a street anthem during the revolutionary END SARS protest that shook Nigeria in October 2020, especially in the Lagos protests.
Other hit songs in the album include but are not limited to Jowo, Tanana, Lala, and Holy Ground, which featured American superstar, Nicki Minaj.
Here are some of the biggest songs from Davido, which have earned him a lot of awards and recognition;
- Back When.
- Dami Duro.
- Owo Ni Koko.
- All of You.
- Fans Mi (featuring Meek Mill).
- Coolest Kid in Africa (feat. Nasty C).
- 1 Milli.
- Blow My Mind (featuring Chris Brown).
- Flora My Flawa.
- Nwa Baby.
- Wonder Woman.
- Holy Ground (featuring Nicki Minaj).
- Something Fishy.
- The Best (featuring Mayorkun)
- Champion Sound (with Focalistic) etc.
Awards and Nominations
Davido has won so many awards and has been nominated for different local and international awards. Below is a list of his awards and nomination:
- In 2012, he won the Kora Awards in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category.
- In 2012, Davido won the Headies award for the Next Rated Artist.
- In 2013, he won the award for Hip Hop Revelation and best R&B and Pop album in the Headies.
- In 2014, he won the Headies award for Artiste of The Year and his song ‘Aye’ won ‘Song of The Year Award’.
- His song ‘Aye’ was nominated in 2014 for Best International Performance at the soul awards.
- In 2014, he won the BET award for the Best International Act in the African category.
- His hit track ‘Aye’ also won an award for the Music Video of The Year at the BEN TV awards in 2014.
- At the MTV music award in 2014, he won the ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ awards.
- His song ‘Skelewu’ was also nominated for the ‘Song of The Year’ awards.
- In 2014, he won the Best Male Artist at the World Music Award and was nominated for World Best Live Act and World Best Entertainer of the Year.
- In 2014, Davido won the African Artiste of the year at the Ghana Music Awards.
- Davido was named the ‘Artiste of The Year’ in the 2018 Headies Awards. His song ’IF’ won two awards in the ‘Song of The Year’ and ‘Best Pop Single’ categories respectively.
Davido has had different controversies over the years of which one of which is the Davido Versus Wizkid battle which has been a battle of their fans. Davido in a recently concluded interview with Ebuka Obi Uchendu had confirmed that he does not have any problem with Wizkid and that the controversy is only a fight stirred up by fans as to who is the best in the music industry.
He also was said to have been involved in a fight with Burna Boy at a club in Ghana but the cause of the fight is not certain.
Davido is a lover of people and has made so many friends in the music industry. He has songs with upcoming artists and has not had a problem with many people. Everyone knows Davido to be a philanthropist, he has rendered help and assistance in many ways. So many unknown artists became popular as a result of Davido’s influence on their songs.
Davido House and Cars
Davido owns a fleet of luxurious cars and his latest collection is the 2021 Rolls Royce Cullinan which is worth over 500,000 US dollars he also owns a Lamborghini Huracán, a Bentley Bentayga, and a Mercedes-AMG GLS63.
Davido owns many houses and plots of land across Nigeria. One is a 20 million dollars mansion in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and a 140 million naira mansion at Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria. He resides in Banana Island, Lagos and recently secured another massive piece of land in Banana Island, where he intends to erect a building.
Davido Net Worth
Without a doubt, Davido is one of the richest musicians in Nigeria. He charges millions of dollars for shows and concerts and has secured endorsement deals with so many brands including Infinix, ALAT by Wema, 1X Bet, Martell Cognac and lots more.
Davido is a businessman and entrepreneur that makes money from different businesses. He makes money from crypto, show performances, music streaming and song royalties, endorsement deals and more. Besides that, he was born with a silver spoon and hail from a rich home. His net worth is estimated to be over $40 million dollars.