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#DavidoAt10: 5 Reasons Why Davido Has Had A Successful Career In The Last 10 Years

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Nigerian artiste David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has in the past decade risen to prominence representing Nigeria and Afro Pop across continents. No doubt there are so many other music artistes in Nigeria who have been in the game longer than 10 years but haven’t achieved half as much as he has.

For some reason, May 9th has been set aside by Davido and his fans to celebrate his achievements in music as they celebrate 10 years of a successful career filled with hit songs. In the past few days, fans of the singer have taken to social media to share their love for the singer giving rise to the trends “#Davidothegreatest” and “#DavidoAt10”.

This global celebration, Twitter announced a new emoji dedicated to the popular Davido slang, “ E Choke ” and #Davidoat10

Who is Davido? 

Davido, born David Adedeji Adeleke is a Nigerian-American Afro Pop star born in Atlanta Georgia, USA on November 21st, 1992. Apart from being an award winning singer, he is also a songwriter and music producer.

Davido’s success began with his debut studio album “Omo Baba Olowo” (OBO) which was recorded from 2011-2012 and officially released in 2012 with “Dami Duro” being the sauce of the album.

Davido was first signed to Sony Music and fast-forward years later, he has his own record label DMW (Davido Music Worldwide) with artistes like Peruzzi , Dremo and Mayorkun and others.

READ : A List Of All Artistes Signed To DMW Records (SEE FULL LIST)

Over the years, Davido has continued to make hits and his influence has spread across continents. The singer has 2 daughters and a son ( Imade, Hailey and David Jnr) respectively. Davido is recorded to be one of Africa’s most influential artistes, and these 5 reasons highlight how he has come this far.

Dedication

Davido has proven time without count that his dedication to his career is second to none. In 2018, the singer shared during his interview with “The Breakfast Club” the challenges he faced at the beginning of his career despite his wealthy family background. He also shared his father’s initial displeasure of his choice of career. Well, look who’s dad is proud now?

Focus

Everyone can relate to how much distraction comes with some little bit of popularity, how much more the fame the singer sits in.
Peruzzi once shared how he was shocked to find out how hard Davido works and the hours he spends in the studio, like an upcoming artiste. Also, in the past few years, he has had a rocky love life that has led to having 3 baby mamas, the most recent is his split from his Ex-Fiancee, Chioma Rowland with whom he had his son David Jnr but none of these seem to have affected his career.

Jovial

Davido is one Nigerian artiste with quite a number of international collaborations, this can be linked to his ability to create and sustain these work relationships. This has also earned him a massive fan base not just in Nigeria, but so many other countries as a result of his jovial nature.

Discipline

Sometimes a good result can happen without being planned, however, it takes discipline to replicate success several times.

Making good music involves a great deal of discipline, to invest time and focus. For him to consistently make so many hits, we have to applaud his discipline.

Family Privileges

Despite how hardworking we know Davido is, we still recognize the Adeleke family influence.

However his dad wasn’t in support of his career initially, they eventually met halfway and everyone knows that the key to some doors is money. This doesn’t mean in any way that his family wealth is the reason for his success, but it sure has played a good role.

Finally, rating Davido’s 10year journey in the Nigerian music industry, everyone would agree that he deserves many accolades for the many hit songs, performances and his 3 studio albums.

The first “Omo Baba Olowo” featured “Dami Duro”, The second album “A Good Time” featured “Fall”, “Blow my mind”, “Assurance”, “D&G”, “Sweet in the middle”, The third album “A Better Time” featured “So Crazy” “Fem”, “Jowo” and others.

He has worked with international acts like Popcaan, Nicki Minaj, Wale, Chris Brown and many others, and has bagged more than 20 local and international awards, including MTV Europe Music Award for “Best African Act”. Davido has truly earned his accolades.

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Cuppy Admits Passion for Music Keeps Her from Quitting

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Cuppy revealed this via her Instagram stories on Friday, the 28th of May 2021. Encouraging people who are currently in a bad place, Cuppy said that disappointments and bad day are a norm for people chasing their dreams. She implored people to always follow their heart, citing passion as the only thing that has kept her from quitting music. She writes;

Follow your heart and do your job wit PASSION….

When following your dreams, there’s going to be so many bad days and disappointments. That’s the TRUTH.

Passion is the only thing that keeps me from melting down or from quitting.

My brand is all about proving that I can make money whilst doing what I want and still be responsible, and still be happy, and make also my family proud

 

Cuppy moved from being just a DJ to releasing songs as an artist when she dropped “Green Light” with Tekno in 2017. The song was largely successful but Cuppy has been slated by various parts of the internet, with many calling her music terrible. She has however not let any of that get her down, and she went on to release the more succesful “Gelato” with Zlatan in 2019, before dropping her “Original Copy” album in 2020 which had hit songs like “Feel Good” with Fireboy DML, “Litty Lit” with Teni & “Karma” with Stonebwoy.

Cuppy is not going to let bad comments get to her, and she made this clear in her Twitter rant last month where she said she no longer felt the need for  praise or validation from anyone.

 

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10 Most Followed Nigerian Music Artistes On Twitter 2021

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Twitter has become one of the most used social media platforms around the world. It’s actually the number one place to check whatever is trending around the world in moments.

Many celebrities use the platform to engage their fans and many fans use it as an opportunity to keep up with their favourite celebrities. Hence, one of the ways to judge fans favourite is by looking at the followers on Twitter.

Here we have extracted the top 10 most followed Nigerian music artistes according to their number of followers on Twitter.

 

10. Tuface Idibia – @official2baba

Tuface is one of the Legends of Afrobeats in Nigeria, hence there’s no surprise he has 3.2 million on Twitter.

9. Patoranking – @Patorankingfire

Our very own  Nigerian version of Bob Marley is also very much loved across borders. He has 3.3 million followers on his official Twitter account.

 

8. Banky W – @BankyW

Olubankole Wellington shares our number 8 with 3 other amazing personalities. Banky W for one seems like the “stick with you forever” kind of guy so we’re not surprised he is followed by 3.5 million users on Twitter.

 

8. DJ Cuppy – @cuppymusic

It’s really no typo error on our path, DJ Cuppy also sits at number 8 with 3.5 million followers. Besides the fact that DJ Cuppy is a Disk Jockey, she’s also a philanthropist and has helped so many indigent children through her foundation, so we’re not surprised why she’s so loved.

 

8. Peter Okoye – @PeterPsquare

Mr P of the Disbanded Psquare is definitely a force to be reckoned with, although he has ventured into acting his fans still seem to love him anyway. Peter Okoye also has 3.5 million followers on Twitter.

 

8. Dbanj – @iamdbanj

Dbanj AKA Kokomaster seems to have shared his Koko properly, such that even without recent hits, his followers are ardent at 3.5 million.

 

7. Simi – @SympLySimi

Simisola Kosoko has the voice everyone would always want to listen to and everyone agrees she produces great music. She has 3.6 million follows reading what she’s thinking.

 

6. Olamide – @Olamide

Olamide is known as the king of the streets because his lyrics mostly in Yoruba are deeper than the melody people hear. Olamide has an army of 4.4 million followers.

 

5. Tiwa Savage – @TiwaSavage

There’s no wonder why she’s called the Queen Of Afrobeats because her sound resonates throughout Africa and beyond. Tiwa’s music appeals both to local and international audiences earning her 4.8 million Twitter followers.

 

4. Burna Boy – @burnaboy

The African giant sits at number 4 with 5.3 million followers. No doubt Burna Boy has represented Africa across several continents, and his music definitely speaks deep.

 

3. Don Jazzy – @DONJAZZY

Mavin Boss, Don Jazzy can be referred to not just as a great producer but a king maker, hence anyone who wants to be a king in Nigerian music industry goes to him. The Don sits on his throne with 6 million followers.

 

2. Wizkid – @wizkidayo

Star boy Wizkid has always been a man of a few words and keeps his circle closed, however, fans would go to lengths just to hear him sing. Wizkid has 8.5 million followers on Twitter.

 

1. Davido – @davido

Fans have followed, and more fans have followed the OBO himself. Davido is well known as a “People man” and seems to carry a lot of people along in his journey of success. 30BG Boss sits at our number one spot with 9.4 million followers on Twitter.

 

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RMD – Biography Of An Iconic Nigerian Actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo

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Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, and lawyer. In 2008, he was appointed a special adviser, and in 2009, he became an honorable commissioner of culture and tourism in Delta State. He is a legend in the movie industry.

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RMD Early Life

Richard was born on July 6, 1961, in Aldja, Udu LGA, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri, and Anglican Grammar School. He further moved to the University of Benin, where he studied Theatre Arts and graduated in 1983. Later on, he attended the University of Lagos where he studied Law, graduated in 2004, and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2005.

RMD Early Career

Richard started his acting career by performing in the drama club in his high school. Later, he started reporting for Concord Newspapers, Metro Magazine, and The Guardian. In his 30s, he published and sold Nigeria’s first all-gloss magazine for men titled Mister. Mofe also featured in a television soap opera called Ripples after he graduated from school. Also, he wrote and produced his first film, Out of Bounds.

RMD Personal Life

Richard married Jumobi Adegbesan, a television personality in 2000. He was once married to May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE), a Nigerian journalist/publisher who died in 1996. RMD is blessed with 4 children.

RMD Personal Life

According to currentschoolnews.com, his net worth is estimated at $7 million. He is one of the richest and most influential actors in Nigeria. In November 2018, he signed an endorsement deal with a real estate company, Land Lagos.

RMD Movies

Mofe-Damijo has starred in over 60 movies and television series both locally and internationally, below is a list of some of the interesting movies he has starred in:

  • Out of Bounds, 1997
  • Hostages, 1997
  • Scores to Settle, 1998
  • Diamond Ring, 1998
  • Freedom, 1999
  • When God Says Yes, 2003
  • Love, 2003
  • Keeping Faith: Is That Love, 2003
  • Romantic Attraction, 2003
  • The Intruder, 2003
  • I Will Die For You, 2003
  • Emotional Pain, 2003
  • The Mayors, 2004
  • True Romance, 2004
  • The Legend, 2004
  • I want Your Wife, 2004
  • Indecent Act, 2004
  • Engagement Night, 2004
  • Critical Decision, 2004
  • Burning Desire, 2004
  • Critical Assignment, 2004
  • The Bridesmaid, 2005
  • Darkest Night, 2005
  • Behind Closed Doors, 2005
  • Welcome to Nollywood, 2007
  • 30 Days in Atlanta, 2014
  • Oloibiri, 2015
  • Okafor’s Law, 2016
  • Three Wise Men, 2016
  • Dinner, 2016
  • The Wedding Party, 2016
  • The Grudge, 2016
  • Hush, 2016- 2017
  • I Love My Wife Even After Death, 2017
  • 10 days in Sun City, 2017
  • The Wedding Party 2, 2017
  • Boxing Day: A Day After Christmas, 2017
  • My God never fail me, 2018
  • Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons, 2018
  • Cross Roads, 2018
  • God Calling, 2018
  • Chief Daddy, 2018
  • Blood And Oil, 2019
  • The Hour, 2019
  • Castle And Castle, 2019

Other Businesses

The veteran actor is the founder of RMD production, White Water Limited and RMD Foundation.

The RMD Productions is an umbrella for the RMDtvng and RMDtheactor. It is an entertainment platform that produces creative content, television and radio productions, broadcasting e.t.c. It is the producer of the popular sitcom – Trying and Mr. X family. It also produced a kiddies show Bed time with Granpa, and talk/live shows Bridging the gap and Made in Warri.

White Water Limited is a Nigerian PR outfit that deals with public relations consultancy.

Also, for his love for charitable causes, he established the RMD foundation, a platform that mentors for greatness.

Awards And Recognition

RMD is a multi-award winner, below is a list of few of his awards.

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2005
  • Special Recognition Award, Best of Nollywood Awards, 2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2016
  • Overall Best Actor in a Leading Role, in the movie Cross Road, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2018

Richard Mofe-Damijo Quotes

“The thing about getting older is that with each passing day you know yourself better, find your voice more and generally become better aware.”

“Two sides to a story does not invalidate the truth of the abused, the molested, the hurting. Do not be quick to rebut someone’s pain.”

“Do not expect a rape story to make sense to you because when a predator strikes, the circumstances are not his first thoughts.”

“If we remember that life is a journey and that every journey has a rest point, we will stop fighting with and getting discouraged by every lull we experience on our life’s journey.”

“Just as we stop to refuel, eat or even stretch out during actual journeys, life sometimes stops us every now and then.”

“Be what, where, who, and how you can be, but by all means, be real.”

“Don’t enter into a relationship with the intent of giving nothing in return. You must be willing to service whatever relationship you have.”

“Have respect, more for yourself than the one you latch onto because it is self-respect that restrains you from behaving in ways that put you in bad light.”

“Never be afraid to pause sometimes to look at yourself in the mirror and ask if all is going well. If not, reappraise. Reassess. Reprogramme. Redirect. Redefine and Rev on.”

“Finding fulfillment in the midst of the storm is a gift from God.”

Relax. Trust the process. It’s easier than you think. Smiling through it all, is all the mask you need to complete the journey.”

Entrepreneurial Lessons From Richard Mofe-Damijo

Stay committed and be good at what you do. Richard has remained relevant till today and is one of the popular actors in Africa because he has continued to reinvent himself. He is in touch with industry trends and swiftly ensure he is not left behind.

Entrepreneurship is about being on top of your game, being conversant with trends and ensuring your business continues to deliver value.

RMD understands how to sift the noise from social media and keep himself away from scandals. This has helped him to remain focused on important matters. As entrepreneurs, you should know that entrepreneurship is not as glamorous as portrayed on social media. You have to guide yourself, sieve the information you consume and stay grinding.

Do you feel the confidence that RMD exudes? Whatever he does, he do with a certain charisma that is intoxicating. Entrepreneurs should believe in themselves, their products and should not be scared to tell the world what they do.

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