David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known by his stage name as Davido is a Nigerian artist born on November 21, 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Davido was born to a Nigerian business magnate, Chief Deji Adeleke and to a University lecturer mother, Vero Adeleke, who is now late.
Davido came to limelight in 2011 with his hit single “Dami Duro” which was well received across his home country, Nigeria. He also started his own record label along with his elder brother Adewale Adeleke. The record label known as “HKN” also houses the likes of Sina Rambo, B.Red and Deekay.
Being a record producer, the singer had produced songs for top music artistes like Tiwa Savage, Naeto C, Skales and Sauce kid.
He released an album “Omo baba olowo(OBO)” in 2012, which was supported by singles, “Back when” featuring Naeto C, “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon”, “Feel Alright” featuring Ice Prince.
Between 2013 and 2015, Davido released the singles “Gobe”, “One Of a kind”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “Tchelette” featuring South African nusic duo, Makifizolo and so on.
In January 2016, Davido had announced on his twitter page that he signed a record deal with Sony Music, the announcement which was met with various mixed reactions online.
Just few months after signing the deal, Davido floated another record label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). He signed music artiste Mayorkun and rapper Dremo into the label.
Davido on his decision to venture into music said that he has been doing music for like a year but he took it seriously in March 2011. Davido was formerly in a group called KB international in America. He decided to branch out and moved back to Nigeria when everything wasn’t going as he intended.
“I started being around people that are musically inclined, i started doing what i love to do best and i’m happy doing it and making money at the same time”, he said.
Davido attended the British International School in Lagos and had studied Business Administration at Oakwood University. Davido had said he developed interest in music during his time at Oakwood University where he had bought musical equipments and started making beats.
Davido later dropped out of the Oakwood University as a result of bad grades and returned to Nigeria in 2011 where he sidelined his music career to honour his father by enrolling in Babcock University.
In July 2015, he graduated from Babcock with a degree in music after his father paid the university to start a music department for an inaugural class of one student.
On returning back to the country, Davido debut his studio album “Omo Baba Olowo (OBO)” and released his first music tiled “Back when” featuring rapper, Naeto C. It was accompanied by a video which was shot by Clarence Peters.
On October 30, 2011, Davido also released “Dami Duro” as co-produced with label mate Shizzi. The music video was released in early 2012, shot on a location in Lagos and directed by Clarence Peters.
Davido also released some songs off the album like “Overseas” and “All Of you” which was produced by Gospelondebeat. Davido went further to promote the singles like “Ekuro”, Gbon Gbon”, “Feel Alright”, off the album with a music video.
In 2013, Davido started recording his second studio album of which he released “Gobe” with an accompanying visuals shot by God Father productions in SouthAfrica.
Davido also released more songs off the album including; “Aye”, “Skelewu”, “One of a kind” and so on. Of course most of the singles were given a well deserved visuals. Like “Aye” produced by Tspice, video was shot by Clarence Peters, “One Of A Kind” was shot in SouthAfrca by Tebza of Godfather productions.
ENDORSEMENTS AND NET WORTH
It was reported that Davido had signed a multi million endorsement deal with MTN on April 6, 2012, as he was unveiled as the new face of MTN Pulse. Davido also signed an endorsement deal with Guiness Nigeria on October 24, 2013 where he performed at the Guiness World of More concert alongside P-Square , D’banj , Wizkid , Ice Prince ,
Burna Boy , Olamide , Phyno , Chidinma , Waje and Tiwa Savage, On May 9, 2018,
Guardian Life reported Davido had signed an endorsement deal with Infinix Mobile , a Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacture.
According to reports, Davido’s networth is estimated to be from $14 million to $16 million. In May 2017, Forbes Africa Magazine also listed Davido among Africa’s Top 10 Bankable artists.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Davido had received a total of 29 awards from 74 nominations as of December 2014 which includes, BET Award, Channel O music Award, Headies Awards, Kora Awards and many others.
Ghana Music Awards 1
The Headies 5
Nigeria Entertainment Awards 7
Channel O Music Video Awards 1
City People Entertainment Award 0
Dynamix All Youth Awards 2
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2
4Syte TV Music Video Awards 0
Kora Awards 1
World Music Awards 2
MTV Africa Music Awards 2
BET Awards 2
African Muzik Magazine Awards 2
MOBO Awards 1
Soul Train Awards 0
The Future Africa Awards 1
MTV Europe Music Awards 2
In January 2016, Davido announced on Twitter he had signed a record deal with Sony Music and a few months later founded the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), to which acts Dremo, Mayorkun , Yonda and
Peruzzi are currently signed.
In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records.
In October 2016, he released the 5-track EP Son of Mercy , which was supported by the singles “Gbagbe Oshi”, “How Long” and “Coolest Kid in Africa”. In April 2017, Davido re-negotiated his contract with Sony due to creative control issues and later that year he released five singles including “If” and ” Fall”.
“If” generated worldwide social media activity while “Fall” became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.
Davido had released two albums which includes
– Omo Baba Olowo (2011 – 2012) – With singles like; Back when, Dami Duro, Ekuro, Overseas, All Of You, Gbon Gbon and Feel Alright.
Davido started working on his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo in 2011. The album’s music is a mixture of Afrobeats and hip hop . Davido worked with Jay Sleek, Maleek Berry , GospelOnDeBeatz, Spellz , Dokta Frabz, Mr. Chidoo, Theory Soundz and Shizzi to produce the album. Omo Baba Olowo features guest appearances from Naeto C , Sina Rambo, B-Red , Kayswitch, Ice Prince and 2 Face Idibia.
It received generally negative reviews from music critics, who panned its lyrical content and Davido’s songwriting.
The album won Best R&B/Pop Album and received a nomination for Album of the Year at The Headies 2013. It was also nominated for Best Album of the Year at the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
The Naeto C -assisted track “Back When” was released as the album’s lead single on May 7, 2011. It was produced by Davido and received frequent airplay.
Davido told television channel Factory 78 he recorded “Back When” in London.
The Clarence Peters-directed music video for “Back When” was uploaded to YouTube on May 9, 2011.
The album’s second single ” Dami Duro “, which was released on October 30, 2011, was jointly produced by Davido and Shizzi.
In an interview posted on the NotJustOk website, Davido said he recorded the song in August of that year.
The song was leaked three months after he sent it to some of his friends.
The accompanying music video for “Dami Duro” was released on January 8, 2012, during the Occupy Nigeria protests.
The album’s third single “Ekuro” was released on January 25, 2012. Its music video was recorded and directed in Miami by Antwan Smith. Nigerian singer Aramide released a soulful rendition of the song.
The album’s fourth single “Overseas” was released on May 6, 2012; an unfinished version of the song was leaked prior to its official release. The GospelOnDeBeatz-produced track “All of You” was released as the album’s fifth single on September 28, 2012.
Davido told Factory 78 TV he recorded the song with GospelOnDeBeatz after meeting him at a mall.
–Standalone Releases, The Baddest and Son Of Mercy (2013 – 2016) – With singles like; Gbagbe Oshi, Maga to Mugu Featuring Simi, Coolest Kid in Africa featuring Nasty C, How long featuring Tinashe and many more.
On February 25, 2013, Davido released the Shizzi-produced track ” Gobe “.
It was ranked second on Premium Times ‘ list of the Top 10 songs of 2013.
In a review for
Vanguard newspaper, Charles Mgbolu said the song “exudes fun from start to finish”.
The music video for “Gobe” was recorded in South Africa by Godfather Productions.
Davido announced on Twitter “One of a Kind” would be released on May 13, 2013.
The song was also produced by Shizzi.
The video for “One of a Kind” was recorded and directed in South Africa by Tebza of Godfather Productions. It depicts a united Africa that is rich in culture and music.
” Skelewu ” was released on August 13, 2013.
It was ranked fifth on Premium Times ‘ list of the top 10 songs of 2013.
Davido promoted “Skelewu” on 18 August 2013 by uploading an instructional dance video that was directed by Jassy Generation to YouTube.
The video’s release was accompanied by an announcement of a “Skelewu” dance competition.
“Skelewu” was supported with two music videos. The first music video, directed by
Sesan , was released on 15 October 2013.
It was uploaded to YouTube using a parody account. Shortly after the video’s release, Davido said someone betrayed him by releasing it and that he would make another video with Moe Musa, a UK based music video director.
In a statement released by his team, Sesan said Davido was satisfied with his contributions to the music video; he also said it would be immature for Davido and his management to release inaccurate statements to defame his brand.
The official music video for “Skelewu” was recorded and directed in London by Moe Musa, and was released in October 2013.
Davido released the T-Spize-produced song ” Aye” on February 1, 2014.
The video for the song was directed by Clarence Peters and released on February 7, 2014.
In the video, Davido plays a poor farmer who falls in love with the prince’s fiancé.
Davido’s collaborative single with South African duo Mafikizolo , titled “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, was released on April 30, 2014. It was produced by Oskido and Shizzi, and distributed by MTN’s Play and Callertunez platforms.
Prior to recording “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, Davido networked with Mafikizolo at MTN Nigeria’s Elite Night event in December 2013. The music video for “Tchelete (Goodlife)” was recorded and directed by Twenty Twenty Media.
Oskido and Uhuru made cameo appearances in the video.
Davido at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
In June 2014, Davido collaborated with Mi Casa, Lola Rae , Sarkodie , Diamond Platnumz and Tiwa Savage on “Africa Rising”, a song that was used for DStv ‘s eponymous campaign to inspire Africans to partake in community-based social investment projects.
The accompanying music video for “Africa Rising” was recorded and directed by South African production house Callback Dreams.
The artists performed the song at the Africa Rising launch ceremony in Mauritius.
In June 2015, Davido released the Meek Mill -assisted trap song “Fans Mi”.
He teased fans with the audio and behind-the-scene photographs of the video prior to releasing it.
Davido’s 20-track album The Baddest was first scheduled for release in June 2015 but its release was postponed to October 10 that year.
Two days prior to this date, the album was delayed because of an unnamed corporation’s interest in distributing it.
Davido had released the album’s cover art and track listing earlier that year.
The Baddest was going to feature production from Shizzi, Del B, Spellz , J Fem, Don Jazzy , Puffy Tee , Uhuru, Kiddominant and Young John .
It was also going to feature guest artists such as P-Square , Don Jazzy, Runtown , Uhuru, DJ Buckz, Akon, Meek Mill, Wale and Trey Songz .
In January 2016, Davido announced on Twitter he signed a record deal with Sony Music; his announcement was met with mixed reactions.
The record label put out a press release to confirm the deal.
Davido’s record deal with Sony requires him to release two albums and allows him to retain the rights to his music and performances.
Davido founded the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) a few months after signing with Sony.
Dremo, Mayorkun , Yonda and
Peruzzi are currently signed to the label.
In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with RCA Records.
His record deal with Sony Music altered plans for The Baddest ‘s release.
According to Pulse Nigeria, Davido’s contract with Sony required the album to have an international appeal to allow for global distribution of it.
In October 2016, he released the 5-track EP Son of Mercy , which was supported by the singles “Gbagbe Oshi”, “How Long” and “Coolest Kid in Africa”.
The EP features guest appearances from Simi , Tinashe and Nasty C .
– 2017–2018: “If”, “Fall”, “Fia” and “Assurance”
Davido won Best African Act at the 2017
He released “If” on February 17, 2017. It was produced by Tekno , who ghost-wrote the track for Davido.
The song was certified diamond by the Recording Industry of South Africa , indicating shipments of 200,000 units. “If” won Best Pop Single and Song of the Year at The Headies 2018. Reviewing for OkayAfrica , Sabo Kpade described the song as a “slow burner” with an “unfussy beat that sounds hollowed out and isn’t cluttered with instruments”.
The music video for “If” was recorded in London; it was directed by Director Q and produced by Tunde Babalola.
Davido teamed up with menswear designer Orange Culture to release a capsule collection inspired by “If”.
Davido released ” Fall” on June 2, 2017. It samples a line from Kojo Funds ‘s track “Dun Talking”.
“Fall” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa, was one of the top-100-most- Shazam -searched singles in America in January 2019, and was a top-10 record on Shazam in New York.
In February 2019, it became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in
“Fall” was ranked at number 163 on Pitchfork ‘s list of the 200 Best Songs of the 2010s. The accompanying music video for “Fall” was directed by Nigerian-born British video director Daps .
In December 2018, the video surpassed 100 million views, becoming the most-viewed video by a Nigerian artist on YouTube.
Davido released “Fia” on November 10, 2017. The song was described as a neo-
highlife track and was produced by Fresh VDM.
In its second verse, Davido addresses his arrest and Caroline Danjuma ‘s role in fueling the rumor he was involved in the death of Tagbo Umenike.
A writer for Native magazine praised Davido’s songwriting and said the song “manages to reflect some of his recent personal struggles, without directly dishing into sensitive details”.
Reviewing for Music in Africa, Kayode Faniyi said “Fia” offers an “existential conflict” and that it is “undoubtedly the song of Davido’s career—at least till he outdoes himself”.
Daniel Orubo of Konbini Channels described “Fia” as a “coherent” track that uses Davido’s “croaky voice”.
“Fia” was nominated for Best Pop Single and Song of the Year at The Headies 2018.
The accompanying music video for “Fia” was directed by Clarence Peters.
The Stefflon Don -assisted remix of “Fia” was released on March 30, 2018
The song retains many of the elements from the original recording but incorporates a patois -tinged flow.
Davido won Best African Act and was one of the Best Worldwide Act recipients at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards.
In February 2018, Davido sold out the O2 Brixton Academy venue, performing several songs including “Gobe”, “Fans Mi”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “If”, “Fall” and “Fia”.
Davido released “Assurance” on April 30, 2018; It samples Paw Paw ‘s “Biggie Biggie”.
The song was produced by Speroach Beatz and has been described as a love track. he dedicated the track to his girlfriend and released it to coincide with her 23rd birthday.
In an interview with Konbini Channels, Speroach Beatz said he made the beat in an hour and that Davido spent 30 minutes recording the song.
Reviewing for Native magazine, Toye Sokunbi said the song “speaks volumes for the importance of clarity in the age of emojis, validation from our loved ones and putting love first, against all odds”.
The accompanying music video for “Assurance” was directed by Meji Alabi.
Davido won Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards, becoming the first African artist to receive his award on the main stage.
In his acceptance speech, he urged patrons and American artists to visit Africa and eat the food.
In September 2018, Davido performed alongside Meek Mill, Post Malone and Fat Joe at the Made in America Festival .
Prior to the festival, he performed at the House of Blues in Boston as part of his “The Locked Up Tour”, which commenced in August and ended in September.
2019–present: O2 Arena concert, “Blow My Mind”, “Risky” A Good Time , and A Better Time
Davido performing at the Lagos city Marathon gala 2020
In January 2019, Davido sold out The O2 Arena in London, becoming the first solo African artist to do so.
He was introduced on stage by Idris Elba and performed several of his hit singles with the backing band The Compozers.
The gig featured additional performances from Mayorkun, Peruzzi, Idowest, Dremo, Yonda, Tomi Agape and Zlatan .
Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian gave a four-stars-out-of-five review of the concert, calling Davido an “alpha” and saying “many of his mannerisms are influenced by the American rappers with whom he has worked, including Young Thug and Swae Lee”.
Davido announced on Instagram that tickets sold out a few hours before the concert. Critics, however, said he did not sell out the concert, citing an article in The Guardian newspaper.
Davido posted a screenshot of an e-mail conversation between his management and the arena’s customer care team, confirming the concert was sold out.
The Chris Brown -assisted track ” Blow My Mind ” was released on July 26, 2019.
It was produced by Shizzi and was initially intended to be released as the album’s lead single.
“Blow My Mind” contains lyrics are about a girl who blows Davido’s mind simply.
In the Edgar Esteves-directed visuals for “Blow My Mind”, Davido and Chris Brown spend quality time in a motel with their lovers.
The video amassed one million views in 11 hours, surpassing Wizkid ‘s “Fever” and ” Come Closer ” to become the Nigerian music video to achieve this feat most quickly.
It also became the Nigerian music video to gain the most views within the first 24 hours of its release. “Risky” was released on October 23, 2019.
It features guest vocals from Jamaican singer Popcaan, who asked Davido to appear on his 2018 single “Dun Rich”.
The music video for “Risky” was directed by Meji Alabi and pays homage to the crime drama television series Top Boy .
In the video, a female member of Davido’s and Popcaan’s crew informs upon them to police.
Davido’s second studio album A Good Time was released on November 22, 2019.
The album features the previously released singles “If”, “Fall”, “Assurance”, “Blow My Mind” and “Risky”.
Davido recorded A Good Time in Atlanta.
He told Vibe magazine he wanted to record in a new environment.  Davido described the album as a body of work for everybody and said it would consist predominantly of Afrobeats but would incorporate elements of other genres.
Davido disclosed the album’s title during an event held in Lagos in September 2019 and said it would be released the following month.
He also unveiled excerpts of four songs from the album during the event.
Following his performance at Powerhouse 2019, Davido spoke with Power 105.1 ‘s DJ Self and said the album will feature collaborations with artists including Summer Walker, Gunna, A Boogie and Chris Brown.
All but one of the tracks on A Good Time were produced by Nigerian producers.
The album’s cover art features Davido, his father and a sculpture of his mother.
In May 2020, Davido announced that his third studio album would be titled A Better Time , and that it would include 11 tracks, with features from Nicki Minaj and Tiwa Savage .
In July, he performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and was seen in studio with rapper Nas. On August 31, 2020, Davido returned to social media after taking a three-month break to chat with the
Grammy Museum on Instagram Live about the rise of Afrobeats and other issues within the industry.
During the Live session, Davido revealed that he had completed work on A Better Time .
On 10 September 2020, Davido returned with the single, “FEM”, alongside its music video, which was produced by Dammy Twitch. The album was released on 13 November 2020.
The album features guest appearances from
Lil Baby , Nicki Minaj, Nas , Chris Brown and
Young Thug , among others.
– Davido released his second studio album A Good Time in November 2019 It was supported by the previously released singles “If”, “Fall”, “Assurance”, ” Blow My Mind ” and “Risky”.
– Davido released his third studio album A Better Time , on 13 November 2020
Davido has three children. He is engaged to the mother of his third child. On 25 September 2020, Davido signs new artist to his DMW, called Deinde, one of the contestants of MTN Project Fame West Africa. On 2 October 2020, Davido welcomed the first female artist, Liya, to his record label.
Davido has faced accusations of being a member of the Black Axe confraternity (Aye Cult Group).
He has been accused of making cult gang gestures in his music and personal videos. On September 5, 2018, Daily Post reported a suspected Black Axe cult member arrested by the Nigerian Police confessed that he was lured into the group with promises that he would meet music star, Davido.
On September 15, 2018, in a chat with Vanguard , Davido’s country manager, Asa Asika, denied knowledge of Davido being a member of any secret cult groups.
On August 10, 2019, Information Nigeria reported on the stir of Davido sharing a video on his insta-story reassuring the Aye Cult Group of his loyalty.
Davido could be seen in the video displaying the confraternity’s trademark shouting; “Egede, Aye for life”.
Davido’s Relationship With Ladies
Davido started dating a model named Sira Kante in 2014 of which they later broke up in 2015. After then Davido welcomed a babyy girl “Imade” with Sophia Momodu who he claimed had manipulated and took advantage of him because of his generousity and naivety.
There were series of drama then concerning who is to take care of the child as Davido insisted on taking the child away.
But soon after the incident with Sophia, Davido had another baby mama identified as Amanda, of which they both welcomed a baby girl and named her Hailey Veronica Adeleke, which now confirms Davido as the father of two daughters.
Of course Davido’s relationship with Amanda didn’t last that long as he has been rumoured dating another girl which is still unknown.
Davido is no doubt known globally as he already has quite a number of international collaborations to his name which includes “Fans mi” featuring Meekmill, “Coolest kid in Africa” featuring Nasty C, “How Long” featuring Tinashe and also the most recent one “Pere” ft. Young thug and Rae Sremmurd.