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Davido
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Davido on the set of D’Prince’s “Gentlemen” music video shoot in January 2014
Background information
Birth name David Adedeji Adeleke
Born 21 November 1992 (age 22)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Origin Lagos, Nigeria
Genres Afropop
Occupation(s)
Years active 2011–present
Labels HKN Music
Associated acts
Website iamdavido.com

David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992),[1][2] better known by his stage name Davido, is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and record producer. His 2011 single, “Dami Duro“, was well-received throughout Nigeria. Along with his elder brother Adewale Adeleke, Davido is the co-owner of HKN Music (a record label home to Sina Rambo, B. Red and DeeKay).[3][3][4] He has produced for numerous artists, including Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage and Sauce Kid. In April 2012, he signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria.[5] On October 23, 2013, Davido partnered with Guinness for the “Guinness World of More” concert.[6] Davido has won a BET Award, a Kora Award,[7] a Channel O Music Video Award, a Ghana Music Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, two MTV Africa Music Awards, two African Muzik Magazine Awards, five The Headies Awards, seven Nigeria Entertainment Awards and two Dynamix All Youth Awards, among others.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Davido relocated to Lagos at a young age. He released his debut album Omo Baba Olowo in 2012, which includes the singles “Back When” featuring Naeto C, “Dami Duro”, “All of You”, “Overseas” featuring Sina Rambo, “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon” and “Feel Alright” featuring Ice Prince. Davido has released the singles “Gobe“, “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu“, “Aye“, “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, “Naughty” and “Owo Ni Koko” off his upcoming album which was slated to be released in the fourth quarter of 2014.[8] In a 2014 interview with the Nigerian Tribune, Davido said that his second studio album will not be released in 2014.[9]

Life and music career

1992–2010: Early life

I’ve been doing music for like 3 years but I took it seriously in March 2011. I was formerly in a group called KB international in America. It wasn’t working out so I thought I should just do this on my own that was when I moved back to Nigeria. I was around people that were musically inclined. I love music, and why not do something you love and are happy doing and making money at the same time.

-Davido on his decision to venture into music [10]

Davido was born on November 21, 1992 to Mr. and Mrs. Adeleke in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Chief Deji Adeleke, is a Nigerian business magnate while his mother, the late Dr. Vero Adeleke, was a university lecturer.[11] He attended The British International School in Lagos. Davido studied Business Administration at Oakwood University prior to relocating to Nigeria.[10] He is currently studying at Babcock University in Ogun State.[1]

2011–2012:Omo Baba Olowo

Main article: Omo Baba Olowo

Work on Davido’s debut studio album, Omo Baba Olowo, began in 2011. On May 7, 2011, Davido produced and released his first musical recording “Back When”.[12][13] The song served as the album’s lead single and received frequent airplay.[1] The music video for the single, uploaded onto YouTube on May 9, 2011, was shot and directed in Nigeria by Clarence Peters.[14] Davido told Factory 78 TV that he recorded “Back When” in London.[15]

Davido co-produced “Dami Duro” with Shizzi and released it on October 30, 2011.[16][17] The music video for “Dami Duro” was released on January 8, 2012. It was shot and directed in Lagos by Clarence Peters, and was released during the Occupy Nigeria protests.[18] In an interview posted on Notjustok, Davido spoke on the release and composition of “Dami Duro”. He said he recorded “Dami Duro” in August 2011. Three months later, the song got leaked after he sent it out to some friends.[19]

On May 6, 2012, HKN Music released “Overseas” as a single off the album. The unfinished version of the song leaked prior to the official release.[20][21] On September 28, 2012, HKN Music released the music video for “All of You”. The song was produced by Gospelondabeat. When the song was released, it was rumored to be a “beef track”.[22] In another interview with Factory 78 TV, Davido debunked the rumors and said he recorded the song with Gospel after meeting him at a mall.[23] To further promote the album, Davido released music videos for “Ekuro”,[24] “Gbon Gbon”,[25] and “Feel Alright”.[26]

2013–present:Upcoming album

In early 2013, Davido began recording his second studio album. On February 25, 2013, he released “Gobe” as the upcoming album’s lead single.[27] The song was produced by Shizzi. Charles Mgbolu of Vanguard commented on the release of the single, saying: “It’s a beautiful song with a tremendous video running along. In Gobe, Davido is beaten up by thugs after winning the girl. It’s a song that exudes fun from start to finish.”[28] The music video for the single was shot in South Africa by Godfather Productions.[29] The song was ranked second on Premium Times list of the Top 10 songs of 2013.[30]

Davido announced via Twitter that the second single “One of a Kind”, from the upcoming album, would be released on May 13, 2013.[31] The song was also produced by the aforementioned in-house producer.[32] The music video for “One of a Kind” was shot and directed in South Africa by Tebza of Godfather Productions. It visualizes a united Africa rich in culture and music.[33]

Skelewu“, the third single from the upcoming album, was released on August 13, 2013.[34] It was ranked 5th on the aforementioned list of the top 10 songs of 2013.[30][35] The song peaked at number 1 on Afribiz’s Top 100 chart.[36] A dance competition with a cash prize of $3000 (N480,000) was announced days after the release of the song. Davido uploaded an instructional dance video onto YouTube and asked fans to upload videos of themselves dancing to “Skelewu”. On October 10, 2013, Davido declared Bello Moshood Abiola the winner of the competition.[37][38] A week after announcing the winner of the Skelewu dance competition, a Sesan directed music video was released to the public. Shortly after the release of the video, Davido took to Twitter to debunk the video and said that someone betrayed him by releasing it. He also said he’ll re-shoot the video with Moe Musa, a UK based music video director.[39] Sesan commented on the release of the music video and said that Davido was satisfied with his contributions to the music video. He also said that it would be immature for Davido and his management to release inaccurate statements in order to defame his brand.[40][41] On October 21, 2013, the official music video for the single, shot and directed in London by Moe Musa, was uploaded onto YouTube at a total length of 3 minutes and 56 seconds.[42]

On February 2, 2014, Davido released “Aye” as the fourth single from the upcoming album. The song was produced by T Spice.[43] The music video for “Aye” was released on February 7, 2014; it was directed by Clarence Peters. According to the music video’s synopsis, “Davido plays a poor farmer who falls in love with the prince’s love interest.”[44][45]

On April 30, 2014, HKN Music released the upcoming album’s fifth single “Tchelete (Goodlife)” featuring South African duo Mafikizolo. The song, which translates to “Money”, was produced by Oskido and Shizzi. Upon its release, the song was distributed by MTN’s Play and Callertunez platforms. The collaboration between Davido and Mafikizolo came about as a result of them networking at MTN Nigeria’s Elite Night event in December 2013.[46][47] The music video for the song was shot and directed in South Africa. It was uploaded onto YouTube on May 1, 2014. Oskido and Uhuru made cameo appearances in the video.[48]

In June 2014, Davido collaborated with Mi Casa, Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz and Tiwa Savage on a song for DSTV‘s Africa Rising campaign, which was designed to inspire Africans to partake in community-based social investment projects. The music video for the song, released on June 24, 2014, was shot and directed by South African production house Callback Dream.[49] The aforementioned artists performed the song at the Africa Rising launch ceremony in Mauritius.[50] In July 2014, Davido told The New Age newspaper that he plans on collaborating with American rappers Rick Ross and Meek Mill.[51][52]

Endorsements

On April 6, 2012, Nigerian Entertainment Today reported that Davido signed a N30 million endorsement deal with MTN. The deal unveiled him as the face of MTN Pulse, a marketing campaign for Nigerian youths.[53] On October 24, 2013, Pulse reported that Guinness Nigeria signed Davido to an endorsement deal.[54] As part of the deal, Davido performed at the Guinness World of More Concert alongside P-Square, D’banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide, Phyno, Chidinma, Waje and Tiwa Savage, among others.[55]

Bribery allegations

In May 2014, Davido slandered the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) after missing his flight to London. He accused them of pestering him for money. On May 11, 2014, the Public Relations Officer for the NIS debunked Davido’s allegations and said that they didn’t issue him an exit permit because he didn’t have the proper traveling documents with him at the time.[56][57]

Discography

Studio albums

Selected singles

Year Title Album
2011 “Back When” (featuring Naeto C) Omo Baba Olowo
Dami Duro
2012 “Ekuro”
“Overseas” (featuring Sina Rambo)
“Gbon Gbon”
“All of You”
“Feel Alright” (featuring Ice Prince)
2013 Gobe TBA
“One of a Kind”
Skelewu
2014 Aye
“Tchelete (Goodlife)” (featuring Mafikizolo)

Awards and nominations

Davido awards and nominations

Davido performing at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
Totals
Awards won 25
Nominations 45

Soul Train Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Davido for “Aye” Best International Performance Nominated [58]

The Future Africa Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself African Young Person of the Year Nominated [59]

Kora Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2012 Himself Best Newcomer Award Won [7]

BET Award

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Best International Act: Africa Won [60]

Dynamix All Youth Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2011 Himself Promising Youth Artiste Won [61]
“Back When” Song of the Year Won

MOBO Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Best African Act Nominated [62]

MTV Europe Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Best African Act Nominated [63]

African Muzik Magazine Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Best Male West Africa Won [64]
Artist of the Year Won
“Skelewu” Song of the Year Nominated [65]
Best Dance in a Video Nominated
“Number One Remix” Song of the Year Nominated
Best Collabo Nominated

MTV Africa Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Best Male Won [66]
Artist of the Year
“Number One” (Remix)
(Diamond featuring Davido)
Best Collaboration Nominated [67]
“Skelewu” Song of the Year

World Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself World’s Best Male Artist Nominated [68]
World’s Best Live Act Nominated
World’s Best Entertainer Of The Year Nominated

Channel O Music Video Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 “Aye” Most Gifted Male Nominated [69]
Most Gifted Afropop Nominated
Most Gifted West Nominated
Most Gifted Video Nominated
“Skelewu” Most Gifted Dance Nominated
2013 “Gobe” Most Gifted Afro Pop Video Nominated [70]
2012 “Dami Duro” Most Gifted Dance Video of the Year Nominated [71]
Most Gifted Newcomer Video of the Year Won [72]

Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 “Aye” Video of the Year Nominated [73]
Indigenous Concept Nominated
Best Use Of Costumes Nominated
Best Afro Pop Video Won
“Tchelete (Goodlife)”
(featuring Mafikizolo)
Best Pop Extra Video Nominated
2013 “All of You” Best Dance Hall/Reggae Video Nominated [74]
“Gobe” Best Pop Extra Video Nominated
2012 “Dami Duro” Best Video By A New Artiste
(Live Beats Choice)
Won [75]

4Syte TV Music Video Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 “Aye” Best African Video Nominated [76]
2013 “Gobe” Best African Act Video Nominated [77]
2012 “Dami Duro” Nominated [78]

Ghana Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself African Artiste Of The Year Won [79]
2013 Nominated [80]

City People Entertainment Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Musician Of The Year (Male) Won [81]
“Aye” Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated [82]
Video of the Year Nominated
“Daddy”
(Reminisce featuring Davido)
Best Collabo of the Year Nominated
2013 Himself Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated [83]
Best Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year Nominated
“Gobe” Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated

The Headies

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Artiste of the Year Won [84]
“Aye” Song of the Year Won
Best Pop Single Nominated
2013 Himself Artiste of the Year Nominated [85]
Hip Hop World Revelation Won [86]
Omo Baba Olowo Best R&B/Pop Album Won
Album of the Year Nominated [85]
Gobe Best Pop Single Nominated
2012 Himself Next Rated Won [87]
Dami Duro Best Pop Single Nominated [88]
Song of the Year Nominated
“Carolina”
(Sauce Kid featuring Davido)
Best Collabo Nominated

Nigeria Entertainment Awards

Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2014 Aye Hottest Single of the Year Won [89]
Himself Male Artist of the Year Won
Skelewu Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director) Nominated [90]
“Gallardo”
(Runtown featuring Davido)
Best Collaboration Won [89]
“Mofe Lowo Ju Daddy Mi”
(Reminisce featuring Davido)
Nominated [90]
2013 O.B.O (Omo Baba Olowo) Best Album of the Year Nominated [91]
Himself Best Pop/R&B Artiste of the Year Won [92]
2012 “Dami Duro” Hottest Single of the Year Won [93]
Himself Best New Act of the Year Won
“Carolina”
(Sauce Kid featuring Davido)
Best Collabo of the Year Won

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