Falz is one Nigerian music artist who boasts a successful legal career and also banks as a songwriter, an actor and television personality. Though a lawyer by profession, the singer has won more hearts on the mic more than in the law court.
Unlike many singers who knew from childhood that they were born to shine through music, Falz’s childhood dream wasn’t to become a singer. However, things changed while he was in secondary school, leading him to pick up music as a hobby. From developing himself on some aspects of music, the singer started a music group called The School Boys with some of his schoolmates and friends. Not long after, precisely in 2009, Falz dropped his debut mixtape titled Shakara: The Mixtape as a secondary school student.
Two years later, the singer came up with another mind-blowing single hit titled Waz Up Guy. Falz was eventually thrust into small-scale stardom after his single hits Currency and High Class made their way to the music industry and became quite popular.
His breakout song titled Marry Me was released in 2015 and was subsequently nominated for the Best Collaboration of The Year award at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards held in 2015.
Falz’s music credits which have won him commendations, as well as many awards in the music industry include Ello Bae (2015), Stories That Touch (2015), Chemistry (a collabo with Nigerian singer Simi), Soldier, and Jamb Question.
The lawyer turned musician’s recent projects are Next and This Is Nigeria, which was released in May 2018. The music video, as gathered was inspired by American actor/comedian Donald Glover’s song This is America. Best known by his stage name Childish Gambino, Donald’s song exposed the many challenges in America, which precisely what Falz did in his own song too.
Who Is Falz? His Biography, Age
Falz was born into a family with an extensive law background on October 27, 1990, in Lagos State, Nigeria. The Afropop singer is the only child of his parents, who are also human rights activists and lawyers.
The This is Nigeria hitmaker’s full name is Folarin Falana. He had his elementary education at St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja, after which he moved to Olashore International School, Osun State for his secondary school education. Upon completion, Faz proceeded to the University of Reading, from where he earned an LLB honors degree in Law after graduation.
Who is His Father?
Falz is the son of prominent legal practitioner and human rights activist, Femi Falana. Born on December 30, 1958, in Lagos State, the singer’s father is the former National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP). He contested for Ekiti State governorship election in 2007 but lost the political race.
Femi is married to Funmi Falana, a respected lawyer and women’s rights activist. She is the National Director of Women Empowerment and Legal Aid (WELA), a reputable non-governmental organization that fights for the right of children and women.
A while back, the entertainment gossip mill was fussing about a possible relationship between the High School crooner and Joromi singer Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye but the two have severally denied the claim, insisting that they are just friends and have nothing special between them.
Though the couple looks cool together and could be easily mistaken for lovers, there’s no substantial evidence to prove they are actually dating or probably seeing each other behind the camera.
And while rumor detectives were busy trying to find out if there’s actually a chemistry between the singers, Falz took everyone by surprise when he shared on his Instagram page that his “real bae” is Lagos-born singer Chidinma Ekile.
While many believe Falz’s revelation is yet another publicity stunt, others were of the view that the two could possibly be in a serious relationship, considering Falz’s Instagram video which captured him kissing Ekile on her forehead. Ever since the video made its way to the internet, nothing has been heard about the couple and they are yet to confirm if they are an item or not. No doubt, it’s only time that will tell if Falz’s video was actually a publicity stunt or not.
Other Facts about Falz
1. At the Headies 2015, Falz was nominated for the “Best Street Hop Artiste of The Year” category for his song Ella Bae.
2. The singer’s superlative role in Jenifa’s Diary (Funke Akindele’s TV series) earned him the “Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in 2016.
3. At the 2016 BET Awards which took place in June 2016, Falz emerged the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act”.
4. The singer shares unique musical ties with popular Nigerian songwriter/singer Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, popularly known as Simi. The pair has worked together on three songs which are Chemistry, Soldier, and Jamb Question.
5. Falz has also banded together with a variety of other respected Nigerians artists like Dami Duro crooner Davido, YCee, Olamide, ShowDemKamp, M.I, Reekado Banks, actress/singer Chigul, Phyno, Afropop singer Yemi Alade, US-based Nigerian rapper Cheyenne Hamilton Labesa (stage name Chyn), Reminisce (real name Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru) and others.