Adekunle Temitope, popularly known as Small Doctor, is a Nigerian Fuji, afro-pop recording artist with a net worth estimated at $2 million. The 26-year old artist made his wealth through his music career, endorsements, musical tours, and shows. He may no longer be referred to as “small” because he has grown to be one of the big names and richest music artists in the Nigerian music and entertainment industry.
The young and vibrant music sensation entered the spotlight when he was 16 following the release of his hit singles Penalty and Mosquito Killer in 2012. After releasing his debut album, Street Ambassador, which became an instant and massive hit in 2015, he became a household name. So far, the award-winning Afro-pop superstar has 3 studio albums to his credit and several other hit tracks, mostly written in Yoruba and English, which are topping the Nigerian music charts.
At a Young Age of 26, Small Doctor Has Made Strides as a Fuji Artist
Adekunle Temitope, best known as Small Doctor, was born on May 27, 1996, in a settlement called Dopemu in Lagos State. Nonetheless, he is a native of Ondo State, precisely from Ese Odo, Ilaje Community. Small Doctor has always had a strong penchant for music from his childhood and has been singing from a tender age, albeit not professionally. He performed mostly in the church choir, where his mother and siblings also belong.
In his quest for knowledge, Small Doctor had his primary education at Aina Orosan Nursery and Primary School. Afterward, he proceeded to Oniwaya Secondary School Dopemu, Lagos, where he obtained his senior secondary school certificate (WAEC) in 2004. In 2001, during his secondary school days, Small Doctor started building his music career by frequenting the studio, where he began creating lovely mixtapes and freestyles.
Upon graduation, Small Doctor then advanced into the prestigious University of Lagos for his degree, which never saw the light of the day. He later dropped out of the university to fully concentrate on his musical career, even though he is still optimistic about completing his degree someday.
He Kicked Off His Professional Music Career in 2012 at Age 16
By 2003, during his secondary school days, Small Doctor had put together his first musical composition titled “Ema Kanramo mi.” He gradually remained determined and focused until he announced his arrival in the Nigerian music scene with the release of his hit singles, including Penalty, Mosquito Killer Gbagaun, and Anobi in 2012. These singles got the attention of both the media and his fans, which put him in the spotlight.
His popularity grew further with the release of his debut album, Street Ambassador, in 2015, with hit tracks and the award-winning song, Penalty, which fetched him the Headies Award for the Best Street Hop Artist in 2018. Again, in 2015, he released another incredible album, Omo Iya Teacher, inspired by his mother, who is a teacher. The album also made waves and increased his growing popularity.
Consecutively, in 2016, Small Doctor also dropped yet another album, Street King, which became his third album. So far, Small Doctor has released over 30 tracks, most of which are hit songs topping most music charts across the country.
Small Doctor is currently into a record deal with OIT Dynasty Records. However, he had earlier been under Realbeat Planet Records and has worked with influential and big stars in the industry such as Pasuma, his mentor, Olamide, Da Emperor, Davido, and Young Lexy, to mention a few.
How Small Doctor Accumulated His $2 Million Net Worth
The Afro-pop singer has garnered quite a huge fortune estimated at $2 million through his career as a music artist and performer. Besides his music career, Small Doctor also makes money from endorsement deals. However, let’s take a look at some of the major contributors to his net worth below.
There is no doubt that Small Doctor is one artist with multiple streams of income. Nevertheless, it is quite difficult to ascertain exactly how much he has made specifically from his album sales. However, his 2015 song, Penalty, remains one of his highest-selling albums and fetched him an award after its release. So far, the Afro-pop star has not reached the peak of his career yet. Although he has been able to amass huge wealth through his music career, his best song is yet to come.
Musical Tours and Shows
As mentioned earlier, Small Doctor is a performer, which has also been a major part of his sources of income. One of his popular performances was his Omo Better Tour, which is his first major music tour in the country and beyond. During the tour, he performed in the Agege Stadium Lagos, which is a 20,000 capacity stadium, and his performance in London at a concert organized at 02 Academy Islington on September 9, 2018. Although the amount he made from these tours has not been revealed, they are believed to be millions of Naira.
Similarly, the artist also makes money through show performances. For anyone to invite the music superstar to a show, such a person should be prepared to spit out some millions. In this regard, Small Doctor is said to be charging over a million naira per show or more, depending on the type of show he is being invited to perform at. This has also contributed significantly to his gross net worth.
He Has Signed a Few Endorsement Deals
Apart from the earnings from his music career and performances, another contributor to his net worth is his endorsement deals. Notable among them include being the Brand Ambassador of Westernlotto and the Brand Ambassador of Winners Golden Bet, all of which run into millions.
With these different streams of income, Small Doctor’s net worth is likely going to increase significantly in the coming years.
Small Doctor Has Recorded Some Awards in His Name
For a career that has spanned closed to a decade and still counting, Small Doctor has recorded tremendous achievements in his career. In addition to his huge net worth, the singer has equally recorded some awards in his name. Some of his awards include the following:
- City People Entertainment Awards for Indigenous Artiste of The Year – 2015
- Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) for Best Video by a New Artiste – 2016
- City People Entertainment Awards for Street Music of The Year – 2017
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best New – Act – 2018
- The Headies for Best Street Hop Artiste – 2018