Popular American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and record producer David Adedeji Adeleke better known by his stage name Davido, was born on November 21, 1992.
The young star is the co-owner of HKN Music, a record label that has produced songs for Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage, and Sauce Kid
Davido was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992, to a business magnate father Chief Deji and a university lecturer mother late Vero Adeleke.
He relocated to Lagos at a very tender age and acquired his early primary education at the British International School located in Lagos.
After his secondary education, he got admission to study Business Administration at Oakwood University but had to drop out because of bad grades.
The Beginning of Music
Davido achieved one significant thing in Oakwood – his interest in music. He started off by acquiring some musical instruments and making beats as well as recording vocal references.
After dropping out of Oakwood, he relocated to London where he developed his vocals some more.
Upon his return to Nigeria, he agreed to his father’s persuasion and enrolled in Babcock University where he bagged a degree in music.
Though still single, Davido has a daughter Imade Adeleke with his baby mama Sophia Momodu. The birth of Imade was a very trying time for both Davido and Sophie. The situation was made worse by the many negative and inciting reports about the paternity of the child and the fact that Sophie is older than Davido
Davido’s Songs And Career
Davido 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” which featured Ice Prince.
To promote the album, Davido released the music videos for “Ekuro, “Gbon Gbo”, and “Feel Alright”.
Davido has also released singles “Gobe”, “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, “Naughty” and “Owo Ni Koko” among others.
Early in 2013, Davido began recording his second studio album, and on February 25, 2013, he released “Gobe” produced by Shizzi as the upcoming album’s lead single.
“Gobe” was quickly followed by the second and third singles – “One of a Kind” and “Skelewu” respectively.
The fourth single from the album “Aye” produced by T Spice was released on February 2, 2014, while the video was released few days after as directed by Clarence Peters.
Later on by April 30, 2014, Davido’s HKN Music released the upcoming album’s fifth single “Tchelete (Goodlife)” featuring South African duo Mafikizolo.
In an announcement he made on Twitter in 2016 which was met with mixed reactions, Davido revealed that he signed a record deal with Sony BMG, an announcement that was met with mixed feelings.
Davido revealed his plans of collaborating with American rappers Rick Ross and Meek Mill and in June 2015, he dropped the long awaited collaboration with Meek Mill titled “Fans Mi”.
Awards And Nominations
Within a short time of his music career, Davido has received a total of 29 awards from 74 nominations.
His awards include BET Award, a Kora Award, a Channel O Music Video Award a Ghana Music Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, 2 MTV Africa Music Awards, 2 African Muzik Magazine Awards, 5 The headies Awards, 7 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and 2 Dynamix All Youth Awards.
Davido reportedly signed a 30million naira endorsement deal with MTN on April 6, 2012. Thus, he was unveiled as the face of MTN Pulse, a marketing campaign for Nigerian youths.
On October 24, 2013, it was reported that Guinness Nigeria signed Davido to an endorsement deal, after which he performed at the Guinness World of More Concert alongside other popular artists.