Laycon (Real Name: Olamilekan Massoud Al-Khalifah Agbeleshebioba, born 8 November 1993) is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter, singer, and TV personality who became the winner of the popular reality TV show Big Brother Naija (BBN) in its Season 5 Lockdown Edition
His intelligence drew him to some people, while his musical talent endeared him to others. Below are some interesting facts you probably never knew about him.
10 Facts You Never Knew About Laycon
1. He was born in Lagos State 30 Years Ago
Laycon is originally a native of Baluwen Odeda in Ogun State. However, he was born and bred in Lagos State. He grew up with his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Agbeleshebioba, and his two siblings Tope and Yomi Agbeleshebioba. His father is said to be late. Asides from their names, nothing much is known about Laycon’s siblings and what they do for a living.
2. Laycon also had all His Education in Lagos State
Laycon grew up in Lagos. He attended Emmanuel Nursery and Primary School, Alakuko, between 1996 and 2002. He later proceeded to Lagos State Model College Meiran, where he had his secondary school education between 2003 and 2009. For his first degree, Laycon gained admission into the popular University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, where he studied and graduated with a second-class upper degree in philosophy between 2012 and 2016.
3. His Career Began Before His University Graduation
Many persons would prefer to round up their schooling before seeking out a career path for themselves. The reverse happens to be the case with Laycon. The young rapper interned as a personal assistant to the MD and CEO of Latjum Global Nigeria Limited while he was still in school. In his search for greener pasture, Laycon relocated to BestMan Games in Ikoyi. There, he worked as a sales and business personnel.
He didn’t stop there. Laycon later went back to being a personal assistant, but this time to a different boss. He worked as a personal assistant to the director of welfare in administration and human resources at Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy. Also, he delved into freelancing at a point. He worked as a freelance writer for different companies and establishments.
4. Laycon Signed His First Music Contract in 2019
Like most popular musicians and rappers, Laycon started rapping at an early stage in life. Even as he sought corporate work, he never lost touch with his God-given talent. While in school, he utilized every opportunity to take to the stage and announce to the world who he is.
In 2014, he was one of the artists who took part in the Coke Studio event at UNILAG. Also, he emerged as a top 10 finalist at the MTV Base LSB Challenge in 2017. He was signed into the Fierce Nation Record label in 2019. The young star dropped his track Fierce, featuring Chinko Ekun and Who is Laycon? featuring Reminisce as his EP.
5. BBNaija Turned Laycon into a Big Star
As earlier mentioned, Laycon was one of the housemates of BBN Season 5. He was the 19th contestant to get into the house. As he stated during his entrance interview with the famous TV personality and presenter Ebuka Obi-uchendu, Laycon mentioned that his sole aim of coming to the BBN Lockdown house was to promote his music and his EP. Of course, like every other contestant, he also aimed for the big prize, but his major focus was to market his musical career.
6. He Recorded Many Firsts in BBNaija
Laycon came into the Big Brother house as one of the contestants people didn’t reckon much with on his first day. However, thanks to his smartness and talent, he became one of the most favorite housemates a little longer after the show began. As he wished, his fanbase began to grow enormously. He was the first housemate whose Instagram account was verified. He further broke the record as the first housemate to have a million followers on Instagram after just a few days in the house. Also, his music, which happens to be his reason for coming to the show, became popular. His EP grew effortlessly as it witnessed large downloads and listening.
7. He Earned Recognition from His State Government after BBNaija
When he was declared the winner on the 27th of September, 2020, he became N85 million richer than he was. Success, they say, has many parents. This saying came to fulfillment in his life as the governor of his home state, Ogun State, His Excellency Dapo Abiodun, honored him with the title and office of Youth Ambassador for Ogun State. This office came with a cheque of N5 million and another gift of a 3-bedroom bungalow located in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
From that moment, Laycon stepped into the limelight (he hasn’t stepped away from it either). Different celebrities began to associate with him. Also, he became the best big thing in the world of the Naija music industry. It has been a season of remixes and music videos, where he is featured by other popular singers and rappers.
Also, Laycon has invested time in his music as he has been featured in lots of remixes, new albums, and new singles. He also dropped his first album titled ‘Shall We Begin,’ which went wild like wildfire in over 30 nations with millions of streams and downloads.
8. Laycon has Signed a Good Number of Brand Sponsorship Deals
After his victory at BBN, the king of Light Nation has not only joined the gang of Nigerian music millionaires, but he has also made more out of what he has been given. Multiple endorsements and ambassadorships have been given to him. He is the brand ambassador to the following establishments:
- GOtv Nigeria
- Oppo Nigeria
- Beautiful Body Skin Care Brand
- Orijin (a Nigerian alcoholic beverage)
9. Laycon is now Worth Millions of Dollars
With his big win, endorsement, ambassadorships, and real estate business, the young celebrity is already raking in lots of cash just a few months after leaving the BBNaija house. His net worth is conservatively placed at over $450,000, while some sources also pegged his worth at $550,000. This places him among the richest artists in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
10. Who is Laycon’s Girlfriend?
During his days in the BBN house, Laycon had feelings for the famous and controversial Erica Nlewedim, a fellow housemate. Their ship never sailed as it moved from one confrontation to barter where Laycon was at the receiving end of it all. However, while Laycon made waves in the house and became the winner, a lady took to social media to talk about how she dumped Laycon for another man. She apologized and stated that she was ready to come back to him, even if it’s as his baby mama. On an Instagram live session with his fans, Laycon debunked the rumor about having a girlfriend. The king of Light Nation stated emphatically he had no First Lady and that all his fans are his First Lady.