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David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), better known by his stage name Davido, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is one of the most influential and successful artists in the Nigerian music industry and has gained international recognition for his work.
|Full Name||David Adedeji Adeleke|
|Born||November 21, 1992 (age 30)|
|Awards||Most Popular Musician (Male) : Net Honors 2022|
|Organization||Davido Music Worldwide|
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Early Life and Education
Davido was born on November 21, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, to Nigerian parents, Adedeji Adeleke, a business magnate, and Vero Adeleke, a university lecturer. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and attended the British International School. Later, Davido moved to the United States to study business administration at Oakwood University in Alabama.
While at Oakwood University, Davido developed an interest in music and started working on his vocals. He eventually dropped out of university and relocated to London to focus on his music career. In 2011, he returned to Nigeria and decided to pursue music full-time, enrolling at Babcock University, where he obtained a degree in music in 2015.
Early Career and Breakthrough
Davido’s professional music career began in 2011 with the release of his debut single, “Back When,” featuring Nigerian rapper Naeto C. The song received positive reviews and helped establish Davido as an up-and-coming artist in Nigeria. In 2012, he released his second single, “Dami Duro,” which became an instant hit and further cemented his place in the Nigerian music industry.
In 2012, Davido released his debut studio album, “Omo Baba Olowo,” which featured collaborations with notable Nigerian artists such as Ice Prince, 2 Face Idibia, and Sina Rambo. The album was well-received and helped propel Davido to stardom.
Over the years, Davido has released numerous hit singles, including “Gobe,” “Skelewu,” “Aye,” “If,” “Fall,” and “Fia.” His 2017 singles “If” and “Fall” garnered widespread international recognition, with “Fall” becoming the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.
In 2019, Davido released his second studio album, “A Good Time,” which featured guest appearances from artists such as Chris Brown, Summer Walker, Gunna, and Popcaan. The album was met with positive reviews and commercial succes s.
Record Label and Production
In addition to his singing career, Davido is also the founder of the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), which he established in 2016. The label has signed several notable Nigerian artists, including Mayorkun, Dremo, and Peruzzi.
Davido is also a music producer and has produced songs for other artists, including Naeto C, Skales, and Tiwa Savage.
Davido is the father of three children, Aurora Imade Adeleke, Hailey Veronica Adeleke, and David Ifeanyi Adeleke Jr. He is currently engaged to his fiancée, Chioma Avril Rowland.
Awards and Nominations
Throughout his career, Davido has received numerous awards and nominations, including:
- The Headies Award for Next Rated (2012)
- MTV Africa Music Award for Best Male (2014)
- BET Award for Best International Act: Africa (2014, 2018)
- The Headies Award for Artiste of the Year (2018)
- African Muzik Magazine Award for Artist of the Year (2018)
Davido’s music has earned him a multitude of accolades and recognition, both nationally and internationally, making him one of the most celebrated Nigerian artists of his time.
Davido is known for his philanthropic efforts and has been involved in various charitable activities. He has donated to various causes, including funding the education of orphans, supporting medical expenses for individuals in need, and providing scholarships for students.
In 2018, Davido launched the “Davido Locked Up Tour,” during which he donated $5,000 to the Music in Africa Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting African musicians and promoting the African music industry.
Davido’s philanthropic work has had a significant impact on the lives of many, further establishing him as not only an accomplished artist but also a humanitarian.