One of the richest Nigerian artist Davido obviously enjoys
his life. The singer is now living in in Lekki, Lagos and seems to have
everything he needs: three-storey house, plenty of cars and a staff that
sees to his needs With shiny-gold chain hanging around his neck, Davido
greets his guests and talks about his story of success with
journalists. How did Davido manage to become such a big star? Let’s find
out more about Davido biography, path to success, wildest stories, and
his future plans or dreams.
Early days, background, and first steps in music
November 21, 1992. Now he uses the stage name Davido and is known better
as an American-born Nigerian recording artist, record producer, and
performer. His music is not only popular in the USA, but in his
motherland Nigeria as well.
Atlanta, Georgia. His father came to the USA from Nigeria and became a
business magnate. His mother was a lecturer in the local university.
There is not a lot of information about Davido’s childhood or his first
steps into the music career. However, we know that prior to starting his
career, Davido went to the university. He chose a major connected with
business and studied Business Administration at Oakwood University.
industry overwhelmed Davido. He shared a room in a dormitory with
another international student, a Rwandan track athlete. He remembered
how surprised he was to see an African in his room. Davido also got very
close with the guy who lived upstairs. Jaymo, the upstairs neighbor was
American and was very noisy. Davido remembered that one day he went to
go check what the noise was upstairs. After he opened the door, he saw a
full studio in guy’s room. Then Davido told him that he was trying to
do some music too. After giving it some thought, the neighbor asked
Davido right away if he wanted to invest in equipment. He suggested that
Davido invested $2,000 At that time it was too much to begin with, so
he contributed $500 instead.
2011. He was a part of a group called “KB international” in the USA. But
it didn’t work out as well as Davido would have liked, so he decided to
proceed on his own. At that time, he felt that doing what you love and
also making you money is happiness. So he started to record songs.
Davido spent all his time recording songs and searching for good beats.
He sent all his recordings to his cousin in Lagos in hopes of getting
into the music industry. Three semesters later, his grades dropped and
Davido decided to quit university. He left town without even telling his
parents about it. Looking for a new life, Davido headed to Atlanta,
where he used his older brother’s ID for a couple of months. He used it
to get into clubs and spent all his tuition money on drinks and motels.
Later, he decided
at that point, he started his music career for real. But due to father’s
pressure, he still had to enroll in university, but this time to one in
Nigeria. In July 2015, Davido earned a Music degree from Babcock
University and successfully graduated.
it was well-accepted by the audience in the whole of Nigeria. Back in
90’s he had nothing, but now he and his elder brother Adewale Adeleke
own HKN Music (a record label that signed Sina Rambo, B.Red and DeeKay).
Now Davido is not only recording songs but has also produced many songs
for Tiwa Savage, Naeto C, Skales, and Sauce Kid. However, this is only
one of his achievements. In April 2012, he signed a big endorsement deal
with MTN Nigeria. With the support of Guinness Nigeria, on October 23,
2013, Davido took part in the “Guinness World of More” concert.
Omo Baba Olowo (2011-2012)
studio album – Omo Baba Olowo. His first musical recording “Back When”
was released on May 7, 2011. He not only recorded the song but produced
them as well. The album earned a big attention from the public.
something different in the Nigerian music industry. The music video for
the single was uploaded onto YouTube on May 9, 2011. Directed by
Clarence Peters, the video seemed to preserve the traditional style for
the Nigeria musical industry, but had some modern beats in it. Davido
said that “Back When” was a song he recorded in London. Following the
single, Davido and Shinzzi co-produced “Dami Duro” and released the song
on October 30, 2011.
watch on January 8, 2012. Again, the main director of the video was
Clarence Peters and it was shot during the Occupy Nigeria protests, in
Lagos. Davido mentioned in some interviews that he recorded “Dami Duro”
in August 2011 and then three months later, the song got l*aked. Davido
sent it out to some friends before, so that may be a reason for song’s
2012. The album included the singles “Back When” featuring Naeto C, “All
of You”, “Overseas”, “Dami Duro” featuring Sina Rambo and the most
famous ones recorded with Ice Prince – “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon”, and “Feel
for Davido. The singles “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, “Gobe”, “Aye”,
“Tchelete (Goodlife)”, “Naughty”, “Owo Ni Koko”, “The Sound”, and “The
Money” brought him to the charts’ top lists. All these singles were
included in the album – “The Baddest”.
The Baddest and campaign in Africa (2013)
was “The Baddest”. In early 2013, Davido released “Gobe” as the upcoming
“The Baddest” album’s lead single. Shizzi was the main producer for the
first single of the album. The location for the video was South Africa.
The Godfather Productions helped with shooting the video. The song was
ranked to be the second best one on Top 10 songs of 2013 of Premium
single for the upcoming album. The album was released on May 13, 2013.
The song was produced by Shizzi. The music video for “One of a Kind”
song was directed by Tebza of Godfather Productions. The video was also
shot in South Africa and portrayed a very diverse and united Africa,
rich in ethnic and music culture.
and was released on August 13, 2013. The song was on the 5th place in
the TOP 10 songs of 2013. The song hit Afribiz’s Top 100 chart and
managed to be on the 1st place for a few weeks. Before the release of
the song’s video, there was a dance competition announced. Davido
uploaded a sample dance video onto YouTube and encouraged fans to upload
their videos dancing along to “Skelewu”. On October 10, 2013, Davido
announced the winner of the competition – Bello Moshood Abiola . The
lucky one got the cash prize of $3000 (₦480,000) which was announced
days after the release of the song.
well. In June 2014, Davido had a chance to work with Mi Casa, Lola Rae,
Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, and Tiwa Savage on a song for DSTV’s Africa
Rising campaign. This song was meant to inspire Africans to be more
community-involved. It promoted social investment, a need to take action
and be part of positive changes in local communities. The music video
for the song was released on June 24, 2014. As expected, it was shot and
directed by a South African production company and all the preparation
for the video took place in South Africa. The artists also performed the
song at the Africa Rising launch ceremony in Mauritius.
on working with American rappers Rick Ross and Meek Mill. But within a
year of cooperation, in June 2015, Davido cancelled his collaboration
with Meek Mill.
Sony Music. In January 2016, Davido announced it on Twitter and fans
reacted to that news in different ways. Some people said it was not a
good idea to work with Sony Music, but many other fans supported
Davido’s new path. The record label confirmed the deal which they had
signed with Davido. A few months later, Davido started his own label,
Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). Recently, young artists, Dremo and
Mayorkun had been signed to the label.