Davido, one of the wealthiest Nigerian artists, is definitely enjoying his life. It seems that the singer has everything he needs: a beautiful house, plenty of cars, and a staff that meets his requirements. But how has he succeeded in becoming such a big star?
Let’s learn more about his biography, his way to success, his wildest tales, and his intentions or dreams for the future.
Summary Of Profile
Father: Adedeji Adeleke
Mother: Veronica Adeleke
Age: 28 years old (as of 2020)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Date of birth: November 21, 1992
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Famously known as: Singer-Songwriter
Height: 5’6″ (168 cm)
Siblings: Adewale Adeleke, Sharon Adeleke
How Old Is Davido?
As of 2020, the age of Davido is 28, as he was born on November 21, 1992.
Life Of Davido At Early Age
On November 21, 1992, David Adedeji Adeleke was born. Today, he is known as a Nigerian recording artist, music producer, and entertainer born in America. Not only is his music popular in the USA, but also in Nigeria, his home country.
He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Adedeji Adeleke, a Nigerian business executive, and Vero Adeleke, a university professor.
From Nigeria, Davido’s father, Adedeji Adeleke, came to the US and became a business tycoon.
His mother was a lecturer at a university in the area. There is not a lot of information about the childhood of the musician or how he was brought up by his parents.
We know, however, that the artist went to university before beginning his career.
He chose a business-related major and studied Business Administration at Oakwood University.
At that very moment, Davido was overwhelmed by his interest in the music industry. He shared a room in a dormitory with a Rwandan track athlete, another foreign students.
He remembers how surprised he was in his room to see an African. The musician got very close to the guy who was living upstairs, too. Jaymo, the neighbor upstairs, was American and was very noisy.
The musician recalls that he went to see what the noise upstairs was like one day. He saw a full studio in the guy’s room after he unlocked the door. Then, Davido notified him he was also trying to make some music.
After giving it some thought, Davido was immediately asked by the neighbor if he wanted to invest in equipment. He suggested $2,000 had been invested by Davido. It was too much to begin with at that time, so he contributed $500 instead.
His Music Career
By March 2011, the musician was doing music as a leisure activity. He was a member of a group in the USA called “KB international.”
But the group didn’t work out as much as it would have pleased Davido, so he decided to go on his own. He felt at that moment that it is happiness to do what you love and also make your own money. So he began recording songs.
He’s spent all his time recording songs and searching for good beats since meeting his new friends at university. In aim of getting into the music industry, he sent all his recordings to his cousin in Lagos.
His grades dropped three semesters later, and he considered quitting university. Without even telling his family about this, he left town.
Searching for a new life, he went to Atlanta, where for a couple of months he used his older brother’s ID. He spent all of his school money on drinks and motels and used it to get into clubs. He chose to leave the country afterward and boarded a flight to London. He got rid of his SIM card and a new life started.
He shifted his focus from production to vocals at that time, and purchased some musical equipment.
“There was no Snapchat, no Instagram,”. Twitter was rarely there… I just walked off the radar” the artist revealed”.
He soon returned to Nigeria in 2011, and he began his musical journey for real at that point. But he still had to go to university because of his father’s pressure, but this time to one in Nigeria. He received a degree in Music from Babcock University in July 2015 and graduated successfully.
In 2011, his single “Dami Duro” was launched and was well-accepted by the audience in Nigeria overall. He had nothing back in the 1990s, but now he and his older brother, Adewale Adeleke, own HKN Music (a record label that signed Sina Rambo, B.Red and DeeKay).
Now, he’s not just recording songs for Tiwa Savage, Naeto C, Skales, and Sauce Kid, but he’s also produced many songs. These are not his only accomplishments, though.
In April 2012, he signed a big sponsorship deal with MTN Nigeria. With the support of Guinness Nigeria, on October 23, 2013, he actively participated in the “Guinness World of More” live show.
Let’s take a closer look at Davido albums…
”Omo Baba Olowo” (2011-2012)
He started working on his debut studio album in 2011, Omo Baba Olowo. On May 7, 2011, his first musical album, ”Back When”, was released. He not only recorded but also produced the song. The album garnered huge public interest.
As it was something varying in the Nigerian music industry, the song and the video became trending. On May 9, 2011, the music video for the single was uploaded to YouTube.
The video, directed by Clarence Peters, seemed to retain the traditional version of the musical industry in Nigeria, but had some contemporary beats in it. The musician said that a song he recorded in London was “Back When”
Davido and Shinzzi co-produced ‘Dami Duro’ regarding the single and released the song on October 30, 2011.
On January 8, 2012, the music video for ‘Dami Duro’ was available for viewing. Again, Clarence Peters was the main director of the video and it was shot during the protests of Occupy Nigeria in Lagos.
In some interviews, the artist stated that he recorded “Dami Duro” in August 2011, and then the song was leaked three months later. The musician had previously sent it out to some friends, so that might be a reason for the early launching of the song
In 2012, he released his first album, Omo Baba Olowo. The album included the new tracks “Back When” featuring Naeto C, “All of You”, “Overseas”, “Dami Duro” featuring Sina Rambo, “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon”, and “Feel Alright” and the most popular ones recorded with Ice Prince.
For the artist, the next few years (2013-2015) were very productive. The singles “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, “Gobe”, “Aye”, “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, “Naughty”, “Owo Ni Koko”, “The Sound” and “The Money” took him to the top lists of the charts. In the album “The Baddest” were all these singles included.
”The Baddest” and ”Campaign In Africa” (2013)
“The Baddest” was the second album that he started working on. “He released “Gobe” in early 2013 as the lead single for the upcoming “The Baddest” album. The main producer for the album’s first single was Shizzi.
In South Africa, the song’s video was shot, and The Godfather Productions assisted to record a video. The song was placed by Premium Times as the second best on the Top 10 Songs of 2013 list. On social media sites, the singer is very energetic. This is why he confirmed the release of his second album on Twitter.
The song “One of a Kind” was chosen as the leading single for the upcoming album. On May 13, 2013, the album was released. Shizzi produced the song. Tebza of Godfather Productions directed the music video for “One of a Kind” song. The video was also shot in South Africa and presented a very varied and united Africa, rich in ethnic and musical culture.
“Skelewu” was the third single on his upcoming album and was released on August 13, 2013. The song was ranked 5th in the 2013 list of Top 10 songs. Afribiz’s Top 100 chart was hit by the song and managed to be in 1st place for a few weeks.
There was a dance contest announced prior to the release of the song’s video. The musician uploaded a sample dance video to YouTube and inspired fans to upload their “Skelewu” dance videos.
Davido declared the winner of the competition on October 10, 2013 – Bello Moshood Abiola. The lucky winner got a $3000 cash prize that was announced days after the song was released. He released “Aye” on February 2, 2014. This was the upcoming album’s fourth single.
He also took part in events for donation as well. In June 2014, Davido had an opportunity to collaborate on a song for DSTV’s Africa Rising campaign with Mi Casa, Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, and Tiwa Savage.
This song was designed to inspire more community-involved Africans. It has encouraged capital investment, the need for action and the need to be part of positive changes in local communities. On June 24, 2014, the music video for the song was launched.
It was shot and directed as anticipated by a production company in South Africa and all the readiness for the video did take place in South Africa. At the Africa Rising launch ceremony in Mauritius, the artists performed the song as well.
Davido stated in July 2014 that he was planning on collaborating with American rap artists Rick Ross and Meek Mill. But the artist suspended his partnership with Meek Mill within a year of cooperation, in June 2015.
The one with Sony Music is his most beneficial deal. The musician confirmed it on Twitter in January 2016 and people responded in various ways to that news. Some people said working with Sony Music was not a smart idea, but many other fans encouraged Davido’s new path.
The contract they had signed with him was confirmed by the record label. The singer started his own label, Davido Music Worldwide, a few months later (DMW). They signed Dremo and Mayorkun to the label.
Davido and Wizkid
The musician is always claiming that he has a sense of competition when it comes to music. Davido and Wizkid, who were former closest colleagues and partners, had a long-running quarrel. They literally turned into rivals who, in songs and on social networking sites, spent a couple of years badgering each other. Davido, however, rejected all these stories.
“We’re the best, me and Wizkid. If one telecommunications company comes to me, the other one will go and meet him. When Pepsi goes to him , Coke comes to me. Whether it is true or not, they make it feel like only one of us can be. I think there’s enough for all of us to eat, but sometimes it might feel like only one person is going to win”.
Award Nominations and Honors
He had obtained 29 awards from 74 nominations by December 2014. He received a BET Award, a Kora Award, a Channel O Music Video Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, a Ghana Music Award, 2 MTV Africa Music Awards, 2 African Muzik Magazine Awards, 5 Headies Awards, 7 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and Two All Youth Dynamix Awards.
Davido’s Love Life: His Children And Baby Mamas
He was dating a model named Sira Kante before he became a father. In late 2014, they began dating. Nevertheless, in 2015, just before the birth of the singer’s first baby-girl, Imade Aurora Oluwadamilola Adeleke, whose mother is Sophia Momodu, the lovely couple parted ways. Soon after their baby girl’s birth, Sophia and the singer parted ways.
The two ex-lovers ended up fighting over the care of the child after their separation. According to some speculations, when the singer was attempting to take the child away from Sophia Momodu, an argument began between the ex-couples.
He was also planning to escape to the USA with the baby. At the airport, Davido and his sister were blocked, and the police took their travel documents away.
The Nigerian immigration service staff and airport staff met with the child’s mother, but the singer kept insisting that the child be taken away. He stated that Sophia was genuinely his child’s mother, but when he was younger, he took advantage of him.
He stated that when he was just about 21 years old, he met Sophia. She was older than him and could use his youth, cynicism, and kindness to manipulate him.
Sophia is the musician’s daughter’s mother, but Davido has said there’s nothing between them more than just that. She will never be his wife, and for that status, she was never prepared. Her personal history is very different from his, her education is very poor and her physical characteristics are equally reduced. It was even indicated by the musician that she had exploited him so she could move into his house.
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Shortly after the incident with Sophia, the Nigerian musician and another new girlfriend named Amanda welcomed their new bundle of joy in May 2017. The star couple named the baby Hailey Veronica Adeleke. The singer shared pics of him and his baby, stating that he was now the happy father of two girls.
That relationship didn’t took long.
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News stories have it that before he became famous, a lady named Ayotomide Labinjo was associated with the singer. They have a baby – Mitchell Anu Adeleke. The singer is currently engaged to Chioma Avril Rowland, who is also the mother of Ifeanyi Adeleke, his son. thasDavido, who opened up live on Bounce Radio in a brief interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, stated that their eagerly anticipated wedding is going to take place in 2021.
He said, “Truthfully, Coronavirus twisted up the plans because it was supposed to be July. It’s going to be some time next year, I have decided. I want her to be working on her business for now, while I’m working on my album and the kids. First of all, I want to balance everything.”
The artist also opened up about their appreciate tale in the meeting and why his heart belongs to Chioma:
“For about seven years, I have known Chioma . We have been having an affair for about five years. Chioma was introduced to me by Lati . We went to the same school, Babcock University. We began as friends but I ended up getting so used to her and she got so used to me as well. She is a great cook as well.”
Davido’s Net Worth
Nigerian Entertainment Today wrote an article about the singer’s current contract with MTN on April 6, 2012. It was confirmed that he had signed with MTN a ~30 million endorsement contract. Davido would, according to the contract, be the face of MTN Pulse, a Nigerian youth marketing campaign.
Shortly after that, Pulse revealed about the artist’s new major sponsorship deal with Guinness Nigeria on October 24, 2013. The singer performed at the Guinness World of More Concert within the framework of that contract. Also presenting at the live show were other artists, including P-Square, D’banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide, Phyno, Chidinma, Waje, and Tiwa Savage as well.
Davido signed an endorsement agreement with smartphone maker Infinix in 2018.
As of 2020, his net worth is $10 million, Celebrity Net Worth confirms. Davido’s life is, as we can see, full of adventures and very crazy tales.
He lives it up and doesn’t fear being criticized by others. The musician only becomes more widely known as time passes.
We’re going to see how everything will go for him in the future, but for now, let’s continue to enjoy his songs and follow the latest news about the life of this Nigerian music star.