Davido: Biography, Music, Family and Love life
David Adedeji Adeleke is a top Nigerian Artist, song writer and producer whose stage name is called Davido. He was born on the 21st of November, 1992 in the United States of America, precisely Atlanta Georgia. He is the son of the popularly known Nigerian business mongul named Chief Adedeji Adeleke who happens to be the founder of Adeleke University which is in Osun state, and also the chief executive officer (CEO) of pacific holdings. Chief Adedeji Adeleke is believed to be worth seven hundred million dollars ($700,000,000).
Family & History
David was mothered by Dr. Veronica Imade who was a lecturer at Babcock University. David was at a very tender age (11) years when she passed away in March 2003. He happens to be the third child of his parent, alongside 1 elder brother and two sisters. Although not much is known about his siblings other than they have high post in the company headed by their father. They were reported to be seen by reporters during the birthday celebration of their father. David’s elder brother Adewale Adeleke is also a CEO at HKN- a music brand.
As regards family ties, Davido is of a Yoruba origin through his father’s side Adedeji Adeleke who is a son to Chief Adebayo Adeleke (davids grandfather) the same person who is believed to be the creator of banana island which is well known for her highly placed value, and it is situated at the foreshore of ikoyi in Lagos state. Others have it that Davids grandfather is Senator Ayoola Raji Adeleke, a senator in the second republic. Basically Davido has different family members who are men of timbers and caibres. ‘Adeleke’ is a prestigious name that has succeded for several generations down the line.
Presently Davido is regarded among the richest artist in the Nigerian music world not just because he is from a wealthy home, but his talent, consistencies, positive vibes and passion has paved way for him in the industry home and Abroad.
Davido attended the British International School before he moved down to the United State of America to study business Administration at Oakwood University at the Alabamas. His grades suffered, reason being that his love for music could not be contended with and thrown off, so he decided to drop out and relocated to London where he worked on his music skills. On the verge of that he became a backup for Shina Rambo.
David came back to Nigeria in 2011, where his father protested he returned to school. Along the way, they reached an agreement when the senior Adeleke founded the creation of the music department at Babcock University and davido became the inaugural (part-time) student, where he graduated with a second class upper in 2015.
The Afropop and afrobeat genre that was delved out of Afrobeat created by Fela Anikulapo Kuti happens to be Davidos favourite. That is why his songs are most times in line with that.
Davido came into limelight in 2011, after his popular song “Back when” that featured Nigerians popular rap artist Naeto C. The video of this song was shot and directed by Clarence Peters. The song received a lot of air play. Davido officially came to the limelight when he officially released the song ‘Damiduro’ in 2011. Ever since then, Davido has moved to constantly release numerous albums consisting of hit songs alongside his brother Adewale Adeleke, being the CEO of HKN record label which happens to be home to other influential artist such as B-red, Shina Rambo and DeeKay. Over the years Davido has produced quite a number of songs for other artists such as the likes of Tiwa savage, Skalesd, Naeto C, and even Sauce Kid.
Davido is popularly given the appellation O.B.O in Nigeria among his fans and friends. The O.B.O stands for Omo Baba Olowo translated to be ‘The son of a wealthy man’ in English. From David’s root, we can see that there is no hype on his part for him to have choosen that kind of nick name because he is indeed an ‘O.B.O’.
In April 2012, Davido signed an endorsement deal with one of the most used telecommunication in Africa, MTN Nigeria as the face of MTN pulse. Furthermore, Davido bagged himself an ambassador deal with the popularly known ‘Sony Music’. Also on the 23rd of October 2013, Davdo partnered with Guinness Nigeria for the “Guinness world of more” concert.
Davido omo baba olowo in the space of seven years has released a couple of hit songs that has earned him several recognitions with awards as appreciation of his music and brand both internationally and locally. His first hit “Back when” served as the album lead single. The video of this song was uploaded on Youtube on the 29th of May 2011. He also went ahead to release ‘Dami duro’ which was co-produced it alongside shizzy on the 30th of October, 2011. The video of the song was shot and directed by Clearance Peters and was released during the “Occupy Nigerian Protest”.
Several songs were leaked prior to the official release, but this did not discourage the ever enthusiastic davido, as he went ahead to sing ‘Ekuro’, ‘Gbon gbon’, ‘Feel Alright’, ‘All of you’ and many others, after the release of his first song. All this development spanned within the space of two years and the album sold million copies in Nigeria and Abroad. The singles from the album were topping at the MTV chart as at 2011.
In early 2013, 25th of February to be precise, he released his second debut studio album with hits single like ‘Gobe’, ‘One of a kind’. The singles from his second album was trending and was massively accepted globally. This singles was ranked second on premium time’s list of the Top ten (10) songs in 2013. Between 2013 and 2015, he sang other songs that was popularly known not only for its sweetness to the ear, but also for the newly created dance moves that raved the market; songs such as ‘Skelewu’, ‘Aiye’, ‘Tchelete featuring Mafikizolo’ which means goodlife, ‘Naughty’ featuring DJ Arafat, ‘Owonikoko’, ‘The sound’ and ‘The money’.
IF the viewers and fans of Davido were to decide which was his best songs before his more recent ‘assurance’, ‘flora my flawa, and others, Many would have a hard time selecting which songs made them know him. As skelewu and Gobe happen to be a raving song in every party, we would like to describe both as a lime light opening for davido’s stardomness.
Gobe which was produced by Shizzy got comments from Charles Ngbolu saying; it is a beautiful song, it is a tremendous video running along. In the Gobe video, Davido created imagery in the mind of the viewers, where he was been beaten up by thugs after winning the girls heart. The Gobe song happens to be a song that radiates fun from start to finish. The Video for this song was shot in South Africa by God father Productions. This is an analogy of one out of his many hit songs.
As at Auust 13, 2013, the third single ‘Skelewu’ was ranked fifth on the list of the Top ten songs in 2013. The song peaked on number one on Afribiz’s top 100 charts. Davido was generous enough to create a dance competition, where he asked fans to upload their own dance video to the song skelewu offering a cash prize of three thousand dollars (#480,000.00) and Bello Moshood Abiola was declared winner of the competition. This is just one out of Davido’s many generous acts.
He went further to release ‘Aiye’ as the fourth single which was produced by T-spize, the video was released on 7th of February, 2013 and was directed by Clearance Peters. On the 30th of April, 2014, he released yet his fifth single ‘Tchelete’ featuring South African duo Mafikizolo, the song which translated to Money was produced by Oskido and Shizzy.
Davido has in short released hit songs back to back, as every of his song has been Top-notch from ‘Back when’ to ‘Assurance’ his latest songs. Davido has received lots of Award, 29 out of 74 nomination ranging from notable BET awards, KORA awards and Channel O awards and others such as Nigeria Music video awards, MTV Africa music Awards, Magazines Awards, The Headies Award. Davido also created history by winning the MOBO Awards for best African Act in U.S.A.
Davido is known to be the only Nigerian Celebrity that has received the highest number of Awards all through his music career. He is currently one of the richest and most influential artist in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of about 10 billion naira. Davido became the first African based artist to have received award on BET awards main stage which was precented by actor Omari Hardwick and actress Tika Sumpter.
In 2018, Davido began the “30 million gang” slogan that was gotten from his song called ‘IF’. In fact he had Gold crested making reference to the same gang’s name; This was done to show how much he valued and respect his crew as he usually call them.
O.B.O or Davido as we like to call him lives a flamboyant lifestyle, he owns a mansion both home and Abroad (Atllanta), and fleet of cars. Davido is so extravagantly rich that he bought a 45 million Porsche car as a gift for his girlfriend ‘Chioma’. Davidos love life has never been a secret to the world. He is blessed with two kids, although from different women, making them his baby mamas. Irrespective of this, his love for Chioma is out of this world.
In May 2015, he had a beautiful daughter with his older ex-girl friend by the name Sophie Momodu the daughter of a business tycoon Dele Momodu. Davido personally uploaded on social media declaring the birth of his daughter. Although in December 2015 and his baby mama got in a fight over the custody of their daughter Imade Adeleke. Apparently, Davido’s love for his kids too happen to be out of this world; This suggests why he wanted the custody of his seven month old baby girl. Davido also happens to have a pretty baby girl –Hailey Veronica Adeleke with Amanda in the United States.
Imade was birthed on May 14th 2015. And her mum (Sophie), happens to be the most famous amongst the baby mama’s. She is known to be a dramatic and an interesting person who is hell-bent on marrying Davido, but despite the child between them, Davido still didn’t opt to marry her. Hailey on the other hand was given birth to on 9th of May 2017.
There isn’t much information about Haileys mum. All that is known about her is that; she is Amanda by name and resides in U.S.A. And so you know, Davido’s isn’t married to this lady.
As we all know that a star’s life would not be let alone in peace, so is the life of Davido. So many rumors has circulated about Davido, that he is involved with so many ladies. He has also been involved with a 19 year old Sira Kante. This was revealed by a close friend of Sira that their love story started after they both met on the set of a music video for ‘naughty’ by Davido featuring Arafat. Among others, Chioma has risen to stardom, all thanks to the almighty and ever loving Davido who openly declared his love for her even after birthing two kids. To this end, he came out to release a song titled ‘Assurance’ to express and affirm his love for her.
Although there is always certainty of conspiracies among notable star artist, and believe me you, Davido also has over the years had his own fair share. He has been involved in street and club fight, problems with law enforcement agents and aggressive behaviors in the past.
Davido is a young, wealthy, talented, famous and interesting artist and person who despite several hurdles has come out a shining star and is ever willing. Even at the age of 26, Davido has started to father other not too popular artists like Mayokun, Perruzzi, Yonda and so on. He is also an encourager of goodwill among top artists to be a helper of young talented artists.