David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Birth name : David Adedeji Adeleke
Born : November 21, 1992, (age : 29 years) in Atalanta, Georgia USA.
Genres : Afrobeat, Afro pop music, pop, dancehall, R&B
Occupation(s) : Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer
Years active : 2010- present
Label : DMW, HKN, Sony Music Africa, RCA
Davido rose to fame after releasing “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012). In 2012, Davido won the Next Rated award at The Headies. Between 2013 and 2015, he also released a number of hit singles and in January 2016 he signed a record deal with Sony Music.
He then founded the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), to which acts Dremo, Mayorkun, Peruzzi and Liya have been signed. In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records. In October 2016, he released the 5-track EP Son of Mercy, which was supported by the singles “Gbagbe Oshi”, “How Long” and “Coolest Kid in Africa”. In April 2017, Davido re-negotiated his contract with Sony due to creative control issues and later that year he released five singles including “If” and “Fall”. “If” generated worldwide social media activity while “Fall” became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history Davido has been famously referred to as ‘The king of modern-day afrobeats’.
Davido released his second studio album A Good Time in November 2019, supported by singles including “Blow My Mind”. Davido was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2019.He released his third studio album A Better Time, on Friday 13 November 2020. As at August 2021, Davido is the second most followed African on the social media app Instagram.
David Adedeji Adeleke was born on November 21, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia. His father Adedeji Adeleke is a business magnate and his mother Vero Adeleke was a university lecturer. Davido is the youngest of five siblings and his father’s second-born son. He attended the British International School in Lagos, Nigeria, and at the age of 16, he moved back to the US to study business administration at Oakwood University in Alabama.
Davido bought musical equipment while at Oakwood and started making beats. He also worked with his cousins B-Red and Sina Rambo to form the music act KB International. Davido dropped out of Oakwood University to pursue music full-time and relocated to London, where he worked on his vocals. After returning to Nigeria in 2011, Davido paused his music career and agreed to honor his father by enrolling at Babcock University. In July 2015, he graduated from Babcock with a degree in music after his father paid the university to start a music department for an inaugural class of one student.
2011–2012: Omo Baba Olowo
2017–2018: “If”, “Fall”, “Fia” and “Assurance”
2019–present: O2 Arena concert, “Blow My Mind”, “Risky” A Good Time, and A Better Time
Davido has three children.[He was engaged to Chioma, the mother of his third child.
On April 6, 2012, Nigerian Entertainment Today reported Davido had signed a N30 million endorsement deal with MTN. The deal unveiled him as the face of MTN Pulse, a marketing campaign aimed at Nigerian youth.[
] On October 24, 2013, Pulse Nigeria reported Guinness Nigeria had signed Davido for an endorsement deal.
As part of the deal, He performed at the Guinness World of More Concert alongside artists including P-Square, D’banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide, Phyno, Chidinma, Waje and Tiwa Savage.
On May 9, 2018, Guardian Life reported Davido had signed an endorsement deal with Infinix Mobile, a Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacturer. In May 2021, he was announced as an official brand ambassador by the popular sports betting brand 1xBet. On June 11, Martell (cognac) announced Davido as its new ambassador.
Davido continues to empower and work with rising talents such as Jels Quiah. In August 2020, Davido appeared on the song UNCTION with Jels Quiah alongside Ice Prince and Walshy Fire. The song became a quick success.
On November 17, 2021, Davido challenged his true friends to send the sum of one million naira each to his bank account. Davido noted that anyone that doesn’t come through with the challenge should not associate with him anymore.[ The funds started rolling in and he was able to raise 201 million naira in total, he added 50 million out of his own pocket and set a panel to disburse the money to orphanages home in Nigeria. Davido shared a copy of the statement via Twitter and wrote: e by lifting others” Davido had put up a post on his Instagram page challenging his friends to show him love by crediting his account which number he posted. Little did he know that he had just created an opportunity for his friends to show him how loved he is. He made the post on Wednesday morning, and by Thursday evening, he had amassed over N150 million.
In actuall fact, not many believed people would rise up to Davido’s challenge the way they did. From celebrities to fans and to family, they all showed the level of love they had for Davido, by meeting up with his N100million challenge and surpassing it. Davido had made it clear that the donations were for his birthday and to clear his new Rolls Royce automobile at the port. He was able to raise N200 million in total, he added N50 million from his own pocket and set a panel to disburse the funds to orphanage homes in Nigeria.[ The donors include Femi Otedola, Obi Cubana, Zlatan, Eniola Badmus and E-Money.
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