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David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido) Biography: Davido the Nigerian Singer, Songwriter and Record Producer

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Davido | Source


The musical sensation Davido is one the most sort-after influential artist on the continent. His meteoric rise within a span of 5 years (2012 to 2017) was not without challenges.

According to the singing sensation his wealthy father was not happy with his career choice and insisted on a university education. He had to prove his worth both musically and academically.


Davido | Source

Early Life

Davido was born David Adedeji Adeleke on November 2, 1992. The award recording artist adopted the stage name Davido an acronym of his birth name David. Born in the United States of America in Atlanta, Georgia the record producer is one of the top performers of contemporary music in Nigeria.

As a student of business administration at Oakwood university Davido discovered his passion for music. This hobby was enhanced by an upstairs neighbor who had a full studio in his room. This contributed to the development of his distinctive sound.

Music Career

Davido lunched his music career as a member of KB international in 2011. The union did not last long and he went solo.

He decided to quit the Oakwood University when his grades slipped and eventually found his way back to Nigeria. Because of pressure from his father, David enrolled at Babcock University where he obtained a degree in music.


Davido | Source

Debut Studio Album

He released his debut studio album 'Omo Baba Olowo in 2012 with critical acclaim. The recording 'Back When' featured Naeto C was released on May 7, 2011.The recording grabbed the attention of Nigeria music lovers.

The next recording 'Dami Duro' featured Sina Rambo October 30, 2011 was the turning point in Davidos music career. Co-produced by Davido and Shinzzi it became a monster hit.

The music video was directed by Clarence Peters and released on January 2012. Other notable recordings are 'Feel Alright', 'Gbon Gbon' and 'Ekuro' featuring Ice Prince.

Album 'Omo Baba Olowo

  • Back When'
  • 'Dami Duro'
  • 'Feel Alright'
  • 'Gbon Gbon'
  • 'Ekuro'

Second Album

The second album 'Baddest' produced by Shinzzi was released in 2013. It had the lead single Gobe another massive hit. Quickly followed by blockbuster singles like 'Aye', 'Skelewu', 'Owo Ni Koko' and 'Ekuro' (2013-2015). Skelewu released in august 2013 made number 1 on Afribi top100.

Career Path

He signed a deal with Sony Music in January 2015 and launched a record label Davido Music Worldwide. New artists signed to the label are Mayorkun and Dremo.

Davido - FIA (Official Video)


Awards the multitalented artist bagged are 2 Africa Muzik Awards, Kora, BET and channel O video Awards. More include Headies, Ghana music Awards and others.

Baby Mama Saga

Many top acts in Nigeria having children from different women. He has a daughter named Aurora Oluwadamilola Adeleke from Sophia Momodu. Another woman Amanda welcomed a girl child Hailey Veronica Adeleke.

Davido performs with Wizkid at 30 Billion Concert

Davido performs with Wizkid at 30 Billion Concert
Davido performs with Wizkid at 30 Billion Concert | Source


The EP that brought Davido into limelight was Omo Baba Olowo released in 2012. Davido has released 11 singles from 2014 to 2017.

The titles and release dates are Aye 2014, Skelewu 2014 , Tchelete (Good Life) 2014 , Owo Ni KoKo 2014 and Naughty 2014 . More singles are The Sound 2015, Fans Mi 2015, Dodo 2015 , If 2017, My Story 2017 and Fall 2017.

  • Omo Baba Olowo 2013
  • Aye 2014
  • Skelewu 2014
  • Tchelete (Good Life) 2014
  • Owo Ni KoKo 2014
  • Naughty 2014
  • The Sound 2015
  • Fans Mi 2015
  • Dodo 2015
  • If 2017
  • My Story 2017
  • Fall 2017

Davido Like Dat video

Davido Like Dat video
Davido Like Dat video

Davido - Like Dat (Official Video)

Appearances and Collaborations

Davido like most Nigeria artists collaborated with others in the industry. He appeared on Trumpet single with Burn boy 2011. Others are 'Refuse to be Broke' an album released in 2013 by R2Bees.

Others are Nek-Unek 2013 single Rundown, Opekete Remix 2013 single with Kcee. More collaborations are Shoki Remix 2014 single Lil Kesh, and Gallardo 2014 single.

More appearances are Ogaranya 2014 single kcee, Always 2015 with skales, and Gboza2015 R2Bees.

  • Trumpet single, Burn boy 2011
  • Refuse to be Broke 2013 by R2Bees
  • Nek-Unek 2013 single Rundown
  • Opekete Remix 2013 single with Kcee
  • Shoki Remix 2014 single Lil Kesh
  • Gallardo 2014 single
  • Ogaranya 2014 single kcee
  • Always 2015 single skales
  • Gboza 2015 R2Bees.


Davido in April 2012 signed deal with MTN the telecoms giant. He later signed another contract with Guinness Nigeria in October 24, 2013. His actual net worth is unknown and we expect more delightful music for years to come.


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