Born 21st November 1992 in Atlanta Georgia to a Nigerian business magnate father and a university lecturer mother, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has obviously been with bred with a silver spoon, he has been the real Omo Baba Olowo right from cradle, unlike some other music acts who most times have the history of struggling to make a means from a humble background.
Davido has always had interest in music and he kicked off that passion professionally in Oakwood University in ALabama, United States, where he was studying Business Administration. He had to drop out because he was getting poor grades and had to come back to Nigeria.
According to him, “I’ve been doing music for like 1 year but I took it seriously in March 2011. I was formerly in a group called KB international in America. It wasn’t working out so I thought I should just do this on my own that was when I moved back to Nigeria. I was around people that were musically inclined. I love music, and why not do something you love and are happy doing and making money at the same time”.
On returning to Nigeria in 2011, Davido produced and released his first musical recording “Back When”, but that wouldn’t make as much wave as his second single “Dami Duro” that officially launched him into the music scene, and got everyone talking and asking questions.
Davido might be a rich kid but dude does have a thick skin to wade through the thickest storm of tongue lashes.
“Dami Duro” got quite a number of negative reviews. People came all out with negative vibes. “What’s wrong with this one?”, “Who is this one again?”, “Does this one think because his father is rich, he can just come here and be singing nonsense?”, “Why is he jumping around?”, “Just give him a few months, im body go soon reach ground…” and so many other lashes, in addition to his father going against his choice of career and hammering on him getting a University education.
All of these, however, did not stop him from forging on to prove our assumptions wrong, as he churned out more hits, including All of You, Gbon Gbon, Feel Alright, Ekuro, Gobe, Skelewu, Aye, Tchelete, Dodo, Fans Mi, Owo ni Koko, The Money, Gbabgbe Oshi, amongst tons of collaborations, coupled with musical awards.
As of December 2014, Davido has received a total of 29 awards from 74 nominations, including a BET Award, a Kora Award, a Channel O Music Video Award, a Ghana Music Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, 2 MTV Africa Music Awards, 2 African Muzik Magazine Awards, 5 The Headies Awards, 7 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and 2 Dynamix All Youth Awards.
2016 came and it seemed Davido was fading away, people started talking again, but the Baddest beats us all to our assumptions, laying back to garner his thoughts and strategies and since he released “If” in late 2016, we all know it’s been a hell of a flaming hot musical journey for OBO.
“Fall”, ‘Pere”, “Fia” and the just recently released “Like Dat” are the reaffirmation of Davido’s Hard work and consistency. 2017 was a winning year for him, as he won big at the MOBO Awards, The Future Awards, and MTV EMA.
It is also amusing that he finally got the degree his father has always hammered on, as the latter paid Babcock to erect a music department for an inaugural class of one, which is Davido.
Davido might have privileges of being born with a silver spoon, but it cannot be ruled that he worked hard and deserves to be where he is today. He wanted music, he has always wanted music and he went after it with a great passion like every other act in the competitive industry, even if he is Omo Baba Olowo.