Davido is arguably one of the biggest Nigerian & African music export of the last five years, no argument for that. While the year 2017 has being a great year for him, he has since released hit singles back-to-back, going on World and African tour and won several awards this year including MTV EMAs ” Best African Act ” & ” Worldwide Act “ category.
With most of his lifestyle topping headline of both traditional & conversion media platforms, you might think that you know everything about him, but you’re totally wrong on that view. Because this list will prove you wrong, as some of these facts are relatively unknown to media tabloids.
Here are 9 Interesting Facts You Don’t Know About Davido:
(1) Mother — Veronica Adeleke
In most of his interviews, Davido usually indicate that his late mum is his biggest influence in life. Davido’s late mother, Veronica Adeleke died in March 2003, when the singer was 10 years old, that’s about 15 years ago. Before his mum died in 2013, She was a lecturer at Babcock University and Davido has said that his love for entertaining people comes from her.
(2) Father — Elder Deji Adeleke
Davido’s father Deji Adeleke is a Christian Elder, businessman and serial investor. He is the founder of Adeleke University, Osun State and is reportedly to have worth about $700million. After 8 years when his late died, he remarried – Adepeju Margaret Adeleke, but that marriage has since ended, after he filed for divorce in 2014.
(3) Extended Family
Davido’s grandfather – Senator Ayoola Raji Adeleke – was a senator in the Second Republic. His late uncle Isiaka Adeleke was the first Civilian Governor of Osun State and was a Senator till he died in April 2017. His other uncle Ademola Adeleke is a professor, politician and current Senator representing Osun-West senatorial district. He won the election to fill the seat that became vacant when his elder brother died. He is also the father of Shina “Sina Rambo” Adeleke and Adebayo “B-Red” Adeleke.
(4) Baby Mama
Davido has two daughters – Imade and Veronica. Imade’s mother is Sophia Momodu, Dele Momodu – the Ovation Magazine publisher’s cousin, while Veronica’s mother is Amanda, a student of Georgia University, USA.
In 2014, it was alleged that he had fathered a girl with Ayotomide Labinjo, an Oyo State based woman, but DNA tests proved otherwise.
Davido attended the British International School before he moved to the USA to study Business Administration at Oakwood University, Alabama. Because of his love for music, his grades suffered, so he dropped out and relocated to London where he honed his music skills. He returned to Nigeria in 2011, and his father insisted he returned to school. They reached a compromise when the senior Adeleke funded the creation of a Music Department at Babcock University, and Davido became the inaugural (part-time) student. He graduated with a Second Class Upper in 2015.
(6) Early music career
His interest in music started when he was in Oakwood University. He initially used to backup for Sina Rambo who was a rising rapper in the US then. Together with B-Red, 3 of them were in a group called KB international.
His debut single, ‘Back When’ which features Naeto C was released in 2011 and set him on the path to greatness. He reportedly paid Naeto C N1million to feature on that song.
(7) Music Production
As an artist, Davido is highly respected. Since the release of his second single – Dami Duro, he has consistently dropped gems. But not a lot of people know he is also a record producer. He has produced songs for Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage and Sauce Kid.
(8) Net worth
Davido is worth about $16 million. Most of his wealth comes from music sales, shows, and endorsements by multi-national brands including Pepsi, MTN, etc.
As of November 2017, Davido has received a total of 40 awards from 80 nominations. He is the recipient of 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, 4 African Muzik Magazine Awards, 5 The Headies Awards, 7 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2 Dynamix All Youth Awards, and most recently, MTV Europe Music Award as Best African Act 2017 and MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act 2017.
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