Today we present to you a bio profiling of Africa’s biggest artist (Arguably) Davido.
And we are not showing you common things you’ve read about him on Wikipedia or Google, but background stories you don’t know, Facts and other things you don’t know that you would like to know.
The Background Story You Don’t Know Davido was 16 Years Old when he had arrived in Huntsville, a year earlier.
His father, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke, a well-known businessman and Seventh-day Adventist in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of over $300 million, dropped him off with his passport, $2,000 cash, and freshman registration documents for Oakwood University, a historically black Christian college.
(People often attach the honorific ‘Chief’ to Dr. Adeleke’s name, referring to his wealth and power, largely earned through his founding of Pacific Holdings, a company that deals in steel, oil, gas, and more.)
Davido had already spent time in the U.S.—he was born in Atlanta, and sometimes visited in the summer—but much about life in the States was new to him. “That was the first time I had a phone in America.
There was unlimited calling. I never saw nothing like that before,” he remembers. “In Nigeria, you gotta pay before you get what you want.”
The school roomed him with another international student, a Rwandan track athlete—“I was like, ‘Okay, wow.
They just put all the African people together?’”—but he gravitated toward an upstairs neighbor named Jaymo, an American kid whose speakers constantly rattled Davido’s ceiling. “One day, I went to go check what the noise was.
I went upstairs, opened the door, and the guy had a full studio in his room,” he says. “I told him that I was trying to do music, too.
He asked me, ‘How much do you have to invest in equipment?’ And I said, ‘$2,000.’ He was like, ‘That’s too much.’” They went to Guitar Center with $500.
From then on, Davido spent most of his time making beats and recording vocal references to send to a cousin in Lagos, a fellow musician with a trove of industry contacts.
His grades slipped, and after three semesters, he dropped out and left town without telling his father.
First he went to Atlanta, where he used his older brother’s ID to get into clubs, and funneled the money Chief Adeleke sent for school and living expenses toward drinks and motels.
Later, he threw out his SIM card and hopped on a plane London, where he went MIA for several months as he shifted his focus from production to vocals.
“There was no Snapchat, no Instagram. There was barely Twitter,” he says. “I just went off the radar.”
Chief Adeleke, meanwhile, had been on the hunt for his son. When Davido finally returned to Lagos in 2011, with new tattoos and piercings, his father had him apprehended by police officers at the airport.
Having failed to bring home the business management degree he’d been sent to America to complete, Davido reached a compromise with his father: he, still a teenager, would attend a private university two hours north of the city.
His music dreams would be sidelined until he had honored his family by graduating. Davido returned to school, but often snuck out of his dorm room to hobnob at industry parties and blew off exams to record.
Work on Davido’s debut studio album, Omo Baba Olowo, began in 2011. On May 7, 2011, Davido produced and released his first musical recording “Back When”.
The song served as the album’s lead single and received frequent airplay.
The music video for the single, uploaded onto YouTube on May 9, 2011, was shot and directed in Nigeria by Clarence Peters. Davido told Factory 78 TV that he recorded “Back When” in London.
Interesting Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Davido
⇒ His personal earnings from music is not yet up to 80 million dollars, so he most likely do not have 30 billion Naira in his account.
But maybe his father gave him some money, who knows?
⇒ Davido currently has the highest numbers of cars in his garage more than any Nigerian celebrity.
⇒ In the last 24 months Davido have been Africa’s highest paid musician as he has sold out many singles and shows also gotten many endorsement deals from huge brands.
⇒ Following Media Publications, Davido is the most charitable celebrity in Nigeria, as he’s helped many. And he keeps doing more.
⇒ Davido has anger issues.
⇒ Davido‘s IF song, is the first Nigerian song to top many charts in South Africa. The song went platinum in SA.
⇒ Davido have never charged for a collabo in his life.
⇒ Davido 30 billion concert in Lagos is the biggest concert ever in Eko hotel.
⇒ Davido buys expensive gifts for all his label artists and executives all the time out of their contract deal. As an artist, Davido is highly respected. 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. He is always heavily involved with the production of his hit songs.
⇒ 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.
⇒ Before fame, Davido once begged to take pictures with Mohits artists like D-prince, Dr sid, Wande Coal now he is bigger than all them.
⇒ Davido is a dropout like many successful people in the world. Because of his love for music, his grades suffered, so he dropped out and relocated to London where he honed his music skills.
The fans of the famous musician are very curious about Davido car garage. Below we will show you all the details about this luxurious cars collection.