DAVIDO IS COMING TO THE LAWN AND BRINGING INTERNATIONAL VIBES
By: Olivia Hancock
[*Views expressed are solely the opinion of the author]
After receiving Best International Act award and becoming the first African artist to receive the honor on the main stage at the BET Awards on June 24th, it’s safe to say singer Davido’s star power is only going to keep increasing.
The songwriter and producer was born David Adedeji Adeleke to Nigerian multimillionaire and businessman Chief Deji and university lecturer Vero Adeleke in Atlanta, Georgia on November 21, 1992. He later relocated to Lagos, Nigeria where he attended British International School.
Davido discovered his passion for music-making when he returned to the United States to attend college at Oakwood University. While in school, he decided wanted to focus on his vocal abilities solely and dropped out of college to move to London. However, he returned to Nigeria in 2011 and due to an agreement with his father he had to enroll at Babcock University to finish his degree.
While attending Babcock University, Adeleke began working on his debut album Omo Baba Olowo. The project was released in 2012 and featured breakout songs like “Back When” and “Dami Duro.”
Over the years, Davido has continued to release new music to his fans and has gained widespread success in Nigeria and beyond. Skelewu, Aye, and Fans Mi featuring Meek Mill are just a few of the standout records of his career.
In 2017, Davido collaborated with Young Thug and Rae Sremmurd for the single “Pere.” Most recently, the singer released a song called “Assurance,” and the visuals for the track have racked up over 11 million views since being published in May.
Davido will be back in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia in September to perform his hits at ONE Musicfest.
DID YOU KNOW ...
Davido isn't new to the music scene
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.
He has two daughters that are named after his late mother
The artist's daughters are named Imade and Veronica, after his mother, Veronica Imade Adeleke, who passed in 2003. Many people who know Davido say that his love for entertaining came from her.
When Davido went back to school, he was the only one in his class
A way to beat out distractions, Davido's father paid Babcock University to erect an inaugural class of one.
To see Davido hit the stage
and more of your favorite artists, be sure to grab your ONE Musicfest tickets and meet us on the lawn September 8-9.