David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido is an American-born Nigerian Afrobeat/Pop singer, songwriter, Performing artist and record producer.
David Adedeji Adeleke was born on November 21, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia. His father Adedeji Adeleke is a successful business magnate and his mother Vero Adeleke was a university lecturer. Davido is the youngest of five siblings and his father’s second son.
He attended British International School in Lagos and at the age of 16, he moved to Alabama, US, to study business administration at Oakwood University.
Davido bought musical equipment while at Oakwood and started making beats. He also worked with his cousins B-Red and Sina Rambo to form the music act KB International. Davido dropped out of Oakwood University to pursue music full-time and relocated to London, where he worked on his vocals.
After returning to Nigeria in 2011, Davido paused his music career and agreed to honor his father by enrolling at Babcock University.
In July 2015, he graduated with second class upper from Babcock with a degree in music after his father paid the university to start a music department for an inaugural class of one student
Davido is a force to reckon on in the Nigerian Music Industry, so far he has receive numerous awards, Endorsements deals and features from other artists since he began his career about 9 years ago.
While in Oakwood University, due to his musical interest, he got some musical equipment so he could make beats and record vocal references.
At a point, he dropped out because of his grades and thereafter relocated to Nigeria, In 2011, to promote his career in music but he encountered problems convincing his father.
In his family, the children are expected to join the family business after schooling, but Davido chose a different path entirely. After mutual agreement with his father, he enrolled into Babcock University, Ogun state where he finally graduated in 2015.
DMW Records Label
Davido founded his music label DMW, in 2016. He founded it shortly after signing up with Sony Music. Several top musicians signed under the label imprint. Some of them include: Dremo, Mayorkun, Yonda and Peruzzi are currently signed to the label.
On April 6, 2012, Davido signed a N30 million endorsement deal with MTN.
On October 24, 2013, Davido signed endorsement deal with Guinness Nigeria.
On May 9, 2018, Davido signed an endorsement deal with Infinix Mobile, a Hong Kong-based smartphone.
Davido also signed a record deal with sony music
Currently, Davido is in a relationship with Chioma Avril Rowland, who is the mother of Davido’s son Ifeanyi Adeleke He is also a father of two daughters – Aurora Imade Adeleke and Hailey Veronica Adeleke.
Davido Awards and Recognitions
Best Newcomer Award, Kora awards, 2012
Best International Act: Africa, BET Awards, 2014
Promising Youth Artist, Dynamix All Youth, 2011
Best Male West African, African Muzik Magazine Awards, 2014
Artists of the Year, African Muzik Magazine Awards, 2014
Best Male Artiste of the Year, MTV Africa Music Awards, 2014
African Artiste of the Year, Ghana Music Awards, 2014
Musician of the Year (Male), City People Entertainments Awards, 2014
Artiste of the Year, The Headies, 2018
Artiste of the Year, The Headies, 2014
Hip Hop World Revelation, The Headies, 2013
Next Rated, The Headies, 2012
Male Artist of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2014
Best Pop/R&B Artiste of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2013
Best New Act of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2012
Davido net worth is estimated to be $40 million, he is among the richest musicians in Nigeria and among the richest musicians. His wealth is from music and endorsement projects such as the $78,296 (N30 million) MTN endorsement deal, Guinness Nigeria, and Infinix mobile.