David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, stage performer and also a producer. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 21 November, 1992.
Davido was born by his Nigerian parents Chief Deji Adeleke and late Veronica Adeleke. The singer is related to late Isiaka Adeleke (First civilian Governor of Osun State and former two-time Nigerian senator that represented the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state from 2007 – 2011), Isiaka also served under All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015 before his death in 2017.
The current senator elect representing Osun-west “Demola Adeleke” is Davido’s uncle.
Davido is the co-owner of the popular HKN records and also the CEO of DMW records, A records which currently house some prominent Nigerian artist such as Dremo, Mayorkun, Peruzzi, Ichaba, Idowest, FreshVDM and Yonda.
Davido attended British International School in Lagos for his primary Education before he moved to United State to study Business Administration at Oakwood University.
His interest for music started growing while studying at the university, he got himself some musical instruments. At a very young age, Davido was already a music producer. He later discovered that his main interest was in music, so he dropped out of school and relocated back to Nigeria in the year 2011 just to give music a try.
Davido released his debut single “Back When” in 2011 featuring Nigerian A-list rapper Naeto C, he later released a hit track titled “Dami Duro” in 2012 which receive a lot of airplay. In that same year, he released is debut album which he titled “Omo Baba Olowa”, the album housed some massive songs like “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon”, “All Of You”, “Overseas” and “Feel Alright” which featured Ice Prince.
Davido has released a lot of hit songs such as “Skelewu”, “Gobe”, “One Of A Kind”, “Aye”, “Owo Ni Koko”, “Naughty”, “Tchelete (Goodlife)” among others.
The recording of Davido’s second studio album started early 2013, and on 25th February, 2013, he dished out “Gobe” as the upcoming album lead song, the song “Gobe” was produced by Shizzi. After he released “Gobe”, he immediately followed it up with “All Of You” and then “Skelewu”.
He then released “Aye” and he immediately followed it up with an outstanding video, the video was directed by Clarence Peters.
On 30th April, 2014, Davido released the fifth song titled “Tchelete (Goodlife)” featuring Mafikizolo the South African duo.
The singer started getting recognition internationally. In June 2015, he revealed his plan of collaborating with American rappers Meek Mill and Rick Ross. within a short while, he made an announcement on twitter about the released of his collaboration track with Meek Mill tagged “Fans Mi”.
With the international recognition, Davido was able to work with some A-list artist such as Young Thug, R2bees, Rae-Sraemmurd, Diamond Platinum, Tiwa Savage and Tinashe.
In 2017, Davido released a song titled “IF”, the song gain massive airplay and the artist got some awards for it.
On 6th April, 2012, it was reported that Davido signed an endorsement deal worth of 30 million naira with the biggest telecommunication network in Africa(MTN).
It was reported that Davido signed and endorsement deal with Guinness Nigeria on 24th October, 2013.
He also sign an endorsement worth 350 million naira with Infinix.
Awards And Nominations
Within a short time in the music industry, Davido have received a lots of awards and nominations. His awards include a Kora Award, Bet Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, a Ghana Music Award, 2 Dynamix All Youth Awards, 5 The headies Awards, 2 MTV Africa Music Awards, a Channel O Music Video Award and 7 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Davido is a single father, he has two daughters from separate women(Sophia Momodu and Amanda). Sophia Momodu gave birth to Imade Adeleke while Amanda his American girlfriend gave birth to Veronica Adeleke in 2017.
He is currently in a relationship with his Nigerian girlfriend(Chioma).