What You Should Know

Davido is one of the most successful and influential music artists in Africa. The Nigerian singer-songwriter has become an international superstar and continues to thrive in Nigeria’s highly competitive music industry what you should know about him.

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Davido’s career began in 2011 when he released his debut single ‘Back When’, which was a hit across Nigeria. Since then, he has gone on to win awards and break records with his track ‘Fall’ being certified platinum five times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In this article, we explore what you should know about the artist and why he has been so successful.

Davido: What You Should Know About Him

Early Life

Davido was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States to Nigerian parents, Adedeji and Vero Adeleke. His father is a wealthy businessman while his mother is a university lecturer. Davido has four sisters; one of whom is his twin. He attended the British International School in Lagos and then went on to study business administration at Oakwood University before dropping out to pursue music full-time.

Davido’s musical career began when he released his first single, “Back When”, in 2011. The song was an instant hit and catapulted him into the spotlight. Since then, he has released several more hits, including “Dami Duro”, “Fall”, and “If”. In addition to his solo work, Davido has collaborated with several other artists, including Wizkid, P-Square, and Meek Mill.

In 2013, Davido won the prestigious MTV Africa Music Award for Best Male Artist. He has also won numerous other awards, including the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa and the World Music Award for World’s Best African Artist.

Music Career

Davido’s music career began in 2011 when he released his debut single “Dami Duro”. The song was a success and helped to launch his musical career.

Since then, Davido has released two studio albums, Omo Baba Olowo and A Good Time. He has also been featured on numerous hit songs, including Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba”, P-Square’s “Collabo”, and Tekno’s “Pana”.

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In addition to his successful music career, Davido has also ventured into acting, appearing in the films The Wedding Party and 30 Days in Atlanta. He has also launched his own record label, HKN Music. Davido is one of the most successful Nigerian musicians of all time, and looks set to enjoy a long and successful career in music.


Davido has won numerous awards over the course of his career, including multiple MTV Africa Music Awards, BET Awards, and Ghana Music Awards. He has also been nominated for a Grammy Award thrice.

Some of Davido’s most notable awards include:

  • MTV Africa Music Award for Artist of the Year (2017)
  • BET Award for Best International Act (2018)
  • Ghana Music Award for Artist of the Year (2017)

Davido has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best World Music Album (for A Good Time) and Best Pop Solo Performance (for “If”).

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Personal Life

Davido’s full name is David Adedeji Adeleke. Davido has three sisters; one of whom is his twin. He attended the British International School in Lagos and later moved to Oakwood University in Alabama where he studied business administration.

In May 2015, Davido welcomed his first child, a daughter named Imade with ex-girlfriend Sophia Momodu. In October 2019, he welcomed his second child and first son with American model girlfriend Amanda Nicole Alford whom he has been dating since 2018.

Davido is extremely close to his family and friends and often credits them for his success. He is also very active on social media and frequently uses it to connect with fans and promote his music career.

Davido’s Influence in Africa

Davido’s influence in Africa cannot be understated. The Nigerian born singer has had a profound effect on the music scene in Africa, and his reach extends far beyond his home country.

Davido’s music has been played all over Africa, and he has even been invited to perform at the prestigious AfroPunk festival in South Africa. His popularity in Africa is due in part to his willingness to experiment with different sounds and styles, and to collaborate with other African artists.

For example, Davido’s hit song “One Dance” was a collaboration with Wizkid, another Nigerian artist. In addition to his musical talent, Davido is also known for his philanthropy. He has donated money to several charities that help children in Africa. One such charity is the Davido Adeleke Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for children from low-income families.


As one of the biggest stars in Nigeria’s thriving music industry, there is no doubt that Davido has made a lasting impression on his fans. From his chart-topping hits to his energetic live performances, he has shown us all what it means to be passionate about your craft and strive for excellence. As we continue to admire and celebrate Davido’s success story, we can only hope that many more aspiring musicians will follow in his footsteps and make their mark on the Nigerian entertainment scene.



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