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Davido, whose real name is David Adedeji Adeleke, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on November 21, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States, but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria.
Davido's father, Dr. Deji Adeleke, is a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, while his mother, Veronica Adeleke, was a university lecturer before her death in 2003. Davido attended British International School in Lagos and later went to Oakwood University in Alabama to study business administration. However, he dropped out after two years to focus on his music career.
Davido's first single, "Back When," featuring Nigerian rapper Naeto C, was released in 2011. The song was produced by Davido himself and received critical acclaim, earning him a nomination for Best New Act at the 2012 Kora Awards. He followed up with the release of his debut album, "Omo Baba Olowo," in 2012, which featured hit singles such as "Dami Duro" and "Ekuro."
In 2013, Davido released the song "Gobe," which became a massive hit in Nigeria and across Africa. He also won the Best African Act award at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. Davido continued to release hit songs such as "Aye" in 2014, "The Money" featuring Olamide in 2015, and "Fall" in 2017, which became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.
Davido has since released three more studio albums, including "Son of Mercy" in 2016, "A Good Time" in 2019, and "A Better Time" in 2020. His music has won several awards, including Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards and Best African Act at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.
Davido is one of the most popular and influential musicians in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. He has collaborated with several international artists, including Chris Brown, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj. He is also known for his philanthropic efforts, including his donation of a million naira to help relief efforts for victims of flooding in Nigeria in 2017.