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BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: “You Can’t Stop Me!” 2012’s Hottest Star, Davido – The Music, The Fame, The Fans & More!

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Davido is a young artiste and producer whose career has been on the rise ever since he stepped into the music scene last year. Born in Atlanta, U.S.A but raised in Lagos, Nigeria, he has been a music lover from a tender age, started exploring his talents in singing and producing as a teenager and was a member of a music group before leaving to sing solo. As one of the hottest music stars in 2011, he broke into the scene with a song titled Back When which he featured Naeto C. He also has another hit single, Dami Duro which he co-produced with Shizzi and has been enjoying generous air play since it was released. The singer, songwriter and producer is signed to co-owned HKN records. Adeola Adeyemo spoke to the 19 year old star on his quick rise to fame, his music, family and more.

Young, energetic, and full of life, Davido is a pleasure to be with as he creates a relaxed mood for an afternoon chat by the lagoon front. After spending a few minutes with him, it is not hard to see that there are no airs around him. Despite the sagging jeans and bouncing steps, he has a matured mien and speaks freely, holding back nothing.

Just arriving from a performance at a wedding reception where he was crowded by fans in and around the venue, Davido is still trying to adjust to his new status as a celebrity and is surprised at the reception and recognition he gets whenever he steps out.

You have achieved fame within such a short period of time. How do you feel now that everywhere you go, people know you and are all over you?
It’s crazy, it’s everywhere. I can’t go just anywhere. It’s something that comes with the job. I look at it as people are celebrating me and I’m happy about that.

Your recently released video, Dami Duro, has gotten a lot of good reviews. How do you feel about that?
When I wanted to drop it, I was skeptical because I dropped it when the nation was on strike. My management was like it’s the best time to drop it now, everybody is at home. I was like no, people are talking about money. But I prayed about it and we dropped it and we got 110,000 hits in a week online. The response has been encouraging.

Why now? Why did you decide to venture into music at this point in time?
I’ve been doing music for like 3 years but I took it seriously in March 2011. I was formerly in a group called KB international in America. It wasn’t working out so I thought I should just do this on my own that was when I moved back to Nigeria. When I came, the only people I knew in the music industry were Wande Coal and Don Jazzy, they are like family. I told them that this is what I wanted to do and they advised me.

What were you doing in America?
I was in Oakwood University, Alabama, Studying Business Management. I left after my 200 level and came back to Nigeria because I wanted to do music.
How did your dad feel about your decision to become a recording artiste?
First time I told my dad, he was like “hell no”. Go back to America to continue your school. When you finish school, you can do what you want to do. People were trying to convince me to go back to school, because I just had two years to finish. But I felt like it was now or never. I knew that even if I finish school, I’d come out at 20 and would still be young but I knew I would not have that same kind of excitement I felt after December 2010 when I went to one of the Mohits show and I knew this was my time. Even at school, I was not concentrating on my classes, I was always watching videos on You Tube so I just bought my ticket and went back home.

Before, he wasn’t in support of it, but now he is my biggest fan he keeps saying ‘that is my son’.

So did you drop out of school because you wanted to pursue your musical career?
I didn’t really drop out, I just left America to continue my career here because I knew I could build it better in Nigeria than in America. I’m continuing at Babcock University, Ogun state. I’m in 300Level studying Business Management.

What is the message in your song Dami Duro?
The day I went to the studio, a lot of people don’t know this but I was picked up by the police. It was an experience, that was when I got the idea. It means nobody can stop me. That is why I came up with that concept.

Where do you get the inspiration to write your songs?
I am a producer so I know exactly what people like. I produced Back When, but I co-produced Dami Duro with Shizzi. I am a musician, every musician knows how to write good music. You don’t have to be inspired really. I don’t have to be in love to write a love song. I can just write it because I know what a love song should be like. I can be angry and make a happy song, I can be sad and make a happy song. It’s not really about inspiration, it’s about knowing your music and knowing exactly what you want.

What are your real names?
David Adedeji Adeleke

Why did you decide to go into music?
I was around people that were musically inclined. Wande Coal is like a big brother to me, I’ve known him for years, even before he dropped his first album. Shank is also like a brother to me, one of the first people that introduced me to the industry. I love music, and why not do something you love and are happy doing and making money at the same time.

Which musicians inspire you?
Mo’Hits and Tuface.

You talk so much about the Mohits crew. How come you didn’t decide to join them?
I’m not in their crew because I’m trying to raise my own. I’ve had people offer me a lot, so I want to be able to offer someone else a lot too, so I’d just run my own stuff.

Who did you grow up listening to?
50 cent, TuFace, Jarule. When I was young, Nigerian music hadn’t really developed as it is now. It was people like Eedris and Plantashun Boyz that were really singing much then.

What is the genre of your songs and what message are you trying to pass across?
Afro Pop. I’m telling people how I feel. My message is to make people happy when they hear my song. I sing happy songs.

What have been the high points of your career so far? What deals, endorsements, shows, recognition have you gotten that was quite memorable for you?
There have been so many. But the one I did lately was the Koko concert. When I came out, I was thinking Dbanj was behind me, because of the way they were screaming, it was just crazy.

When are you releasing your first album?
Sometime this year, not really sure.

Which Producers and Musicians are you working with for your debut album?
Don Jazzy and Shizzi. I’d probably do the rest of the production myself. I’d be doing collaborations with Ice Prince, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Flavour, Cabo Snoop.

Which musicians do you dream of working with internationally?
Chris Brown.

Why Chris Brown? You don’t perform the same genre of music
You can bring Fela and P-square together and they will make good music. Music doesn’t have any limits

Has music fulfilled your dreams?
I’m living my dream. People ask me if I went to wash my head at one river. Guys that were initially putting me through, telling me what to do, I’m collecting more show money than them now. To me, it’s something in built, it’s not about having money to promote your music, but it’s in built.

Your dad is wealthy and influential. Would you say his wealth has been a propelling factor in your career? Has it opened doors for you faster than it would have if otherwise?
When I first started he didn’t give me any money to do anything because he wanted me to be in school. I think what helped is that when I go to a radio station to promote my song, they will think that OK, this guy’s dad has money so even if he is not dropping anything now, in the long run they will get something, but they didn’t know that I was dry so nothing for them.

Who is the real Davido? What is your personality like apart from the one we see on our TV screen or on stage?
I’m cool, I like chilling at home watching TV. I love cartoons, love watching Cartoon Network. I’m Davido, whatever you see is real, there is no fake.

As a star, you must have a lot of ladies trying to get your attention. How has the reception from your female fans been like?
It’s crazy but I try to keep my head grounded. I like it sha, I like girls.

Are you dating anyone now?
No, I’m single.

Were you dating anyone previously?
I was in a relationship with someone when I was in America

Who is your kind of lady?
A girl that is independent. A girl that is on about her business, that she doesn’t really have to wait for me. A girl that is not really into my music. I wouldn’t want a girl that is too into my music because she would not like me because of me but because of my music. If I see a girl that doesn’t like my music that would be like, ‘So, who are you?’ that will even be the girl I will be chasing.

How do you combine your music with your studies successfully? Has building a profession in Music affected your studies in anyway?
Me and my teachers have time when I need to come. It’s not that hard. When I was doing exams, I was going every day and coming back.

Aside from having good reviews, your song Dami Duro also had some critics. Some people said your voice was auto tuned and doesn’t portray good musical skills.
If my voice was autotuned, I won’t be doing live shows. Every one that goes to studios has their voice mixed anyway, I’m not the only person. I don’t use auto tune. My songs are professionally recorded.

When your video was released on bellanaija.com, it had some critics as well from some of our readers. Some people said it was the same old stuff with scantily clad girls dancing to your song.
The truth is that, not everybody is going to like me. I don’t like a lot of artistes too, but they have fans. I can’t beg you to like me but if you do like me, I appreciate that you are appreciating my music. The video was simply just about me and my guys having a good time, from the club, to the road, to the helicopter, to the beach. We were trying to make a movie but it was just us having a good time.

A commenter on BN called you an ‘over-tattooed teenager’. What would be your response to that?
I’ve always liked art. Everybody in my crew likes it, even my manager. I think it’s because I’m coming from an American mindset. In America, there are so many things artistes get away with that they cannot get away with here, like smoking on camera, cursing, having half naked girls on the video. But times are changing now. I think Nigeria is evolving now. My fans would grow with me. I’m young, and my fans are young and those are the type of things we do. It just so happens that my music is accepted by the older generation as well and that is not my fault.

Some said that you had a quick rise in your career because of your dad’s wealth
At the end of the day, that is what they are going to say. To me, if my daddy wants to give me one billion naira, I’m his son. I don’t feel like I’m a spoilt guy. I didn’t tell God to give me a rich father, I was just lucky. I think people should even respect me more for trying to do my own thing because now I don’t ask him for one naira.

And lastly, that you don’t have strong lyrics in your songs
I make happy songs. I’m going to have songs that will have much lyrics. Now I just need to catch their attention with happy music.

So what should we be expecting from you this year?
Definitely my album would be out sometime this year but I really don’t know when. I’ll release more videos, and then we are releasing other artistes on the label as well. We are doing our UK tour, and later we should do an American one, and hopefully the rest of the world. And watch out for an international collabo this year.

Any words to your fans?
I love you all. Keep supporting me, I will never let any of you down. If I have done anything you didn’t like in the past, accept my apology, and keep requesting Dami Duro on radio and TV.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

111 Comments

  1. Bella Naija Critic

    February 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Love him even more now.

    • beremole

      February 5, 2012 at 6:56 am

      Yes ooooo!!! Davidoooo alll the damn way!!!
      Energy – check!
      Good looks – check!
      Dress sense – check!
      Musical prowess – check!
      TATTOOS (yum) – check!
      Independence – check!
      Relevance to the times – check!
      Career longevity by God’s grace – check!
      DIMPLES (YUM!) – check!

      Please no one can da him duro jo! lol

    • daniel

      February 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      davido u rock no mind dem keep it up jo!!!!!!!!!11

  2. lily

    February 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    hahaha…dis guy get too much energy..its refreshn. Keep keeping it up D!

  3. sadc_born_sadc_raised

    February 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    awwww – for an 18 year old, he is very articulate and grounded, he handled the difficult questions well… he is right, his dad is rich it just so happens…he needn’t be persecuted for that, he’s just trying to be his own man, not a big fan of his music but I’m a fan of his personna

    • brittany

      February 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

      abi o..but nigerians would keep hating cos they don’t have..KMT.

  4. onyx

    February 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I jex hart ds dude! gudluck wif ur forthcomin album

  5. Usifo

    February 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Davidoooooooooo………nice one bro…..God will take U places.

  6. jay

    February 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    just luv his kind of person..

  7. bibi

    February 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    see u gotta luv davido.I dont find any fault in him at all,he’s such a cutie.

  8. faith

    February 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I wonder wat ppl see in his songs anyway…but after dis interview av fallen for him as a person…still don’t like his songs
    !

    • dd

      February 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      lol just because he said he does not like girls that are into his music? Lmfao

    • 123Guy

      February 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      abi ohh!

    • Dami

      February 8, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Looooool just bcuz he sed he doesnt like girls dat r into his musiccc.Ohhh goshh Lmaooo. Aww dunt worry if God says u two r guna be together, den it will surelyy happenn.LOL

    • Kc~klazz

      July 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Davido Be blessd IN GODS NAME

  9. amethyst

    February 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    i dont know why i do but i just love this dude i wlda been ur perfect girl but im sooo sorry i love your music and the way ur just generally happy ur just too much tattoos dimples and all i love you david o

  10. toh bahd

    February 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    hes js 19yrs???? y nw???…lool .I still luv him lik dat nyway.

  11. jaybee

    February 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    eeya,i love the interview,no airs arond him,hes well grounded

  12. Tobi

    February 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww my boo, those dimples>>>>>> i just love em.. the tatt no a big fan.. Still love me some davido tho.. And on the beat is davido he is drving all the girls crazy DOE! :))

  13. I talk am

    February 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Look at the gazillion of boys all into music Pu-leeese!!! go to school!!! We need to find cure to AIDs, Cancer bla bla bla… We need scientists, doctors, teachers etc to better Nigeria. Goodluck to Davido but BOYS!!! go to school.

    • Hosea

      February 5, 2012 at 6:51 am

      There are many doctors, scientists, Lawyers, accountants roaming the streets of Nigeria looking for jobs. Those are not the only occupations in the world. People have different passions besides going to school to become a lawyer . It is usually rebels that follow their dreams of being entertainers/artists in Nigeria. What works the best for us in Nigeria is entrepreneurship. We need to tap into various business and stop waiting for the government to provide jobs because the citizens are obviously not their priority. Plus Davido said he is back in school.

    • beremole

      February 5, 2012 at 6:58 am

      You’re right but many of the above mentioned have come home and diverted into ‘business’ or banking… smh…

  14. k.jay

    February 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’m impressed!

  15. ibukun

    February 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    wow….i’m inspired! all the best Davido!!!!

  16. MAMA PUT

    February 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Gotta say that I love him much more now. I especially love the fact that his family is involved, and I loved the scene where his sister asked them to make a circle, while he stood in the middle and they prayed. WONDERFUL! More grease to your elbows, baby boy

  17. eye

    February 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Nice one…

  18. Latest News in Nigeria

    February 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Davido is da bomb. Keep it ip

    http://www.naijabb.com

  19. maimi

    February 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    this dude is lying bout his age….how can u be 16 and get into what ever university did he do GED or finish highschool in the states there are certain age limits for colleges here and graduate at 20 in a four year programme please…i live and school in the states i know how things work.

    • partyrider

      February 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      so his age is all you got from the interview abi? oya tell us his age since he is lying..

    • truthy

      February 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      abeg reduce ur voice what r u sayin……must he say the truth about his age? abi wetin u wan use dat one do nw.. isit not his song u shud be interested in abeg make pple free my dude

    • Tolu

      February 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      It is very possible here in America talking from experience. My cousin finished college at 20years.And got is dual masters degree at age 22

    • Brittany

      February 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I also live in the states and it is definitely possible to graduate college that early. I finished college at 19 and masters degree at 21

    • papoo

      February 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Excuse me Madam Maimi, get your facts right! I got into college in America when i was 16, and graduated at 20 exactly. it is very possible especially with you being an international student. after all we all graduate hight school in Nigeria at the age of 16, so whats the deal?

    • anon

      February 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

      people finish secondary school in Nigeria at 15, 16 years and start right away in the US

    • Tess

      February 5, 2012 at 12:39 am

      There is no age limit into getting into college in the U.S. I know of people who began college at 15, heck there is even a 12 year old “genius” high IQ kid at my school. And before you yan some BS, I go to a highly ranked top research university and just graduated from there with my two Bachelor Degrees. If you cannot appreciate, move on and stop being a hater. Not everyone is as old as you. Finito!

    • Dee-USA

      February 5, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Do you know how many David Adelekes exist? Sounds like a pretty common name if you ask me. But that’s another story.

      It is entirely possible to be in college in the U.S. at 16 and graduate at 20; even more so here than Naija. For one, I graduated high school in Naija at 15 and moved to the U.S. at 16. I could’ve started college at 15 if I had written the SATs and gotten admitted for the fall of the year I graduated. No one cares how old you are here as long as you have your high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) and your SATs or ACTs in some cases. So what exactly are you talking about age limits in schools here?

      To discredit your assumption even more, you are allowed to take as many credits as you like here although some schools require a dean to sign off on anyone taking more than 18 credits, to show the dean is confident you can handle the workload. This, in addition to taking summer classes, means you can pretty much graduate faster than the average four years it takes.

      I graduated college in three years, though I didn’t start immediately I got here (different story,) but if I had started at 15 or 16, I would’ve graduated at 18 0r 19 if I kept the same pace. And no, I didn’t go in with college credits from high school (which high school students can take) and I never dropped a class or got less than a B. I graduated with honors, so hopefully you don’t make those arguments of rushing through school to graduate with a 2.0 GPA or whatever.

    • duh

      February 5, 2012 at 12:53 am

      LOL dude you’re not very observant. Several people I know got admitted into college at 16 or 17. If you were a more discerning reader, you would have picked up the part in the article where it was clearly stated that he was ‘raised in Lagos’ implying he probably attended school for a while in Lagos. People that come directly from Nigeria to attend US colleges tend to be younger. He could have easily lied about his age on his naija- pals profile.

    • Layo

      February 5, 2012 at 1:35 am

      “i live and school in the states i know how things work”<<

    • Esosa

      February 5, 2012 at 9:30 am

      no it varies from state to state, why would he lie about that? Alot of people in Georgia get in college at 16 even 17, so Alabama shouldn’t be different.

    • Osa

      February 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

      There is no age limit on college/universities in America, where did you get this useless information from?

    • Mayowa

      February 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      @maimi
      My niece entered University when she was 15 in North America in 2008 and she’s graduating in June.

    • temi

      February 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      i personally have a friend who began college at age 16. my little sister will do the same, and i graduated high school with a 15 yr old boy. i live in the states, so it’s very much possible. besides, that’s honestly the only thing you got from the dude’s interview? so what if he lied about his age (which i doubt he did), what does that have to do with ANYTHING? not attacking you, just saying.

    • nike

      February 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      he is not lying about his age ,he is saying the truth,he went to a private university, duh are u sure u stay in the statesss?????????

  20. maimi

    February 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    to proof what i just said here is a profile he created at naija-pals roughly 3 years ago before all these fame came through link—->> http://www.naijapals.com/?L=users.profile&id=253000 <<---

    • lucabracee

      February 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      wow una dey gba research o loool i guess he ll appeal more to teenagers if he reduces his age from a marketing point of view hence the age reduction justin bieber is the new franchise so they r creating a clone in every part of the world

    • sureboy

      February 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Have you forgotten people lie about their ages on the internet when creating profiles like facebook and so on. He’s turning 19 this year. He’s not lying about his age. Besides you can start university at 15 or 16 in NA if you finished high school in Nigeria and come to the states. They don’t send you back.

    • Ufedo

      February 7, 2012 at 7:26 am

      DOnt try to rain on his parade. He DOES look young! and people do get in school early even in the UK where you either have to do A-levels or foundation, I still have a friend who finished University at 19. so just let go in trying to prove your point. The Boy is young. Move on from here.

  21. Madman

    February 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    love this dude. NO HOMO.

  22. nollywood

    February 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Those dimples! But he is so small

  23. truthy

    February 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    im in love with davido…

  24. truthy

    February 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    infact i want to marry him

  25. One Naija Girl

    February 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    why is he 19?……owell!

  26. Davido's fan

    February 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    maimi i am sure Davido is not lying about his age……As an international student you can get into most yankee uni’s at that age and after spending 4 yrs, (the normal amount of time spent in uni) graduate at age 20……so pls do ur research b4 yarnin dust nd stop being a HATER!!!!!!!1

  27. joy

    February 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    First of all,there are a lot of david adeleke’s, secondly, i cld put up a social network page with any age i want. Pls ppl learn to stop bringing others down,it does no one any good. Let d young man be,it’s his time.

  28. lala

    February 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    i dnt even care about his age. For some with that level of education, he should at least speak ‘good english’.
    No 2. saying u didn’t ask to have a rich father he just happened therefore, we should clap for you for branching out to do ur own thing; well done ooooo *clapping for u* rubbish!!
    I aint beefing him, sometimes people really need to think b4 saying somethings.. In this interview, he kinda came across as some inconsiderate spoilt lil’ brat.. (Wealth here 2day, gone 2mo son).

    On the flip side, happy his family, both sis and bro are involved in his career. Best of luck to them.

    • Hosea

      February 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

      You are right. I wish this interview was edited. Well, he’s better than P-Square and Tuface a.k.a Notin dey Happen!

  29. Thatigbochick

    February 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Nice. I loved dami duro.

  30. lala

    February 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Actually, just re-read that ‘father and wealth’ statement again. I just got what he meant, he wasn’t actually boastful.. *apologises* As you were!! 🙂

    • partyrider

      February 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      smh

  31. Steph Agen

    February 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    awww i love davido man!!!

  32. Presenter

    February 5, 2012 at 2:06 am

    So am I the only one that sees something wrong with the way he answered the question; “A commenter on BN called you an ‘over-tattooed teenager’. What would be your response to that?”
    WHAT EXACTLY WAS HIS POINT? WHAT AMERICAN MINDSET, HE WAS THERE FOR 2 FREAKING YEARS JEEZ. NIGERIANS BE ORIGINAL AT LEAST, DON’T COPY COPY EVERYTHING AMERICANS DO. AND EVERYTHING HE MENTIONED ABOUT THIS “MINDSET” JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE NEGATIVE I.E. HALF NAKED WOMEN (DEGRADING WOMAN), SMOKING (BAD HABIT, LEADS TO CANCER), CURSING (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?)
    ALSO, THE STAR TATT ON HIS NECK IS TOO HIGH, SO SAY FOR EXAMPLE THIS MUSIC THING DOESN’T PAN OUT FOR HIM IN THE LONG RUN, HE CANT EVEN WORK AT A GOOD JOB IN THE STATES COS IT WOULD BE VISIBLE. SMH!! I GIVE UP!

    • Hosea

      February 5, 2012 at 7:07 am

      Please! What good job in the States are you talking about? Working as a clerk? cleaning the subway? serving garlic chicken and fried rice at New Ho King restaurant? working ten jobs?
      Abeg, good jobs come in various fields and not everyone needs to wear a suit/ look “professional” to have a good job. Diddy’s position as a music mogul is a damn good job and he doesn’t need to wear to suits to be taken seriously. He makes more money and can take care of the needs of some educated folks. Stop being ignorant!

    • LindsayLohan

      February 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

      First of all, u’re lying that he can’t get a good job because of tats… I know countless tatted professionals who are highly respected. From what I see, it’s only if ure serving food at mcDs that tattoo sleeves may be inappropriate sef, loll… Like I seriously dont get you… R u also forgettin that there’s something like a longsleeve shirt or a SUIT?!

      Secondly, he may have been there for 2 years, but you don’t have to be in America to be influenced by the culture… Where do you get your jeans or weaves from (if you’re a female)… Or your polo shirts? Just saying…
      PLUS he is an American citizen (I’m not sure you read the mini bio in the beginning). My guess is that he traveled to his birthplace several times as most wealthy Nigerians do… Why can’t the influence be stronger over those periods, abi is it only when you’ve lived there for many years that you can get tats? Please @presenter, what do you suggest the quota for living in America is for a person to get tattoos…Answer please…….. Abeg, talk correct thing if you wan talk.
      And is it even Americans that invented tats??? Tats are in Yoruba culture if you dont know (and I’m not talking tribal marks, I mean real, body designs for beauty/aesthetics)…

      If you have an aversion towards tattoos, just say so… Don’t start making all dese gaudy comments

      Davidoooooooo!!!!!!

  33. Jimmy

    February 5, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Nice interview. I love him for his honesty, and the interviewer was right, he is really matured.

  34. UY

    February 5, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Best interview so far. I like the way that he responded to the critics.

  35. Hiyaa

    February 5, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I love those dimples! Cute guy. Nice pictures too

  36. bukioni

    February 5, 2012 at 3:16 am

    He’s talented, he seems to love what he’s doing and he’s fully comminited to the task which is always a recipe for success. He is still quite young and the music industry is what it is, so I wish him God’s guidance, all the best in he’s career and I hope to see him achieving great things in the future.
    http://www.emblemofbeauty.blogspot.com/

    • BoomFlick

      February 6, 2012 at 1:47 am

      I always scroll down or try to ignore when I see your comments on here. However, I must say that your comments bore me so much.

    • sefi-ann

      February 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      ahann, are u a stalker? whats your own with somoene’s comment esp if its ‘boring’ as you say, please shift abeg.

    • Nneka

      February 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

      @BoomFlick…You need Jesus.

  37. @Chizoba

    February 5, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Awe do what you do best #TEAMDAVIDO 😀 P.S love his dimples

  38. girlygirly2001

    February 5, 2012 at 3:58 am

    “I was in Oakwood University, Alabama, Studying Business Management. I left after my 200 level and came back to Nigeria because I wanted to do music”. Dumb choice over unrated Nigerian rap music.

    • partyrider

      February 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Hian..its his passion..calm down..the young man chose to do what makes him happy.chill abeg

  39. yve

    February 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    dude is a 19yr old kiD! make una relax with all ur criticisms na! allow him forge his own path. if he wants to tattoo his forehead….is it your money? and yes, if his daddy wants to dash him mansion…na so God wan bless am! there are plenty silver-spoon kids in lagos doing nothing with their privileged positions…so please…allow this 19yo old man be the SUPERSTAR he’s working hard to be! for his age he held his own pretty well in this interview. Not every artist fit/suppose be Asa or Nneka. Not every person wey go school fit/suppose be doctor or lawyer. PLENTY GREASE OOO DAVIDOOO!> money o money o kpo kpo kpo…. 😀

  40. MUMSY

    February 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

    THIS IS PROVE THAT DAVIDO IS 19,READ PARAGRAPH 8 OF THE ARTICLE http://news.biafranigeriaworld.com/archive/2003/mar/25/271.html. LET THE POOR(RICH) BOY BE!

  41. no dignity

    February 5, 2012 at 6:35 am

    All d best bro

  42. Ester

    February 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

  43. Snores

    February 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    “I can be angry and make a happy song, I can be sad and make a happy song. It’s not really about inspiration, it’s about knowing your music and knowing exactly what you want.” So true- in the end it’s all business

  44. eazzie

    February 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    There is absolutely no substance in this kid..all i see is a hyperactive teen and he is just going to get drowned among the rest like they all do. watch and see. after all the club banging songs, what next? Y’all need to get creative up in here. mscheuw!!!

    • Godwin Tom

      February 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

      u do realize that he said he is trying to get people’s attention first… u read that right? or u just came here to make a comment.

  45. duchess

    February 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Well i like his songs..just hope his not a spur of the moment artist…

  46. lucabracee

    February 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    which one is this get money get money he keeps repeating?the boy needs someone like naeto c to guide him and mentor him they come from similar privileged backgrounds and going through same thing. i know he is only starting but what I’m seeing is a borderline obnoxious irresponsible who needs to get his acts together.
    i love the fact that his family are his team but i don’t see any serious person in the team even the brother he needs a responsible probably older male or female as a manager who will be co ordinating things while he concentrates on doing what he loves doing
    as for the song i have heard whiz kid and he sounds exactly so he isn’t original and not adding anything special like shank said the only thing that makes him different is his passion

  47. Tiki

    February 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I can’t remember having ever heard a song of his, but I like the general picture this article gives.

  48. BABA T aka The ORIGINATOR!!!

    February 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Please don’t fault me if my Mama and Papa get money o.. No be my fault that I’m flossing and grooving!!!

  49. eloho

    February 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    The attack on anyone ANTI-DAVIDO is so much! Please can his ‘lovers’ allow people criticise if they want to. As for me, i’m indifferent sha. *shrugs*

  50. girlygirly2001

    February 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Your can nourish you music career while in the University. You do not have to drop out of the University for Nigeria unrated music industry. We live in global world that you can make your mark in the Nigeria music industry while living in America. May be after your school you can relocate to Nigeria. Oak wood College, Huntsville, Alabama is a private school operated by Seven day Adventist Church of America and among the best school in the south. I know the school and have friends who attended the school. Famous American singer Brain McKnight graduated from the school with honors and so many other famous people in America. A mixed opportunity by ill advised boy who chasing winds.

  51. No, na me talk am

    February 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Na so so bad belle people full naija. This kid built something for himself and is living his dream. Others are looking for excuses to belittle him. “Oh his dad is rich” “he’s tatted up” “oh he’s not 19.” Guys are out there creating wealth for themselves, others are just watching, living their average lives and hating. Continue dey siddon for there as mosquito dey chop you. Boys are hustling!

  52. obi-talk

    February 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    did u just say 19 yrs old, move over whizkid you’re officially old, there’s a new kid on the block.

  53. o.o

    February 6, 2012 at 4:13 am

    ok,first off, education is so overrated guys! so chill..not even in that country called Nigeria where you need to know someone to get a good job.the ones that went to school nko,what did they end up doing to make a living???”stealing,rituals,becoming drivers/gatemen,etc!!!”
    for all you care,this boy just might not be that “gifted” in the books department so let him do what he loves doing. not everyone is built for school and all, but i’m glad he at-least went back to school to get a degree because at the end of the day, that’s what he has to fall back on if all else fails.
    I like his persona,but i fear for him..with the booze and how irresponsible some kids get these days..i look at him and i remember Dagrin…i hope he’ll be much more careful and prayerful and not allow the fame to overshadow his thinking. i like how his siblings supported him with prayers before he set out for his show..thats how its meant to be… All the best DAVID ADELEKE!
    …..and madam Maimi,it is possible to enter college @ 16. afterall i graduated high school @15 and could have started college right away if i wanted to.

  54. amanda

    February 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    after this interview i just love him more!!!! davidoooooooo all the way!!!!!!

  55. amanda

    February 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

    and haters he is talented!! u can say wott u want but the guy is making it big as in his one of the biggest in naija atm…but davido y wud u not chase a babe dat loves ur music nw 🙁

    • Gidi

      February 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      I am too old to appreciate his kind of music,so i really have no business posting here but I’ll love to hear your definition of talent.
      Thank you.

    • Ufedo

      February 7, 2012 at 7:29 am

      LOL @ the talent question.
      HE had good answers in his interview, dont care much for his songs either.

  56. prince BK

    February 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    im proud of you david

  57. chidy

    February 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    omgggggg nigerians for crying out loud, dammmmnnnnn!!!!! learn to appreciate and stop hating on the poor boy. wht does hes age have to do with anytin??? the most important tin, is he has made it. i bet u( at hes age) if he shld ask ny of ur old asses out, u wont have a second option than to say yessssss. so cut the bull- and kick rocks with no shoes on. na wa ooooo, u guys want him to be doctor or lawyer? are u – kidding me? the doctors and lawyers we have in our so called country “Nigeria”, what positive impact have they brought to the country? so keep it real and shut the f- up, if u have notn to say.

  58. boo

    February 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Loving this dude more. His answers are so on the money……you will definitely go places.

  59. Mstcheww

    February 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    always emulating the west make one look like bafoons and minstrels. And so now nobody knows how to sing naturally they have to use computer to sing like tpain and roger troutman. Mstchewwww

  60. brandnew

    February 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    it is not easy to achieve dis. At nineteen,davido ride on dude

  61. Toyin

    February 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I really love him and wish him the very best of luck.. He is not only the son of a great man but that of a great woman.. His late mum (Dr (Mrs) Veronica Adeleke) lectured me in Babcock University in 2003. Absolutely fantastic, intelligent,brilliant, beautiful ,fashionable lady! I had never seen a woman as beautiful as Dr(Mrs) Adeleke.. She had money, class and elegance written all over her.. A combination of beauty and brains..
    The news of her death came as a rude shock to us all…
    Sharon and david were mere toddlers then.. I am proud of you David and i wish you and your sis the very best of luck in life.. Ur mum must be smiling in heaven..God bless her soul!

  62. Nene

    February 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    1st @miami you have to be 18 to join most social networks and how do you join if u’re not 18? lie about your age noni.2009-2012 is 3yrs, 18+ 3 is 21…simple maths
    No one asks God the kind of parents they want so why all the beef?
    You guys all need to grow up abeg.
    You don’t have to listen to him if you don’t like him.

  63. Debby

    February 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I like his person, the way he answered the questions, but for the tatoo!!!! im not a fan of tatoo and i hope this fame thing will not get into his head some day cos he’s still a young lad.

    All the best!

  64. Lue

    February 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    i still cant comprehend why anyone will leave oakland uni for music when you can finish and still do music.
    wish hi all the best, he sounds like a nice cool guy

    • Lue

      February 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

      ok, dat was oakwook

  65. chibaby

    February 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    what is even wrong with Naeto-c? he’s now so proud.which one is i dont do collabo like this? mtcheeeeeew! DAVIDO U ROCK JARE!!!

  66. @chocgirl_vivi

    February 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    i love him, but “who is ur type of lady?” WRONG ANSWER!

  67. UsaveOne

    February 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    …just to say i knew when he started…and i am proud of him!

    http://www.usaveone.blogspot.com/

  68. nigerian forum

    February 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Mehn, Davido, your simply fantastic. Cant wait to see you in enugu

  69. Just saying

    February 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Are we supposed to know who is dada is?

  70. LOL @ Davido's age.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:16 am

    See how y’all are yelling at Madam Mami. Everyone is right. Madam Mami probably schooled (high school in US). I didn’t graduate High school till I was 18 in the US and there fore did not finish college till I was 22. However, most of my Naija friends that came straight from Naija to go to College here usually start at 16 and graduate at 20. So yes, it is possible for him to be 19 yrs old, and yes I can see why Mami thinks he is lying based on what she knows.

  71. bukkytowi

    February 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I think davido needs to get d relationship part ryt, u shd appreciate women who r into ur music, ur biggest fan shd b ur GF, u r actually still young n u v along way to go, u shd probably nt even b finking realtionship ryt now, all da best dou

  72. Hi

    December 30, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Wizkid, ‘wizboy’, & davido – I see them as boys whom should be doing something worthwhile with their time.

    Davido: nwa Nna ya nwelu ego. O na a try.

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