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After his $$million global deal, BellaNaija Music presents 5 MUST Read Lessons for Davido



Davido Signs Global DealYay! Congrats Davido, eku Sony global million dollar deal, you have now taken the next step towards global superstardom. We are rooting for you. We want you to succeed.
However, success comes with its baggage. As Biggie said “Mo Money, Mo Problems”, as Naija people, we shall say “we reject it” but rejecting it is not enough, you’ve got to be focused, here are 5 MUST read lessons.

1. Pay your TAX o
Davido Money 2Yes, Davido, we know you are an American citizen, congrats bro, while that means you will not be lining up with us at 5AM on Walter Carrington, it also comes with a major set of responsibilities especially when it comes to tax.
Over the last 2 years, the US government and IRS has been AGGRESSIVELY enforcing tax rules relating to American citizens based abroad.
Davido Money BellaNaijaAsk Wesley Snipes, the IRS does NOT play! You have to file your annual tax returns on all your income no matter where it is earned, Nigeria, America, UK, Malta, South Africa….everywhere! You have to pay what is due.
Otherwise, you could face jail or worse.
Just get a very good tax attorney.

While we are at it, please also remember to pay your tax in Nigeria too, as Pres. Buhari has made clear, Nigeria needs money.

2. Jo, fun Condom + Consent
Davido SophiaWe love Baby Imade. She is so cute. We have put all the Sophia drama behind us and moved on.
Ehen, if you think Sophia and Uncle Dele had wahala, just try American baby mamas! Unlike the Nigerian justice system, the American justice system is in their favour.
American gossip site, Bossip even has a special tag devoted to Baby Mama Drama, you really don’t want to join the club.

The rules of sexual engagement amongst adults has changed. It is no longer no means no, it is now – there has to be a clear YES. Remember that.

Better yet, celibacy is the best option 🙂

3. Stay away from Drugs
Majek Fashek was one of Nigeria’s biggest stars. He transitioned to the international scene and had a $20 million Interscope Records deal at one point. Yes, he did!
He was on the Letterman show, he was on the rise…
You could lose EVERYTHING! He lost his wife, his family, his career, his money and his pride. Today, he is a shadow of himself, drifting from our rehab to another. You can watch his interview here.

In summary, just stay away from drugs.

4. Be authentic – In music and everything else
One of the major reasons why your music has crossed over is that authenticity. We heard it in “Aye”, “Ekuro” and even your breakthrough hit “Dami Duro”.

Don’t lose who you are.

5. Read Every Contract, Sign Every Cheque, Be in Control of your Empire
TLC, Toni Braxton…even Lil’ Wayne.
Google is your friend. Nuff said.
On the flipside, read about the late legend David Bowie and the innovative way he took control of his music catalogue. Such a sharp guy!

Davido-Range-RoverNot everyday new Rolex and new whip, most days should be – new bond, new treasury bill, new investment property.

EXTRA – Jara adviceShow me your friends…
It may be time to cut off some people and be careful who you add to your squad. That guy with a bad temper, cut him off. That guy that feels he is gangsta and may decide to carry a gun “for protection”…cut him off. That girl that ain’t loyal…cut her off.

That’s it! Good luck OBO


  1. Tosin

    January 22, 2016 at 8:35 am


  2. Chic

    January 22, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Hopefully he reads this… Good points raised & truth said.. but again it’s his money!

  3. Fey

    January 22, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Congrats Davido Africa is proud of u.How i wish u could read this article.

  4. Bella

    January 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Not everyday new Rolex and new whip, most days should be – new bond, new treasury bill, new investment property. – this is very good advise o. invest, save, invest and save some more! Be the trump of africa if you will but invest my brother o and then set up foundation to assist your own people back home that the system has messed up.. we are all routing for you my dear, so young and so talented, stay original .

  5. Gag

    January 22, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Dope advice! He should be careful.

    • ATL's finest

      January 23, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      @ Gag yeap U are right. What a great advice! I mean. When I think of Toni Braxton & TLC smh. How can u sell over $1 album in a week & ur ass went broke so fast or like Toni ended up filing for Bankruptcy?.. Dear OBO, pls u may be American but u have got to think fast on your feet. There’s a difference between signing & printing. Read everything before u sign ur soul away. It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 pages ( I’m guilty) I will grab a chair, my copies & READ it ALL. Those 5 powerful advice shouldn’t be taken for granted.

  6. Donald Trump

    January 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

    That guy that feels he is gangsta and may decide to carry a gun “for protection”
    BN better tag the Rozay-wannabe that follows him….

  7. abiodun

    January 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

    i really really like this, I just hope he reads this or someone passes it on to him.

  8. Charles

    January 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Well good advice @bella
    But…You should understand that Davido is most likely to get it right in the business side. He has good guidance with his Dad and family as regards investment, tax, legal matters et al.
    Good one all in all

    • wendy

      January 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      You talking bout the ass hole who slept with a hoe and shouted OMG you is a hoe Imade later. SMH.

  9. Kelechi

    January 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

    BN, well written. You need to email this to Davido.

    • ATL's finest

      January 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Well Social media will be faster ???! They can tag him in it. Because it’s the truth & nothing else. We know how this dude be acting & not thinking with his head.. Esp that drug part smh..

  10. Sultana

    January 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I just have to celebrate you Tosin. BN numero uno commenter. Encouraging writers and columnists.

    • Tosin

      January 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      awww, muchas gracias.
      +airkiss (en Espanyol)

  11. Duze

    January 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Make that consent stamped AND signed. A contract.

  12. Sugar

    January 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Sophia i need to congratulate you too. Your allowance will be on point now and ur Benz is here to stay!

  13. Segzie

    January 22, 2016 at 11:56 am

    @Bella, this advice is not only for Davido but for all, few punch lines in this advice of yours is very necessary to few and many to be honest!!!!! nice one!!!! me i have taken few from it and covered it with my hand to reason as always………………….Blessings.

  14. Uberhaute looks

    January 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Abo oro la n so fun omoluwabi…to ba denu e tan, aa di odidi!
    Congrats David Adeleke

  15. Dr. N

    January 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Who wrote this? Hehehehe!
    All sorts of shade.
    But wise advice

  16. blaccdove

    January 22, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    PAY YOUR TITHE! should be number one

  17. HereWeGo

    January 22, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    The most talented yet IMMATURE entertainer of all time

    Its sad, how money miss road like this,

    Lesson to men if you marry and you and your wife have a fine baby and God forbid The Lord calls your wife home – and you are left a widow, please pay attention in raising your kid right instead of gallavanting chasing women. Dont allow the kid to raise himself so much so that when they grow up they seek attention from the world by showing off their materialistic wealth, failing to believe that their EXCELLENT GOD BLESSED TALENT is just enough for us and we dont need to see the extra BULLSHIT To proof a POINT.

    I just wish this boy will grow up and be a lil bit more matured. Hopefully in future he meets a matured sensible smart woman who will fill is late moms void and help him grow up a small.

    CUDDLING DOLLARS like its a puppy. Beyonce changed Jayz who went from acting negroidian like Baby from Cash Money to acting more matured,

    if only some good naija (or not) women can be able to change immature millonaires like DAVIDO, JUDE OKOYE (Ify hasnt changed his immature ways), PETER OKOYE (evidently Lola couldnt change him), ICEPRINCE etc and all those attention seeking celeb idiots. We know you are rich, you dont have to flaunt it to get hundreds of likes on Instagram to up your low self esteem a notch.

    YOUR GREAT TALENT IS JUST ENOUGH -we dont need to see all that extra bullshyt. One of the few i respect is Peter Okoye, you can tell Anita has a good influence on him, He is way more matured. The other women me i dont know what they are doing sha 🙂

    #TruthHurts so if you mad at my statement – i totally understand

  18. HereWeGo

    January 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Typo Correction;

    The more matured Okoye i respect is Anitas husband Paul (not Peter) – and i love and respect Anita too. Cute couple

  19. Yolanda

    January 22, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I just love the person who wrote this. Nothing more to add!!!

  20. earnest choice

    January 23, 2016 at 4:55 am

    davido i hail u o,guy u too much,up up you go no retreat no surrender,h.k.n for life,give them left nd right

  21. shagga

    January 23, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Wow…correct advice from bellanaija. I a, sure David’s is listening. This Sophie issue should have made him a bit wiser and more matured.

  22. Bobito

    January 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Dats a gud an nice lessons..if only he geses it…be careful obo…of d contract pls…

  23. momo karbo.

    January 24, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Those na less wahala. The biggest one is not putting on a dress when he goes to Naija again. Hollywierd is not a place for this jc oh. Sodom and Gomorrah city. I beg, i said my own.

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