Adekunle Gold, A Biography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known by his stage name Adekunle Gold, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and graphic designer.[1] He describes his genre of music as urban highlife. His 2014 single “Sade” received massive airplay on various Nigerian radio stations. His follow-up single, titled “Orente”, also received positive reviews from music critics and consumers.[2] In 2015, he was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards. His 2014 single “Sade” was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015.[3][4]In 2015, he was signed to YBNL Nation under which he released his debut studio album Gold.[5]


Adekunle Gold

Adekunle Gold at the MTV Base 2015 White Xmas Party
Background information
Birth name Adekunle Kosoko
Born Lagos State, Nigeria
Genres Urban HighlifeWorld
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter, Graphic Designer
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts

Early life and education

Adekunle was born into a royal family in Lagos State, Nigeria. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from Lagos State Polytechnic.[6]


2010–2014: Career beginnings

While growing up, Adekunle developed interest in music while listening to songs by King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. He became a member of his church’s junior choir during his teenage years, and went on to write his first song at the age of 15.[7] In 2014, Adekunle went solo after he disbanded a music group he formed with a friend while in school. Adekunle Gold was dubbed the “King of Photoshop” after posting an edited Photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage.[8] On 19 December 2014, he released a cover of One Direction‘s “Story of My Life” titled “Sade”, which rose to critical acclaim and went on to be nominated at the 2015 edition of The Headies.[9]

2015–present: Gold[edit]

After the release of “Sade”, Adekunle released his first official single titled “Orente” through YBNL Nation after signing a music contract with the record label on March 5, 2015.[10][11] He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards.[12] On 18 July 2016, Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and track list of his debut studio album titled Gold. The album is a 16-track project, with musical production from PheelzMasterkraft, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar and Seyikeyz.[13] It was released on 25 July, three days before the original scheduled date of release.[14] Upon its release, it peaked at #7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week of 13 August 2016. Moreover, it was critically reviewed by contemporary music critics.[15][16] Following his departure from YBNL Nation due to the expiry of his contract, Adekunle Gold unveiled his band “The 79th Element” in reference to the atomic number of gold.[17]


Selected singles

  • “Sade” (2014)
  • “Orente” (2015)
  • “Pick Up” (2015)
  • “Ready” (2016)
  • “Work” (2017)


Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result
2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs) Best Song Pick Up Won [18]
Best New Act to Watch Himself Won
2015 Afrima Awards 2015 Revelation of Africa “Sade” Won
2015 Beat of Lagos 2015 Best Song “Sade” Won
2016 The Headies 2015 Best Alternative Song “Sade” Won
2015 Nea Awards 2016 Best New Act “Himself” Won

See also


  1. Jump up^ “I didn’t lobby to be signed by Olamide – Adekunle Gold”Vanguard Newspaper. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 29 October2015.
  2. Jump up^ “Music Review : Has Adekunle Gold Come To Stay With New Single “Orente” ?”. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 29 October2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. Jump up^ Onipede, Olamide (15 July 2015). “Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello & Many More Nominated For 2015 City People Awards”Beating Beats. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. Jump up^ “Olamide Leads Headies 2015 Nominees”ThisDay Live Newspaper. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  5. Jump up^ Kayode, Badmus (21 August 2015). “I was involved with YBNL before Olamide signed me – Adekunle Gold”Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  6. Jump up^ Alli, online (25 September 2015). “Adekunle Gold: From Royalty To Music”Daily Times of Nigeria. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  7. Jump up^ “Adekunle Gold Biography and Songs (Must Read)”. Naija Quest. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  8. Jump up^ Mayowa, George (4 June 2015). “King Of Photoshop:Designer Adekunle Gold Plays Some Tricks With Toolz, Tonto Dikeh & Tiwa Savage! (Photos)”360Nobs. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  9. Jump up^ Akan, Joey (30 September 2015). “Check out the complete nomination list”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  10. Jump up^ Channels Television (2 July 2015). “YBNL Act, Adekunle Gold Sings ‘Orente’”Channels TV. Retrieved 29 October2015.
  11. Jump up^ Tayo, Ayomide O. (5 March 2015). “Rapper signs 5th artiste Adekunle Gold to YBNL imprint”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  12. Jump up^ George Kaydee (11 July 2015). “AWARDS: Full Nominee List Of City People Awards”Jaguda. Retrieved 29 October2015.
  13. Jump up^ “Are You Ready for Adekunle Gold’s Album? See the Album Cover, Tracklist & Pre-Order it”BellaNaija. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  14. Jump up^ Adedayo Showemimo (25 July 2016). “Breaking! Adekunle Gold pulls a Beyonce, drops new album ahead of time”Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  15. Jump up^ “Adekunle Gold’s album debuts on Billboard music chart”The Cable. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  16. Jump up^ Tayo Sarumi (8 August 2016). “Album Review: Adekunle Gold – Gold”notJustOk. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  17. Jump up^ (17 May 2017). “Adekunle Gold & The 79th Element! Singer unveils New Band {{|}} See Photos”BellaNiaja. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  18. Jump up^ “NEA 2016: Adekunle Gold, Olamide, Kiss Daniel, others win big”. PulseNg. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
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