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Joeboy, A Biography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Birth name Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa
Born 21 May 1997 (age 23)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2017–present
Labels empawa
Associated acts

Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa, known professionally as Joeboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.[1] Mr. Eazi of record label “Empawa Africa” discovered him in 2017. His genre of music is that of Afro pop and R&B. He was born on 21 May 1997 in Lagos State, Nigeria.


Joeboy released the Mr Eazi-assisted track “Fààjí” on October 26, 2018; he used his portion of the grant he received from emPawa100 to shoot a video for the song.[2][1] Joeboy’s single “Baby” was released on March 1, 2019; it garnered 20 million streams across YouTube and Spotify in 2019.[3] The visualizer music video for “Baby” surpassed 31 million views on YouTube.[4] Joeboy released the Killertunes-produced track “Beginning” on August 15, 2019. The visualizer music video for “Beginning” surpassed 23 million views on YouTube.[5] In it, he finds himself developing feelings for a friend whose advances he had initially dismissed.[6] Joeboy released his debut extended play Love & Light in November 2019.[7] It was released by emPawa Africa and was supported by the singles “Baby” and “Beginning”.[8] The EP also contains the Mayorkun-assisted track “Don’t Call Me” and “All for You”.[9]

Joeboy won Best Artiste in African Pop at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, and Best Pop at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.[10][11] He was nominated for multiple City People Entertainment Awards and The Headies.[12][13] Joeboy released the Dera-produced track “Call” on April 10, 2020.[14] Described as a “catchy love song”, “Call” is the lead single from his upcoming debut studio album. The TG Omori-directed video for “Call” features dystopian sci-fi themes.[15]

In January 2021, Joeboy announced his debut album Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, set for a February 4 release.[16]



  • Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic (2021


  • Love & Light (2019)


Year Title Producer Album
2017 “Realest” (featuring Triple N) Non-album single
2018 “Fire” (featuring King Promise and GuiltyBeatz) GuiltyBeatz
“Fààjí” (featuring Mr Eazi) E Kelly
2019 “Gbese” (featuring Oxlade and DJ Voyst)
“Baby” Dera the Boy Love & Light
“Beginning” Killertunes
“Don’t Call Me Back”[17] (featuring Mayorkun) K.O
“All For You”
2020 “Call” Dera TBA
“Lonely” Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic

Featured in

Year Title Producer Album
2020 “Love Nwantiti” (CKay featuring Joeboy & Kuami Eugene) Non-album single

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2019 The Headies Next Rated Himself Nominated [13]
Best Pop Single “Baby” Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Viewer’s Choice “Beginning” Nominated
All Africa Music Awards Best Artiste in African Pop Himself Won [10]
City People Music Awards Popular Song of the Year “Baby” Nominated [12]
Most Promising Act of the Year Himself Nominated
Best New Act of the Year Nominated
Revelation of the Year Nominated
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New MVP Himself Nominated [11]
Best Pop Won
Listeners’ Choice “Beginning” Nominated
Song of the Year “Baby” Nominated


  1. Jump up to:a b Nadia Neophytou (November 1, 2019). “Why Joeboy, With Help From Mr Eazi, Is Nigeria’s Next Big Thing”Billboard 2. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  2. ^ “Fààjí (feat. Mr Eazi) – Single by Joeboy”Apple Music. October 26, 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ Elias Leight (October 24, 2019). “Joeboy Reckons With Heartbreak on ‘Don’t Call Me BackRolling Stone. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  4. ^ Kam Tambini (October 24, 2019). “Interview: Joeboy On Blowing Up and His New ‘Love & Light’ EP”OkayAfrica. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  5. ^ “Beginning – Single by Joeboy”Apple Music. August 15, 2019. Retrieved 22 February2020.
  6. ^ Civonne Ray (August 21, 2019). “Nigeria’s newest Afrobeats star, Joeboy’s new single “Beginning. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  7. ^ James Keith (January 17, 2019). “Premiere: Nigeria’s Next Star Joeboy Revisits Recent ‘Love & Light’ EP For “All For YouComplex. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  8. ^ Motolani Alake (November 8, 2019). “Joeboy sparks conversation with ‘Love and Light’ [EP Review]”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  9. ^ Emmanuel Esomnofu (November 14, 2019). “Is Joeboy All For You? – “Love & Light” EP Review”NotJustOk. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  10. Jump up to:a b “Burna Boy, Nasty C, Stonebwoy, Nadia Nakai & More Win 2019 AFRIMA Awards”OkayAfrica. 2019-11-24. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  11. Jump up to:a b Damola Durosomo (January 13, 2020). “Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards”OkayAfrica. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  12. Jump up to:a b “#CityPeopleMusicAwards: Nominees List Out”City People Magazine. 2019-10-25. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  13. Jump up to:a b Gbenga Bada (October 20, 2019). “Headies 2019: Here are all the winners at the 13th edition of music award”. Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  14. ^ “Call – Single by Joeboy”Apple Music. April 10, 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  15. ^ Durosomo, Damola (April 10, 2020). “Watch the Music Video for Joeboy’s New Single ‘CallOkayAfrica. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  16. Jump up to:a b Ruiz, Matthew Ismael (January 18, 2021). “Joeboy Announces Debut Album, Shares New ‘Lonely’ Video: Watch”Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  17. ^ Leight, Elias (2019-10-24). “Joeboy Reckons With Heartbreak on ‘Don’t Call Me BackRolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
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