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Lil Kesh
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Lil Kesh in 2016
Background information
Birth name Keshinro Ololade
Born March 14, 1995 (age 22)
BarigaLagos State, Nigeria
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts

Keshinro Ololade (born March 14, 1995), popularly known by his stage name Lil Kesh, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter. He rose to fame after his chart-topping song titled “Shoki“.[1][2] Lil Kesh was born and raised in Bariga, a suburb of Lagos State. His music career started in 2012 while rapping among his peers in Bariga until he released “Lyrically”, a single that quickly became popular in Nigerian Universities. In 2015, he was nominated in the Best New Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Affiliated to YBNL Nation as a recording artist, Lil Kesh is currently signed under his record label YAGI Records, an acronym for “Young And Getting It”[3] and managed by Massive Management[4]


Early life and education

Lil Kesh was born to Yoruba parents in Bariga, Lagos State and went on to complete his primary and secondary school education at Stockbridge College, Bariga. Lil Kesh took interest in dancing before he delved into music after watching some of his peers rap.[5]


2012–2014: Early beginnings

Lil Kesh’s professional music career started in 2012 but he became popular in 2014 after he recorded his first single titled “Lyrically” which was positively accepted majorly by students in Nigerian universities. Through YBNL Nation, Lil Kesh released “Shoki”,[6] a song which got him nominated in the Best Street-Hop Artiste category at The Headies 2014 while “Shoki Remix” which featured guest appearances from Olamide and Davido got nominated in the Hottest Single of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[7] On 2 April 2014, he signed his first music contract with YBNL Nation.[8]

2015–present: Y.A.G.I and YAGI Records

On 23 February 2015, Lil Kesh released a song titled “Gbese” which was produced by Young Jonn with the music video featuring cameo appearances from Skuki.[9] On 11 June 2015, he was nominated in the Best New Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and went on to be nominated at the 2015 Headies Award for Next Rated.[10][11] On March 17, 2016, Lil Kesh released his debut studio album titled Y.A.G.I which was positively received.[12] The album features guest appearances from notable music acts including OlamidePhynoDavidoAdekunle GoldYCEEWale, Viktoh and Patoranking.[13][14]

On April 26, 2016, Lil Kesh announced via Instagram that he has established his own label imprint called YAGI Records with Olamide later confirming the news through the same medium following the expiration of Lil Kesh’s 2-year recording contract with YBNL Nation.[15][16][17]


Lil Kesh’s versatility and style of music has been similarized to that of Olamide who raps and sings in his local dialect.[18][19] However, he has been criticised for using too much vulgarsentences and not finding the right balance in the lyrics of his songs.[20] In an interview with Naij he said,[21]


Selected singles

Year Title Album
2014 “Lyrically” Y.A.G.I
“Shoki” Non-album single
“Shoki (Remix)” (featuring Olamide & Davido)
2015 “Shoki (Female Version)” (featuring Cynthia MorganChidinmaEva Alordiah)
“Efejoku” Y.A.G.I
“Is It Because I Love You?” (featuring Patoranking)
2016 “Ibile”
“Bend Down Select” Non-album single

Studio albums

Year Album Title Album Details
2016 Y.A.G.I

Awards and nominations

During the 2015 Headies Award event, Lil Kesh’s then record label owner Olamide pulled a Kanye West when he blasted the organizers of the award ceremony right on stage during the ceremony for not giving the ‘Next Rated Award’ to Lil Kesh, who he said was supposed to be the winner ahead of Reekado Banks. Olamide’s act threw the social media into a frenzy, hence popularizing “Ko ni da iya anybody” which means “It shall not be well with anybody” in Yoruba.

Year Award ceremony Prize Result
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act to Watch Nominated[22]
2016 The Headies 2015 Next Rated Nominated[23]

Personal life

Lil Kesh is currently based in Lekki, Lagos State. He was a student of Linguistics at the University of Lagos.[24]


  1. Jump up^ Abimboye, Micheal (24 December 2014). “Kiss Daniel, Slyde, Lil Kesh others to rule 2015”Premium Times. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. Jump up^ “MUST WATCH! AMBER ROSE Dances To Lil Kesh’s ‘SHOKI’ At D’banj’s Concert”Information Nigeria. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  3. Jump up^ Akan, Joey (27 April 2016). “Lil Kesh:Olamide sets standard with new business structure”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  4. Jump up^ Alawode, Abisola (30 August 2017). “Lil Kesh joins a new management company”Naij. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. Jump up^ “Superstar Interview Of The Week – Its Lil Kesh!”Cool FM Nigeria. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. Jump up^ Okoye, Ada (17 November 2015). “Missy Elliott tells Lil Kesh how she learned about ‘Shoki’, congratulates him for the ‘street movement”OlisaTv. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  7. Jump up^ Ade-Unuigbe, Adesola (12 June 2014). “Kiss Daniel, Korede Bello, Falz, Wizkid, Olamide, Davido & More Nominated for the 10th Annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards”BellaNaija. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  8. Jump up^ Dede, Steve (2 April 2014). “Olamide shows off new YBNL acts Lil Kesh and Viktoh”Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  9. Jump up^ “New Video: Lil Kesh”MTV News. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 28 October2015.
  10. Jump up^ “The 10th NEA Awards 2015, Nominees List”NotJustOk. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  11. Jump up^ Eniola, Temilade (19 October 2015). “Headies Next Rated: Davido Favours Lil Kesh Ahead Of Korede Bello And Cynthia Morgan”Entertainment Express. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  12. Jump up^ Akan, Joey (17 March 2016). “Rapper’s “Y.A.G.I” album is an inspiration to Nigeria’s frustrated upcoming artistes”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 19 March2016.
  13. Jump up^ Showemimo, Adedayo (15 March 2016). “Lil Kesh shares artwork for debut album ‘Y.A.G.I'”Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  14. Jump up^ Solanke, Abiola (17 March 2016). “Rapper releases debut album “Y.A.G.I” (Young And Getting It)”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  15. Jump up^ Bamgbose, Temiloluwa (26 April 2016). “Lil Kesh starts record label”The Punch. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  16. Jump up^ Arogundade, Funsho (27 April 2016). “Why I parted ways with Olamide – Lil Kesh”P.M. News. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  17. Jump up^ “Lil Kesh leaves YBNL forms own record label, YAGI”Vanguard Newspaper. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  18. Jump up^ Lala, Emmanuel (17 March 2015). “Why YBNL’s Lil Kesh Is Hinted as Olamide’s Heir Presumptive”tooXclusive. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  19. Jump up^ Ajose, Kehinde (12 September 2015). “I am not doing Hip-Hop for those that understand English alone -Lil Kesh”Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  20. Jump up^ Alawode, Abisola (16 October 2015). “Matters Arising: Lil Kesh’s Depreciating Lyrics”Leadership Newspaper. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  21. Jump up^ “Lil Kesh Explains Why He Embraces Vulgar Lyrics In His Music”Naij. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  22. Jump up^ Hassan, Sanusi (12 June 2015). “Full list of nominees for Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2015”Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  23. Jump up^ Akan, Joey (30 September 2015). “Profiling the nominees of the Next Rated category”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  24. Jump up^ “10 AMAZING THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LIL KESH”. Evatese. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
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