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Olamide, A Biography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  


Olamide on the set of his "Sitting on The Throne" music video in January 2014 2014-04-21 13-19.jpg

Olamide on the set of his “Sitting on The Throne” music video shoot in January 2014
Background information
Birth name Olamide Adedeji
Born 15 March 1989 (age 28)
BarigaLagos State, Nigeria
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2011–present
Labels YBNL Nation
Associated acts

Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March 1989), known by his stage name Olamide but popularly called Olamide Baddo, is a Nigerian hip hoprecording artist from Bariga, Lagos State.[1] He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation. The album was supported by the singles “First of All”, “Voice of the Street”, “Stupid Love”, and “Ilefo Illuminati”. On 7 November 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album’s singles include “Durosoke” and “Yemi My Lover”. On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc.[2] Olamide has been nominated and won several music awards, including multiple Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies Awards.

Childhood and musical beginning[edit]

Olamide was born in BarigaLagos State. In 2000, he decided to pursue a career in music. When asked why music, he said: “I found out I was gifted in it so I had to explore it, it’s my life, my hustle, my world”. In 2010, Olamide performed at The Hip Hop World Awards.[1] He studied at Tai Solarin University of Education. In 2011, he released his debut studio album titled Rapsodi.

Music career[edit]

Olamide performing at the first edition of his OLIC concert.

He was signed to ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes record label and was managed by Toni Payne.[1] In 2012, he left Coded Tunes and started his own record label YBNL Nation.[3]


Olamide’s debut album, Rapsodi, was released in 2011. The album’s lead single “Eni Duro” charted on several radio stations in Lagos. Olamide’s debut offering led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9iceReminisce and D’banj.[citation needed]


Olamide’s second studio album, YBNL, was released in November 2012. The album’s production was handled by Tyrone (producer), Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz and ID Cabasa. It features guest appearances from DavidoTiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One. The album was supported by the singles “Ilefo Illuminati”, “First of All”, “Stupid Love” and “Voice of the Street”.[4]

Improbable record deal with DB records[edit]

In May 2013, it was reported that Olamide signed a record deal with DB Records. Olamide took to Twitter to debunk the reports.[5] In an interview with Toolz on NdaniTV’s The Juice, he said that it is too late for anyone to sign him.[6]


On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc.[7] On 24 October 2013, he signed a multi-million Naira deal with Guinness. In November 2013, he became an ambassador for Etisalat alongside Ice Prince .[8][9][10] In 2017 he also became an ambassador for Sterling Bank Plc[11]


Studio albums
Compilation albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs) Album of the Year Eyan Mayweather Won [12]
Rap Act of the Year Himself Won
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Rap Artist of the Year Himself Won
The Headies 2015 Best Street-Hop Artiste Won
Artiste of The Year Won
Best Pop Single “Bobo” Nominated
TooXclusive Awards 2015 Certified Banger of The Year Shakiti Bobo Won
Video Wonder of The Year Melo Melo Won
Artiste of The Year Himself Won
Male Artiste of The Year Himself Won
Best Street Hop Track Shakiti Bobo Nominated
‘Reggae Blues'(HarrySong featuring Olamide, KCee, Iyanya & Orezi) Nominated
‘Ladi'(Olamide & Phyno featuring Lil Kesh) Nominated
Best Hip-Hop Track ‘Local Rappers'(Reminisce featuring Olamide & Phyno) Won
Mixtape of The Year ‘2 Kings'(Olamide & Phyno) Won
Album of The Year Street OT Won
2014 The Headies 2014 Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Best Rap Album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Won
Album of the Year Won
Best Rap Single “Dope Money”
(featuring Phyno)
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted West “Turn Up” Won [13]
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Rap Act of the Year Himself Nominated [14]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Best Hip Hop Nominated [15]
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated [16]
Rap Artiste of the Year Nominated
Most Popular Song of the Year “Eleda Mi” Nominated
Rap Album of the Year Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Nominated
World Music Awards World’s Best Male Artist Himself Nominated [17]
World’s Best Live Act Nominated
World’s Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards Video of the Year “Durosoke” Nominated [18]
Best Afro Hip Hop Video Won
The Headies 2013 Song of the Year Nominated [19]
Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste Won
Best Rap Single Nominated
“Ghost Mode”
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Lyricist on the Roll “Voice of the Streets” Nominated
Best Rap Album YBNL Won
Album of the Year Won
2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Won [20]
Best Rap Act of the Year Himself Nominated [21]
Music Video of the Year “Voice of the Street” Nominated
Best Indigenous Artiste Himself Won [20]
Best Collabo “Ghost Mode”
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
2012 The Headies 2012 Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Himself Nominated [22]
Best Rap Single “Young Erikina” Nominated
Best Rap Album Rapsodi Nominated
2011 The Headies 2011 Next Rated Himself Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up to:a b c “Olamide’s Biography”. Biography Home: Olamide Personal Data. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  2. Jump up^ Abimboye, Micheal (13 July 2013). “Olamide joins Rick Ross, Dj Khaled as Ciroc ambassador”. Premium Times. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. Jump up^ The NET on (3 July 2012). “Olamide leaves ID Cabassa’s Coded Tunes – DailyPost Nigeria”. Dailypost.com.ng. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  4. Jump up^ Akinloye, Dimeji (12 February 2013). “OLAMIDE – YBNL [Album Review”. Hip Hop World Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  5. Jump up^ Mgbolu, Charles (13 May 2013). “Nigeria: I’m Not Signed to D’Banj’s Record Label, Olamide Reveals”allAfrica.com. Vanguard. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  6. Jump up^ “D’banj Never Talk Well Well: Olamide Denies Being Signed To DB Records”. 360Nobs.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. Jump up^ “Olamide Is First Nigerian Ambassador for CIROC”12 July 2013. Naij News. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  8. Jump up^ Ice Prince, Olamide sign endorsement deals with Etisalat. “Ice Prince, Olamide sign endorsement deals with Etisalat | Nigerian Entertainment Today – Nigeria’s Number 1 Entertainment Daily”. Thenet.ng. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  9. Jump up^ “Updated – Guinness Nigeria Signs New Deals With Wizkid, Davido, Olamide & More For Their New Campaign”. Bella Naija. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  10. Jump up^ “NET Exclusive: Olamide signs mega endorsement deal with Ciroc | Nigerian Entertainment Today – Nigeria’s Number 1 Entertainment Daily”. Thenet.ng. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  11. Jump up^ “Sterling Bank Plc Recruits Singer Olamide “Baddo” As Their Ambassador”Exlink Lodge – Nigeria Entertainment, Politics & Celebrity News. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  12. Jump up^ “NEA 2016: Adekunle Gold, Olamide, Kiss Daniel, others win big”. PulseNg. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  13. Jump up^ Marshall, Rhodé (5 September 2014). “Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees”. Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  14. Jump up^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2014). “Pop duo, Skuki, reject Nigerian Entertainment Awards nomination”Premium Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  15. Jump up^ “Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Davido lead nominations for MTV Africa Music Awards”. Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  16. Jump up^ Jasanya, Olamide (24 June 2014). “Who won what at City People Entertainment Awards 2014”. Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  17. Jump up^ “D’banj, Tuface, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Davido, Kcee Nominated at World Music Awards”. Channelstv.com. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  18. Jump up^ “Flavour is biggest winner at Nigerian Music Video Awards 2013”. Nigerian Entertainment Today. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  19. Jump up^ “Olamide Heads The Headies”Thisday. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  20. Jump up to:a b Alonge, Osagie (3 September 2013). “Olamide emerges biggest winner at NEA 2013 [Full Winners List]”. Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  21. Jump up^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2013). “Nigerian Entertainment Award announces 2013 nominees”. Premium Times. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  22. Jump up^ Elebe, Dami (29 August 2012). “Headies Awards 2012”. Connectnigeria.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014.

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