Twelve Nigerian Artistes Born With Silver Spoon
Years ago, it was believed that only persons from fairly comfortable homes were involved in the entertainment industry. However, a lot has changed. Citybuzz present twelve Nigerian artistes from wealthy homes.
By virtue of their background, some of these folks really don’t have to work a day in their lives because of the wealth of their parents. But they have decided to chart courses for themselves.
When singer, David Adeleke, aka Davido, came into the music industry, he didn’t make pretenses that he wasn’t from a rich home. He made sure to constantly sing about his affluent background and with time, he began to build a decent fan base. Today, he is one of the biggest artistes in Africa and his fame keeps spreading.
His father’s vast wealth has also come in handy for him. Most times, Davido flies in his father’s private jet to attend concerts. He is known to splurge on jewelry and cars. He is never shy to let people know that even if he doesn’t make a dime from music, he has his father’s wealth to fall back on. Even though many perceive him as being brash and arrogant, Davido is unapologetic about his views and way of life.
Born Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, DJ Cuppy’s father, Femi Otedola, is unarguably one of the richest men in Nigeria. It was thus surprising when she announced that she had become a disc jockey. Many felt she wouldn’t be able to blend with the style of the industry considering that she has spent most of her life abroad. Truly, when she first started performing as a DJ, she found it quite tasking to connect to the Nigerian crowd. She usually played Rock, Heavy Metal, House and other genres of music that Nigerians were not used to. However, she has gotten better with time and her consistency has endeared her to many fans.
Not long ago, she was unveiled as a DJ ambassador for Pepsi. Her song with Tekno, Green Light, is also doing well as it has gotten millions of views online.
He calls himself the ‘bahd’ guy but his father, Femi Falana (SAN), is regarded as a good lawyer who is often on the side of the masses. Folarin Falana studied Law at the University of Reading, UK, but music is his true love. Even though he practiced law for a while, he didn’t find fulfillment until he actively pursued his music career. Falz started releasing songs in 2009 but fame didn’t come his way until he started to upload comic video skits on Instagram. His unique sense of humour caught the attention of many and his popularity soared. His songs were also well received by fans.
Falz is the recipient of several top awards like BET (for music) and AMVCA (for acting). As a matter of fact, he is one of the few Nigerian entertainers that have received top awards for both music and acting.
Tolani is Femi Otedola’s eldest daughter but it seems she isn’t ready to go into the family’s business soon. She is a singer and even though she is not yet well known, the silver spoon has been making several moves to be counted as one of the top artistes in the country. She organised a concert in October 2017 and it was well-attended by her father and his billionaire friends.
According to Tolani, her father always had music playing in the house and car while she was growing up and that is where her love for the art originated from. She is still regarded as a newbie in the industry, so, she still has a lot of work to do to prove herself. She describes her music as a “a blend of infectious African rhythms and soulful harmonies.”
Naetochukwu Chikwe, aka Naeto C, has always been a rapper with a difference. Because of his calm disposition and classy lifestyle, one can easily tell that he is from a rich home. Naeto C is known for hits such as Kini Big Deal, My P, Ashewo, among others, and he is still regarded as one of the talented rappers in the country. His mum, Kema Chikwe, is a former Minister of Aviation and is currently a PDP women leader.
Naeto C got married some years ago and he hasn’t been so relevant in the industry. However, he recently released a song, Killing me Softly, featuring Sarkodie recently, and it has enjoyed some airplay.
Rotimi Alakija, aka DJ Xclusive, is one of the top DJs in the country. He is also a silver spoon kid. He is well regarded as a DJ and he has performed at several top-notch events. He has collaborated with several artistes to release songs such as Pangolo (Timaya), Ibebe (Olamide), Pose (Tiwa Savage), Jeje (Wizkid), and several others.
From the famous Alakija family, he is also a DJ at Cool FM.
Adebayo Adeleke, aka B-Red is Davido’s cousin. He is also the son of the popular ‘dancing Senator’, Sen. Ademola Adeleke.
B-Red teamed up with Davido and some other members of their family to establish the label, HKN, about seven years. However, they fell out with Davido, who moved out to form Davido Music Worldwide.
Though B-Red is not as popular as his cousin, he has been in the industry for a while and he has released a couple of songs such as Booty Tinz, Iwaju, Money, Aye Po, Twerk, among others. One of his recent songs, Uju, is doing quite well on the airwaves.
Damilola Afolabi, aka L.A.X, came into public consciousness when he was signed to Wizkid’s Starboy Records in 2013. The hit song, Caro, featuring Wizkid, also helped to propel his career.
L.A.X’s father is business mogul and Chairman of SIFAX Group, Taiwo Afolabi. L.A.X has also done quite well for himself in the industry with songs such as Gbefun, Ginger, Call my Baby, Rasaki, among others. However, he is yet to cross over to the A-list in the music industry.
Chukie Edozien, aka Lynxx, is a son of Chief John Edozien, a former Deputy Governor of the old Bendel State. Lynxx came into the industry as a rapper and has released songs such as Change your Parade, Fine Lady, Follow Me, among others.
However, the singer became ‘born-again’ about two years ago and he has kept a low profile since then.
The name of Uche Kachikwu, aka Kach, does not ring a bell yet and that is not surprising because he just made a foray into the music industry last year and has only released few songs. Kach is the son of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
Kach’s debut single, Dino, however, attracted some attention. The song is named after controversial Senator Dino Melaye, and the lawmaker appeared in the music video, flaunting his lavish lifestyle. Many criticised Melaye for appearing in the video.
Tobi Osoba, aka DJ Sparrow, is a son of a former Governor of Ogun State, Segun Osoba, and he practises his craft as a disc jockey.
Tobi is an avid lover of the turntable and whenever he performs, passion is evident all over him.
He is not popular yet but if he is consistent and dedicated, the future looks bright for him.
Obi Ajuonuma, popularly known as DJ Obi is a Guinness World Book of Records holder. He achieved this feat when he played for 229 hours and 58 minutes in 2016. Obi also won the Nigerian Entertainment Award for ‘World Best DJ’in 2011.
DJ Obi is a son of the late Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, a former Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of NNPC.