Olamide Biography: Early Life, Age, Family, Education, Wife, Children, Career, Controversy, Awards and Nomination

Twenty years of massive success for the Yoruba rapper.

By  | May 07, 2020, 02:00 PM  | Olamide  | Top of The

Olamide who isn't just a musician, but a husband and a father of two, earned himself big titles in the music industry and breaking mainstream at a young age. 

It took determination and sweat for Olamide to be an international artist, producer and a businessman. He is now amongst the richest musicians in Nigeria and Africa. 

Here's Olamide's life story and how he rose to fame.


Olamide Age 


Olamide was born on 15th of March 1989 - and he is currently 31 years old. 

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Olamide Family


Nigerian born and raised Hip-Hop sensation, Olamide Adedeji is better known as Olamide. He was raised by both his parents, Mr and Mrs Adedeji. His father passed away in 2015, and his mother passed away in 2018.

When Olamide was in Primary School he discovered his gift of making music, and he stuck with it, with the support of his family. 

 
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Olamide Education


Olamide is deemed notable alumni at the Tai Solarin University of Education where he was studying Mass Communications. 

The renowned hip-hop artist, Olamide, revealed in 2017 that he dropped out of University. However, not because he wasn't excelling academically but it was due to his father, Mr Addeji’s, inability to fund his studies due to financial constraints. 

This was something he opened up about when asked to take on the task of motivating pupils in Nigeria at a Summer Camp organised by Ogun State Government for Secondary School. 

Olamide Wife

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Olamide may appear as a hardcore rapper and singer to the world, but he is a knight in shining armour to his wife - Adebukunmi Aisha Sulaiman. who is now Mrs Adedeji, marking the year 2020 January, as the year they tied the knot, after many years of dating - when the couple felt the need to make it official.

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The couple have been together for 8 years now and have two sons, his firstborn Batifeori Maximilliano Adedeji, and his second-born — Tunrepin Myles Adedeji, who was born in 2019, four years after they welcomed their first child.

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Olamide Career


Olamide’s expressive style of music is through singing in Yoruba, his maternal language. However, him singing and releasing songs in his native tongue hasn't stopped the artist from winning the hearts of international audiences - he is regarded as a big deal not only in Nigeria but also worldwide proving that language is not a barrier. 

This was proven when Olamide released his Album Rapsodi, in 2011, while he was still signed under Coded Tunes. The album took off, climbed the charts, and scored the artist impressive numbers of views and downloads, leading him to be nominated for The Headies Awards in 2012.
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Upon mastering his craft, he shared his work with the world for the first time in 2010 when he officially kick-started his music career releasing his debut single “Eni Duro”, which later became an anthem amongst many of his devotees and supporters.

Olamide was at his prime at this point, reigning supreme in his music career.
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Olamide is the only Nigerian musician in the history of music in Nigeria to release six albums in a period of six years. Now that's one for the books. 

After claiming his stardom, Olamide released his album Rapsodi in 2011 when he was still under Coded Tunes. Subsequent to that, Olamide released yet another banger album YBNL, in 2012, under his own record label YBNL Nation. 

His rise to fame opened doors for the musician to look at bigger audiences and ways to reach even more people with his music.  One of Olamide’s milestones is signing a joint venture deal with international distribution company — Empire. The artist confirmed the news to be true, revealing the news o the public on the 18th of February 2020. 
 

Olamide Awards & Nominations
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Olamide was later awarded at the City People Entertainment Awards for the category Rap Artist of the Year and the rapper was again awarded at The Headies 2015 for Best Street-Hop Artist category. 

Olamide Controversy


It wasn't long until the artist was embroiled in a great deal of controversy.

Rumours started circulating about Olamide not seeing eye to eye with a few influential figures in the industry. The musician released a single titled Science Student in 2018, which has over 12 Million views on YouTube.
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The song received a lot of backlash from fellow musicians and the general public with Olamide being accused of promoting drug abuse in the song. 

Olamide and Don Jazzy were in a tiff after Olamide was triggered by a comment made by Don Jazzy, at the Headies Awards in 2015. It was over the prize that one of Don Jazzy’s signed artists, Reekado Banks won at the award ceremony.

Things became thorny between Don Jazzy and Olamide when Reekado Banks took the award for Next Rated category. After receiving the prize Banks who is also Don Jazzy’s wingman, turned to the crowd and stated that he is well aware that not so many people would be happy that he won the title - one of those people being YBNL founder - Olamide. 

Olamide’s frustration was that one of his artists who were under his record label Lil Kesh was more deserving of the title than Banks was. To make the night even more awkward, Don Jazzy stepped on stage to collect a Special Recognition Award. 

Don Jazzy then directed a comment to Olamide saying if he wants the car that comes with the Next Rated category, he should collect it. Implying that to be the reason Olamide was stirred up about the Next Rated category award. 

Olamide Net Worth


Olamedi is estimated to be worth, to be worth $14 million through his 20 years of contributions in the musical journey.  Through his business, the record label grooming upcoming rappers and making massive sales through their published work. The rapper drives a Range Rover Sport and Mercedes Benz G-Class.
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Olaminde is considered kne of the highest paid artists. This is through his hard work and being committed to his craft. As we wait for the next project from the artist, we continue to enjoy his discography.

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