Adekunle Gold is no new name in the entertainment industry. The Call on Me crooner is one of the most influential highlife singers in the history of Nigerian music. And as if that is not enough, he also makes up one of Nigeria's most popular celebrity couples. Together with his wife Simi, Adekunle Gold proves that indeed, love is beautiful. Need to know more about the singer? Then this biography is all you need.
Who would have thought that Gold's rendition of One Direction's Story of My Life would catapult him into fame? His cover of the song, which he dubbed Sade, gained international recognition and set off his now-successful career. But what else do we know about the singer? Here is all you need to know about the Kelegbe Megbe crooner.
- Birth name: Omoba Adekunle Kosoko
- Date of birth: January 28, 1987
- Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
- Adekunle Gold age: 34 years old (as of 2021)
- Birth sign: Aquarius
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, and graphic designer
- Years active: 2010s - present
- Genre: International, Pop/Rock
- Styles: African Traditions, Highlife, Afro-Pop, West African
- Education: Lagos State Polytechnic
- Net worth: $2.1 Million
Adekunle Gold biography
The singer/songwriter/graphic designer was born Omoba Adekunle Kosoko on January 28th, 1987. He was born and raised in Ifako-Agege and Ikotun, Lagos State.
How old is Adekunle Gold?
As of 2021, the singer is 34 years old. He celebrates his birthdays on the 28th day of January each year.
Is Adekunle Gold from a royal family?
Yes, he actually is. Gold was born into the royal Kosoko family of Lagos State, Nigeria, and he bears the title of 'Prince'.
His parents are teachers, and he has three younger sisters. Gold is also the nephew of globally acclaimed actor Prince Jide Kosoko.
Another fun fact about his family is that although Gold's parents are Muslim, they allowed their children complete religious freedom.
For his primary and secondary school education, Adekunle attended schools in Lagos State, Nigeria, from where he got his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
He then joined Lagos State Polytechnic and graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Arts and Design.
Gold began his singing career as a member of a local church's junior choir. As he has revealed in the past, he drew his musical inspiration from the likes of King Sunny Ade and Evangelist Ebenezer Obey.
At the age of 15, he wrote his first song and joined a band called The Bridge, which released a couple of singles before splitting.
In 2014, he released his debut single, Sade, a cover of One Direction's Story of My Life. The song, which was mixed by top Nigerian singer and songwriter Simi, went viral. The following year, the song earned him the Best Alternative Song award at the Headies.
YBNL Nation label CEO Olamide then signed Gold, who released two more Simi-mixed singles, Orente and Pick Up.
Adekunle released his debut album, titled Gold, on July 18, 2016. The album was released under the YBNL Nation and was produced by Pheelz, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar, Masterkraft and Seyikeyz. Gold charted number 7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week.
His sophomore album, About 30, featured guest spots by Dya on Down with You, Seun Kuti on Mr. Foolish, and Flavour N'bania on Yoyo. According to Gold, the 14-track album is a reflection of heart, fears, faith and pleasure.
Soon after the expiration of his contract with YBNL, Adekunle launched his band - The 79th Element (which refers to the atomic number of Gold in chemistry). The singer also owns the Afro Urban, a label he runs by himself with a couple of team members.
Adekunle Gold albums
His albums include:
- Gold (2016)
- About 30 (2018)
- Afro Pop, Vol 1 (2020)
Adekunle Gold songs
Some of his songs include:
- Uncle Suuru
- Pick Up
- No forget ft Simi
- Ariwo Ko
- Friend Zone
- Nurse Alabere
- My Life
- Beautiful Night
- Fight For You
- Nurse Alabere
- Sweet Me
- Call on Me
- Only Girl ft Moelogo
- Mr Foolish ft Seun Kuti
- Yoyo ft Flavour
- Kelegbe Megbe
- Promise ft Simi
- Before You Wake Up
- Young Love
Adekunle Gold latest song
Adekunle Gold new song is a collaboration with London singer-songwriter Nao. The song, titled Antidote, was released in January 2021.
Some of the awards he has won so far are:
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Song (Pick Up) and Best New Act to Watch (2016)
- The Headies award for Best Alternative Song, "Sade" (2016)
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best New Act (2015)
- City People Entertainment Awards for Album of the Year (2017)
- City People Entertainment Awards for Collabo of the Year (2017)
- IARA award for Best African Music Artist (2017)
The site Owogram reports that Gold has a net worth of $2.1 Million.
Adekunle Gold and Simi
Adekunle Gold is married to Nigerian singer Simi. Simi and Adekunle Gold wedding took place at a private ceremony in Lagos, in December 2019.
The duo welcomed their daughter, Adejare, in June 2020. Simi shared the news of her arrival on Instagram. She wrote:
"Adejare. It's like free-falling – this unending, soul snatching, infinite, mind-boggling love. Deja, my baby girl…,"
Adekunle Gold is the true depiction of a modern-day musician whose flawlessly written lyrics wins hearts and moves souls. Without a shadow of a doubt, he is one of the best musicians Nigeria has to offer.
The musician released his sophomore album, Apollo, on August 20, 2020, under the YBNL Nation record label. The 17-track album comes after the success of his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, which was released on November 29, 2019.