Adekunle Almoruf Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold is a Nigerian Songwriter, Singer and Graphic Designer.
|Full Name/Stage Name||Adekunle Almoruf Kosoko/Adekunle Gold and AG Baby|
|Date of Birth||28 January 1987 (35 years)|
|Occupation||Nigerian Afrobeats Singer, Songwriter and Graphics Designer|
|Net Worth||$1.9 million|
Who is Adekunle Gold?
Adekunle Almoruf Kosoko, known professionally as Adekunle Gold and AG Baby, is a Nigerian Afrobeats Singer and Songwriter. He gained widespread attention after releasing the 2015 hit single “Sade”, a highlife cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life”. He signed a record deal with YBNL Nation and released his 2015 debut studio album Gold, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard World Albums chart. Gold was preceded by the release of three singles: “Sade”, “Orente” and “Pick Up”. Adekunle Gold revealed to Nigerian Entertainment Today that prior to signing with YBNL, he designed the label’s official logo and completed other designs for Lil Kesh, Viktoh and Olamide.
Early Life of Adekunle Gold
Adekunle was born into the Royal family of Kosoko in Lagos state on 28th January 1987. Adekunle’s parents are teachers. He is the first and only son of the family. He was born and raised in Ifako-Agege and Ikotun, Lagos State.
He had both his primary and secondary education in a public school. Afterwards, he obtained a degree in Arts and Industrial Design at Lagos State Polytechnic.
Adekunle’s Career Path
While growing up, Adekunle developed interest in music while listening to songs by King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. He became a member of his church’s junior choir during his teenage years, and went on to write his first song at the age of 15. In 2014, Adekunle went solo after disbanding from a music group he formed with a friend while in school. He was dubbed the “King of Photoshop” after posting an edited photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage on social media platforms. On 19 December 2014, he released “Sade”, a cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life”. The song rose to critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015.
After the release of “Sade”, Adekunle released his first official single titled “Orente” through YBNL Nation after signing a music contract with the record label on 5 March 2015. He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards. On 18 July 2016, Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and track list of his debut studio album titled Gold. The album is a 16-track project, with musical production from Pheelz, Masterkraft, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar and Seyikeyz. It was released on 25 July, three days before the original scheduled date of release. Upon its release, it peaked at #7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week of 13 August 2016. Moreover, it was critically reviewed by contemporary music critics. Following his departure from YBNL Nation due to the expiry of his contract, Adekunle Gold unveiled his band “The 79th Element” in reference to the atomic number of gold. On 15 January 2018, Unity Bank unveiled Adekunle Gold as their brand ambassador. Adekunle Gold Releases His Highly Anticipated Album ‘Afro Pop Vol. 1’on 21 August 2020.
On 4 February 2022, Adekunle Gold unleashed his long-awaited fourth studio album titled “Catch Me If You Can” containing 14 tracks, with guest appearances from Davido, Fatoumata Diawara, Lucky Daye, Stefflon Don, Foushee, and TY Dolla $ign.
Furthermore, “Catch Me If You Can” album is nothing less than the best and music production credits includes: Seyifunmi, Davayo, Rymez, Lekka, TMXO, Tay Iwar, Blaise Beatz, Kali, Que Beats, and Spax.
Here are some of Adekunle’s songs
- Pick Up
- No Forget feat Simi
- Ariwo Ko
- Friend Zone
- Nurse Alabere
- My Life
- Nurse Alabere
- Friend Zone
- Beautiful Night
- Fight For You
- Sweet Me
- Call on me
- Only Girl feat Moelogo
- Damn Delilah
- Before You Wake Up
- Young love
- Kelegbe Megbe
- Jore feat Kizz Daniel
- Something Different
AWARDS AND NOMINATION
- Song ‘Pick Up’, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2016
- Best New Act to Watch, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2016
- Revelation of Africa, AFRIMMA, 2016
- Best Alternative Song ‘Sade’, The Headies, 2016
- Best Song, Beat of Lagos Award, 2016
- Album of the Year, City People Entertainment Awards, 2017
- Collabo of the Year, City People Entertainment Awards, 2017 (with Simi)
- Alternative Artist of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2018
- Best African Music Artist, IARA, 2017
- Album of the Year, IARA, 2017
Is Adekunle Gold Married?
Yes, Adekunle is married to popular Nigeria singer, Simisola Ogunleye Kosoko popularly known as Simi. He married Simi in January 2019. They had been dating for five years. They had a daughter in May 2020.
The singer was linked to accusations of infidelity with a popular video vixen, Teminikan. This was first mentioned on 21 March 2021 by a blogger known as GistLover, who posted the photo of the video vixen on the blog’s Instagram page warning her to stay away from him. Screenshots also posted on the blogger’s Instagram page on the same day both confirmed the blogger’s accusation and implied that his wife Simi was aware of her husband’s infidelities.
On 15 July 2022, Gold announced his battle with sickle-cell diseases since childhood that inspired his newly released song titled “5 Star”.
Adekunle Gold Net Worth
According to calculations, Adekunle Gold Net worth is estimated at around $1.9 million, as he once signed a multimillionaire endorsement deal with Unity bank
According to Adekunle, he got his musical inspiration from legendary musicians like Evangelist Ebenezer Obey and famous King Sunny Ade.
He began from the teen choir in his Church at a very early age. At age 15 he already wrote his first song.
In 2017, Adekunle joined a music group with his friend there, he wrote his first song. However, they disbanded from the music group, and they all went their separate ways.
After that, he released his debut single, Orente.
He was given the named “King of Photoshop” after he edited and posted a photoshopped image of himself hugging Tiwa Savage on social media.
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