David Adedeji Adeleke (Born on November 21, 1992), popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Davido blends traditional African elements with global mainstream pop.
Davido won the Next Rated award in 2012 at The Headies after releasing “Dami Duro“, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo(2012). Between 2013 and 2015, he also released a number of hit singles and in January 2016 he signed a record deal with Sony Music. He then founded the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), to which acts Dremo, Mayorkun, Peruzzi, and Liya have been signed. In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records. In October 2016, he released the 5-track EP Son of Mercy, which was supported by the singles “Gbagbe Oshi”, “How Long” and “Coolest Kid in Africa”. In April 2017, Davido re-negotiated his contract with Sony due to creative control issues and later that year he released five singles including “If” and “Fall”. “If” generated worldwide social media activity while “Fall” became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. Davido has been famously referred to as ‘The king of modern-day afrobeats’.
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Davido released, his second studio album A Good Time in November 2019, supported by singles including “Blow My Mind“. Singer Davido was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2019. He released his third studio album “A Better Time“, on Friday 13 November 2020. As of August 2021, Davido is the second most followed African on the social media app Instagram with over 20 million followers.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (Born 16 July 1990), known professionally as Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He began recording music at the age of 11 and released a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. In 2009, Wizkid signed a record deal with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). He later rose to the limelight after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011), which also spawned the singles “Tease Me/Bad Guys” and “Don’t Dull”.
In September 2014, he released the self-titled second studio album, Ayo. The album was supported by six singles, including the song “Jaiye Jaiye”. Wizkid left E.M.E after his contract expired. In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the hit single “One Dance”, which reached number-one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in 14 additional countries. The song broke multiple records, making Wizkid the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the Guinness World Records. In March 2017, he signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records; and released his third studio album Sounds from the Other Side, later that year. The album was supported by five singles, including “Come Closer” featuring Drake.
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In 2018, he was featured on the song “Checklist” by Normani and Calvin Harris, which reached number-one on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. The following year, he was featured on Beyoncé’s project The Lion King: The Gift on the single “Brown Skin Girl”, which also reached number-one on the World Digital Song Sales chart, and won him a Grammy Award for Best Music Video. In October 2020, he released his fourth album, Made in Lagos, which received commercial success and acclaim, reaching number-one on the Billboard World Album Chart. The album includes the single “Essence” featuring Tems, which became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top ten following a remix released by Justin Bieber.
By February 2021, Wizkid was the most-streamed Nigerian artist of all time on Spotify, with over 3.4 billion streams across all credits.
The reason why Davido and Wizkid Beef won’t stop
The disagreement and rivalry fight that exists between Wizkid and Davido had been intensely fueled recently, initially the cause of their Twitter fight was unclear but right now it seems clearer. The singers’ regular comparison might probably not end sooner, this fact had been revealed after we carefully traced how the saga started between the stars. The main reason for their rant is because both stars see themself as threats.
Reasons, as given by a few personalities we met with, says Wizkid demands respect from his erstwhile friend, Davido, and a proper apology from the 21-year-old, who allegedly connected with several entertainers as a result of his association with Wizkid years ago…
Keen followers of the events that have occurred between Wizkid and Davido recently may wonder what explanation can be given to Wizkid’s tweets, which allegedly insulted Davido. Shortly before the hostilities began some weeks ago, sources divulged that Wizkid, Davido, and other artists such as Flavour, KCEE, Harrysong, and popular hypeman Special Ed had a good time at the airport before embarking on a trip to New York…
However, it took many by surprise when the two kicked off Twitter fight and threw what had been described as ‘shade’ at each other without calling out any names. Another reason why it might become almost impossible for Wizkid to forgive Davido might be an alleged act of betrayal that Wizkid felt during the D’Banj and Don Jazzy breakup. ‘Wizkid felt betrayed by Davido that he pitched his tent with D’Banj and couldn’t believe his friend could leave their much older friend, Wande Coal, who at that pitched his tent with Don Jazzy,’ a close source told Nigerian Entertainment Today
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Wizkid felt betrayed by Davido that he pitched his tent with D’Banj and couldn’t believe his friend could leave their much older friend, Wande Coal, who at that pitched his tent with Don Jazzy,’ a close source told Nigerian Entertainment Today.
It has been noted that since the two began hostilities towards each other, Wizkid has not posted an apology tweet to his fans, while Davido is always quick to apologize after several minutes of Twitter rants. In their last exchange, while both were in New York, Davido was quick to tweet about forgetting the entire exchange of words as he intends to continue his music, but rather than remain silent or tweet an apology to fans, Wizkid threw another shot at the 21-year-old singer.
Meanwhile, it is being peddled that the tweet fights and hostilities might have not degenerated to this level if Davido had not left a bad taste in Wizkid’s mouth after allegedly abandoning him at a nightclub, which he invited him to three years back. Before the two became rivals, allegations were rife that Davido and his HKN crew had allegedly invited Wizkid to the club only to abandon him to pay the bills and find his way home himself.
Even as older colleagues tried to wade into the rivalry, KCee in a chat with a source said the beef was needed to keep the industry booming. In his words, ‘I really don’t know what to say about it or where it is coming from. It happens, even in America you need stunts like this to keep the industry burning, so I don’t think it’s a big deal, because, in the long run, they’ll eventually make peace.
Another clash saga happened between wizkid and davido’s crew as they fought dirty in public.
One Africa concert which took place in Dubai did not go down well as it was gathered that Ghanaian star, Sarkodie was reportedly attacked by Wizkid and Davido’s crew. The fight was ignited over a supremacy fight between the two Nigerian artists on who is to perform first at the event.
Sources claim that Wizkid was punched in the face during the fight. Twitter user, @esineymar who shared the story, wrote;
”Information reaching me states that Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie was unable to perform at the just ended One Africa concert which took place in Dubai. According to sources, When Sarkodie was just about to hit the stage, Davido’s guy attacked Black Nana by pushing him to the floor to allow Davido to perform. Things turned violent as people received slaps and blows like free Wi-Fi. There have been some police arrests.
The main fight was between two of Nigeria’s very own artists, Wizkid and Davido.
Davido expressed disappointment in the organizers allowing wizkid to perform before him. This obviously didn’t sit well with Wizkid and his people as it led to a big fight backstage.
Unfortunately, things got messy at backstage which resulted in rapper Sarkodie not performing. S
The show had to end because the organizers were given the space till 3:00 am.
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Are Wizkid and Davido coming Back?
Davido has revealed that he used to be a very good friend of Wizkid before their relationship crashed. In an exclusive interview with the Ionwannatalk podcast, the music executive noted that fans played a major role in their supposed beef.
Davido revealed that he wanted to do a collaborative album and tour with Wizkid as he revisited – in an interview – the beef between both Nigerian superstars.
During the second part of Black Box Interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Davido talked about his relationship with Wizkid and their infamous rivalry and as well as a joint album and tour project which never materialized.
I’ve tried to do an album with Wiz,” Davido told Ebuka. “I’ve tried to do a tour with Wiz. Like we’ve spoken about it.”
Before Davido and Wizkid embraced and performed together at Wizkid’s concert, which was held at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos in December 2017, the pair had for years been in a heated battle of supremacy along the lines of chart list dominance, talents as well as calibers of international collaborations.
The climax of the beef was when team members of both artists reportedly clashed in Dubai at the One Africa Music Festival in November 2017.
Davido told Ebuka that he saw Wizkid as a motivation which gave him the conviction that he could also make it in the industry. The “If” singer disclosed that he first met Wizkid when the singer was invited to his father’s yearly Christmas party.
The duo became friends, however, according to the “Blow My Mind” singer things started getting competitive around the time he released his first album Omo Baba Olowo.
And the pair went to have one of the longest rivalry in the Nigerian music industry which was (and is still being) amplified by fans of both artists. “The fans don’t make it easier,” Davido admitted.
He added that Wizkid’s team Starboy and 30BG “were meant to sit down and have a general meeting and sort every problem possible” however, the meeting didn’t happen.
“I love Wizkid bruh. I know he loves me too,” Davido told Ebuka.
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