Afrobeats singer David Adeleke, best known by his stage name Davido, recently made history by appearing on the cover of Forbes. First, the musician, overcome with joy, thanked the Forbes crew and shared a photo of the magazine’s cover on his social media handles. Then Davido declared himself to be a “godfather.”
He appeared as Forbes ran a feature on the buzzing afrobeat genre and recognized OBO as one of the champions of the new global sound.
Music aficionados will continue to discuss the validity of “Godfather or not” at great length. Nobody can dispute, however, that Davido has always been a “paper-chaser,” as shown by his high-profile partnerships with reputable businesses, which have substantially impacted his ability to accumulate a fortune. Moreover, his most recent album’s release last month also had significant numbers so far, following his link-up with Spotify prior to its release. Therefore, it is not surprising to see the seasoned performer moving with such vigor and beaming from ear to ear, especially given that he has just recently emerged from a devastating phase following the loss of his son.
In his words, he said:
“Emi n’ikan I be godfather oh! Thank you to the amazing @forbes team. Had fun doing this! Feature out now.”
Davido joined Burna Boy as the only artist to debut in the top 10 of the UK album chart on the first try following the release of his “Timeless” album. On March 31st, 2023, the album “Timeless,” which he released, broke numerous records for African performers worldwide. The highest-charting Nigerian album at the time of the release was “Love Damini” by Burna Boy, which debuted at number 2. In contrast, “Timeless” debuted at number 10 on the UK Albums chart. Davido shared the good news on his social media accounts as his most recent album entered the top 10 charts.
David Adeleke is, beyond a doubt, a talented singer and performer, evident by his recent shows promoting the album. Timeless, his fourth studio album, has made a great impression and contribution to the Afrobeat genre. Davido’s record-breaking album “Timeless” officially debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart at number 37 after selling over 17,000 units in the US alone.
Davido’s “Godfather” status will be hotly contested, especially by rival fans, but one thing remains sure -OBO is on the right track and making “big moves” again.