Biography: Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel (Mayorkun) || DYC Recognition Of The Month

Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel (born March 23, 1994), known professionally as Mayorkun, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and pianist.[1] He was discovered on Twitter by Davido when he posted a cover of one of Davido’s “The Money” featuring Olamide.[2] He was later signed to Davido’s DMW in 2016[3] and released his first single called “Eleko”.[4]

Mayowa was born on March 23, 1994 in Osun State.[5] He is the first child of three, born into a family of entertainers. His mother is a Nollywood actress and his father, an artist and movie producer. Mayowa was part of the choir at a very young age where he, according to him, “learnt the rudiments of music”.[6] He has a degree in accounting from the University of Lagos, and was in a banking job before he was discovered in 2016.[7]

Mayowa decided to leave his bank job to search for another due to bad pay, when his cover video was spotted by Davido in February 2016.[8] Davido followed him on twitter and Instagram, after which Davido asked him if he can do more than play the keyboard. He got a call from Davido the same day he wrote his resignation letter[9] and sent Davido some of the songs he already recorded. Davido decided to sign him to Davido Music Worldwide.[10] Mayowa released his first single under the label called “Eleko” in 2016. The video of the song gathered a million views in the first 10 days.[11][12] To his name, Mayowa has several singles including Yawa, Sade, Che Che, and Mama. In October 2018, he released singles “Posh” and “Fantasy” featuring Olu Maintain[13] in anticipation of his first studio album titled “The Mayor of Lagos”.[14]. The Mayor of Lagos was released on the 16th of November 2018.[15] On December 1, 2018, it appeared on the Billboard World Albums chart, peaking at number 15.[16]

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