It may interest you to know that some Nigerian musicians and artists have a solid background in tech. Even as much as writing codes, developing software and so on.
But wait… Have you ever pondered what some Nigerian artistes may be up to when they’re not performing on stage or recording a new song? Oh you think all they know and do is all connected to entertainment and music, right?
Well, we have discovered that majority of them have tech backgrounds and we’re going to show you those musicians you never knew could have such backgrounds.
1. Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade (Mr Eazi)
Probably, you may not identify him with the name as you may have already know him as Mr Eazi. Winner of the Soundcity MVP “Best New Act” and Headies “Next Rated” in 2016.
In all the musical glory and accolades, Eazi co-founded a tech startup (Phone Trader NG), and currently running it, is a fact that only few people knows (up till now).
In 2014, Techpoint listed Obiwezy among 10 of the startups to watch for in 2015, and when accelerator 440 ng invested in Obiwezy, they brought Mr. Eazi in”.
2. Olanrewaju Dabiri (Eldee)
About some years ago, it was reported that Mr. eLDee actively quits the music scene to concentrate on Playdata, an analytical tech solution designed for musicians and advertisers, eLDee surprisingly writes code.
He once revealed in an interview that he built CNN’s first ever radio website. Apparently, the man still codes and has executed some world-class tech projects hands-on. As an angel investor, eLDee invested in Washist, Nigeria’s first ever on demand laundry service.
3. Akitoye Balogun (Ajebutter22)
Who knew the leader of the “Bad Gang” Ajebutter22 was a techie by heart? His song “Bad Gang” which featured Falz was nominated in 2016 for the Headies “Rap Single of the Year” award.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Ajebutter22 had a short stint with Gamsole in early 2015 and he currently works with global IT company Cisco. Actively writing code is not part of the rapper’s job description, he is more in tune with the marketing and customer relations involved in IT and tech solutions.
4. Faridah Demola-Seriki (Kah-Lo)
Faridah, also known by her stage name Kah-Lo, was recently nominated for the Grammy Awards in the Best Dance Recording category. The Grammy nod came courtesy of “Rinse and Repeat”, a song with English Electronic DJ and record producer Riton. The rapper used to be a major tech blogger and is currently social media head for an online eCommerce platform.