Have you ever pondered what some Nigerian artistes are up to when they are not performing to an audience or recording a new song in a studio?
Okay, before the music and the fame some artistes got their hands dirty with something else. Eva Alordiah is a professional make up artist – I’m sure you know that already – Tiwa Savage had a stint as a banker in Scotland. Dr Sid is a qualified dentist, Omawumi and Falz are both graduates of Law and the list goes on.
It might also interest you to know some Nigerian musicians have a solid background in tech. Even as much as writing codes, developing softwares etc.
Let’s meet these techies cum musicians.
1Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade (Mr Eazi)
Probably, you may not identify him with that name, I’m sure you 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, that Mr. Eazi co-founded a tech startup, and is still currently running one, is a fact that only a small circle of people know (until now).
2Olanrewaju Dabiri (Eldee)
Eldee who is a veteran musician, rapper, music producer and record label boss is no beginner in the tech space.
About two years, “eLDee actively quit 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.”
3Akitoye 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.
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.”
4Faridah 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.