Gobe (song)

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Davido - Gobe cover.jpg
Single by Davido
Released February 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Afropop, Afrobeats
Length 3:49
Label HKN Music
Songwriter(s) Password and David Adeleke
Producer(s) Shizzi
Davido singles chronology
"One of a Kind"

"One of a Kind"
Music video
"Gobe" on YouTube

"Gobe" (Yoruba: "Trouble") is a song by Nigerian recording artist Davido, released as the first single from his upcoming album.[1] The song peaked at number 1 on MTV Base's Official Naija Top Ten chart, surpassing Banky W.'s "Yes/No". It stayed at the top of the music chart for three weeks, and was eventually toppled by Kcee's "Limpopo".[2][3]

Gobe controversy[edit]

There were speculations surrounding the release of "Gobe". An impersonator of Password created a Twitter account two days after the song was released, and accused Davido of theft.[4] Davido and Password debunked the rumor by sending out several tweets.[5][6] Davido was rumored to have bought the song from Password for 500,000. In an interview with Sunday Beats, Kamal Ajiboye (the head of management at HKN) said that Davido bought the song from Password for ₦350,000. He specifically said: "Password is a friend to our producer, Shizzi. He told Shizzi he had a song and Shizzi asked him to bring it. Shizzi told Davido to listen to the song and if he liked it, he could turn the song around. When Davido heard the song, he liked it. He removed something and added his own stuff to it. The guy never said the song had been released. If he did, we wouldn’t have used the song. Maybe because the song did not do well, that was why he brought it to us. We paid him N350,000 for the song. The beat was done by us; the job Davido did to the song was even more than what he did to the song."[7]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video for "Gobe" was released on February 25, 2013, at a total length of 4 minutes and 6 seconds. The music video has surpassed 8 million views on YouTube.[8][9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, the song was met with positive reviews. Charles Mgbolu of Vanguard commented on the music video, saying: "In Gobe, Davido is beaten up by thugs after winning the girl. It’s a song that exudes fun from start to finish."[11]


"Gobe" was nominated for "Most Popular Song of the Year" at the 2013 City People Entertainment Award[12] and for "Best Pop Single" at the 2013 edition of The Headies.[13] The music video for "Gobe" was nominated for "Most Gifted Afro Pop Video" at the 2013 Channel O Music Video Awards[14] and for "Best Pop Extra Video" at the 2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).[15] Furthermore, it was nominated for "Best African Act Video" at the 2013 4Syte TV Music Video Awards.[16]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2013 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Afro Pop Video Nominated
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Pop Extra Video Nominated
4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best African Act Video Nominated
City People Entertainment Award Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
The Headies Best Pop Single Nominated

Track listing and remixes[edit]

1."Gobe"Password and David Adeleke3:49
2."Gobe Remix (Davido Cover-Female Version)"C4 

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Nigeria February 25, 2013 Digital download HKN Music


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  2. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (26 June 2013). "Kcee's "Limpopo" bags number one spot on Mtv's Official Naija Top 10". Premium Times. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  3. ^ O, Onos (10 June 2013). "Davido's "Gobe" Clinches the Top Spot on This Week's MTV Base Official Naija Top Ten Chart". Bellanaija. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Mystery Twitter handle accuses Davido of stealing new song, 'Gobe', Davido replies (WATCH VIDEO)". YNaija Magazine. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Davido Bought Off His New Single, Gobe For N500,000". Information Nigeria. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Do We Smell Impersonation, Theft & Scandal Here?". Pulse Nigeria. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  7. ^ Olonilua, Ademola (30 March 2013). "Davido pays N350,000 for 'old' Gobe single". Punch Nigeria Limited. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Davido – Gobe". This Is Africa. 11 March 2013. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  9. ^ Alonge, Osagie (26 February 2013). "NETPod: Davido drops new single 'Gobe'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  10. ^ "VIDEO: Davido 'Gobe'". Naij News. 26 February 2013. Archived from the original on 28 February 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  11. ^ Mgbolu, Charles (26 February 2013). "Davido releases hot new video 'Gobe'". Vanguard. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Nominees For 2013 City People Entertainment Awards – Genevieve Nnaji, Yemi Alade, Beat FM, Tiwa Savage, Others Nominated". Jaguda. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  13. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (5 December 2013). "Olamide, Davido, Iyanya top Headies Award 2013 nomination". Premium Times. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Nominees announced for Channel O Africa Music Awards". DStv Mobile. 10 September 2013. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  15. ^ O, Ovie (2 June 2013). "Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2013 - View Full Nominees List". Notjustok. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Sarkodie, EL and Okyeame Kwame Top 4Syte TV Music Video Awards 2013 Nominations". Vibe Ghana. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.