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Background information
Birth nameAdewale Mayowa Emmanuel
BornMarch 23, 1994
OriginOsun State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • pianist
InstrumentsVocals, Piano
Years active2016–present
LabelsDavido Music Worldwide
Associated acts

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]

Early Life[edit]

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]

Music Career[edit]

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 charts, peaking at number 15.[16]

The Mayor of Lagos concert[edit]

Mayowa embarked on a nationwide tour in 2017 that saw him perform in over 35 schools.[17] He ended the year 2017 with his first headline concert in Lagos called "The Mayor of Lagos".[18][19] The Mayor of Lagos concert continued in 2018 with a show in the city of Ibadan and the capital, Abuja.[20] Also, a date for a Lagos edition was announced.[21] In 2018, Mayowa did a tour of the UK, where he performed in about six cities.[22] He also performed alongside label boss Davido at the wireless festival.[23]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Mayor of Lagos (2018)

Selected singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2016 "Yawa" Non-album single
"Love You Tire" (featuring Mr Eazi)
2017 "Sade"
"Mama" Mayor Of Lagos
"Che Che"
2018 "Bobo" (featuring Davido)
"Sope" Non-album single
2019 "Hustlers Anthem"
2019 "True" (featuring Kizz Daniel)[24]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Result Ref
2016 The Headies Rookie of the Year Won [25][26]
City People Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act Won [27]
Best New Act Nominated [28]
Nigerian Teen Choice Award Choice New Song of the Year Won [29]
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act Won [30][31]
City People Entertainment Awards Best Music Cover Won [32]
2018 Artiste of the Year Won [33]
The Headies Next Rated Won [34][25]


  1. ^ "Mayorkun Biography | Age | MyBioHub". MyBioHub. 2016-07-04. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  2. ^ "Meeting Davido was a blessing – Mayorkun". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  3. ^ Solanke, Abiola. "Davido: Singer signs new artist Mayor Kun to HKN Gang". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  4. ^ "HKN/Davido Music Worldwide Presents: Mayorkun - Eleko |". 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  5. ^ "Mayorkun Biography, Discographies & Lifestyle". Okhype.Media. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  6. ^ "Mayorkun: The Mayor of Lagos". Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  7. ^ "Singer MAYORKUN Full Biography; Net Worth Car, Age, Father - TIN Magazine". TIN Magazine. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  8. ^ Solanke, Abiola. "Davido: Singer signs new artist Mayor Kun to HKN Gang". Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  9. ^ "How I Got A Call From Davido The Day I Quit My Bank Job – Mayorkun Reveals". Naijaloaded. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  10. ^ "HKN artiste Mayorkun opens up on how Davido signed him". Nigeria News Today. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  11. ^ "Mayorkun's 'Eleko' Hits One Million Views On YouTube |". 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  12. ^ Akan, Joey. "You Need To Hear This: Mayorkun seeks to recreate new magic with "Love you tire"". Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  13. ^ "Mayorkun Features Olu Maintain in New Album Titled, Fantasy Newsbreakers". Newsbreakers. 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  14. ^ Ohunyon, Ehis. "Mayorkun fts Davido, Dbanj on debut album, "The Mayor of Lagos"". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  15. ^ "Mayorkun Debuts Album "Mayor Of Lagos"". P.M. News. 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  16. ^ "Billboard-Mayorkun". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Orubo, Daniel (2017-11-03). "Mayorkun To Headline Lagos Concert This December". Konbini Nigeria. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  18. ^ Akan, Joey. "Mayorkun: Singer rounds off 2017 with "Mayor Of Lagos" concert [Photos]". Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  19. ^ "Artiste concerts that rocked 2017 - Vanguard News Nigeria". Vanguard News Nigeria. 2017-12-30. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  20. ^ Ohunyon, Ehis. "Davidos protege Mayorkun invade Abuja for The Mayor Concert". Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  21. ^ "Mayorkun announces 'The Mayor Of Lagos' concert date - The Native". The Native. 2018-09-24. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  22. ^ "Mayorkun Kicks Off UK Tour, Set To Perform In 6 Cities". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  23. ^ Ohunyon, Ehis. "Davidos protege Mayorkun invade Abuja for The Mayor Concert". Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  24. ^
  25. ^ a b Ohunyon, Ehis. "Mayorkun wins Headies 2018 "Next Rated" award". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  26. ^ "Mayorkun wins Headies' "Rookie of the Year" award - Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  27. ^ "Full List Of Winners at 2016 City People Entertainment Awards - Nigerian Entertainment Today". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  28. ^ Heman, Joe (2016-07-07). "Nominees For This Year's City People Awards » Joe Heman Blog". Joe Heman Blog. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  29. ^ "Seyi Shay, Mayorkun, Dremo & others win Big at the 5th Edition of the Nigerian Teen Choice Award in Abuja - BellaNaija". 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  30. ^ "Davido, Olamide, Mayorkun win big at 2017 NEA Awards | Full List of Winners - INFORMATION NIGERIA". INFORMATION NIGERIA. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  31. ^ "Nigerian Entertainment Awards: Full List Of Winners". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  32. ^ "#CPMA2017: Full List Of Winners At the City People Music Awards | City People Magazine". City People Magazine. 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  33. ^ "Davido's DMW Wins Six Awards At 2018 City People Music Awards - INFORMATION NIGERIA". INFORMATION NIGERIA. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  34. ^ "HEADIES 2018: 30 Billion Gang Storm Stage As Mayorkun Wins 'Next Rated' Award - Nigerian Entertainment Today". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2018-05-06. Retrieved 2018-11-05.

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