Saheed Osupa

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Saheed Osupa
Birth name Akorede Babatunde Okunola
Also known as King of Fuji
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Ajegunle, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels
  • Olasco Films and Records
  • Mustoy Music
  • K.S.M Management

Akorede Babatunde Okunola (born c. 1969) also known by stage names Saheed Osupa or King Saheed Osupa is a Nigerian Fuji musician and film actor.

Growing up[edit]

Saheed Osupa was born in the Mosafejo area of Ajegunle, Lagos State but grew up as a child in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.[1] His father, Moshood Ajiwere Layeye was a Wéré music artist and also an elder cousin of Fuji musician Ayinde Barrister.[2]

Education[edit]

Saheed Osupa went to Amuwo Odofin High School in Lagos, where he graduated in 1987.[3] In 1992, he completed his National Diploma programme at The Polytechnic, Ibadan after studying Business Administration. He is an alumnus of the American International College where he studied Networking Operations.[3]

Career[edit]

Fuji Music[edit]

Saheed Osupa started music professionally as a teenager in 1983. His first album was titled Fuji Fa Disco. He has released over 28 studio albums including a 4-in-1 studio album titled Mr. Music.[4] In 2008 Saheed Osupa was declared the "King of Fuji Music" by Ayinde Barrister.[5]

Hip hop music[edit]

On 20 December 2014 Saheed Osupa released a hip hop single titled "Vanakula" produced by K-Solo.[6] On 13 April 2015, he released another K-Solo produced single titled "African Beauty" with vocals from Yetunde Omobadan.[7] On 8 August 2015, he featured Seriki in another single titled "Womi".[8]

On November 7, 2015, Saheed Osupa was listed in The NET's "Most Successful Nigerian musicians".[9] He is currently working on his debut hip hop studio album titled Lord of Music.[10][11]

Acting[edit]

Saheed Osupa has appeared in over 30 Yoruba films.

Rivalry with Wasiu Alabi Pasuma[edit]

Saheed Osupa and Wasiu Alabi Pasuma have had a rivalry.[12] Saheed Osupa claimed that several fruitless peace meetings took place in 2010 and 2011.[13]

Discography[edit]

Selected singles[edit]

As lead artist
Year Title Album
2014 "Vanakula" TBA
2015 "African Beauty" (Yetunde Omobadan) TBA
"Womi" (Seriki) TBA

Studio albums[edit]

  • Fuji Fadisco
  • Fuji Blues
  • Fuji Demonstration
  • Master Blaster
  • Stainless Fuji
  • Fuji Boggie
  • Unbeatable
  • Shuffle Solo
  • Ovation
  • Scores
  • Hot Shot
  • Advice
  • New Edition (Shuffle Solo 11)
  • Authentic
  • Big Daddy
  • Champion
  • London Delight
  • African Delight
  • American Fuji Slide
  • World Tour
  • London Extra
  • Respect and Reliable - 2 in 1
  • Fuji Icon
  • Reliable
  • Endorsement - 3 in 1
  • Mr. Music - 4 in 1
  • Marriage Affair
  • Barrybration
  • Euro Splash
  • Time Factor
  • Impact
  • Turn By Turn
  • The Main Man
  • Capability
  • Tested and Trusted - 2 in 1
  • Guaranteed
  • Lord of Music - 2 in 1
  • Transparency and Transformation - 2 in 1

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Eni Eleni
  • Ero Sese Koowe
  • Ese Mefa Laye
  • Ose Maami
  • Ashiru Ejire
  • Onibara Ogunjo
  • Iku Oba
  • Igba Iwase
  • Agbeere Oju
  • Alukoro

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Prize Result
2013 FIBAN Awards Best Fuji Artist Nominated
Yoruba Academy Awards Best Musician in an Acting Role Won
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Best Fuji Musician of the Year Won
Nigerian Achievers Award 2015 Best Fuji Music Artist Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ayotebi, Femi (9 April 2017). "K1 insulted his master, Barrister – Saheed Osupa". The Punch Newspaper. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Akinola, Sikiru (18 July 2015). "I USED TO HAVE STAGE-FRIGHT –SAHEED OSUPA". The Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Obatusin, Taiwo. "Saheed Osupa speaks on war in the house of Fuji". Nigeria Films. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "'My fight with Pasuma is simply over supremacy' - Saheed Osupa". Ecomium Magazine. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Pasuma Wonder VS Saheed Osupa: Who is taking over Fujidom?". The Sun News. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Alash, Bob (23 December 2014). "New Music: King Saheed Osupa - Vanakula". Jaguda.com. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "King Saheed Osupa – African Beauty Ft Yetunde Omobadan". NaijaBamBam. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Saheed Osupa ft. Seriki – WOMI (prod. K-Solo)". NotJustOk. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Badmus, Kayode (7 November 2015). "NET SPECIAL: Most successful Nigerian musicians ever". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Showemimo, Dayo (19 December 2014). "Saheed Osupa to drop debut hip hop single, 'VanaKula'". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Timilehin, Ajagunna (27 November 2015). "Saheed Osupa unveils poster for new 2-in-1 album". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "MAN Ban: Saheed Osupa, Pasuma lock horns". The Sun Newspaper. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Akintola, Lukmon (5 April 2014). "My grouse with Mosebolatan and Pasuma –Saheed Osupa". Daily Independent Newspaper. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 

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