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Shaydee in 2016 (Credit: Osinbamowo Moyo)
Background information
Birth nameShadrach Adeboye Folarin
Born (1987-09-21) September 21, 1987 (age 31)
Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
OriginLagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
GenresR&B, Pop, afropop, reggae
Occupation(s)singer-songwriter, vocalist
Years active2008–present
LabelsEmpire Mates (former)[1]
Associated acts

Shadrach Adeboye Folarin (born September 21, 1987), professionally referred to as Shaydee, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and vocalist.[2] In 2015, Shaydee was listed on notJustOk's list of "15 Artists to Watch in 2015".[3] He is best known for his hit single titled "Won Gbo Mi", featuring vocal appearance from Wizkid.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in the ancient city of Kano, Kano State, Northern Nigeria, Shaydee is the second child of four children.[4] He left Kano with his family for Lagos at an early age.He then attended Kogi state Polytechnic for IJMB where he graduated before he transferred to Illorin where he is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Electrical Engineering.[4]


Upon his movement from Kano to Lagos, Shaydee started singing with a friend while in secondary school.[4] In 2010, he signed a recording contract with Cackland Records and went on to release a few songs including "Love Me Like U Used 2" and "Hands in the Air". In April 2012, M.I featured Shaydee on a song titled "Pain" off his Illegal Music II mixtape.[5]

On 11 June 2012, Shaydee signed a recording deal with Empire Mates Entertainment, a move that helped launch his career further.[6] He is credited to have featured and written some songs off EME's compilation album titled Empire Mates State of Mind which was released in 2012.[7] Shaydee has since worked with Ice Prince, Seyi Shay, Skales, Cynthia Morgan, Legendury Beatz among others. On 16 November 2013, Shaydee collaborated with Wizkid to release a Legendury Beatz-produced freestyle titled "Won Gbo Mi".[8] "Won Gbo Mi" topped local music charts in the country and was widely received among music fans and critics. The video of the song was shot in Lagos and directed by Jassy Generation. It premiered on video sharing website YouTube on 11 June 2014.[9]

On 10 September 2014, Shaydee signed an endorsement deal with Metro Taxi, a Nigeria-based taxi service company.[10] On 18 March 2015, Shaydee released a single titled "High", a song which earned him a nomination at the 2015 edition of The Headies.[11][12] Shaydee was also nominated in the "Best R&B Artist of the Year" category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[13] Shaydee is working on releasing his debut studio album titled SOS which was scheduled to be released in 2016.[14]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
Rhythm & Life
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
Empire Mates State of Mind
(with Empire Mates Entertainment)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


As lead artist
List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"I Want"[16] 2011 Non-album singles
"My Love"[17] 2013
"Whine For Me"
"Ti E Nikan"[18] 2014
"Far Away (Adanma)"
(featuring Ayoola)[19]
"Chakam"[20] To be announced
"Just Incase"
(featuring Kayswitch)[21]
"High"[22] 2015
"Carry Big Load"[23] Non-album single
"High (Remix)"
(featuring Iyanya & A-Pass)[24]
"Smile"[25] 2016 To be announced
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Work Result Ref
2015 The Headies 2015 Best Vocal Performance (Male) "High" Nominated [12]
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best R&B Artist of The Year Himself Nominated [13]


  1. ^ Adetutu, Adesoji (29 March 2017). "Shaydee leaves EME Records". Vanguard. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  2. ^ Odujole, Jadesola (19 May 2016). "EME's Shaydee is Set to Take Nigeria By Storm! Get all the EXCLUSIVE Details on His Latest Album, New Music & More". BellaNaija. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ OG, Ademola (21 January 2015). "15 Artists to Watch in 2015". notJustOk. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Micheal Abimboye (14 December 2014). "INTERVIEW:I started singing to lure girls — Shaydee". Premium Times. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  5. ^ Akan, Joey (21 September 2015). "Shaydee:10 things to know about EME singer". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  6. ^ Eta, Phillip (11 June 2012). "We are now 6! EME sign Niyola and Shaydee, album to drop June 18". Daily Post. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  7. ^ O., Ovie (13 June 2012). "Empire Mates State of Mind: The Official EME Album Artwork + Tracklist". notJustOk. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  8. ^ O., Ovie (16 November 2013). "Shaydee & Wizkid – Won Gbo Mi (Prod. Legendury Beatz)". notJustOk. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  9. ^ "VIDEO: ShayDee Ft WizKid – Won Gbo Mi". 360Nobs. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  10. ^ Kolapo Olapoju (10 September 2014). "EME artiste, Shaydee signs endorsement deal with Metro Taxi (LOOK)". YNaija. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  11. ^ Jimmy King (18 March 2015). "VIDEO: Shaydee – "High"". tooXclusive. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Headies Awards 2015:Full List Of Winners". Channels Television. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  13. ^ a b Oneill, Danielle (15 June 2015). "The Nigeria Entertainment Awards Announce 2015 Nominees". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  14. ^ Solanke, Abiola (25 May 2016). "Shaydee, Niyola:E.M.E singers will be dropping albums this year 2016". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  15. ^ Akan, Joey. "Shaydee "Rhythm And Life" Album Review, reggae married R&B". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  16. ^ Qazim (11 March 2011). "360Fresh: Introducing Shaydee". 360Nobs. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  17. ^ Armani (27 February 2013). "Shaydee - My Love". GHXclusives. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  18. ^ Demola OG (10 February 2014). "Shaydee - Ti E Nikan". notJustOk. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  19. ^ H.O.B (23 June 2014). "LEAK:Shaydee ft. Ayoola - Far Away (Adanma)". notJustOk. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  20. ^ Qazim (3 July 2014). "MUSIC: Shaydee – Chakam". 360Nobs. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  21. ^ Ayomide O. Tayo (24 August 2014). "New Music:Shaydee And KaySwitch - Just In Case". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  22. ^ Sanusi, Hassan (20 March 2015). "VIDEO: Shaydee – 'High'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  23. ^ Joey Akan (14 October 2015). "Shaydee:Singer woos sexy actress in 'Carry big load' video". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  24. ^ Ovie O. (26 October 2015). "Shaydee ft. Iyanya x A-Pass – High (Remix)". notJustOk. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  25. ^ Soares, Tonia (29 May 2016). "Smile, It's Shaydee's Season – Get Familiar!". 360Nobs. Retrieved 31 May 2016.