Nigerian rapper Olamide has become a global ambassador of his country's music.
• Born in Lagos State, Nigeria, Olamide attended Tai Solarin University of Education. He was forced to drop out when his parents couldn’t manage his tuition.
• In 2011, Olamide released his debut album Rapsodi, which earned a Best Rap Album nomination at the Nigerian awards show The Headies.
• Olamide won Album of the Year at The Headies with three consecutive LPs: 2012’s YBNL, 2013’s Baddest Guy Ever Liveth and 2014’s Street OT.
• He founded the record label Yahoo Boy No Laptop Nation (or YBNL) in 2012. The roster includes fellow Nigerian artists DJ Enimoney, Fireboy DML, B.Banks and Temmie Ovwasa.
• Olamide primarily raps in Yoruba, a language spoken in West Africa. His rapid flow has helped to popularize hip-hop in Nigeria.
BORN15 March 1989