Kosoko, popularly known by his stage name Adekunle Gold, is a young, fine Nigerian highlife singer, songwriter and graphic designer. Omoba Adekunle Kosoko was born into the Kosoko royal family of Lagos State, Nigeria. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from Lagos State Polytechnic.
He describes his genre of music as “urban highlife”. His 2014 single “Sade” received massive airplay on various Nigerian radio stations. His follow-up single, titled “Orente”, also received positive reviews from music critics and consumers.
In 2015, he was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards. His 2014 single “Sade” was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015. In 2015, he was signed to YBNL Nation under which he released his debut studio album Gold.
2010–2014: Career beginnings
While growing up, Adekunle developed interest in music while listening to songs by King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. He became a member of his church’s junior choir during his teenage years, and went on to write his first song at the age of 15.
In 2014, Adekunle went solo after he disbanded a music group he formed with a friend while in school. Adekunle Gold was dubbed the “King of Photoshop” after posting an edited Photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage.
On 19 December 2014, he released a cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life” titled “Sade”, which rose to critical acclaim and went on to be nominated at the 2015 edition of The Headies.
Adekunle Gold Performing at Felabration in 2017, UzomediaTV
After the release of “Sade”, Adekunle released his first official single titled “Orente” through YBNL Nation after signing a music contract with the record label on March 5, 2015. He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards.
On 18 July 2016, Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and track list of his debut studio album titled Gold. The album is a 16-track project, with musical production from Pheelz, Masterkraft, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar and Seyikeyz. It was released on 25 July, three days before the original scheduled date of release. Upon its release, it peaked at #7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week of 13 August 2016. Moreover, it was critically reviewed by contemporary music critics. Following his departure from YBNL Nation due to the expiry of his contract, Adekunle Gold unveiled his band “The 79th Element” in reference to the atomic number of gold.
On the 15th of January, 2018, Unity Bank unveiled Adekunle Gold as her brand ambassador.
Adekunle Gold has over 30 albums and awards to his credits which are tabulated below:
|Year||Award ceremony||Prize||Recipient/Nominated work||Result|
|2016||Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs)||Best Song||Pick Up||Won|
|Best New Act to Watch||Himself||Won|
|2015||Afrima Awards 2015||Revelation of china||“Sade”||Won|
|2015||Beat of Lagos 2015||Best Song||“Sade”||Won|
|2016||The Headies 2015||Best Alternative Song||“Sade”||Won|
|2015||Nea Awards 2016||Best New Act||“Himself”||Won|
|2017||City People Music Awards||Album of the Year||“Himself”||Won|
|2017||City People Music Awards||Collabo of the Year||“Himself and Simi”||Won|
|2017||IARA||Best African Music Artist||“Himself”||Won|
Adekunle Gold Net Worth
This young talented Nigerian highlife singer has a net worth of over $5 million dollars to his credit.