Who is Davido? Most Followed African Artist, 1st Nigerian to Sing at World Cup & 4 Other Music Records Held by 001 Read – David Adeleke, better known as Davido, is without a doubt one of the finest singers, artists, and entertainers to ever grace a stage in and outside of Africa. Learn more
However, his legacies may not be recognised or discussed to the extent that they should be. He has a lot of firsts. More information:
Many people are unaware that Davido is the first African to perform at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards. More information:
Considering the award is dedicated to black music and has been in existence for nearly a decade, that’s quite an accomplishment. Davido defied expectations by performing live on stage at the ceremony. More information:
Legit.ng has highlighted six important achievements that Davido is the first Nigerian and African artist to achieve in this article. More information:
1. First Nigerian artist to perform at the World Cup hosted outside of Africa Read more
Davido joined a select group of international superstars in 2022 who had the opportunity to dazzle the entire world with a spectacular performance at the Qatar World Cup. More information:
He is not the first African performer to appear at the World Cup opening or closing ceremonies. Nonetheless, he is the first Nigerian and the first African to accomplish that achievement at a World Cup held outside of Africa. Davido created history when he co-wrote the official theme song for the Qatar 2022 World Cup with American vocalist Cardona Trinidad and Qatari music sensation Aisha. More information:
2. Most followed African artist on social media
Davido is the most followed African artist, singer, and performer on social media. He is a king in this space, second only to Egyptian footballer Mohammed Salah. Read more:
The 001 has 27.5 million Instagram followers, 13.9 million Twitter followers, 3.7 million TikTok followers, and 3.56 million YouTube subscribers. In this way, no other artist comes close to OBO. He has at least 2 million followers across Africa, putting him ahead of everyone else. More information:
3. First African to hit 1 billion streams within four months of releasing a record
Whether you like him or not, Davido is unmistakable. His most recent album has broken records, making him the first African artist to reach 1 billion streams on all five major music platforms, including Spotify, Audiomack, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Boomplay.
The DMW boss continues to disprove his detractors. Years after being chastised for being a singles trader rather than an album artist, he has gone on to prove his critics wrong. And he didn’t just do it; he took his four-month-old record global and lobbied for a Grammy.
4. OBO is the First African artist to receive an award on the BET main stage
For years, many African artists who had won a gong during the BET award ceremony were disrespected and given their pieces backstage until Wizkid spoke out and rejected them.
During the next ceremony, Davido won an award and became the first African musician to get his gong piece on the main stage in front of a large worldwide audience.
5. Frican African artist to sell out a 16k-capacity venue in Canada
As previously said, OBO is a man of many firsts. He has achieved a new record in a new territory where many of his contemporaries would not dare to conduct 10,000-person concerts or shows in Canada. Davido defied expectations by selling out a 15k venue in Toronto with almost 16k people in attendance.
He is the first African artist to achieve this feat.
6. First Nigerian artist to hit 7m views on YouTube in a record 7 hours
In 2020, the Nigerian Afrobeat musician set a new YouTube record by being the first African to reach seven million views seven hours after releasing his single, Fem. He still maintains the record to this day, since no one else has accomplished the same feat. He was holding the previous index. In 10 hours, his collaboration with Chris Brown received one million views.
Davido’s gov uncle hails him as he dances to his Qatar 2022 performance
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Gov Ademola Jackson Adeleke, the governor of Osun state, recently made headlines after a video of him dancing while watching Davido perform at the closing ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup final went viral.
The governor, who captioned the viral video published on his Facebook, stated that witnessing Davido’s performance brought a smile to his face, the Adeleke family’s face, and the face of every resident of Osun state. Davido, who had been out of the public eye for almost a month, eventually returned to the stage to perform with other global stars during the Qatar 2022 World Cup closing ceremony.