As the world evolves, people explore different potentials they possess and as such see their different sides as them. some are multi-potentialist, some choose to dare, explore and expand while some are stucked with just one thing they know they are good at.
These artiste have been able to explore the world of tech and also their creative world of art. Here we bring you four nigerian artiste with strong tech backgrounds.
Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade
The name does not sound very familiar at first, but is easier to relate with when you hear “It’s your boy Eazi” and see a picture of the straw-hatted songster. Mr Eazi is one of the biggest kids on the music block in Africa right now, and is currently signed to Wizkid’s Starboy Worldwide record label.
The 2016 breakout star’s “Life is Eazi” concert shut Lagos down. He also won the Next Rated award at the just concluded Headies Awards. He achieved all these without even releasing an album yet.
Hi Guys my name is Tosin, an emerging artist some know as Mr Eazi! On the 21st Dec i attempt a headline concert in lagos pls shr d wrd by RT pic.twitter.com/hzAmaT08ZK
— DETTY BOY (@mreazi) December 12, 2016
In all the musical glory and accolades, that Mr. Eazi co-founded a tech startup, and is still currently running one, is a fact that only a small circle of people know (until now).
In 2014, Techpoint listed Obiwezy among 10 of the startups to watch for in 2015, and when accelerator 440 ng invested in Obiwezy, they brought Mr. Eazi in.
If you follow Mr. Eazi’s Twitter, you will see he still tweets about tech business, phones and brands. Next time you shout “Zagadat”, remember this man is deep.
As far back as 1998, eLDee the Don, alongside rappers KB and Freestyle, was among the first members of the now defunct Trybesmen rap group; one of the pioneer rap groups in Nigeria.
Over the years, with back to back hits, he is considered a superb rapper prolific in punchlines and wordplay. With his record label, Trybe Records, eLDee added producer, songwriter and record label executive to his repertoire.
Last year, eLDee actively quit the music scene to concentrate on Playdata, an analytical tech solution designed for musicians and advertisers. With a background in computer science dating back to an engineer father who owned and operated different tech companies, eLDee surprisingly writes code.
For those that are familiar with tech events, eLDee used to attend a lot of them. He once revealed in an interview that he built CNN’s first ever radio website. Apparently, the man still codes and has executed some world-class tech projects hands-on. Who would have known!
As an angel investor, eLDee invested in Washist, Nigeria’s first ever on demand laundry service.
Akitoye Balogun aka Ajebutter 22
For a long time, Ajebutter22 has been making magic in the studio with Studio Magic, the production house with the signature “I need that magic” voice in every song they produce.
“Omo Pastor” and “Serenre” and, recently, “Bad Gang” with Falz are hit songs from Ajebutter 22. In all, the rapper and singer has been lowkey consistent with hit after hit.
Ajebutter22 is a Petroleum Engineering graduate from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom with a Masters Degree in Engineering Project Management.
Unlike most Nigerian artistes, songs from Ajebutter22 are spaced apart by seemingly long time intervals. While this helps the songs have value, the techie aspect of the man seems to occupy his daily grind alongside the music.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Ajebutter22 had a short stint with Gamsole in early 2015 and he currently works with global IT company Cisco.
Actively writing code is not part of the rapper’s job description, he is more in tune with the marketing and customer relations involved in IT and tech solutions.
Faridah, also known by her stage name Kah-Lo, was recently nominated for the Grammy Awards in the Best Dance Recording category. The Grammy nod came courtesy of “Rinse and Repeat”, a song with English Electronic DJ and record producer Riton.
In this category of heavyweights, Kah-Lo is like a newcomer of sorts, but this newcomer could potentially do bigger things than the old timers.
The rapper used to be a major tech blogger and is currently social media head for an online eCommerce platform.