If there’s someone – a Nigerian to be precise, who doesn’t know who Adedeji Adeleke is, then that person is certainly living without a radio, television set, a phone, in fact, that individual is literally living under a rock. If you’re one of those “early men” then this article is right for you.
On a second note, if you don’t have a phone or a personal computer even, then how will you read this article? Sense will not kill me…
Alright, in this article we will take a look at BO himself (If Davido is OBO it’s only right that his father is BO now, abi?) and we will bring for you everything you need to know about Adedeji Adeleke, who is the father of Nigerian award winning superstar Davido. Stay glued!
Dr. Deji Adeleke is a staunch businessman and investor. Although he is a full-blooded Yoruba man who originates from Osun state in Nigeria, he was born in Enugu on the 6th of March, 1957 into the Adeleke family. Deji Adeleke was married to the mother of Davido, Mrs. Vero Adeleke who died in 2013 after an illness snatched her away from this earth. The union between Vero and Deji gave birth to two well to do kids; Sharon Adeleke and David Adeleke aka Davido.
Adedeji Adeleke is also from a rich and influential family and is the younger brother to the former legislative head of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke. His father, Chief Adebayo Adeleke was the architect behind Banana Island in Lagos, with the idea in mind to create a masterpiece that would make Nigerians proud.
People who are very close to Deji Adeleke describe him as a strict disciplinarian and an ardent follower of Christ. It was this trust and belief in following the right path that helped him prevail on his son, David Adeleke who had already gained so much popularity from his music talents to attain a B.Sc degree from Babcock University.
$700 million Net Worth
Dr. Adedeji Adeleke is a very influential businessman who has his name on so many businesses and ventures. He is the co-founder and Chancellor of Adeleke University in Osun State. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Holdings limited; a business invested in financing targeted profitable markets in the Nigerian economy. Adeleke is also a philanthropist; he once donated a multimillion naira building for his church, the Seventh day Adventists. He also donated a building to the Babcock University which his son is an alumnus.
Adedeji Adeleke owns a private jet which his son uses sometimes for his music tours and journeys around the globe.
The Adeleke family and politics
A little while ago, we (Nigerian political observers) witnessed the defeat of the “dancing senator” Ademola Adeleke at the gubernatorial election in Osun State. After an intense battle at the ballot which ended in a run-off election. For those who are “otondos” in Nigerian election matters, a run-off is when the difference in votes between the person who had the highest and the person who had the second highest is less than the number of voided/disqualified votes. This is what played out in Osun State. In this case, the ‘dancing senator’ who was running on the platform of the people’s democratic party (PDP) had the most votes after the initial ballot was cast, but with the help of a certain Senator Iyiola Omisore, the APC candidate was declared winner after he won decisively in the run-off.
I had to tell this story to make my point that the Adeleke family still has a big political influence in Osun State. Little wonder Davido recently rushed back to perform the mandatory NYSC service in Lagos State. He might just be preparing for a future in politics.
But having said all that, Adedeji Adeleke, no doubt a money bag but honestly, a political JJC has invested in building a political dynasty out of his family.
The Adeleke vs Momodu debacle
We (Nigerian entertainment observers) were all minding our business when Davido and his family were in a showdown with the Ovation boss’ Dele Momodu’s niece and Davido’s babymama Sophie. It was so intense we literally had to stop what we were doing and watch. When it was going down, I couldn’t help but wonder why these two big families were making the whole thing public – an issue that could have easily been resolved privately. But what I heard was that – please all you amebos, do ensure to say in the comment section if I got the wrong gist or not – Sophie (who is Davido’s baby mama) and niece to the Ovation magazine owner Dele Momodu, was being kept away from her baby, and she had no other choice than to come out publicly and blame Davido’s dad for the whole thing. Dr. Adeleke who tries so hard to avoid the spotlight (in stark contrast to the ‘dancing senator’ Ademola Adeleke,) denied the claims, and in return Sophie was accused of not being a good caregiver to her daughter by the Adeleke’s. The beautiful daughter Imade, however, was in the care of Adedeji Adeleke and he had no plans to release the girl to her mother who they claimed was “on drugs.”
The issue was eventually resolved with Sophie kept on a very healthy monthly remittance for the upkeep of her child, and allowed to be with her child. As for Dele Momodu, he ended up being the laughing stock of the Adeleke’s and their fans after Davido referred to him as his “boy” on the ‘Osinachi remix’ track with humblesmith. The beef was eventually squashed by all parties after Davido invited Dele Momodu on stage for a formal apology. This was the only time two elephants fought and the grass didn’t suffer.
Supporting his son’s music
David Adeleke popularly known by his stage name Davido is one of Nigeria and Africa’s biggest music star presently. His rise to the top was not without hiccups as his father did not initially support his son preferring a music career over schooling. According to Davido, his Dad, Adedeji Adeleke sought to have his music team arrested over the issue. He said “I was hanging out with D’banj at the time, he had that Kanye deal. I now told my Dad that I was trying to stay, and he was like “what!? My friend you better go back to school,” he explained. “I called my roommate, and told him imma do this no more. If my Dad calls, tell him you don’t know where I’m at.
“When I left, my family was looking for me for like six months. They sent me a letter to D’banj house, they sent a letter to P’square house, and they sent a letter to everybody’s house. My Dad was calling the school, and they were telling him; “He wasn’t even here for the past semester, he left. I had a feeling the whole Nigeria knew who I was before I even dropped a single. Kamal that is my manager now, used to be Don Jazzy assistant. My Dad started calling him and said “if I see you guys with my son, all of you are getting arrested.”
It is obvious that Adedeji Adeleke eventually had to subtle down when he saw his son had the determination to go ahead regardless of the consequences, and it has really paid dividends today. Davido will go down as one of the biggest acts to come from Nigeria in recent times and all thanks to his father too who – according to unverified rumours – gave his son a huge chunk of money to enter the music scene.
Veronica Adeleke – Davido’s mum
Davido’s mum goes by the name Veronica Imade Adeleke. She worked as a lecturer at the Babcock University, where her son schooled. Sources close to the family described her as a generous person with a big heart. She passed away at the age of 39 in 2013. It is said that she had a music band too which she named after her son “David’s band.” The band performed at her funeral. The Adeleke’s family commemorates her death every year with family and friends. Davido himself has gone the extra mile to make sure the memory of her mother lives on by naming his daughters, Aurora Imade Adeleke and Hailey Veronica Adeleke.
Other notable senior members of the Adeleke family
Isiaka Adeleke: Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was a businessman and Nigerian politician who served as a two time senator; from 2007 – 2011 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and in 2015 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform. He was born on 15 January, 1955 in Enugu State, South-east Nigeria. He was elected as the first civillian governor of Osun state in 1992 after winning a run-off election. Senator Isiaka Adeleke died on 23 April, 2017 at Biket Hospital in Osogbo, the Osun state capital after suffering a heart attack. Until his death, he was a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria representing Osun West senatorial district.
Ademola Adeleke: Ademola Adeleke: Ademola Adeleke is a Nigerian politician and former gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Osun State gubernatorial elections. He was born on 13 May, 1960 in Enugu State. Ademola Adeleke is very well known in Nigeria’s socio-political scene as the “dancing senator” because of his penchant for busting a move at social gatherings. Before his foray into politics, Ademola Adeleke was the Group Executive Director at his brother’s company Pacific Holdings limited from 2001 to 2016. Ademola Adeleke is also the father of Nigerian musician B-red.
Death rumours: Following online reports that the dancing senator collapsed and died at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Abuja, the senator has come out to say that he is hale and hearty and in fact, preparing to have another go at the governorship seat in Osun state. Speaking through a video he shared on social media, he said “I woke up this morning to the news of my death. As you can see, I Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke, is still alive and we’re going to reclaim our mandate given to us by osun people. This is because Osun people have spoken. I say a big thank you once again. God bless you.