In July 2012, a young Nigerian artist named Davido emerged with a groundbreaking first album that would quickly cement his place on the African and world stages. His 17-track project, Omo Baba Olowo: The Genesis, blended traditional African music and global pop for a sound that was unique and birthed a long list of club-ready hits. Ten years later, it’s clear that the album was a spark for modern African music and inspired many of the young African musicians who are taking over the world today.
Translated from Yoruba, “Omo Baba Olowo” means “the child of a wealthy father.” Davido’s seminal album alluded to the affluence of his dad, whom he touts as one of Nigeria’s richest men. Fast-forward a decade and Davido is now one of Africa’s most prominent music figures with 5M+ monthly listeners on Spotify.
He’s emerged from his father’s shadow and crafted a place in the spotlight for himself, building his own wealth and a following that spans the globe. He boasts an unending list of hits and cross-continental collaborations with artists such as Nicki Minaj, Summer Walker, Chris Brown, Nas, Lil Baby, Sauti Sol, Focalistic, Uhuru, and most recently, Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir.
Celebrate 10 years of Davido and Omo Baba Olowo: The Genesis by testing your knowledge on some of the tracks, lyrics, and collaborators that make up the groundbreaking project.