Adekunle Gold is a talented musician whose musical style has been compared to the Nigerian music icon, King Sunny Ade however, AG Baby as the artist is popularly known, has gone on to establish his own unique style.
‘Orente’,’ Ire’, and ‘Sade’ are arguably the biggest hits by the Nigerian music act and for which he has earned several accolades. Adekunle Gold has also dropped several hit singles and his musical success accounts for his estimated net worth of $1.8 million which is proof of his groundbreaking progress in his career.
Adekunle Gold Became A Millionaire Before He Clocked 30
The 34 year old ‘Sade’ crooner is currently enjoying his status of being a millionaire as his net worth has been estimated to be a whopping $1.8 million. Getting to this point in his life required a lot of work and determination. It was gathered that his career began with being in his church choir as a kid and he spent more than a decade in the choir. He reportedly wrote his first song at 15 and as at that time he was also interested in musicians like Evangelist Ebenezer Obey and King Sunny Ade. However, Adekunle would move on to become part of a band named The Bridge where he worked with the likes of GT Da Guitarman and Skales. They released a couple of singles together but, his stay on the band was short-lived and did not do much to make him famous.
What eventually set him on the part of fame was his 2014 cover of One Direction’s song ‘Story of my Life’ which he called, ‘Sade’. This instantly thrust him into the limelight and by the next year his first single, ‘Orente’ was released. This came after he had been signed to record label, YBNL. By the following year, his debut album, ‘Gold’ was released and it was an instant success. It was released on the 25th of July 2015 and it went beyond Nigeria to peak on the Billboard World Album Chart at number 7. This groundbreaking feat was maintained for more than 3 weeks and as expected, it was just the right boost Adekunle Gold needed for his budding career.
His next album titled, ‘About 30’ was released in 2018 with ‘Ire’ as its lead single. This album was a reflection of what his life had become at the age of 30. As at this time, Adekunle Gold was not just a popular name in the music industry but his earnings were also on the increase as he had an estimated $400,000 to his name which was more than N150,000 million naira. Recently in 2021, he has moved on to hit another million milestones with his estimated $1.8 million net worth.
Which Works Are His Best So Far?
As mentioned earlier, it was with the release of the cover of One Direction’s song Story of my Life that set Adekunle Gold apart as a musician to look out for, and over the years, he has been able to thrill music lovers with topnotch singles.
The highlife sensation has released 3 official albums with the first being ‘Gold’ in 2016 which was followed by ‘About 30’ in 2018 and his recent bodywork is ‘Afro Pop Vol.1’ which dropped in 2020. His first album, ‘Gold’, which was a 16 track project made it to the 7th spot on the Billboard World Album Chart for about a week and that was not a surprise as it had several hit singles like ‘Orente’, Pick Up’ and ‘Sade’.
Other popular singles which the Nigerian music star has dropped include: “Call on me” (2017), “Money” (2017), “Ire” (2018), “Damn Delilah” (2018), “Before You Wake Up” (2019) and “Young love” (2019). Adekunle Gold’s recent album has also witnessed a tremendous amount of success with songs like ”Pretty Girl” and ”AG Baby” making it to the Billboard chart.
Adekunle Gold Is A Recipient Of Numerous Awards
One of the biggest proofs of Adekunle Gold’s talent is the awards he has won. He has been a recipient of a number of awards that all speak to his talent. In 2016, his ”Pick Up” won the Best song from Nigerian Entertainment Awards. That same year the unit also awarded him the Best New Act to Watch and his ”Sade” cover won the award of Best Alternative Song at The Headies.
Gold has also won an award from the City People Entertainment Awards for Album of the Year in 2017 as well as Collabo of the Year for his work with Simi. IARA also gave him an award that year under the category, Best African Artiste of the Year.
In summary, Adekunle Gold’s awards are –
- Best song from Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2016 for ”Pick Up”
- Best New Act to Watch from Nigerian Entertainment Awards
- Best Alternative Song at The Headies for ”Sade” from Nigerian Entertainment Awards
- Album of the Year in 2017 from City People Entertainment Awards
- Collabo of the Year with Simi from City People Entertainment Awards
- Best African Artiste of the Year 2017 from IARA
Which Brands Does The Music Icon Represent?
As an A-list star, Adekunle Gold’s price in the entertainment market has constantly been on the rise, at such, he doesn’t come cheap. The brands he has endorsed are listed below in addition to his music label which he also promotes.
- Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF)
Gold was made the ambassador of Sickle Cell Aid Foundation in 2016. The non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 2010 unveiled Adekunle Gold as one of its numerous ambassadors on World Sickle Cell Day 2016 (June 19, 2016) in a program that featured Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari’s daughter – Zahra Buhari.
- Unity Bank
It is stars like him that brands and companies love to work with, this is why it came as no shock when Unity Bank revealed that he is their brand ambassador in 2018. According to the bank, this initiate was embarked on to target the youths and it is not hard to see the reason behind this move given the level of fame Gold has attained over the years and his huge youth following.
- Revolution Plus
In the following year, he signed a very lucrative deal with the real estate firm, Revolution Plus. For Adekunle, this was not just an ordinary deal as he revealed that he got to know more about real estate from the firm’s MD.
- 79th Element
More so, Adekunle Gold is notable as the frontline man of his label, the 79th Element which is a band he set up in 2017 after his contract with YBNL expired. His band members are notable as very talented artists in the Nigerian music industry who can perform both on the local and international level.
Adekunle Gold’s Millionaire Status Funds His Luxurious Lifestyle
Adekunle Gold has amassed a lot of wealth from all that he does. This wealth has translated into a life of comfort and luxury for him. He is the owner of a number of high-end cars such as a Wrangler Jeep that worth ₦11.3 million and his Mercedes Benz GLB which he bought for ₦14.4 million sometime in 2018.
He also owns a home with his wife, Simi which is made with the trappings necessary for comfortable living. This luxurious mansion is located in Lekki, Lagos state and it comes with features like a swimming pool and of course, an inbuilt studio for recording good music.