Bella Shmurda is a Nigerian music sensation popularly known for his singing and songwriting abilities. He also doubles as an entertainer as he performs in music shows and on tours. He is widely referred to as Fine Boi Bella, but we bet you didn’t know his real name is Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed. The artist says the name Bella was coined from Abiola, and Shmurda is simply an adaptation from his favorite musician, Bobby Shmurda.
For an artist that came to the limelight in 2013, it is remarkable that Bella has been nominated for some of the most prestigious awards on the Nigerian music scene. He bagged two City People Entertainment Awards for Next Rated (Male) and Street Music of the Year in 2020. He was also nominated for The Headies’ Next Rated award that same year, all of which have left many wondering what drives the newbie.
The 24 Year Old Stormed The Nigerian Music Scene When He Was 16
Bella Shmurda was born to Nigerian parents on January 27th, 1997, at Ojo, Lagos State. The artist was raised in the Ojo neighborhood of Okokomaiko. This is a possible reason he can easily relate to the street lifestyle that’s very visible in his songs. He had his primary and secondary school education in the same area before enrolling to study History and International Studies at Lagos State University (LASU).
Bella was 16 years old when he came on to the Nigerian music scene. He began exploring his love for music at age 16, in 2013, much to his mum’s chagrin. She had a grand plan of him being educated and becoming a diplomat. However, as a supportive mother, she gave in to his career choice when she saw the passion and zeal he put into it. He was continuously putting out song covers and freestyles on his social media platforms to gain ground.
Interestingly, Fine Boi Bella has succeeded in following his musical dream and is still enrolled in the university with the hopes of one day becoming a graduate. As of the year 2020, he had not graduated. The music star continues to work hard to fulfill his dreams and make his mama proud.
Bella Shmurda Released His First Single At Age 21
Bella Shmurda officially kicked off his music career as a 21-year-old in 2018. The year 2020 was long-anticipated, and many people around the world built their goals and plans around it. Shmurda wasn’t left out in this as his first single titled “Vision 2020” was released in 2018. The song embodied the hustle spirit, which most Nigerian youths understand.
Popular Nigerian musician Olamide listened to the song and had his assistant reach out to Bella to set up a meeting. By the end of the meeting, the famous “Vision 2020 remix” was already in the works. Shmurda had misplaced the original song’s beat, but Olamide believed so much in him that he had ID Cabasa produce a new one. Poco Lee joined in by lending his exceptional dance skills in the music video. These quickly made the song a club banger and, as expected, brought Bella to the limelight.
Since he came to the spotlight, Bella Shmurda has dropped many singles and garnered many fans and followers. The musician refers to his fans as either Dangbana fans or Republikans. His songs fall under the genres of Hip Hop, Afrobeat and R&B. He overall likes to refer to his music style as “the conscious style” because he does it to awaken people. In the music industry, the artists that he is affiliated with are Zlatan Ibile, Mohbad, Runtown, and Olamide.
His Debut Album Was Released at Age 23
Bella Shmurda’s first album titled High Tension was released in 2020, causing serious high tension amongst his fans and music lovers. The album had several hit songs, including “Ginger Me”, “Omnipotent”, “Liquor”, “Sho Mo Mi”, “Amope”, and “Upgrade”. “Cash App” is easily one of the favorites among Bella’s fans. The song, which referenced fraudulent online business popularly referred to as yahoo-yahoo, gained massive acceptance and was played back-to-back by radio stations. The song also topped various musical charts.
In the year 2020, the “Cash App” crooner got featured on “Triumphant”, a single on Olamide’s hit album, Carpe Diem. Suffice it to say that Fineboy Bella was fully active in 2020 despite the Coronavirus inhibited lockdown. Trust a man that knows what he wants!
In 2019 and 2020, Bella Shmurda was nominated by City People Music as the Best New Act of the Year. On March 1st, 2021, Audiomack Africa listed him as the 3rd of the 5 Most Streamed Artists on Audiomack for the week. Other artists on the list were Davido, Omah Lay, Joeboy, and Olamide.
Breakdown of His Other Achievements So Far
Early in January 2021, Fineboy Bella’s fans were blessed with another dope single titled “Rush” which quickly became the most searched song on Google in no time. Shmurda took advantage of the challenge craze on social media by creating the #RushStoryLineChallenge that came with a 300,000 Naira price to the winner.
There was also the #RushChallenge on Instagram, where he promised 100,000 Naira to any dancer that could do a better dance than the two dancers he posted. On February 17th, Shmurda announced the #RushRappersChallenge, calling on rappers to download and rap to the beat of the “Rush” song. As expected, Republikans rushed to all the challenges.
We believe the airwaves will soon be blessed with “High Tension 2.0” as the star has been raving on Twitter about it since March 1st, 2021.
Bella Shmurda is Signed To Oneworld Global Records and Not YBNL
Bella Shmurda is not signed on to the YBNL music group. In actuality, he is signed with Oneworld Global Records. The record label is owned by Prince Nkem and has many good musicians under it. Under his record label, Fineboy Bella has come up with and released several hit songs like “Flex”, “Boi Bella”, “No mind dem”, and “Bye-bye to poverty”.
Shmurda has always been rumored to be signed to Olamide’s YBNL due to his closeness to the record label’s boss. As stated above, Olamide discovered Bella’s music which led to the release of the popularly acclaimed “Vision 2020 remix” that brought Bella to fame. The pair have remained friends since then, making it uncommon to hear the musician being referred to as Olamide’s first son.
Bella Shmurda’s Net Worth is Estimated Between $100 and $500 Thousand
It is expected that as Fine Boi Bella’s songs are hitting hard on the airwaves, so is money hitting hard in his pocket. He gets some cash from show performances, but his primary income source is from his songs. The star hasn’t bagged an endorsement, partnership, or movie deal yet. We say “yet” because Bella is truly skilled, and we believe he’s just getting started.
Honestly, there’s no exact figure at which we can fix Bella Shmurda’s net worth. Several sources have placed estimates at around $100,000 – $500,000. While we may not be sure of this, it is safe to say that he’s one of Nigeria’s highest-earning young music stars.
He Has Performed In Several Shows
Bella Shmurda has performed in several shows. In his interview with PMNEWSNIGERIA, he revealed that he doesn’t always accept payment for shows. The musician reportedly said that he shows up for some fellow artists without asking for pay because support is essential. As for tours, there’s no news as regards any yet, but we hope his management as one lined up soon.
Shmurda Doesn’t Exactly Portray a Lavish Lifestyle
Bella Shmurda is mostly always spotted wearing a baggie short, polo, chains and rings, and a hat or bandana on his social media posts. The musician has posted several pictures of himself standing close to various cars. For example, in March 2020, he showed us a picture of a brand new Lexus jeep. But it is uncertain how many belong to him.
Also, in 2020, Shmurda showed off a gorgeous house on his Instagram handle. The accompanying tag “Ain’t rich but ain’t broke. Alhamdulillah. #2020vision” sort of confirmed speculations that the house belongs to him. What did we say about 2020 being Bella’s year again?
It’s almost impossible to pinpoint one luxury item on which Shmurda loves to splurge. But we are sure he spends his money on his mom and in promoting his music.