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Adekunle Gold
Background information
Birth name Adekunle Almoruf Kosoko
Also known as Adekunle Gold, AG Baby
Born (1987-01-28) 28 January 1987 (age 37)
Lagos State, Nigeria
Origin Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Years active 2010–present
Labels Afro Urban Inc, YBNL Nation (former), Def Jam Recordings
Associated acts

Adekunle Almoruf Kosoko (born 28 January 1987), known professionally as Adekunle Gold and AG Baby, is a Nigerian Afrobeats singer and songwriter currently signed to Def Jam Recordings. He gained widespread attention after releasing the 2015 hit single "Sade", a highlife cover of One Direction's "Story of My Life". He signed a record deal with YBNL Nation and released his 2015 debut studio album Gold, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard World Albums chart. Gold was preceded by the release of three singles: "Sade", "Orente" and "Pick Up". Adekunle Gold revealed to Nigerian Entertainment Today that prior to signing with YBNL, he designed the label's official logo and completed other designs for Lil Kesh, Viktoh and Olamide. In 2023, he released "Tequila Ever After", his fifth studio album and first under Def Jam.


He holds a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from Lagos State Polytechnic.


2010–2014: Career beginnings

While growing up, Adekunle developed interest in music while listening to songs by King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. He became a member of his church's junior choir during his teenage years, and went on to write his first song at the age of 15. In 2014, Adekunle went solo after disbanding from a music group he formed with a friend while in school. He was dubbed the "King of Photoshop" after posting an edited photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage on social media platforms. On 19 December 2014, he released "Sade", a cover of One Direction's "Story of My Life". The song rose to critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015.

2015–present: Gold

Adekunle Gold Performing at Felabration in 2017, UzomediaTV

After the release of "Sade", Adekunle released his first official single titled "Orente" through YBNL Nation after signing a music contract with the record label on 5 March 2015. He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards. On 18 July 2016, Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and track list of his debut studio album titled Gold. The album is a 16-track project, with musical production from Pheelz, Masterkraft, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar and Seyikeyz. It was released on 25 July, three days before the original scheduled date of release. Upon its release, it peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week of 13 August 2016. Moreover, it was critically reviewed by contemporary music critics. Following his departure from YBNL Nation due to the expiry of his contract, Adekunle Gold unveiled his band "The 79th Element" in reference to the atomic number of gold. On 15 January 2018, Unity Bank unveiled Adekunle Gold as their brand ambassador. Adekunle Gold Releases His Highly Anticipated Album 'Afro Pop Vol. 1' on 21 August 2020.

On 4 February 2022, Adekunle Gold unleashed his long-awaited fourth studio album titled "Catch Me If You Can" containing 14 tracks, with guest appearances from Davido, Fatoumata Diawara, Lucky Daye, Stefflon Don, Foushee, and TY Dolla $ign.

Furthermore, "Catch Me If You Can" album is nothing less than the best and music production credits includes: Seyifunmi, Davayo, Rymez, Lekka, TMXO, Tay Iwar, Blaise Beatz, Kali, Que Beats, and Spax.

In March 2023, Adekunle Gold was signed to Def Jam Recordings. In a statement with Billboard, the CEO of Def Jam Recordings, Tunji Balogun announced that Adekunle Gold signed to Def Jam.

Personal life

Adekunle married Simi in January 2019. They had been dating for five years. They had a daughter in May 2020.

..... This was first mentioned on 21 March 2021 by a blogger known as GistLover, who posted the photo of the video vixen on the blog's Instagram page warning her to stay away from him. Screenshots also posted on the blogger's Instagram page on the same day both confirmed the blogger's accusation and implied that his wife Simi was aware of her husband's infidelities.

On 15 July 2022, Gold revealed his lifelong battle with sickle cell disease, that inspired his song titled "5 Star".



  • Gold (2016)
  • About 30 (2018)
  • Afro Pop Vol. 1 (2020)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2022)
  • Tequila Ever After (2023)

Selected singles

  • "Sade" (2014)
  • "Temptation" (2014)
  • "Orente" (2015)
  • "Pick Up" (2015)
  • "No Forget" feat Simi (2016)
  • "Ariwo Ko" (2016)
  • "Friend Zone" (2016)
  • "Nurse Alabere" (2016)
  • "Ready" (2016)
  • "My Life" (2016)
  • "Nurse Alabere" (2016)
  • "Friend Zone" (2016)
  • "Work" (2016)
  • "Beautiful Night" (2016)
  • "Fight For You" (2016)
  • "Sweet Me" (2016)
  • "Paradise" (2016)
  • "Call on me" (2017)
  • "Only Girl" feat Moelogo (2017)
  • "Money" (2017)
  • "Ire" (2018)
  • "Before You Wake Up" (2019)
  • "Young love" (2019)
  • "Kelegbe Megbe"
  • "Jore" feat Kizz Daniel (2020)
  • "Something Different" (2020)
  • "AG Baby" feat Nailah Blackman (2020)
  • "It Is What It Is" (2021)
  • "Sinner" (2021)
  • "High" feat Davido (2021)
  • "Mercy" (2022)
  • "5 Star" (2022)
  • "Party No Dey Stop" feat Zinoleesky (2023)

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act "Himself" Won
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Song Pick Up Won
Best New Act to Watch Himself Won
The Headies Best Alternative Song "Sade" Won
2017 City People Entertainment Awards Album of the Year "Himself" Won
City People Entertainment Awards Collabo of the Year "Himself and Simi" Won
IARA Best African Music Artist "Himself" Won
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Musician Nominated
Most Played RnB Song "Pami"

(DJ Tunez featuring Wizkid Adekunle Gold & Omah Lay)

2023 The Headies Songwriter of the Year Himself for (Simi – "Loyal") Won

See also

  • List of Nigerian musicians
  • YBNL Nation
  • Simi
  • Olamide
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