Adekunle Gold: Biography, Career, and Awards

Known as the new ‘Alt King’, Adekunle Gold is once again carving a niche in the entertainment industry, and we are all here for it.


Born Adekunle Kosoko, Adekunle Gold is a Nigerian graphics designer, music recording artist, singer, songwriter, and performer with a unique genre of music he calls Urban Highlife. He was born on January 28, 1987, into a royal family in Lagos State, Nigeria. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from Lagos State Polytechnic.

While growing up, Adekunle developed an 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 he disbanded a music group he formed with a friend while in school. Adekunle Gold was dubbed the “King of Photoshop” after posting an edited Photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage.

Adekunle married superstar Simi in a close-knit ceremony in January 2019. Adekunle had been in a low-key long-term relationship with Simi, before finally exchanging vows in January. The couple wrote and sang promise together to celebrate their low-key wedding and to show fans some clips from the event.

Music Career

On 19 December 2014, he released a cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life” titled “Sade”, which rose to critical acclaim and went on to be nominated at the 2015 edition of The Headies. 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 March 5, 2015. He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards.

Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and tracklist of his début 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 originally scheduled date of release. Upon its release, it peaked at #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.


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