Joseph Akinfenwa Donus, known professionally as Joeboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is currently making wave in the Nigerian music and entertainment industry. His genre is that of Afro-pop and R&B. His hit single “baby” was warmly received by his fans as it got massive airplays on media platforms.
Early life and background of Joeboy
Born on May 21, 1997 in Lagos state, Nigeria, Joeboy had lived a better part of his life in Lagos. At age 16, he discovered his love for music, having grown up in a musically inclined family. He completed his elementary education in Lagos and proceeded to the University of Lagos, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Human Resources. In an interview with MTV Base, Joeboy disclosed that he’s from a religious family and his parents were very supportive of his music career.
Joeboy’s Rise to Fame
He recorded his first single “Gbeseyin” at age 17. In 2017, he got the attention of Mr Eazi with a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of you. He signed with Mr Eazi’s funding and mentorship program emPawa100, becoming one of 10,000 applicants from 14 countries. He was the first of 100 recipients to earn a share of a $300,000 grant; he used his portion of the grant to shoot a music video for his single “Fààjí”. Within a month, he became one of 10 acts selected for a mentorship boot camp in South Africa. He was also one of the two artistes given an additional $50,000 in funding.
Before entering in for emPawa100, Joeboy had only sung in social media clips. The program plunge him into his music career. This helped shape his career for better. Joeboy’s single “Baby” was released on March 1, 2019; it garnered 20 million streams across YouTube and Spotify in 2019. The love song reached the top 10 of Apple Music chart in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. The music video for “Baby” surpassed 16 million views on YouTube.
In August 15, 2019, he released the killertunes “Beginning “. Joeboy released his debut extended play Love & Light in November 2019.The debut is composed of five songs. It was released by emPawa Africa and was supported by the singles “Baby” and “Beginning”. The EP also contains the Mayokun-assisted track “Don’t Call Me” and “All for You”. On March 5, 2020, DJ Neptune released a new single “Nobody” featuring Joe boy and Mr Eazi.
Speaking of relationships, Joeboy revealed that he is a private person, and he is currently in a relationship with many people.
Awards and nominations
Joeboy won Best Artiste in African Pop at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, and Best Pop at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival. He was nominated for multiple City People Entertainment Awards and The Headies.
Joeboy’s Net Worth
Joeboy is currently worth an estimated $85,000 dollars.
No doubt, the fast rising star will become one of the wealthiest and influential celebrities in the nearest future.