Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa popularly known as Joeboy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who is best known for his hit song, “Baby”. He was discovered in 2017 by Nigerian popstar, Mr Eazi and was added to the ‘Empawa Africa’ label.
Joeboy was born on May 21st, 1997. He is 23 years old.
Early Life And Career
Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa aka Joeboy was born in Lagos State in 1997. He officially began his career following the release of the song “Faaji” featuring Mr Eazi of emPawa100 in 2018. He used the grant he received from Empawa Africa to shoot a video for the song.
In March 1st, 2019, he released what would become his breakout hit “Baby”. The song fast became popular in Nigeria and also across Africa earning praise from music lovers. The song garnered over 20 million streams across YouTube and Spotify on 2019 alone. The song’s visualizer alone has garnered over 31 million views on YouTube and its official video has hit 10 million on the platform.
On August 15, 2019, Joeboy released a followup to the song titled “Beginning” produced by KillerTunes. The song also quickly caught on and became yet another massive hit. Its visualizer video has surpassed 23 million views on YouTube. In November 2019, Joeboy cemented his place on the scene with the release of his debut Extended Play “Love & Light” which received praise from his fans and music lovers.
The EP was released by emPawa Africa and also contained the two hit songs “Baby” and “Beginning”. It also features the song “Don’t Call Me Back” assisted by DMW star, Mayorkun, and “All For You”.
In April 10 2020, Joeboy released “Call” the first single off his forthcoming debut studio album. The song was produced by Dera and its music video was directed by TG Omori.
At the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, Joeboy won the award for Best Artiste In African Pop. He also won the Best Pop award at the 2020 SoundCity MVP Awards Festival. He has also been nominated for multiple awards at the City People Entertainment Awards and also at The Headies.
Also, In 2020, Joeboy was featured alongside emPawa Africa boss, Mr Eazi on DJ Neptune’s hit song “Nobody”. The song became one of the biggest hits of 2020 and its official music video garnered over 25 million streams on YouTube. A remix of the song titled “Nobody (Icons Remix)” featuring Big Brother Nigeria Season 5 winner, Laycon was released in November of the same year.
In 2020, Joeboy’s twin brother, Coldee surfaced on social media with claims that the singer abandoned him after finding fame. He claimed that he sacrificed so much for Joeboy but was left behind after he became famous.
Joeboy is speculated to be worth a lot of money although not known. As one of the most popular artists on the scene now, he has performed at some of the popular shows in Nigeria and also across Africa.
Before becoming popular, Joeboy studied Human Resourses at the University of Lagos.
Joeboy is signed to Mr Eazi’s Banku Music record label. Mr Eazi had DM’d the singer after stumbling on his “Shape Of You” cover and encouraged him to sign up for #emPawa100. He became one of the 100 artists to gain from the $300,000 grant. He also became one of 10 acts selected for a mentorship bootcamp in South Africa, and one of two artists given an additional $50,000 funding