Naira Marley

June 19th, 2022

Biography

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Naira Marley , real name, Azeez Adeshina Fashola is well-known for his multiple contributions to the Nigeria music industry, and his ever constant court cases with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Early Life

Naira Marley began singing in 2014 after discovering his passion for music,

Before releasing his debut gotta dance in 2015, he released the olamide and lil kesh assisted track “issagoal”.

His music is a blend of afropop and hiphop. He derived his nickname from Jamaica’s music icon Bob Marley whom he admired a lot.

How it started for Naira Marley

Naira Marley Kick-started his career in the Nigerian music industry in 2014, Naira Marley rose to the limelight following the release of his hit single titled “Am I a Yahoo Boy?”

“Am I a Yahoo Boy” became a single which landed him in trouble, and a single which brought him more fame. Before releasing “Am I a Yahoo Boy” in 2019, Marley was known but not by as many people.

His hit single titled “Issa Goal,” which was released in 2017 featuring Olamide and Lil Kesh became a national mega-hit but analyst insist, “Am I a Yahoo Boy”is the single that took him global.

But, “Issa Goal” became the theme song for Nigeria’s national football team, Super Eagles, during the 2018 FIFA World cup.

Age

9th May 1991

Education

Naira Marley attended an elementary school in Lagos Nigeria, and had his secondary education in Walworth School, wherein he obtained his General Certificate of Secondary Education.

At the age of 11, he moved to peckam in the U.K. He studied at parlock hall before attending Walworth school, where he obtained a general certificate in secondary education.

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For his university education, Marley attended the prestigious Crossways College, now known as Christ the King Sixth Form College in London, wherein he obtained a degree in Business Law.

Naira Marley is a graduate with distinction in Business from Peckham Academy, London.

Children

Naira Marley has 4 children but we have names of only 3.

(Aishat Fashola, Farouq Fashola (son), and Simiat Fashola)

Wife

Naira Marley is married to two women and has four children. This is revealed in the file presented to the court while he was arraigned in court by EFCC. We gathered that he has four children from two different women.

What You May Not Know About Naira Marley

  • Born in Agege, Lagos State (Lagos State is a state in the South-Western part of Nigeria), Naira was raised partly in Agege, Lagos, and in Peckham, England, the United Kingdom.
  • Naira Marley released the zlatan assisted track “am I a Yahoo boy”. On 3rd may 2019. He was arrested by the economics financial crime commission (EFCC) that same day.
  • He released soapy on June 27 2019, a few days after he was released from prison. On 11 January 2020, he won viewers choice award for soapy at the 2020 sound city mvp awards.
  • Marley was detained by the Nigerian Police Force for contravening the lockdown order imposed on Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. On 13 June 2020, he performed at a concert in Abuja despite the interstate travel ban and social distancing rules aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. He was arraigned by the FCT Administration before a mobile court in Abuja over the concert.
  • Naira Marley Singles 
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2016, Kosi Werey

2017, Issa Goal

2018, Japa

2019, Am I A Yahoo Boy

2019, Opotoyi (Marlians)

2019, Why

2019, Soapy

2019, Back2work

2019, Bad influence

2019, Mafo

2019, Tesumole

2019, sheyen

2019; Yanyanyan

2020, Aye

2020, Dido lobo

2020; Mofoti

2020, anywhere

2020, As E Dey Go

2020, Idi Oremi (Opotoyi 2)

2020; Chi Chi

2020, Koleyewon

2021, Coming featuring Busiswa

2021, Drug Test

2021, First Time in America

Source of wealth

Singer

Song writer

Musician

Music Executive

Net Worth

Naira Marley has an estimated worth of $5 million – $8 million

Awards

Naira Marley won the Viewer’s Choice Award for his hit single “Soapy” at the Soundcity MVP Awards on 11th January 2020. In 2019, he was nominated for Best Pop, Street Song of the Year, and Artiste of the Year (Male) at the City People Music Awards.

Controversy: 

On 10 May 2019, the EFCC arrested Naira Marley and his friends Zlatan, Tiamiu Kayode, Adewunmi Moses, Micheal “Taqueesh” Adenuga and Abubakar Musa.

The arrest was made a day after Marley released the video for the controversial single “Am I A Yahoo Boy”.

Five days later, the EFCC released Zlatan and three others but kept Marley in custody due to the evidence against him.

On 16 May 2019, the EFCC charged him with 11 counts of fraud before a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.

On 19 May 2019, Zlatan released the single “4 Nights In Ekohtiebo” while Marley was still in prison. In it, he talks about his industry friends, foes and other people who he admired and how they came through for him.

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In May 2019, Marley was arraigned before the Federal High Court and pleaded not guilty; a bail hearing was set for 30 May 2019.

On the day of the bail hearing, Marley released “Why”, a song that was accompanied by an image of him in handcuffs.

On 14 June 2019, he was released from jail 14 days after being granted ?2,000,000 bail. A few days later, he released “Soapy”, a track about the sexual habits of inmates in detention.

In October 2019, Marley returned to court to face the charges.

His case was later adjourned to 27 February 2020 after an EFCC witness testified against him, but the case is still in court.

 

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