Adekunle Gold is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is mostly famous for ‘Sade’ (2014), a love song set to the beat of One Direction’s 2013 song ‘Story of my Life’. ‘Sade,’ the singer has said, was inspired by a thwarted real life romance.
Born Adekunle Kosoko, he sang in the junior church choir and wrote his first song at 15. A graduate of Lagos State Polytechnic, Nigeria, Adekunle earned a degree in Graphics and took to singing because he was ‘tired of not being heard.’ In 2010, he formed a group with a friend called Bridge and together they released a few songs before Adekunle left to start a solo career. He released ‘Let it Stop’ in mid-2014. The career-transforming ‘Sade’ came at the end of the same year. He sings in Yoruba and English and identifies his genre as urban highlife.
Prior to his music, he was known across social media for artful altering of famous photos, some involving inserting his likeness into photos with famous Nigerian actresses and singers. After doing a few jobs as a graphic designer for rapper Olamide, he was signed to the latter’s YBNL record label. In 2015, the label produced the video for ‘Sade’ which has received a warm response.