Olamilekan Massoud Al-Khalifah Agbeleshebioba (born 8 November 1993), known professionally as Laycon, is a Nigerian media personality, rapper, singer and songwriter. He is the winner of Big Brother Naija season 5 and currently the youth ambassador of Ogun State, Nigeria since 6 October 2020, He also won the Artist Of The Year at the 2020 Naijatraffic Awards.[1]

Laycon
Laycon performing at iCONs FEST 2021.jpg
Laycon at iCONs FEST
Born
Olamilekan Massoud Al-Khalifah Agbeleshebioba

(1993-11-08) 8 November 1993 (age 28)
Lagos, Nigeria
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Media personality
  • Reality TV Star
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2016–present
LabelsFierce Nation
Associated acts

Early life and educationEdit

Olamilekan Massoud Al-Khalifah Agbeleshebioba was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria.[2][3] He is a native of Baluwen, Odeda, Ogun State.[4][5]

He attended lagos state model college merian, lagos Nigeria from 2003-2009

In 2012, he got admitted to study philosophy in University of Lagos and graduated in 2016 with a second class upper degree.[6][7][8]

CareerEdit

Laycon started his career interning as the personal assistant to the MD and CEO of Latjum Global Nigeria Limited when he was still an undergraduate in University of Lagos. He moved to Bestman Games, Ikoyi, Lagos where he worked as a sales and business development personnel after graduating from the university. Two months later, he became the personal assistant to the assistant director of welfare in administration and human resources at Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy. During the course of his career, he worked as a freelance writer for different companies and establishments.[2][9]

On 6 October 2020, Laycon was appointed the youth ambassador by the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun.[10]

On 3 January 2021, Laycon received a chieftaincy title from the Onipokia of Ipokia, Ogun State, Yisa Adesola Olaniyan as the Akeweje of Ipokia Kingdom, Ogun State at the 2021 Opo Day celebration.[11][12]

Music careerEdit

At a tender age, Laycon began rapping and writing songs.[9][13] In 2014, he was among the ten artistes that performed at the 2014 Coke Studio University of Lagos event. He was also a top ten finalists of the 2017 MTV Base LSB challenge.[14] Laycon signed into Fierce Nation record label in 2019. On 21 February 2019, he released a track, "Fierce" with Chinko Ekun and Reminisce from his second EP Who Is Laycon?.[14][15][16][17] He released another single "Senseless" on 28 August 2020.[18]

October 2020, the remix of Nobody by DJ Neptune was released. His verse in the remix of the song titled "Nobody iCONs Remix" was recorded two days after he left the Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show.[citation needed] Mr. Real featured him in the remix of his song Baba Fela. The remix was released on 30 January 2021.[citation needed]

On 10 March 2021, Laycon released two singles - Wagwan and Fall For Me (ft YKB). Wagwan debuted at number five on billboard's top ten global triller chart. On 1 April 2021, Laycon announced that he will be dropping his first album on 30 April 2021. On 30 April 2021, Laycon's Album Shall We Begin was released and the album peaked at number two in Nigeria top album chart, and number one on the Nigeria iTunes album chart. The album went on to chart in over 30 countries and counting. In September 2021, Laycon release the original soundtrack album to his reality show I Am Laycon which was also titled I Am Laycon. This was his second project of the year 2021 and it peaked at number nine on Nigeria album chart. This made it Laycon's third project to hit the top 10 charts in two years. Also, he was featured on "Enter My Head" by fellow former BBNaija housemate Veeiye, on her debut EP Young & Reckless.[19] On the 28th of December 2021, Laycon headlined and sold out his first-ever concert tagged iCONs FEST at the 6000 capacity Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotels Lagos.

Big Brother Naija season 5Edit

Laycon entered the show as the number nineteenth contestant on 19 July 2020 and soon established himself as a fan favorite.[20][21][22] He became the first housemate of the season to be verified on Instagram on 22 July 2020.[23][24] He broke a record, becoming the first housemate in the show's history to reach 1 million followers on Instagram while still in the house on 19 September 2020.[25]

During the finale of the show on 27 September 2020, he was declared the winner scoring a record 60% of the total votes cast and went home with the ₦85 million grand prize.[26][27][28]

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

  • Any Given Monday (The Playlist) (2019)
  • Any Given Monday II (2019)

EPsEdit

  • Young Black and Gifted (2016)
  • Who is Laycon? (2019)

AlbumsEdit

  • Shall We Begin (2021)
  • I am Laycon (The Original Soundtrack) (2021)

SinglesEdit

  • Fierce (2019)
  • Senseless (2020)
  • HipHop (2020)
  • Fall for me (2021)
  • Wagwan (2021)
  • New Dimension (2022)

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Big Brother season 5 Himself Reality show
2021 I Am Laycon[29] Himself Showmax original which premiered on 11 February 2021

AccoladesEdit

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Recipient Results Ref
2020 City People Music Awards Special Recognition Award Himself Won [30]
African Entertainment Awards USA Best New Artist Won [31]
Naijatraffic Awards Artist Of The Year Won [32]
Naijatraffic Awards EP/Album Of The Year "Who Is Laycon" Won [32]
2021 Net Honours Most Popular BBNaija Star Himself Nominated [33]

ReferencesEdit

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