Keshinro Ololade (born March 14, 1995), known professionally as Lil Kesh, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter. He rose to fame after releasing the hit single "Shoki".[1][2] Lil Kesh was born and raised in Bariga, a suburb of Lagos State. His career in music began in 2012 when he rapped among his colleagues in Bariga. He released "Lyrically", a single which became popular at universities in Nigeria. In 2015, he was nominated for Best New Act at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. As a recording artist affiliated with YBNL Nation, Lil Kesh has established his own record label YAGI Records (an acronym for "Young And Getting It") and is managed by Massive Management.[3][4]

Lil Kesh
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Background information
Birth nameKeshinro Ololade
Born (1995-03-14) March 14, 1995 (age 24)
Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present
Associated acts


The versatility and musical style of Lil Kesh is similar to that of Olamide, who raps and sings in his local dialect.[5][6] However, he was criticized for using too much profanity and for failing to find the right balance in his songs' lyrics.[7] In an interview with Naij, he said, "they are singles not an album, I know the kind of market am directing my songs to, am from the streets, I know what the people from the street want to listen to...they should wait for my album that is expected to drop towards the end of the year. I have very positive songs".[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Lil Kesh is now based in the city of Lekki. He was a linguistic student at the University of Lagos before leaving school to concentrate on music.[9]


Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Title Album Details
2016 Y.A.G.I

Selected singlesEdit

Year Title Album
2014 "Lyrically" Y.A.G.I
"Shoki" Non-album single
"Shoki (Remix)" (featuring Olamide & Davido)
2015 "Shoki (Female Version)" (featuring Cynthia Morgan, Chidinma, Eva Alordiah)
"Efejoku" Y.A.G.I
"Is It Because I Love You?" (featuring Patoranking)
2016 "Ibile"
"Bend Down Select" Non-album single
2018 "Again O"
2018 "Flenjor"(featuring Duncan Mighty)
2019 "Undertaker"[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award ceremony Prize Result
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act to Watch Nominated[11]
Nigerian Teen Choice Awards Celebrity Award - Song Of The Year (Shoki) Won[12]
City People Entertainment Awards Popular Song of the Year (Shoki) Won[13]
Mtv Base Music Award Popular Song of the Year (Shoki remix featuring Olamide & Davido) Nominated
2016 The Headies 2015 Next Rated Nominated[14]


  1. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (24 December 2014). "Kiss Daniel, Slyde, Lil Kesh others to rule 2015". Premium Times. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. ^ "MUST WATCH! AMBER ROSE Dances To Lil Kesh's 'SHOKI' At D'banj's Concert". Information Nigeria. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  3. ^ Akan, Joey (27 April 2016). "Lil Kesh:Olamide sets standard with new business structure". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  4. ^ Alawode, Abisola (30 August 2017). "Lil Kesh joins a new management company". Naij. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. ^ Lala, Emmanuel (17 March 2015). "Why YBNL's Lil Kesh Is Hinted as Olamide's Heir Presumptive". tooXclusive. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. ^ Ajose, Kehinde (12 September 2015). "I am not doing Hip-Hop for those that understand English alone -Lil Kesh". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  7. ^ Alawode, Abisola (16 October 2015). "Matters Arising: Lil Kesh's Depreciating Lyrics". Leadership Newspaper. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Lil Kesh Explains Why He Embraces Vulgar Lyrics In His Music". Naij. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  9. ^ "10 AMAZING THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LIL KESH". Evatese. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Audio: Lil Kesh Releases "Undertaker"". PM News. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  11. ^ Hassan, Sanusi (12 June 2015). "Full list of nominees for Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2015". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  12. ^ "2015 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards". Nigerian Teen Choice Awards. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  13. ^ Amodeni, Adunni (18 August 2015). "Mercy Aigbe, Don Jazzy, Olamide, Others Win Big At City People Awards 2015". Naija. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  14. ^ Akan, Joey (30 September 2015). "Profiling the nominees of the Next Rated category". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 29 October 2015.

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