Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel (born 23 March 1994), known professionally as Mayorkun, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and pianist.[1] He released a cover of Davido's "The Money" single and was discovered by the singer on Twitter.[2] Mayorkun was signed to Davido's record label DMW from 2016 to 2021; his debut single "Eleko" was released under the label.[3] Mayorkun released his debut studio album The Mayor of Lagos in November 2018. After his exit from DMW in 2021; he released "Let Me Know" [4] and his second studio album Back In Office in October 2021, under Sony Music West Africa division.[5]

Mayorkun chatting with Wazobia Max TV in June 2018
Background information
Birth nameAdewale Mayowa Emmanuel
Born (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 28)
OriginOsun State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • pianist
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2016–present
Labels Sony Music West AfricaDMW (former)

Early lifeEdit

Mayorkun was born on 23 March, 1994 in Osun State, Nigeria.[6] He is the first child of three, born into a family of entertainers. His mother is a Nollywood actress and his father, an artist and movie producer. Mayorkun was part of the choir at a very young age where he, according to him, "learnt the rudiments of music".[7] He has a degree in accounting from the University of Lagos, and was in a banking job before he was discovered in 2016.[8]

Music careerEdit

Mayorkun decided to leave his bank job to search for another due to bad pay, when his cover video was spotted by Davido in February 2016.[9] Davido followed him on Twitter and Instagram, after which Davido asked him if he can do more than play the keyboard. He got a call from Davido the same day he wrote his resignation letter[10] and sent Davido some of the songs he already recorded. Davido decided to sign him to Davido Music Worldwide.[11] Mayorkun released his first single under the label called "Eleko" in 2016. The song debuted on number 9 on the Nigeria Playdata charts, on 1 May 2016, and reached number 5, on 28 May 2016.[12] The video of the song gathered a million views in the first 10 days.[13][14] To his name, Mayorkun has several singles including Yawa, Sade, Che Che, and Mama. In October 2018, he released singles "Posh" and "Fantasy" featuring Olu Maintain[15] in anticipation of his first studio album titled "The Mayor of Lagos".[16] The Mayor of Lagos was released on the 16th of November, 2018.[17] On December 1, 2018, it appeared on the Billboard World Albums chart, peaking at number 15.[18]

In 2020, he was among the artistes scheduled for performance at the Convention center of the Eko Hotel and suites, Victoria Island, Lagos for the 2020 vanguard personality awards. Other scheduled artistes included Tekno, Timaya and many more.[19]

The Mayor of Lagos concertEdit

Mayorkun embarked on a nationwide tour in 2017 that saw him perform in over 35 schools.[20] He ended the year 2017 with his first headline concert in Lagos called "The Mayor of Lagos".[21][22] The Mayor of Lagos concert continued in 2018 with a show in the city of Ibadan and the federal capital territory, Abuja.[23] Also, a date for a Lagos edition was announced.[24] In 2018, Mayorkun did a tour of the UK alongside label mate Dremo, where he performed in about six cities. He also performed alongside label boss Davido at the wireless festival.

Exit from DMW, and Back In OfficeEdit

In 2021, he announce his exit from DMW at the release party of his second album "Back In Office", in an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, they both (Davido, and Mayorkun) shared the news with fans at his album lunch party. The studio album "Back In Office", was released through Sony Music, West Africa division in Nigeria on 29 October, 2021.[5]


Studio albums and EPsEdit

Selected singlesEdit

Year Title Album
2016 "Yawa" Non-album single
"Love You Tire" (featuring Mr Eazi)
2017 "Sade"
"Mama" Mayor Of Lagos
"Che Che"
2018 "Bobo" (featuring Davido)
"Sope" Non-album single
2019 "Hustlers Anthem"
"True" (featuring Kizz Daniel)
"Up to Something"[26]
2020 "Geng"

"Of Lagos"

Non-album single
2020 "Your Body" Non-album single
2021 "Let Me Know" Back In Office
"Back In Office"
"Holy Father" (featuring Victony)[27]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Result Ref
2016 The Headies Rookie of the Year Won [28][29]
City People Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act Won [30]
Best New Act Nominated [31]
Nigerian Teen Choice Awards Choice New Song of the Year Won [32]
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act Won [33][34]
City People Entertainment Awards Best Music Cover Won [35]
2018 Artiste of the Year Won [36]
The Headies Next Rated Won [37]
2019 Best R&B/Pop Album for The Mayor of Lagos Won [38]
Hip Hop World Revelation Won
2021 Net Honours Most Played Pop Song - "The Best" featuring Mayorkun Nominated [39]


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