Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel (born 23 March 1994), known professionally as Mayorkun, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, pianist and dancer.[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 the Sony Music West Africa division.[5]

Mayorkun chatting with Wazobia Max TV in June 2018
Background information
Birth nameAdewale Mayowa Emmanuel
Also known asMayor of Lagos, MOL, Mayor of lay lay,
Born (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 30)
OriginOsun State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • pianist
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2016–present
Labels Sony Music West AfricaDMW (former)

Early life


Mayorkun was born on 23 March, 1994 in Lagos, Nigeria.[6] He is the first child of three.

He is Christian.[citation needed]

Music career


Mayorkun decided to leave his bank job to search for another job due to bad pay, when his cover video was spotted by Davido in February 2016.[7] Davido followed him on Twitter and Instagram, after which Davido asked him if he could do more than play the keyboard. He got a call from Davido the same day he wrote his resignation letter[8] and sent Davido some of the songs he already recorded. Davido decided to sign him to Davido Music Worldwide.[9] Mayorkun released his first single under the label called "Eleko" in 2016. The song debuted at number 9 on the Nigeria Playdata charts, on 1 May 2016, and reached number 5, on 28 May 2016.[10] The video of the song gathered a million views in the first 10 days.[11][12] 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[13] in anticipation of his first studio album titled The Mayor of Lagos.[14] The Mayor of Lagos was released on the 16th of November, 2018.[15] On December 1, 2018, it appeared on the Billboard World Albums chart, peaking at number 15.[16]

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 artists included Tekno, Timaya and several others.[17]

The Mayor of Lagos concert


Mayorkun embarked on a nationwide tour in 2017 that saw him perform in over 35 schools.[18] He ended the year 2017 with his first headline concert in Lagos called "The Mayor of Lagos".[19][20] The Mayor of Lagos concert continued in 2018 with a show in the city of Ibadan and the federal capital territory, Abuja.[21] Additionally, a date for a Lagos edition was announced.[22] In 2018, Mayorkun did a tour of the UK alongside label mate Dremo, where he performed in approximately six cities. He also performed alongside label boss Davido at the Wireless Festival.

Exit from DMW, and Back In Office


In 2021, during the release party of his second album Back In Office, Mayorkun disclosed his departure from DMW. In an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, both Davido and Mayorkun revealed the news to fans at his album launch event. The studio album Back In Office, was released through Sony Music's West Africa division in Nigeria on 29 October 2021.[5]

Love For Free EP


On October 13, Mayorkun released his new single "Low Key", following the release of "For Daddy", and served as a teaser for his EP titled Love For Free.[23]



Studio albums and EPs


Selected singles

Year Title Album
2016 "Yawa"[27] 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"[28]
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)[29]
2024 "Under The Canopy" Non-album single

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Result Ref
2016 The Headies Rookie of the Year Won [30][31]
City People Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act Won [32]
Best New Act Nominated [33]
Nigerian Teen Choice Awards Choice New Song of the Year Won [34]
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act Won [35][36]
City People Entertainment Awards Best Music Cover Won [37]
2018 Artiste of the Year Won [38]
The Headies Next Rated Won [39]
2019 Best R&B/Pop Album for The Mayor of Lagos Won [40]
Hip Hop World Revelation Won
2021 Net Honours Most Played Pop Song - "The Best" featuring Mayorkun Nominated [41]


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