Michael Adebayo Olayinka (born 23 September 1999), known professionally as Ruger is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and musician.[2] He rose to fame with the release of his song "Bounce", which led him to sign a recording deal with Jonzing World, in 2021. That same year, he released his debut extended play, Pandemic.[3] In 2024, he exit Jonzing World to start his own imprint, called 'Blown Boy Entertainment'.[4]

Ruger in 2021
Background information
Birth nameMichael Adebayo Olayinka
Born (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 24)
Lagos, Nigeria
Years active2020–present

Early life


Michael Adebayo Olayinka was born on 23 September 1999 in Lagos, where he was also raised. He is originally from Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.[5]



Olayinka was discovered by D'Prince, who gave him the name "Ruger". His first song recorded seventy million views in three days.[6] In January 2021, D’Prince announced the signing of Ruger to Jonzing World and Sony Music Entertainment UK, in a joint venture with Columbia Records.[7][8]

He released the song "One Shirt" with Rema in January 2021.[9] In February of 2021, he released "Ruger", a single from first EP, PANDEMIC.[10]

"Bounce" became a hit song from Pandemic, and debuted at number 39 on the Top 50 chart Nigeria, and was listed at number 20 on the TurnTable End of the Year chart and number 2 on the Apple Music top Afrobeats songs. On 26 November 2021, he released his second EP, titled The Second Wave, with "Dior" as the lead single, which debuted number 32 on the Top 50 chart, and number 15 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart.[11]

On 19 November 2021, he released his second EP, The Second Wave, produced by Kukbeatz.[12] The song "Dior" reached number 32 on the Top 50 chart, and number 15 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart.[11] 2021 AFRIMMA (African Muzik Magazine Awards) nominated RUGER for Best NewComer 2021[13] 2021 AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards) nominated Ruger for Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga or Dancehall and Most Promising African Artiste of the year.[14]

In November 2022, Ruger released the hit single Asiwaju, which peaked at number 1 on Nigeria's Apple Music chart and spent a record-breaking one month at the top.[15] As of May 2024, the track has accumulated over 100 million streams on Spotify.[16]

In February 2023, Ruger was named Best New Artiste at the Soundcity MVP Awards which were held at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos.[17]

In September 2023, Ruger released his debut album, RU The World.[18]

In April 2024, Ruger and Bnxn released the collaborative mixtape RnB. The mixtape's lead single, Romeo Must Die, debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Afrobeat chart.[19]



Albums / EPs

  • PANDEMIC (4 March 2021, Jonzing World)
  • The Second Wave (19 November 2021, Jonzing World
  • Ru The World (1 September 2023, Jonzing World)


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  9. ^ Alake, Motolani (21 January 2021). "Jonzing World's new act, Ruger jumps on 'One Shirt' with D'Prince and Rema". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
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  12. ^ Adebiyi, Adeayo (17 June 2022). "Ruger's 'Second Wave' EP gets three new singles: 'WeWe,' 'Girlfriend,' and 'Warning'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
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  14. ^ "All Africa Music Awards 2021: All the nominees". Music In Africa. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  15. ^ "Ruger Reacts As Smashing Hit 'Asiwaju' Tops The Chart For 4 Straight Weeks". NotjustOk. 20 December 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
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  17. ^ "Burnaboy, Black Sherif, Win At The Soundcity MVP Awards 2023 (FULL WINNERS LIST)". African Folder. 25 August 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  18. ^ Smith, Niall (21 September 2023). "Afro-dancehall pioneer Ruger on his debut 'RU The World': "I didn't hold anything back"". NME. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
  19. ^ theimullar·MUSIC (19 April 2024). "Ruger & Bnxn Release Joint EP, 'RnB' — iMullar". Retrieved 7 May 2024.