Afrobeats360 Artiste Of The Week: Oxlade

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Name: Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan
D. O. B: 22 April 1997
Years Active: 2017 – till date
Record label: Troniq inc
Projects: Oxygen E.P

Early Life
Born 22nd April,1997, Ikuforiji Abdulrahaman Oliatan better known as Oxlade was raised by his grandmother. With the help of his Uncle who is a sound mixer, he made his first Demo inspired by Wande Coal.

Education And Music Journey

This fast rising act had to drop out of the Lagos State University (LASU) in his final year, due to personal reasons and in a bid to pursue a career in music. However, months after this, it began to seem like he had made the biggest mistake of his life. The dream of becoming a music star didn’t seem like was ever going to be a reality anytime.

Quitting Music And Getting A Job


At this point, he had to pause everything about music to get a job. This was after he had featured on Mamiwota with Blaqbonez. In between becoming a cyber cafe attendant in Lagos the song Mamiwota started gathering massive air play unknown to him. As usual, people became inquisitive to know the brains behind the hot vibes and gratefully, they didn’t have to wait for long.


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Going Back To Music
After the warm reception from Mamiwota by music lovers, things began to turn around for the young lady. Along the line, Oxlade got a chance to perform at one of Davido’s concerts in 2018 and this was the beginning of his story to stardom. Gradually he began to get massive opportunities to be featured in the songs of various music artists in and outside Nigeria. Some notable names include: ‘Reekado Banks‘, ‘Melvito‘, ‘Djtunes‘, ‘Fireboy‘ ‘ Joeboy‘. By the end of 2019, Oxlade gotten himself a stable fan base.


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OXYGEN E.P


Stepping into 2020, Oxlade moved from just being a featured artistes, to becoming a total package himself! The fast rising Afrobeats singer dropped a body of work which became an extended playlist titled ‘OXYGEN’.

Oxygen cover art

As the name suggests, this extended playlist by Oxlade is indeed a breath of fresh air, especially as it was released during lockdown.


No doubt he is definitely making a name for himself in the music industry. From what seemed like a lost cause, his music career is obviously becoming a reality.

To this end, at Afrobeats360 where hard work, passion and ace is celebrated, we recognize that all these are made evident in the story just covered, and our Artiste of The Week is no other than Oxlade.

Cheers!

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