By Chanel Retief
FOR ME, CHALLENGES ARE LIKE THE work itself,” says 28-year-old Nigerian recording producer, songwriter, and artist, Ayoola Oladapo Agboola. “So I don’t really see them as challenges, I just ask myself ‘ok what’s next?’So, when I have situations where things are a little bit complicated or complex, I always find my way around it.”
The Lagos-born artist, also known as KDDO or Kiddominant, recently made headlines with his new single Beamer Body, featuring Davido.
The release of this new banger became highly anticipated after the success of his recent and critically acclaimed hit, eWallet, which featured South African artist, Cassper Nyovest.
“I had already started working on the single back in Los Angeles. Davido and I were playing music back at the hotel in Vegas, then the beat came on and we were all just vibing. David really liked it, he got mad hyped about it and added a verse on the spot,” Agboola says.
In a Zoom interview with FORBES AFRICA, Agboola speaks about some of the highlights in his career including when he became the first platinum selling Nigerian record producer to be certified by the
Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). Further, also celebrating the fact that he produced Afrobeats’ longestcharting billboard single Fall by Davido. Agboola also spoke about his new business venture; he says he has just signed an equity deal with Nigerian beer brand, Star Beer USA.
The record producer will officially serve as the Creative Director for the US.
“I’m on a mission to let the world experience Africa not only through my music but the whole culture from fashion to food to our art and designs.”
Along the way, he wants to ensure he inspires young Africans to pursue their passion.
“I do feel like our leaders in Africa are almost not there. The talent we have are really the flag-bearers: from sports to music, to arts, to fashion and to even food.
“This generation, especially, we’re doing amazingly well. And it’s very important that the world focuses on us as talent because we are the ones that are just waving the flag for the continent right now. I think it’s gonna be like that for a long time,” Agboola says.