Popular Nigerian musician David Adeleke, who is known by his stage name Davido, is also popular for his “30 Billion Gang” slang.
This leaves Nigerians and fans at large to wonder how this slang came about, or if it is more than a slang.
Well, if you’re amongst the curious many, then you are at the right place. We bring to you, everything you need to know about the “30 Billion Gang (30BG).”
How 30 Billion Gang started
The 30 Billion Gang first started as slang. It all started in 2017 when the singer took to his Snapchat to joke about quitting music.
According to the singer, his family was rich and he obviously didn’t need the hard work anymore.
Chief Adedeji Adeleke had been awarded a contract reportedly worth $4bn, which allegedly made him “NGN30 billion”.
David released a record “If”, in 2017 with a line that resonated with millions of people across the continent – “30 billion for the account oh.”
It was a harmless line, designed to show his wealth to his love interest whom he was threatening to kill with enjoyment and also to possibly confirm the rumours, who knows?
The song grew in bounds and the line kept spreading, making the song real popular and the talk of the town.
Davido and his team members knew that they had definitely struck gold. “30 Billion” became the pop standard for wealth. Many young guys felt if they didn’t have such an amount of money in their accounts, then they still had a long way to go.
While some took the song as a motivation to work harder, others took it as a means of Davido flaunting his father’s wealth.
However, creators of the line branded themselves with it after Davido packed his bags and left HKN Gang.
HKN is owned by Chairman HKN right now, another member of the family, Adewale Adeleke aka Chairman HKN.
30 Billion Gang member Sina Rambo confirmed in an interview in 2018 that Davido left the group.
“I mean HKN is family, Davido was part of the family but he always wanted to start his own personal label and develop talents from the root.
“Davido is like any big artist who is going to have many ventures but as far as HKN is concerned, he just doesn’t have any shares anymore, but it’s family,” he says in the interview.
Rebranding himself and his team, the singer took up the ” 30 Billion Gang” slang, which has become a strong rallying banner, thanks to his song “If”.
It was definitely catchy and befitting as it connotes strength, wealth, affluence, opulence, pride, happiness, and success.
It was just perfect for OBO and his team. Within the coming months, everyone associated with Davido became a member, and a logo was born. As the success of “If” continued to startle people, the name kept growing.
Here is a list of the members of OBO’s 30 Billion Gang
One way of identifying the members of the 30 Billion Gang is by noting those that he hangs out with.
His closest friends in the music industry are members of his team but to officially induct them, Davido bought all of them a piece of jewellery showing their affiliations with his ‘gang.’
It has also become a way of identifying the members of Davido’s crew. That is the closest friend he hangs out within the music industry. These guys are the official members of the 30 billion gang.
Check out the list below
1. Davido (Gang Leader)
David Adedeji Adeleke who’s stage name is Davido, is an American-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Davido was born in Atlanta, US, on 21 November 1992, and was raised in Lagos.
He made his music debut as a member of the music group KB International. He studied business administration at Oakwood University before dropping out to make beats and record vocal references.
Davido rose to fame after releasing “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album, Omo Baba Olowo, released in 2012, from which six additional singles—”Back When”, “Ekuro”, “Overseas”, “All of You”, “Gbon Gbon” and “Feel Alright”—were taken.
In 2012, Davido won the Next Rated award at The Headies. Between 2013 and 2015, he released the hit singles “Gobe”, “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, “Naughty”, “Owo Ni Koko”, “The Sound” and “The Money”.
The singer, songwriter, and record producer now has his own record label called Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), which he launched a few months after signing with Sony.
He is a father to three adorable children, two girls and one boy from three different mothers.
2. Sir Banko (President, Davido Music Worldwide)
Sir Banko was the president of DMW when Davido launched the company in 2016. Not much is known about him publicly including his full name. He left DMW in July 2019 to become head of Sony Music West Africa.
3. Asa Asika – Manager
Asa Asika, who was the first manager of Davido, can be called the youngest manager in the Nigerian music industry.
His interest in the music industry is largely influenced by his early meander within the entertainment world: artists, events, party clubs and of course his uncle, Obi Asika, who is the CEO of “Storm Records”, and also his older cousin Naeto C, who is also a music artist.
Asa started his career at the age of 16 in Lagos where he was born and raised. At that time, he was a student of White Sand School at Eti-Osa, Lekki Peninsula Lagos Nigeria.
After his graduation in 2008, with his fresh, vibrant experience and hard work, he became Davido’s manager.
The youngsters were full of ambitions and as close friends, they had great alliances, Asa was just 22 years old.
After his split with Davido, this young manager went ahead to establish himself as an entrepreneur in the world of music. His company is known as Stargaze Management Company where he manages artists and aids up-rising music artists reach stardom. Some call him a Child Star Manager, others call him the Underground Lord.
Asa Asika is probably the youngest entrepreneur manager in the music industry in Nigeria. Call it a family business if you like, but family businesses can surely influence our destiny and dreams especially in Nigeria, and as well act as an anchor to our choices of career.
The two have since separated but still maintained their alliance as best of friends.
4. Adewale Adeleke – Chairman HKN, Affiliate Consultant
Adewale Adeleke is professionally known as Chairman HKN. He is a songwriter and businessman. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Adewale relocated to Lagos, Nigeria, in 2010.
In 2012 he produced the album “Omo Baba Olowo” on his record label HKN Music. In 2015 Adeleke was appointed an executive director in his father’s energy company, Pacific Energy.
Adewale was born in 1988 to Chief Deji and Grace Ajunwa in Atlanta.
Adewale Adeleke is Davido’s elder brother and he got married to his sweetheart recently in a lavish wedding in Dubai.
5. King Spesh – Hypeman, Head Of Client Relations
Edward Chukwuma Ijah, who is known as Special Spesh or King Spesh, is currently the head of corporate sponsorship for HKN.
He is best known for the role he plays as Davido’s hypeman and close buddy. Special Spesh has carved a niche for himself as one of the most influential men in the Nigerian music industry.
6. Sam ‘Olofofo’ Frank – Talent Management, Digital Strategy
Sam Phrank, is one of Nigeria’s fast-rising talent managers and Davido Music Worldwide’s (DMW) executive.
Speaking via a telephone interview with The Sun News online, the Abia State native revealed that he met Davido through B-Red, his cousin.
“He hired me to put up his new music on my blog and also needed me to use my influence to get it featured on other platforms. I did a good job and then he recommended me to Davido who needed digital PR for a project he was working on at the time.
“I was 18 then, and in my first year in university. I always tell people that 9ja Olofofo was a solid stepping point for me. It brought me closer to the people I needed to get to where I am right now, ” Sam Phrank says in the interview.
He is the owner of NaijaOlofofo. The website is an entertainment blog where you can download music videos, as well as movies.
7. Mayorkun – Musician
Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, whose stage name is Mayorkun, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and pianist. He was born on 23 March 1994.
Mayorkun is a singer signed to Davido’s record label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), in 2016. His debut single, “Eleko” was released under the label.
Mayorkun released his debut studio album, The Mayor of Lagos, in November 2018.
He was formerly a banker before he started his music career.
8. Dremo – Musician
Aboriomoh Femi Raymond is a Nigerian rapper who is known as Dremo. He was signed to DMW in 2016.
In an interview with The Cable Lifestyle, the rapper revealed that when Davido called him on 1 April 2016, to say he was signing him to DMW, he thought it was a prank because it was April fool’s Day. But it turned out to be the real deal.
Ever since, Dremo who was then-resident in Ibadan, Oyo State, has seized every chance that has come his way and is ardently using the platform given to him by Davido as a launchpad for his career.
9. Ichaba – Musician
Ichaba is a musician under DMW but according to him, he hasn’t been signed yet but he is also a member of 30 the Billion Gang.
According to him, in an interview with City 105.1 FM and also with TVC, he was about to get signed to DMW at some point but, there were some little distractions on his end.
Presently, it’s just like I’m signed because I get all the perks of a signed artist. I don’t have plans to get signed to another record label, Ichaba said in the interview with City 105.1 FM.
10. Yonda – Musician
Abayomi Adetunji whose stage name is Yonda is a musician signed to DMW Records in January 2017.
The singer who was Born on June 11th, 1992 had released a few singles, of which ‘Sexellency’ is the biggest hit.
11. DJ E-Cool – Disc Jockey
Ebianga Ikpeme is popularly known as DJ E-cool. He is an American DJ and music producer.
He is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the official DJ for Nigerian-American singer/songwriter, Davido.
He has worked with numerous well-known artists including Doug E. Fresh, Ludacris, D’banj, Victoria Kimani, and Wizkid.
12. Kiddominant – Producer
Ayoola Oladapo Agboola, who is also known as Kiddominant, is a Nigeria recording producer and disc jockey best known for producing Orezi’s hit single “Rihanna” in 2013.
He also produced Davido’s international hit single “Fall“, which peaked on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at number 13 and US Hot R&B Songs chart at number 25 on Billboard.
13. Fresh VDM – Producer
Bello Emmanuel Adeshina who also is known as Fresh VDM (formerly, Fresh) is a Nigerian producer who had his early life in Togo.
He was born to Nigerian pastors living in Togo. Fresh VDM at age 6 had familiarised himself with certain musical instruments; becoming an accomplished piano player – which would later earn him the nickname, Fresh Fingers – drummer and tenor soloist in the choir.
The producer has silently built an impressive production catalogue featuring the likes of Davido, Olamide, Burna Boy, Mayorkun, Ycee, Dremo.
14. Sina Rambo – Musician, Affiliate
Sina Rambo or Shina Rambo is a Nigerian musician and rapper. His real name is Shina Adeleke and he is a cousin to the popular Nigerian musician Davido.
Sina Rambo was born in the United States, and he spent the early part of his life there. He later relocated to Nigeria with his brother B-Red and his cousin Davido to pursue music as a career.
When he was in the United States, he became a part of a music group KB International, which had his brother and his cousin as members. He moved to Nigeria and signed a contract with his cousin Adewale Adeleke music label, HKN Music, in 2012. The music label was run by Davido and his older brother, Adewale Adeleke.
It is only natural that he is a member of the 30 Billion Gang as Davido is big on family.
15. B-Red – Musician, Affiliate
B-Red is an Afropop, RnB singer and he is the younger brother to Sina Rambo and cousin to popular Nigerian musician Davido.
His name is Adebayo Adeleke while B-Red is his stage name. He was born on the 23rd of July in Atlanta Georgia.
He is well-known for his attractive facial look, and he is known to be the ladies’ favourite. He is also the hype man for his cousin Davido.
He officially joined and signed a contract with his cousin’s music label HKN Music label in February 2013. He released his first single Insane Girl featuring Davido in it. The song was produced by popular producer Shizzi, and it soon became a hit.
16. Peruzzi – Artist
Tobechukwu Okoh professionally known as Peruzzi is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and performing artist. His interest in music kick-started at age 7.
Following this, Peruzzi kept on developing his talent and pursuing his music goal until he came to limelight.
He is a talented singer and song-writer who has collaborated with several artists including the legendary 2Baba on the hit song, “Amaka“.
Tobechukwu was born on December 5, 1990. He was born into a Christian family as the last child and the only son out of three. His father was an engineer, and his mother a nurse.
He attended Lerato Primary School, Egbeda and Command Secondary School, Ikeja, for his primary and secondary school education respectively.
After graduating from college, Peruzzi went on to study Medicine and Surgery. He attended Odesa State National University, Ukraine. However, in order to focus on his music career, he pulled out from school in his fifth year and returned to Nigeria in 2013.
At first, Peruzzi got a deal with the Golden Boy Entertainment and released some songs including “For Your Pocket” (2017). It featured LK Kuddy and was produced by Speroach Beatz. This was the song that shot Peruzzi to the limelight.
He received a lot of attention from the public especially from the talented musician, Davido. Davido took interest in Peruzzi and eventually, Peruzzi joined Davido’s DMW in November 2017.
His former record label didn’t seem pleased with the move as recently, a dirty fight on social media ensued between the trio – Davido, Peruzzi, and CEO of Golden Boy Entertainment.
17. Kayode Umarudeen – Creative director
Umarudeen Kayode, who is also known as Blacktycoone, is a friend to Nigerian singer Davido and also the creative director of DMW.
He served in the American Marines. He was reportedly posted to Afghanistan where he allegedly served for one year.
18. Idowest – Rapper
Nigerian rapper, Adekunle Idowu whose stage name is Idowest was born in November 1992, was signed to DMW in May 2018.
He has two albums to his name – Mafia Culture, Vol. 1.
19. Lati (PA)
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It isn’t hard to note that Davido is one celebrity who values loyalty and rewards it full time.
Lati Biola has been Davido’s trusted friend of over two decades.
When Lati came into Davido’s life, he was recruited as an assistant. His job was to make sure Davido was well at all times and had all his needs met.
In over two decades of being Davido’s ‘errand’ boy, Lati has upgraded to become a proud, successful business owner, a trusted friend, a right-hand man, and the number one adviser in the life of the singer.
This is my exhaustive list of OBO’s 30 Billion Gang members.
From this list, you can tell that Nigerian singer David Adedeji Adeleke, who is popularly known as Davido, is big on family. Most of the 30 Billion Gang members are regarded as family.
In case you know about some other members that haven’t been listed, feel free to post them in the comment section.