Naira Marley biography
Full Name: Azeez Fashola
Born: 9 May 1994
Birth place: Agege, Lagos State, Nigeria
Famous as: Singer, Songwriter
Genres: Afrobeats, hip hop
Albums: Lord of Lamba, Gotta Dance EP
Record labels: Cash Ellz Entz, MOVES Recordings
Nominations: City People Music Award for Music Artist of the Year
Years active: 2014–present
Labels: Marlian Records
Early childhood and educational career
Naira Marley was born in Agege, Lagos State, Nigeria. At the age of 11, he moved to Peckham, South London, England.
He studied at Porlock Hall before attending Walworth School, where he obtained his General Certificate of Secondary Education.
Naira Marley graduated with a distinction in business from Peckham Academy. He also studied business law at Crossways College (now Christ the King Sixth Form College).
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Naira Marley had plans of becoming an MC and voice-over artist while growing up. He began singing in 2014 after discovering his passion for music and was encouraged by close-knit friends to pursue music.
He released the Max Twigz-assisted track “Marry Juana” before releasing his debut EP Gotta Dance in 2015.
On 3 May 2019, Naira Marley released “Am I A Yahoo Boy”, featuring Zlatan, and was arrested by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) afterwards.
On 27 June 2019, he released “Soapy”, just days after he was released from prison.
On 11 January 2020, “Soapy” earned him his first major award as a singer, winning “Viewers’ Choice” award at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards.
On 18 December 2019, Naira Marley released his second EP Lord of Lamba LOL encompasses Afrobeats and hip-hop.
Style of music
Naira Marley sings in English, Pidgin and Yoruba; his music is a blend of Afrobeats and hip-hop.
He derived his stage name from Jamaican singer Bob Marley, whom he admires; his dreadlocks is also a tribute to the singer.
During the “Marlian Fest” which was held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos on 30 December 2019, Naira Marley announced his new record label “Marlian Records” with the signing of four artists, Cblvck, Zinoleesky, MohBad and Fabian Blu.
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Arrest by EFCC
On 10 May 2019, Naira Marley was arrested by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside his friends, Zlatan, Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa.
The arrest was made a day after he released the video to his controversial song “Am I A Yahoo Boy”.
On 15 May 2019, Zlatan and three others were released on administrative bail, leaving only Naira Marley in the EFCC custody, because of overwhelming evidence against him.
On 16 May 2019, EFCC filed 11 charges against Naira Marley before Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, bordering on internet fraud and cyber crime, the 11 counts carry a potential sentence of seven years in jail if he is found guilty.
On 19 May 2019 while still in prison, he released a song “4 Nights In Ekohtiebo”, in the track, he talks about his industry friends, foes and other people who have showed him love and also hated him while he was away.
On 20 May 2019, he was arraigned before the Lagos court and pleaded “not guilty”, a bail hearing was set for 30 May 2019.
On 30 May 2019, Naira Marley released a song “Why”, accompanied by an image of him in handcuffs, in the track, he talks about why people always makes him the major player of any controversial incident, he also talks about the betrayal of trust, deceit and pretence from his friends.
Later that day, he was granted bail in the sum of ₦2,000,000 and the case was adjourned till 22 October 2019 for commencement of trial.
On 14 June 2019, he was released from EFCC custody after perfecting his bail conditions, barely 14 days after being granted bail.
On 22 and 23 October 2019, he returned to the Lagos court to face his charges.
On 12 December 2019, his case was again heard and was subsequently adjourned to 27 February 2020, after an EFCC witness testified against him.
Family and personal life
Naira Marley is married to two wives and has four children.