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Naira Marley biography

Naira Marley, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is known as the president of his controversial fan base, “Marlians”.

Background information

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

Instruments: Vocals

Years active: 2014–present

Labels: Marlian Records

Religion: Muslim

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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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Music career

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.

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In December 2017, he released the Olamide and Lil Kesh-assisted single “Issa Goal”; it became the theme song for the Nigeria national football team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The official remix of “Issa Goal” was released on 16 June 2018; it was sponsored by Coca-Cola and features vocals by Olamide, Lil Kesh, Falz, Simi and Slimcase.

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.

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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.

The EP which is a 6-track project features guest appearances from Cblvck, Young John and Mayorkun. It’s production was handled by Killertunes, Rexxie and Studio Magic.

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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.

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Marlian Records

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.

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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.

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Family and personal life

Naira Marley is married to two wives and has four children.



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