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KIZZ DANIEL-Biography

KIZZ DANIEL-Biography

Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, better known by his stage name Kizz Daniel, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is best known for his singles “Woju” and “Yeba”.[1][2] He went by the stage name Kiss Daniel prior to changing it in May 2018.[3] He signed a record deal with G-Worldwide Entertainment in 2013, but left the label following a publicized contract dispute and court case.[4] He founded the Fly Boy Inc record label in November 2017.[5]

 

Early life

Kizz Daniel was born Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.[citation needed] He hails from Abeokuta North local government area.

Education

He attended Abeokuta Grammar School and graduated from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, in 2013, with a degree in Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (Water Engineering).[6] While in university, he decided to pursue music as a career alongside his studies.[7]

Personal life

On May 1, 2021, he welcomed a set of triplets, Jamal, Jalil and Jelani, with his mysterious girlfriend.[8] Kizz later revealed how he lost one of his triplets, Jamal, just four days after birth as he acquired a two-bedroom penthouse each for Jalil and Jelani.[9][10]

Career

In May 2015, Kizz Daniel released a third follow up single, “Laye,” on his birthday, along with a video two weeks later which was shot in different locations in the eastern part of Africa and was directed by AJE FILMS.

Daniel released his first studio album titled New Era on May 14, 2016. [11] After his exit from his former label G-WorldWide, he went to float his own personal imprint FLYBOY I.N.C. which recently signed two new acts Demmie Vee and Philkeyz. After which Kizz Daniel was featured on Demmie Vee single entitled “You Go Wait?”.[12] 2018 was sure a good year for the WOJU crooner, he featured Wizkid on a Hit Song “FOR YOU”[13] and Davido on another single “One Ticket” which hit the charts within 24hrs of its release. On the 30th of December 2018, Kizz Daniel released his 2nd Studio album and his first under FlyBoy Inc titled “No Bad Songz”. The album contained 20 Songs including the pre-released One Ticket which he featured Davido. Other features on the Album included Nasty C, Diamond Platiumz, Philkeyz, Demmie Vee, Dj Xclusive, Wretch 32, Diplo and Sarkodie. The album received positive reviews from music lovers, it debuted at No 55 on the US iTunes Chart and became number 1 on the world Album Chart within 24 hours of its release. On 25 June 2020, he released his third studio album ‘King of Love’[14][15]

In 2017, many of his fans thought he would make a career switch to comedy as he was uploading comedy skits. However he said he has no intention switching into comedy as music is his main talent.[16]

Record label dispute and name change

In November 2017, Kizz Daniel announced his split from his record label, G-Worldwide and created his own label called FLYBOY I.N.C.[17] He was sued to court by the former record label but was not found guilty for any of the crimes he was accused of.[18] [19]

In May 2018, Kizz Daniel announced that he had changed his stage name from Kiss Daniel to Kizz Daniel, a name which immediately reflected on his social media accounts. New Spotify and Apple Music accounts were also created immediately with the names Kizz Daniel, with his new songs featured.[20][21]

In June 2018, Kizz Daniel’s former record label G-Worldwide made a move to own the rights to the name “Kizz Daniel” and further advised the singer to desist from using the name or face legal consequences in a press release sent out to media houses.[citation needed] In October 2018 Daniel responded to the suit and statement made by his former record label G-Worldwide through his own lawyer.[22] On 8 April 2022, Emperor Geezy and Daniel settled their disputes, outside the court in a viral video tagged #Peace&Love.[23]

Discography

Studio Album/EP

  • New Era (2016)
  • No Bad Songz (2018)[24]
  • King of Love (2020)[25]
  • Barnabas (2021)[26]

Awards and nominations

 
Year Event Prize Result Ref
2015 The Headies Next Rated Nominated [27]
Nigeria Entertainment Award Best New Act to Watch Won [28]
City People Entertainment Most Promising Act of the Year (Male) Nominated [29]
Popular Song of the Year Nominated
2016 MTV Africa Music Award Listener’s Choice Nominated [30]
Nigeria Entertainment Award Afropop Artist of the Year Won [31]
Hottest Single of the Year Won
City People Music Award Music Artist of the Year (Male) Won [32]
Popular Song of the Year Nominated [33]
The Headies Best R&B/Pop Album Won [34][35]
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Won
Best Pop Single Nominated
Album of the Year Won
2017 The Future Awards Africa Nigeria Prize for Music Nominated [36]
Nigeria Entertainment Award Best Album of the Year Nominated
2018 The Headies Song of the Year Nominated [37]
Best Pop Single Nominated
Best Ragge/Dancehall Single Nominated
Viewer’s Choice Nominated

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