Ahmed Ololade (born on January 13, 1995; Age: [AGE]19950113[/AGE] Years) is a highly acclaimed Nigerian artist celebrated for his exceptional contributions to Afrobeats and Amapiano music. Professionally known as Asake and Mr. Money, he has earned himself a Grammy Award nomination for his outstanding musical prowess.
Asake’s musical journey has been characterized by the infusion of captivating street vibes, making him a standout figure in the contemporary music scene. His ability to craft infectious and trend-setting street music has garnered him a massive fanbase, drawn to the authenticity and innovation embedded in his artistic expression.
Asake is proudly affiliated with YBNL Nation, a prominent record label founded by the renowned Nigerian artist Olamide. Additionally, he has inked a deal with Empire Distribution, further expanding his reach and influence in the global music industry. This strategic collaboration places him alongside other notable artists, including Fireboy DML, solidifying his position as a key player in the dynamic music landscape.
Early Life & Education
Asake was born and raised in Lagos state into a devout Muslim family. His deep love and respect for his mother inspired him to adopt her first name, Asake, as his stage name in the entertainment industry. This choice reflects a profound personal connection and pays homage to her significant influence on his life.
Growing up in the dynamic city of Lagos, Asake was born to an entrepreneur father and a mother who devoted herself to teaching. This diverse upbringing infused his early years with a rich tapestry of experiences and influences.
Continuing his educational journey, Asake enrolled at Obafemi Awolowo University, majoring in Theatre and Performing Arts. This academic pursuit expanded his knowledge of the craft and laid the groundwork for his future endeavours in the entertainment world.
Asake made his foray into the professional music scene in 2015, drawing inspiration from African musical icons like Wizkid, Olamide, and Davido. His eclectic musical style seamlessly incorporates elements of Hip Hop, R&B, Amapiano, Afrobeats, and Fuji, reflecting a diverse range of influences.
Beginning his musical journey as a backing vocalist in Nigeria, Asake initially collaborated with Broda Shaggi’s band. The turning point came in 2019 when his collaboration with Shaggi on the song “Star” went viral on social media, marking the inception of his success. Subsequently, his singles “Lady” and “Mr. Money” gained significant traction, catapulting him into the spotlight and catching the attention of industry heavyweight Olamide.
On September 8, 2022, Asake unveiled his debut studio album, “Mr. Money with the Vibe,” featuring hit tracks like “Terminator,” “Peace Be Unto You,” and a remix of “Sungba” with Burna Boy. The album enjoyed widespread acclaim, breaking records and making its Billboard 200 debut at 66. The success prompted Asake to announce the “Mr. Money with the Vibe” United Kingdom tour in September 2022, with three sold-out dates at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, albeit marred by unfortunate incidents.
With over 330 million listens to his debut album, Asake was crowned “Artiste of the Year” by Audiomack in December 2022. His accolades continued in February 2023, when he was recognized as one of the top trending and most streamed musicians. In June 2023, Asake dropped his second studio album, “Work of Art,” which debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 66.
As a testament to his distinctive Yoruba singing and language, Asake’s music is characterized by an uptempo Afro and Amapiano production style, often drawing comparisons to the traditional Fuji sound. Notably, his remarkable achievements include a Grammy Award nomination in 2024, placing him in the esteemed company of fellow Nigerian artists such as Ayra Starr, Davido, and Olamide.
- Mr Money with the Vibe
- Work of Art
- Ololade Asake
Awards & Nominations
- Grammy Award Nomination
- Headies Next Rated Award (2023)
- Soundcity MVP Awards (2023)
- Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (2023)
- City People Music Awards (2020)
Asake resides in an opulent apartment in the upscale neighbourhood of Lekki, Lagos. His lifestyle is marked by a penchant for luxury, which is evident in his indulgence in activities such as exotic horseback riding and engaging in hobbies like tennis, football, and snooker. Asake finds joy in the finer things in life, embodying a lifestyle that mirrors both sophistication and leisure.
Beyond his musical pursuits, Asake values the essence of enjoyment, adventure, and fostering connections with people. These facets of his personality contribute to the vibrant and engaging persona he brings to both his music and personal life.
Asake has been discreet about his romantic life, keeping the identity of his girlfriend private. Despite the secrecy, the couple has made a few notable public appearances, sparking fan curiosity and speculation. The anticipation among his fan base is palpable as they eagerly await the revelation of the lucky woman who holds a special place in Asake’s heart.
- Instagram: @asakemusic
- Twitter: @asakemusik
The versatile amapiano artist is estimated to be worth around US$3 million – US$5 million.