Born on July 19, 1991, Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade is a Nigerian singer, composer, and record executive better known by his stage name Mr Eazi. As the forerunner of Banku music, he characterizes it as a synthesis of Nigerian chord progressions and patterns with elements of Ghanaian highlife.
After moving to Kumasi in 2008, Mr. Eazi enrolled at KNUST and started booking musicians to play at college events. After recording a guest verse on the song “My Life,” which gained popularity and became a hit record at KNUST, he demonstrated his interest in music. In 2013, Mr. Eazi dropped his debut mixtape, About to Blow. His release of the Efya-assisted track “Skin Tight” brought him international attention. 2017 saw the release of his second mixtape, Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos.
Mr. Eazi Basic Information
|Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur
|Date Of Birth/Age:
|July 19, 1991 (32) Years Old
|Place of Birth:
|Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
|In a relationship (Engaged to Temi Otedola)
|The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Mr. Eazi Age
The 19th day of July 1991 saw the birth of Mr. Eazi. His age is 29.
Mr. Eazi’s Early life and education
Port Harcourt, the largest and capital city of Rivers State, Nigeria, is where Mr. Eazi was born. He was raised in a household of business owners. His father is a pilot, and his mother ran a modest company. The latter parent started his own consulting business for private aviation. Mr. Eazi briefly participated in the school chorus during his time at Lagos Primary School. He grew up listening to records that his father would play for the family while they had breakfast. Mr. Eazi moved to Ghana at the age of sixteen in order to pursue his academic goals, enrolling at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s Mechanical Engineering Department (KNUST)
When Mr. Eazi was a student at KNUST, he began recording music. The song “My Life” featured guest vocals by him, and it became a hit record at KNUST. He founded Swagger Entertainment, a party and promotion company, earlier. He booked shows and promoted events on the KNUST campus using this site. He launched his own e-commerce business in Nigeria after returning there at the age of 23. Mr. Eazi revealed to The Guardian that upon his return to Nigeria, he had a brief employment with Schlumberger.
In addition, he disclosed to the previously stated newspaper that he was involved in the distribution of food, soft drink imports, and gold mining. He disclosed to Highsnobiety that he launched roughly six businesses. After an artist failed to show up for the biggest party Mr. Eazi attempted to throw in 2014, he decided to give up his career as a club promoter. He received his degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA, on June 7, 2022.
On July 19, Mr. Eazi declared that his long-awaited debut solo album would be released on October 27, 2023.
2013–2015: About to Blow and other releases
In July 2013, Mr. Eazi released his 13-track debut mixtape, About to Blow. The songs “Pipi Dance” and “Bankulize” were its two singles. While the latter was launched in 2013, the former was released in the middle of 2012. Within a week of working with producer Klu to record the mixtape, Mr. Eazi released it. The mixtape is described as a “heavily dancehall-leaning SoundCloud playlist” by the magazine Fader. Mr. Eazi collaborated with producers Magnom, Peeweezle, Nshona, Klumonsta, D’Tunes, and E-Kelly before releasing the mixtape. In addition, he appeared on the songs “Baby Lace” by Stay Jay and “Knockout” by Lousika. Mr. Eazi moved to Nigeria in 2014.
After obtaining some of his recordings, Juls, a Ghanaian producer residing in the UK, reached out to him. Mr. Eazi’s attempt to work with Juls halted for a long time since he could not find the audio files of his old recordings. Mr. Eazi finally managed to get his audio files back, and he transferred them to Juls, who remixed the beat and designed the artwork for the second track off the mixtape, “Bankulize”. The song was released in November 2014 and featured vocals by Ghanaian hiplife musician Pappy Kojo. Burna Boy appears on the official remix of “Bankulize,” which was made available in September 2016. A month prior, Mr. Eazi debuted the remix on Ebro Darden’s Beats 1 radio program.
Mr. Eazi released the dancehall-inspired song “Skin Tight” in August 2015. DJ Juls produced it, while Ghanaian singer Efya provided guest vocals. Mr. Eazi called the song a “fusion” in an interview with Complex magazine. He claimed to have used Nigerian music and spoken in Ghanaian pidgin during the delivery. A version of the song was released by Nigerian record producer Cobhams Asuquo in August 2016. In September 2016, Terry G and Mr. Eazi partnered to make a remix of the song, while DJ Caise released a house version of the song. “Skin Tight” was included in a Ciroc vodka advertisement in April 2017.
Eugy’s 2016 smash single “Dance for Me” included a feature by Mr. Eazi. The song was listed as one of the top ten African songs of 2016 by The Guardian newspaper. Vertex and Gabriella Kingsley directed the “Dance for Me” music video. The song is referred to as a “salute to their joint Ghanaian heritage” by Robin Murray of Clash magazine. Mr. Eazi released the R&B-influenced song “Anointing” on June 17, 2016, which includes Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie on rap. Plans for the song were initially revealed by Mr. Eazi in May 2016.
2016–2017: GMA snub, Twitter backlash, Accra to Lagos, and record deal
The Vodafone-sponsored Ghana Music Awards announced in February 2016 that Mr. Eazi would not be nominated in any of the categories reserved for Ghanaians. A representative for Charterhouse, George Quaye, claims that Mr. Eazi’s nationality was the reason he was not accepted. Additionally, Quaye declared that Mr. Eazi could only enter the African Artiste of the Year competition. However, because the organizers believed he wasn’t as well-known as the other nominees, he didn’t receive a nomination in the aforementioned category.
Mr. Eazi tweeted on January 11, 2017, stating that Ghanaian music has a significant influence on Nigerian music today. After publishing the tweet, he faced harsh criticism and it became a national trend in Ghana and Nigeria. Mr. Eazi apologized to Nigerians on January 12, 2017, for the remarks he had made.
Mr Eazi was signed by Wizkid to his label Starboy Entertainment after the musician’s 2016 Ghana Music Awards performance. But in July 2017, Mr. Eazi revealed to Star FM Ghana that he is not formally affiliated with Starboy. He added that he is solely in business with the imprint of Star FM Ghana. Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos, Mr. Eazi’s second mixtape, was released on February 10, 2017. The original release date of the mixtape was set for February 11, 2017. It made its debut on the Billboard World Albums chart at position four.
There are three additional tracks included in the mixtape’s 14 tracks. The mixtape features guest artists Falz, DJ Cuppy, Phyno, DJ Cuppy, Tekno, Olamide, and Big Lean. Young John, Legendury Beatz, Maleek Berry, and Masterkraft were involved in its production. On Instagram, Mr. Eazi revealed that 200,000 copies of the mixtape had been pre-ordered. He claimed the mixtape is a dedication to the two locations that shaped the development of his style in an interview with Julie Adenuga on her Beats 1 radio program.
E-Kelly produced “Leg Over,” the lead song off the mixtape, which was made available on December 2, 2016. Wizkid, Maleek Berry, and comedian Eddie Kadi all make brief appearances in the “Leg Over” music video. Mr. Eazi explained to Lawrence Burney of Noisey.com that the song is about being used in a romantic setting. He added that the song wasn’t intended to be a single and had been leaked. “Leg Over” was released in December 2016 and quickly became the subject of many dance videos. “Gentle and minimalist” was how critic and editor Gabriel Myers Hansen characterized the song in his review that appeared on the Music In Africa website.
Hansen additionally stated that it is “freshened by delicate string and percussion placements reminiscent of highlife from decades ago”. “Tilapia” was the second single off the mixtape, and Mr. Eazi released it on February 1st, 2017. Hip-hop musician Medikal from Ghana provides the vocals for it. 2017 saw the release of Mr. Eazi’s “In the Morning” music video, which was directed by Sesan. Big Lean, a rapper from Toronto, sings on the song. The Teekay-directed music video for “Fight,” a song with extra vocals by DJ Cuppy, was released by Mr. Eazi on April 1, 2017. Mr. Eazi released the music video for “Business” on April 7, 2017, which featured vocals from R2Bees member Mugeez.
2019: Coachella and Empawa Africa
Mr. Eazi’s performance at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was revealed in January 2019. Mr. Eazi started emPawa Africa, a talent incubation program, in August 2019 with the goal of developing and assisting emerging African musicians. In the first edition, thirty musicians would be accepted and given grants and mentorship to help them advance their musical careers. YouTube Music is also in favor of the effort.
Ajibade revealed in January 2021 that Something Else, his next EP, would be released on February 19th. Eazi released “Legalize” on emPawa Africa on June 10, 2022.
Mr. Eazi Artistry
The sound “characterized by percolating rhythms and laid-back vocal delivered in Ghanaian Pidgin English” is what is known as Banku music, which Mr. Eazi invented. The majority of Mr. Eazi’s work falls under the umbrella of Afrobeats, a modern West African musical style that combines hip-hop, dancehall, worldwide pop, and highlife. According to some, Mr. Eazi’s music has an R&B influence, evoking the sounds of Gregory Isaacs and Beres Hammond. According to Lawrence Burney of Noisey.com, Mr. Eazi “gives ballad-like qualities to dance-forward production” with his deep voice.
Mr. Eazi has dropped his second track and music video, “Personal Baby,” from his upcoming debut album.
Mr. Eazi’s Personal Life
Temi Otedola, DJ Cuppy’s sister and the daughter of Nigerian millionaire Femi Otedola, is reportedly dating Mr. Eazi. On April 10, 2022, he got Otedola involved.
Mr. Eazi Family
Mr. Eazi was born into a family of music enthusiasts in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. His family’s background is not well-documented online. But it’s thought that his parents shaped his appreciation of music.
The parents of Mr. Eazi were devoted to him. They grew up in a musically inclined, entrepreneurial household.
Mrs. Oluwole, the mother of Mr. Eazi, had a small company that catered to her family. Throughout her son’s childhood, she showered him with love.
Mr. Oluwole, Eazi’s father, was a pilot. He gave his family whatever he could afford because he loved them. He also started his own consultancy business for private aviation.
Regarding Mr. Eazi’s siblings, not much information is available. He has not disclosed any information about them to the public. It’s unclear how many siblings he may have or even whether he has any. He has concealed certain details about his family from the general public.
Mr. Eazi Girlfriend
After dating Temi Otedola, a well-known figure in Nigeria, for a number of years, Mr. Eazi announced their engagement on social media in the latter part of 2022. In the Netflix movie Citation, Temi, a fashion fanatic and blogger, had her big acting debut. She is also DJ Cuppy and Tolani’s sister, and the third child of Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola.
Mr. Eazi Empawa
In August 2019, Oluwatosin Ajibade, also known as Mr. Eazi, introduced Empower Africa. Empawa is a talent incubation program designed to help and develop emerging African musicians. YouTube Music has backed the emPawa program. Thirty musicians benefited from funding and mentorship in its inaugural round, which helped advance their musical careers.
Mr. Eazi Cars
Mr. Eazi disclosed to Guardian Nigerian in a 2019 interview that he is not a car owner. He declares,
“I use Uber even now, but I don’t care. I even don’t pay for the ride because I got Uber credit.” However, what use is it for me to care whether you think Mr. Eazi is impoverished after seeing me in the Uber car? For example, I buy automobiles for individuals, and everyone around me has cars. Why should I drive if using an Uber makes more sense for me? For a car that I would probably drive five times a year, why would I pay roughly N100M for it?
In December 2020, a year after that interview, Mr. Eazi bought his first car ever. He posted a picture of the Range Rover SUV on Instagram Stories, saying, “I will be upset if I end up not being in one place to enjoy my new car.” He reportedly paid between 92 and 140 million naira for the automobile.
Mr. Eazi Awards & Nominations
Additionally, Mr. Eazi has received a number of honors and recognitions, such as
- 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards—Special Recognition Award Music Video Africa
- 2016 Soundcity MVP Awards—Best New Artiste
- 2016 The Headies Awards —Next Rated
- 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards—Most Promising Act To Watch
Mr. Eazi’s social media handles
Twitter: Don Eazi(@mreazi)
Instagram: Don Eazi(@mreazi)
Mr. Eazi On TikTok
Mr. Eazi songs
In July 2013, Mr. Eazi made his musical debut with the release of his debut mixtape. However, it was not until the publication of “Skin Tight” that he gained a global following. He has since continued on to play Coachella in 2019.
Known for being the forerunner of Banku Music, a sound created by fusing Nigerian and Ghanaian Pidgin English patterns, some of the songs he has recorded are as follows:
- Skin Tight —2015
- Leg Over
- Dance For Me—2016
- Bad Vibe—2018
- Pour Me Water—2018
- Miss You Bad—2018
- DON’T JEALOUS ME—2019
- Oh My Gawd—2020
- The Don—2021
Some of his EPs include;
- One Day You Will Understand
- Something Else
Is Mr. Eazi a Ghanaian or Nigerian?
I am a Nigerian, Mr. Eazi. His parents were from Nigeria, and he was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He moved to Ghana at the age of sixteen in order to finish his studies.
Is Mr. Eazi, a graduate?
Indeed. Mr. Eazi holds a degree. At the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), he majored in Mechanical Engineering.
Is Mr. Eazi rich?
Indeed. Mr. Eazi has a huge wealth. While attending the University, he began by planning activities. Since then, he has put out successful songs and achieved enormous success as a businessman and entrepreneur.
Who is the owner of Banku Music?
Mr Eazi owns Banku Music. He runs the record label as CEO.
How is Mr. Eazi related to betPawa?
“Mr. Eazi is the driving force behind emPawa, with support from numerous iconic figures in the music scene,” according to the BetPawa ‘About’ section.
Are Temi and Mr. Eazi still together?
Indeed. Mr. Eazi and Temi Otedola are still together. In April 2022, he made her a proposal. In her honor, he also published the song “Legalize.”