Who is Naira Marley?
Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley is a Nigerian Afrobeat and hip hop musician and song writer. Naira Marley was born on May 9th, 1994 in Agege, Lagos State. He got his name from the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley. Naira Marley fans refer to themselves as Marlians.
At the age of 11, Naira Marley moved to Peckham, South London. Naira Marley attended Walworth School. He later obtained his General Certificate of Secondary Education from Walworth School.
Naira Marley graduated with a distinction in business from Peckham Academy. Naira Marley proceeded to Crossway College (now Christ the King Sixth Form College) where he studied business law.
Naira Marley said he preferred a career as an MC and a voice artist but in 2014, he picked interest in music after rapping in one of his friends studio session. His friends encouraged him to venture into music and he did. He released the Max Twigz-assisted track “Marry Juana”
In 2015, Naira Marley released his first EP titled Gotta Dance.
Naira Marley hit the limelight in the music industry after he released Issa Goal in 2017. Issa Goal featured YBNL artists Olamide and Lil Kesh.
In 2018, Issa Goal was used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Super Eagles theme song. The remix was released in June 2018 and it featured Olamide, Lil Kesh, Falz, Simi and Slimcase.
In May 2019, Naira Marley released “Am I a Yahoo Boy” alongside Zlatan Ibile. He was arrested the same day by the Economic and Financials Crimes Commission (EFCC). Naira Marley released another single “4 Nights In Ekohtiebo” after spending 9 days in custody. He released another single “why” on 30th May
In June 2019, few days after his release from EFCC custody, Naira Marley released Soapy.
Naira Marley released his second EP “Lord of Lamba” in December 2019. Lord of Lamba EP has six tracks and featured Cblvck, Young John and Mayorkun.
On 30th December 2019, Naira Marley launched his own record label Marlian Records during the Marlian Fest. Marlian Records has Cblvck, Zinoleesky, MohBad and Fabian Blu as signed acts.
Awards and nominations
In 2019, Naira Marley’s hit single Soapy was nominated as street song of the year in the City People Music Awards. He was also nominated as Artiste of the Year, Male Category in the same award.
In 2020, Soapy was nominated as the Song of the Year and Viewers’ Choice in the Soundcity MVP Awards. Naira Marley won the Viewers’ Choice award. He was also nominated for best pop.
Naira Marley Arrested by EFCC
On 10th May 2019, Naira Marley was arrested alongside Zlatan Ibile, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa by the Economic and Financials Crimes Commission(EFCC). Zlatan and others were released while Naira Marley was charged to court with 11 counts of fraud before a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Naira Marley was granted two million Naira bail. On 14th June, 2019, Naira Marley was released after meeting his bail requirements.
Car theft acquittal
In January 2020, the Nigerian police filed a suits against Naira Marley alongside his brothers, Idris Fashola and Babatunde Fashola, along with one of their cousins, Kunle Obere while he was in the United States. Naira Marley was accused car belonging to one Adelekan Ademola before the police got involved.
Justice Tajudeen Elias of the Magistrate Court dismissed the charge after receiving a settlement agreement between the complainant and Naira Marley and the other defendants.
Naira Marley Net Worth
Naira Marley is estimated to worth $700,000. He also owns exotic cars which included 2019 Bentley Continental.
Naira Marley is married to two wives and has four kids.