Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer who is regarded as one of the pacesetters in Afrobeat music. He got his first break in the Nigerian entertainment industry as a dancer before going into the music industry. He was part of Mo’ Hits, a defunct music group headed by Don Jazzy.
Wande Coal Biography
Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe,
18 October 1985
Lagos State, Nigeria
Lagos State, Nigeria
Early Life and Education
Wande Coal was born to Chief Ibukun Olufunto and Omolara Oluwayemisi Ojosipe on October 18, 1985, on Lagos Island, Lagos State, Nigeria. He was the first of his parents’ two children. Wande Coal began his primary school education at Staff Nursery and Primary School in Ijanikin, Lagos State, and then completed his high school education at Federal Government College in Ijanikin, Lagos State. He then went on to study Human Kinetics at the University of Lagos, Lagos State.
Wande Coal began singing in his church’s teen choir. As a dancer, he got his career start in the Nigerian entertainment scene. In 2006, he was signed to Don Jazzy’s Mo’ Hits Records. On tunes like “Loke,” “Tonosibe,” and “Why Me,” he appeared on the D’banj’s Rundown/Funk You Up album. He is a member of Mo’ Hits Allstars and had a big role in the popular CV (Curriculum Vitae) album, as well as being signed to Mo’ Hits recordings. “Ololufe,” the album’s first single, has been dubbed “one of the best love songs ever penned by a Nigerian.” Coal’s debut album, Mushin To Mo’Hits, was well-received in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Ikechukwu, Phyno, Davido, Naeto C, Dr SID, D’Prince, Wizkid, and many other Nigerian artists have collaborated with Coal on tracks. Following a feud between record label executives Don Jazzy and D’banj in 2012, Coal, Dr SID, and D’Prince signed on to Don Jazzy’s new record company, Mavin Records, with Tiwa Savage of 323 Entertainment serving as the label’s first woman. On November 7, 2013, Wande Coal departed Mavin Records due to the intellectual property theft of a song with identical lyrics to Don Jazzy’s. He released a track named “Baby Face” in November 2013 as the tune that he got released from Mavin Records.
Wande Coal’s second album, Wanted, was released after a long absence. The majority of the album’s reviews rated it slightly above average. In December 2017, Coal released a new track titled Turkey Nla.
He began his 2020 campaign with the single “Again,” which was created by Melvitto. In 2021, he launched a new single called “Come My Way.” In February 2022, he was featured on Olamide’s popular hit, Hate Me, which was released by the rapper. He also contributed vocals to his Basketmouth’s sophomore album, Horoscopes, on the track Listen.
Wande Coal, a Nigerian singer, spent most of his infancy and adulthood in Lagos State. He currently resides in a mansion in Victoria Island’s most affluent district. He is happily married and has opted to keep his personal life quiet, so little is known about his wife. Empire Music has signed him to a record and publishing agreement.
- 2009: Mushin To Mo’Hits
- 2007: Curriculum Vitae
- 2012: Solar Plexus
- 2015: Wanted
- 2020: Realms
- So Mi So
- Baby Hello
- Tur-Key Nla
- You Bad
- Sho ja
- Private Trips
- Bumper to Bumper
- Who Born The Maga
- Will You Be Mine
- Its Not A Lie
- Go Low
- Been Long
Awards and Nominations
- Next Rated at Hip Hop World Awards – 2008
- Naija’s Fastest Rising Superstar at UNIPORT Awards (2008)
- Song of the Year at the Dynamix Youth Awards (2009)
- City People named him the best rhythm and blues singer of the year (2009).
- Best Afro Hip Hop Video at the Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) – 2009
- African Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards–2010
- Artiste of the Year at the Hip Hop World Awards – 2010
- Best R&B/Pop Single at the Hip Hop World Awards – 2010
- Album of the year at the Hip Hop World Awards – 2010
- Song of the Year at the Hip Hop World Awards – 2010
- Hip Hop Revelation of the Year at the Hip Hop World Awards – 2010
- City People Album of the Year 2010
- Outstanding Performance in the music industry by City People – 2010
- City People named him Artist of the Year (2010).
- Wanted was nominated for Best R&B pop album at The Headies – 2016
- Nominated for Best Pop Single at The Headies – 2018
- Viewer’s choice nominee at the Sound City MVP Awards — 2019
Wande Coal has built a lot of influence and wealth for himself. He is said to be worth about $10 million.
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