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Friday, June 09, 2017

Oritsefemi - From the Slum of Ajegunle to Touring the World

He was just a boy with a dream. Circumstances could not stop him from taking over the world.




Born in Ajegunle, one of Nigeria’s most popular and notorious slums. Despite this labels, the small community has managed to produce some of Nigeria’s most notable personalities from singers to disc jockeys and many notable footballers.


What made a boy exposed to poverty and crime at a young age become a star? Determination, perseverance, hard work, vision and a dream to be among the greats that persevered despite the hardships of growing up in the slums of Ajegunle.


Oritsefemi Majemite Ekele was that little boy that grew up in Ajegunle and all he had was a voice. Although rebellious and stubborn, he refused to be a criminal. All he wanted to be was a singer. He sang in a church at a young age. He benefitted from the music school in Ajegunle owned by Johnny Napp, who often invites Jamaican artists to nurture the growing talents in the community.  No wonder one of his mentor is Sizzla Kalonji.


His father wanted him to take after him, to be an engineer, Femi has he was fondly called, knew from a young age what he wanted, it is either music or nothing else.
He started his music ambitions as one half of the band ‘Junglist’ where he and a friend made some tracks and also released an album together. Later, Oritsefemi went solo, a decision that later made him a household name.


His big break came, when he released a remake of his idol Fela Kuti’s song, ‘Double Wahala’, a song that is still one of the biggest in the Nigeria music industry. His rendition of the song earned him two nominations at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards, winning the award for Most Popular Song of the Year. He also won the Indigenous Artist of the Year award at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
After that, it was goodbye to poverty for the young man that once lived in a ‘pako house’.



He kept on making music and his fan base continued to grow not just in Nigeria but all over the world. At some point it was important for him to go on a world tour. Not knowing how big a brand he has become around the world; his tour in Europe, United Kingdom, Asia and America were all sold out.
And now, Oritsefemi is on his third world tour. He has six studio albums to his name. His latest single ‘Ongbalarami’ is one of the biggest songs out there right now.



How did a little boy from Tolu in Ajegunle became the toast of the world? He once said; ‘I just kept doing music even when no one knew me, I was passionate about music and I am still very much passionate about my trade. I don’t know if there is something else I’m good at aside music’.


Still very humble, he never forgets where he came from. He is the founder of ‘Feed A Child’ in Nigeria. A non-profitable organization, helping in feeding children of the less privileged. Maybe because he came from poverty, he started feeding others as soon as he could feed himself.


His dream is to be known all over the world for his music, and with his world tour, he is gradually achieving that dream. He is also working on collaborations with international artistes. He wants to take over the world.

Despite past controversies, today we see Oritsefemi as a more mature version of his former self, both musically and in his personal life.


Earlier this year more evidence of that growth came in a form of a rebranding effort in which he changed his management team and made a huge location change.


The result is a cleaner more professional looking Oritsefemi that appeals to the fashion forward fans while still paying homage to his street credibility. The perfect role model for young ones looking to get out of the slums and succeed.


Oritsefemi also proved to the fans just how much he has grown when the news of his marriage broke on the internet. No one saw that coming, but it was a pleasant surprise to his fans. He married a PR expert, the lady he always refers to as his queen.


The boy from the slums of Ajegunle has turned his life around and he is now making waves all over the world with his talent.
Oritsefemi inspires a lot of youth in the ghetto with his slum-to-success story. They believe if their role model can make it, they too can make it. And the only way to make it, is through hard work.


Oritsefemi is one of the few musicians that have enjoyed longevity in the music industry. With everything he is working on at the moment, it is safe to say, we will still be dancing to his songs for a long time.

29 comments:

  1. When God says it is your time nothing can stop it. Hard work, commitment and focus.

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    1. shoulders and upper chest region looks feminine 🙆🏻

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    2. Na off shoulder top. You no like am? No vex.

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    3. Looks like a ladies top. And makes him look like he has drooping breasts

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  2. Waow luck really came his way. But this tattoo is too lousy nah. Good morning family 💕💕💕

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  3. wow,what a great musician,with a great dream and aspirations. don't give up in whatever talent you have you can also make it.

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  4. Touring the world of tattoos...

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    1. Lol

      I remember junglist ,I bought their first and last album before he went solo and released his hit single then "mercies of the Lord" and then his first solo album (bought two).


      Oritse femi if u can read this,you've been my star from way back and I love you a lot.

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  6. Ok. Good one, that top though.

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  7. Way to go... I remember when we lived at Amukoko. You think you have seen slum? go to mission street in amukoko... You think you have seen flood? wait for it... In amukoko, it is ile omi and the flood overruns the canals that are filled with bodily waste and ... Just wait, we had to wad through these flood every time it rains. I rem losing my footwear in one of such floods and I was carrying provisions on my head (going back to boarding school the next day). I was just crying anyhow (Still a cry baby). I thank God for where I am now and how far I have come. I have not "arrived" but I am far from where I was. I am eternally grateful to my mum who made our education her priority. Now she is reaping the fruit of her tireless labour. Love you mum

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    1. Wow! I'm so happy for you and proud of you like I know you. Lol. God bless your mum!

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    2. Happy for you. May your joy be permanent. God bless

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    3. Aawww...God will take you to greater heights,Amen

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  8. This his blouse is very fine hahahahaha. Let me go and look for one to buy

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  9. Funke Nabila is really making a change in his life.
    Pls don't beat up that beautiful girl and cheat on her.
    Leave Ajegunle lifestyle behind and adopt your wife's lekki lifestyle. Kikikikikikikiki

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    1. u 're stupid, who told you u that it's only men in Ajegunle that beats up their wives.

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    2. You are foolish. Infact foolish iis your last name.
      Where did I imply Ajekunle ppl beat their wives.
      Femi fought at quilox and ex accused him if cheating also.

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  10. Thank God for his achievement.

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  11. Stella of all his pics, shey ma dis off shoulder blouse u see? Funny woman

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  12. When nigerian musicians have fans in africa and in the african community abroad, they say they have taken over the 'world' ok o. That means beyonce will say she has taken over the universe.

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  13. Na the 'world tour' dey laff me pass.

    Pesin go go lip sync inside one 3ft by 11ft club in Dublin, dem go say na world tour. Issokay.

    This picture over funny dey worry am.

    Since you want to brush up your brand, tell him to do corporate photo shoot.
    This picture and the article is like Agege bread and over processed cheese.

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  14. God gat your back my brother......welldone

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  15. Village People10 June 2017 at 05:54

    The wife is actually a PR expert.See her projecting her man in a good light to the world.God bless your union.If na American artist tattoo ALL HIM BODY now,una nor go talk o,now it is a Nigerian artist and all of una done jump out to criticize am,Leave him and his lifestyle alone.Just enjoy his product-the good music he has been doling out for over a decade now.

    BV Ibukunoluwa,you be correct pikin o.God bless you for your comment.He has been a very good musician churning out hits after hits since the days of Junglist crew.Mercies of the lord album was really nice,with some cool tracks(remember one track that goes "ma fa mi o eh,oritsegbogbemio eh?Enemies plan,enemies fail,that na the work of jehovah jireh"?),na then the guy suppose don blow sef but God's time,they say is the best because Oritsefemi has done tracks 'sweeter' than double wahala before now.Thank God he was persistent and consistent in the game.

    God bless your hustle and your home Majemite(didn't even know it was his name because he usually mentions it in his songs)

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