Saheed Osupa

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Akorede Babatunde Okunola (popularly known as Saheed Osupa or King Saheed Osupa) was born on August 7th, 1969 in Ajegunle, Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government area of Lagos state, Nigeria. His parents are Moshood Ajiwere Layeye, a Were musician, and Taibatu Abeni Olatokunbo Adelanwa. Saheed is a fuji musician and film actor.

Saheed grew up in Ibadan and Lagos. He had his secondary education at Amuwo Odofin High School in Lagos and graduated in 1987. He studied Business Administration at Ibadan polytechnic of Ibadan for 3 years and graduated in 1992.

Saheed was one of the pioneers of the fuji music.He began his career in 1983 when Fuji was a less popular musical genre. He stood out against the background of contemporaries and attracted the attention of listeners with his exceptional charisma. He has since released more than 28 albums, the first called Fuji fadisco was released in 1992. In 2008, he was given the title, King of Music, by Ayinde Barrister, whom he regards as his Fuji lord.

Osupa has made more than just Fuji music; he also tried his hands on hip-hop. In 2014, fans enjoyed his single called "Vanakula". In 2015, he released another work under this genre named "African Beauty". The vocal part of the composition was performed by Yetunde Omobadan. In the same year, he created another single called "Womi". He has also appeared in numerous Yoruba movies such as; Eni Eleni, Ero Sese Koowe, Ese Mefa Laye, Ose Maami, Ashiru Ejire, Onibara Ogunjo, Iku Oba and Igba Iwase.
Saheed and Wasiu Alabi Pasuma have had a rivalry. According to him, in 2010 and 2011, they had several conciliatory meetings which, unfortunately, did not bring the desired effect.

A Muslim, the musician has 2 wives and many children. He married Olabisi Minat Yusuf in 2010. He also studied programming and computer networks in the US and obtained additional knowledge in Computer Repairs in Manhattan. He was in the US at the time because his wife obtained a US immigration visa, and he wanted to be with her.

In 2013, he was nominated for Best Fuji Artist at the FIBAN Awards
He won the 2013 award for the Best Musician in an Acting Role at the Yoruba Academy Awards
In 2015, he was nominated for Best Fuji Music Artist at the Nigerian Achievers Award
Also in 2015, he won the Best Fuji Musician of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards
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