Top 10 Things About Zlatan Ibile You Never knew About Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael known professionally as Zlatan Ibile, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, musician and dancer. He is one of Nigeria’s foremost creatives in the entertainment industry known for his Zanku dance steps.
Here are some of the top things we thought you likely never knew about him.
In 2014, Zlatan Ibile was introduced to the spotlight as a musician when he won a singing competition at the age of nineteen. In 2014 he emerged as the winner of Airtel’s One Mic Campus Tour, which was organized across higher institutions of learning in the country. Winning the competition was the motivation Zlatan Ibile needed to keep chasing his dream.
In May 2019, the EFCC arrested Zlatan and a few others in connection with an alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering. A few days later, he was released on administrative bail.The musicians were arrested alongside Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa. Their arrest followed an early morning raid, at 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos. At the point of arrest, the commission said it found and recovered a number of items, including laptops, from the suspects.
On January 1, 2020, Zlatan took to his Instagram page to announce the launch of his record label ‘Zanku Records’ without no artists unveiled. On his birthday, he then announced the numbers and names of acts he signed. He listed three artists named: Papisnoop, Oberz and Jamopyper, he also announced the official signing of a Videographer/Cinematographer named Visionary Pictures, his Manager ‘Manager Jiggy’, his Music Producer Rexxie and a PR Consultant ‘Biesloaded’. He made this announcement with a picture of him and seven other people via his Instagram page.
Towards the end of 2018, Zlatan released a single titled “Zanku”, with a new dance routine of the same name. On 3 November 2019, he released his debut studio album Zanku, an acronym for Zlatan Abeg No Kill Us. The artiste claimed in 2020 that it was his dream to become a footballer, not a musician.
Zlatan gained further exposure following his collaboration with Chinko Ekun and Lil Kesh on the 2018 hit single “Able God”.Shortly afterwards, he dropped “Zanku”, a song that was accompanied by a dance routine of the same name. Towards the end of 2018, Zlatan released the Davido-assisted track “Osanle”. In early 2019, he released “Glory” before being featured on Burna Boy‘s “Killin Dem”, a track from the latter’s fourth studio album African Giant. Shortly afterwards, he was featured on Ceeza Milli’s “Flenjo” and Naira Marley‘s “Am I a Yahoo Boy”. On 26 July 2019, Zlatan announced he signed an endorsement deal with Coca-Cola.
In October 2020, during the EndSARS protest, Zlatan released “Soro Soke” to express his concern over the massacre of innocent youths at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
The Zanku Records boss Zlatan Ibile is one of the biggest acts in the Afrobeats space. His success as an artist and music executive has enabled him to amass wealth in his creative career. He is currently estimated to be having a net worth of US$2 million – US$5 million.
Zlatan Ibile ex-girlfriend’s name is Seyi ‘Shigh Lofe’ Awonuga, who is the CEO of Bang Mewsic Entertainment. He has a child named Shiloh Toluwalase Ainoghena Omoniyi with his girlfriend, partner and baby mama, Davita Lamai.
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