CDQ, whose real name is Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf, is a renowned Nigerian indigenous rapper and songwriter. Born on May 6, 1985, in Orile, Lagos State, he hails from Kwara State and holds Nigerian nationality. CDQ’s musical journey began in 2008 as a backup singer for Da Grin, eventually transitioning to rap in English alongside M.I. Abaga. His breakthrough came in 2014 with the hit single “Indomie,” featuring Olamide and later remixed by Davido. Since then, CDQ’s star has continued to rise in the music industry, making him one of Nigeria’s prominent rap artists.
CDQ Early Life and Education:
CDQ originally comes from Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, but was born in the bustling suburb of Orile in Lagos. After completing his secondary education in Ilorin, he moved back to Lagos State for further studies. CDQ pursued a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Lagos State University, solidifying his academic foundation.
CDQ Career Success and Achievements:
In 2012, CDQ’s exceptional talent caught the attention of the music scene when he won a rap battle at the renowned Industry Nite event. The victory led to him signing a recording contract with Masterkraft’s General Records in 2013. The turning point in his career was the release of the chart-topping single “Indomie” in 2014, featuring Olamide, and later remixed by Davido. The song’s success earned him two nominations at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and a nomination in the Best Street-Hop Artist category at The Headies 2015.
In his pursuit of greater heights, CDQ collaborated with the likes of Wizkid for the lead single “Nowo E Soke,” part of his debut studio album titled “Quality.” The music video for “Nowo E Soke” directed by Unlimited L.A. went on to win the Best Afro Hip Hop Video category at the 2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards. The album received positive critical acclaim and further solidified CDQ’s position as a rising star in the music industry.
In addition to his musical endeavors, CDQ displayed a generous spirit by giving back to society. He launched the CEEI (CDQ Empowerment and Education Initiative), aimed at providing writing materials to secondary school students in his home state of Kwara. During the launch, CDQ also paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin to discuss his plans for the students and received a warm welcome from his alma mater.
CDQ Personal Life:
CDQ, despite being a public figure, has kept details of his love life private. He has a son with an undisclosed woman, which sparked rumors about his relationship status. However, he has chosen not to disclose information about his romantic life, focusing on his music and philanthropic efforts instead.
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CDQ’s journey from a backup singer to a prominent rapper in the Nigerian music scene is a testament to his talent and dedication. With hit songs like “Indomie” and “Nowo E Soke,” and his philanthropic initiatives through the CEEI, CDQ continues to make a positive impact on society. As he keeps pushing the boundaries of his musical career, fans eagerly anticipate more from this talented Nigerian artist. You can follow CDQ’s latest updates on Instagram (@cdqolowo) and Twitter (@Cdqolowo).