Naira Marley Biography, Net Worth and More

This is the Biography, History and Net Worth of Azeez Fashola, popularly known by his stage name, Naira Marley. In this post, we discuss his age, career, songs and more. 

Naira Marley Biography, Net Worth and More

Naira Marley is one of Nigeria’s most widely followed musical artistes, his group of large following fans are widely regarded as Marlians. He is a singer, songwriter, stage performer, entertainer and rapper.

He has been in music for quite a while before he achieved fame in 2017. Naira Marley entered into the spotlight of Nigerian music with the hit single Issa Goal which featured already established stars like Olamide Badoo, Falz, Simi, Slimcase and Lil Kesh in the remix of the song.

Naira Marley was born on May 9, 1994 in Agege, Lagos State. He moved to Peckham in South London, UK at the age of 11 and while in the United Kingdom, he studied at Porlock Hall before attending Walworth School, where he obtained his General Certificate of Secondary Education. Naira Marley later graduated with a distinction in business from Peckham Academy.

Naira Marley also studied at Crossways College which is currently known as Christ the King Sixth Form College, London. He returned to Nigeria much later in life to pursue his career in music.

While he was growing up, Naira Marley originally wanted to become a Master of Ceremonies and voice-over artiste, granting interviews to that effect. He later fell in love with singing in 2014 after discovering his passion for music and was encouraged by his close friends to pursue a career in music. His stage name was influenced by his love for Bob Marley, the legendary King of reggae music, and his dreadlocks are a tribute to the reggae legend.

As earlier mentioned, in 2014, Naira Marley began to hone his musical skills. He discovered his love for singing and developed the talent when he was encouraged by some of his friends to sing in one of their recording sessions in the studio.

This started out as a joke but after that day, he began taking music seriously. He used to pay for the studio sessions for his friends but after he tried and did a rap session with them on one occasion, he decided to start paying for himself as well to develop his talent.

He continued to seek new ways to improve his musical talent and this paid off when early in his career, in 2015, he released the track Marry Juana which featured Max Twigz, one half of the Cannabis Boyz crew. The song was a fusion of dancehall rhythms and Naira Marley’s strong Nigerian accent. It achieved considerable success.

The song gave Naira Marley a low key Nigerian following in the UK music scene, considering it was while he based there that he released it. It also made him one of the fast rising Nigerian rappers over there.

The song is a fusion of grime, rap, melody and dancehall and it marked the turning point of his career and his rise to fame in music because after that song, came many others which have gone on to become successes in Nigeria.

He is the darling of many music lovers all over Nigeria especially for the way he dishes out his lyrics.

Naira Marley’s show Marlian Fest was hosted at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on December 30, 2019, and it saw top music artistes such as Wizkid in attendance. His large, controversial fan base known as the “Marlians” were also in attendance.

During the Marlian Fest, Naira Marley announced the launch of his much anticipated record label Marlian Records and subsequently unveiled Cbluck, Zinoleesky, MohBad and Fabian Blu as the new artistes signed under his record label.

CONTROVERSY

Naira Marley courted with controversy when he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on May 10, 2019, a day after his 25th birthday, in relation to internet fraud.

He was arrested alongside fellow musicians Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, and two others. All four were released, it was alleged that Davido was largely influential in the release of Zlatan Ibile.

Naira Marley was however, remanded in prison custody and was later charged to court because of the severity of his alleged crime on an 11 count fraud allegation.

He was later released on June 14, 2019 after being granted bail to the tune of ₦2 million by a Federal High Court in Lagos, presenting two sureties in the process, one being a civil servant not below Grade Level 10, while the other, an owner of a landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.

Naira Marley’s controversy attracted wide media attention and publicity and according to various media reports, what allegedly landed him in hot water with the Nigerian Anti-Graft Agency, the EFCC was his release of his sensational hit song, “Am I A Yahoo Boy?” Lyrics of the controversial song is given below:

[Intro]

See me see trouble (Marlians)
See me see trouble, aii
I have a question
Am I a yahoo boy?
Ibile
Yo Rexxie pon this one
Kapaichumarimarichopaco
Jomo

[Hook – Naira Marley]

See me see trouble
Am I a yahoo boy?
E ra mi egba mi o
Shey mo jo omo yahoo
Emi o mo Sars
Sars t’emi mo is Sarz on the beat
Olopa kole mu wa, Tani sars fe mulo ni bi

[Verse 1 – Naira Marley]

Won fe shey mi bi Fela
Won fe shey mi bi Mandela
Won fe shey mi bi President Kennedy
Won fe shey mi bi MKO Abiola

Eyin blogger blogger
Shey mo jo omo yahoo
Shey won ko yahoo si mi lori ni
Am I a yahoo boy
Emi hotmail mo fine gan
Am not a yahoo boy
But contact me
Naira Marley at yahoo dot com

Government na barawo (Ibile)
Bloggers na armed robbers
Imam dey gbadun
Pastor na enjoyment

[Verse 2 – Zlatan]

Ah!!
Oya Yahoo Yahoo
K’oloun ma je ka Damu
Maga to Sanwo mi se
Karin wa ko ma daru (ibile)
Yahoo yahoo
K’oloun ma je ka Damu
Maga to fun mi lowo steady se
Karin wa ko ma daru
Oya
Tori mo’n fresh, mo’n dan
Won ni mo ti’n shey yahoo
Yahoo lawon ore mi se
Shebi music lemi fi n gawu

Eyan abracadabra
Iyen aburo nakamora eh eh
Eni to wa laye yi ti o se Oloun se elo wa wa

[Hook – Naira Marley]

See me see trouble
Am I a yahoo boy?
E ra mi egba mi o
Shey mo jo omo yahoo
Emi o mo Sars
Sars t’emi mo is Sarz on the beat
Olokpa kole mu wa Tani sars fe mulo ni bi

Oya yahoo yahoo
K’oloun ma je ka Damu
Maga to Sanwo mi se
Karin wa ko ma daru ibile

Yahoo yahoo
K’oloun ma je ka Damu
Maga to fun mi lowo steady se
Karin wa ko ma daru

See me see trouble
See me see trouble
Am I a yahoo boy?
Yo Rexxie pon this one
Spyrit mix

NAIRA MARLEY CAR THEFT ACQUITTAL

On January 14, 2020, Naira Marley, while he was away in the United States, was acquitted of car theft, a charge filed by the police.

It was alleged that he and two of his brothers, Idris Fashola and Babatunde Fashola, along with one of their cousins, Kunle Obere, connived to steal the car belonging to one Adelekan Ademola before the police got involved.

The Magistrate Court presided over by Tajudeen Elias, dismissed the charge after receiving a settlement agreement between the complainant and Naira Marley and the other defendants.

NAIRA MARLEY NET WORTH CURRENTLY

Naira Marley’s net worth is about $1.2 million in US dollars currently, which when converted to Nigerian Naira, his net worth is ₦432 million. It is widely reported that he owns a number of exotic cars due to his affluent social media lifestyle, one of the latest being a 2019 Bentley Continental currently the Crown jewel in his fleet.

PERSONAL LIFE

Naira Marley is married to two wives and he has four children. This was according to him during his court case with Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

  • 2020 – Soundcity MVP Awards Viewers’ Choice (“Soapy” Won)
  • 2020 – Song of the Year (“Soapy” Nominated)
  • 2020 – Best Pop (Himself Nominated)
  • 2019 – City People Music Awards – Artiste of the Year, Male Category (Himself Nominated)
  • 2019 – City People Music Awards – Street Song of the Year (“Soapy” Nominated).

ALBUMS

His album LOL (Lord of Lamba), released in late 2019 houses 6-tracks with guest appearances from Young John, Mayorkun and C Blvck. He also has an Extended Play, titled Gotta Dance which has seven tracks in it

SONG LIST

Some of Naira Marley’s songs include the following:

  • Issa Goal featuring Olamide and Lil Kesh
  • Naija Issagoal (Remix) ft Olamide, Lil Kesh, Falz, Slimcase, and Simi
  • Japa
  • Drummer Boy
  • Marry Juana
  • Ko Si Werey
  • Magic
  • Rice & Beans
  • Dread Gang
  • Facetime
  • Birthday
  • Back2Work
  • Praise and Worship
  • Stupid Dance
  • +44
  • Flying Away
  • Like Chief Keef
  • Ermm
  • Outty
  • Squadron
  • Am I a Yahoo boy
  • Soapy

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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  1. Mazi Nnana Solution

    I love dis Guy full time marlian

  2. Marlians for life, he’s such a wonderful guy who come to change the game of Nigeria music industry
    Much love to the marlians CEO

  3. i sent my greeting to naira marly and i greet the marlians.

  4. I love naira Marley
    I just luv his way of music.

  5. King of the world

  6. Naira you to much… Keep it up

  7. This is great but remember the needy

  8. My everyday crush I love your ways of singing my dear,and I pray the spirit of music shall not leave you,I love Azeez fashola

    1. Bro much love for you

  9. Nice songs and moves

  10. This guy has a special talent to change the face of Nigeria music industry, much love for marlians

  11. NWA PHYNO ♥️okoto-akaria

    Naira Marley is d best so and I want to encourage him more to continue helping some youths to achieve their dreams,I am proud of him and I sure him,he will not go unrewarded.A helper shall never lack in Jesus name amen!

  12. wow so this guy just da grow fast like say na jazz, more winings on the way

  13. we love you

  14. My boo man I love u

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