Mayorkun is no longer a strange name in the Nigerian music industry following his chart topping hits after he got signed by Davido.
Davido signed Mayorkun to his DMW record label in 2016, it’s an investment that has since paid off with hits after hits including the most recent “Bobo” featuring Davido. Tracks like Eleko, Che-che and Mama has proved that Mayorkun is no one hit wonder. He is here to stay.
But before Mayorkun got signed to Davido’s HNK record label he was a marketer in a major bank in Lagos. Not the top marketers in executive cars, the junior ones that get paid by commission. He trekked the streets of Lagos begging people to open accounts with the bank he worked for. According to him, he earned N5,000 on his first month for opening 190 bank accounts. He earned N7, 500 on his second month. The highest he was ever paid with the bank was 20,000.Mayorkun is a graduate of UNILAG; he majored in accounting.
Music was a side hustle he was developing for the future after he has made money banking.
No one really knew he was an aspiring artist; according to him, he just writes low-key and creates a few demos here and there. At that same time, just for fun he recorded himself performing Davido and Olamide money with a key board at his cousin’s house. He decided to post the song to twitter.
Two doors opened at the same time; He interviewed with another bank and got a better offer of N75, 000. Davido came across the video he posted on twitter. He like it, shared it and followed him. Davido finally sent him a direct message. Mayorkun went crazy. Davido asked him apart from playing Keyboard if he could sing. He responded that he has some wack songs but he does not know if Davido would like it. He sent six tracks across to Davido…. The rest is history including the 75k job he was supposed to resume soon.
It was a really poor quality video in low light so many people would not be proud of. But his talent was able to shine through. A lot of people may have held on to the video until they can produce something with better quality.
Lesson to learn: put yourself out there, you never know