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My unforgettable experience as a musician- Shyboss


Starting out as a music greenhorn is never a walk in the park. It is an industry where dog eats dog. And every singer has one sordid story or other to tell. For popular Afro Hip-hop singer, Shyboss, born Adeshile Oniwonlu, it was about an encounter that nearly took the fight out of him to continue to pursue his dream.

Recounting the experience in an interview, he said, “It was when I was recording my song “Nene” with Kiddominant and I saw Lola Rae, she was with Davido’s former manager. I was like, what’s up Lola I would like to put you on my song, she was at the studio too trying to do something with Kiddominant,

“I think it was the old Davido manager managing her then and he said “Abeg abeg we are not here for you”.


“He really rubbished me that day. I felt really embarrassed that day. Later that day I was at a show in Eko Hotel and he was present. When he realised I was to perform with other big starts he decided to accord me some respect.”

Shyboss, who was born on May 13, 1989, has been into music since 2006. He’s not exactly a greenhorn in the game as he has released 3 major single a video for each single.

His first video “Kilode” was released on January 17, 2006, followed by the second “Luggage” with the co-owner of his record label, BNaira. The third video “Nene” was released in February 10, 2017. He also has another “My Love,” which he produced himself. He co-own BNS record label with his best friend, BNaira.

He had a little break in his music career as he took time off to further his education by going for his Master’s degree in Building after having the Bachelor’s at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He bagged the Master’s degree at University of Sharjah, Dubai, United Arabs Emirates,


Shyboss had opened up on the price he paid to break into the music scene, saying the biggest sacrifice he had to make for his dream was trying to make it on his own without the help of any record label.

At one time, he said he was with Olu Maintain but the association didn’t yield much even after trying to team up with the likes of P-Square. Luck didn’t come smiling at him until he partnered with his best friend to have a record label of their own. That was the birth of their record label named BNS, which literally means BNaira Shyboss. He said they worked with Orezi and Kiddominant.

He was greatly influenced by defunct Mo’hits crew, particularly, Don Jazzy and D’Banj but much earlier in his musical journey, it was Eedris Abdulkareem and Ruggedman who caught his fancy the more. When just fresh out of secondary school, he, his brother, and a couple of friends formed a music group called “Boys For Love” and their most memorable moment was when they could get Ruggedman to grace their carnival.


Adeshile Oniwonlu known as Shyboss had his primary and secondary education at Specialist Primary School and Specialist High School respectively before going for his Bachelor’s degree in Building at University of Lagos. He’s the fourth of five siblings, consisting of 3 boys and 2 girls. He’s a native of Ibeju-Lekki local government on the Island of Lagos, Nigeria.

He also has passion for construction, particularly Building which is his primary discipline. According to him, he was greatly influenced by his father who was also a builder. Two things are paramount in his mind, building construction and entertaining people.

He is a recording artiste, a producer, a DJ and a professional builder.


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