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Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade (born 19 July 1991), better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is the pioneer of Banku Music, a fusion sound he describes as the mixture of “Ghanaian bounces, Ghanaian highlife, Nigerian chord progressions, and Nigerian patterns”. Mr Eazi relocated to Kumasi in 2008 and enrolled at KNUST, where he began booking artists to perform at college parties. He showed interest in music after recording a guest verse on “My Life”, a song that gained traction and became a popular record at KNUST. Mr Eazi released his debut mixtape, About to Blow, in July 2013. He gained an international audience following the release of the 2015 single “Skin Tight”. He inked a record deal with Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment in May 2016. His second mixtape, Accra to Lagos, was released on 10 February 2017.

Mr Eazi was born in Port Harcourt, the capital and largest city in Rivers State, Nigeria. He grew up in an entrepreneurial home. His mother was a small business owner and his father was a pilot. The latter parent established his own private aviation consulting practice. While attending primary school in Lagos, Mr Eazi had a brief stint in the school’s choir. During his upbringing, he used to listen to records his dad would play for the family while they ate breakfast. At age 16, Mr Eazi relocated to Kumasi from Port Harcourt to further his educational endeavors. He enrolled at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and studied mechanical engineering. Mr Eazi started recording music during his time at KNUST. He contributed guest vocals to the track “My Life”, a song that gained traction and became a popular record at KNUST. Prior to that, he established a party and promotion company called Swagger Entertainment. He used this platform to book shows and promote events on the campus of KNUST. When he was 23 years old, he returned to Nigeria and opened his own e-commerce platform. Mr Eazi told The Guardian newspaper that he briefly worked for Schlumberger when he returned to Nigeria. He also told the aforementioned newspaper that his business ventures included soft drinks import, gold mining, and food distribution. Moreover, he told Highsnobiety that he started about six business ventures. In 2014, Mr Eazi quit being a club promoter after an artist failed to show up for the largest party he attempted to throw.