Two years ago he got the vision to become a popular artiste and musical star. That was at the age of 13 and at a time he was a Junior Secondary School class 3 student at Fountain of Wisdom School, Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos. From that point on, Olatunji Ololade, popularly known as Lolly Kid, set to work trying to actualise his dreams of joining the league of young talent in the hip-hop genre of music.
Signs that he would be a musical star started from when Ololade joined the chorister group in church. From the kid choir he graduated to the teenagers’ choir group in 2010 and has since refused to look back. Today, the second child in a family of four is not only making waves in the hip-hop musical scene, he is set to release his first album.
Now in his Senior Secondary School class, Ololade told the magazine that in addition to music, he intends to become a computer networking engineer. He therefore concentrates on having his rehearsals at night while going to school during daytime. Despite the hurdles, Ololade has succeeded at recording more than four tracks and has also produced videos of some of his hit singles. The young rap artiste says he draws inspiration from the late Dagrin while introducing a blend of gospel and school life experiences to his music.
Already making waves, Ololade now performs live shows during festive seasons or at birthday parties and other hip-hop shows. Explaining what attracted him to the boy, Paul Eni, his manager, said Ololade’s level of confidence is a major attraction. He disclosed that he saw in the boy a potential of becoming a great artiste. This, he said, is the reason he decided to catch the young man at a very tender age. “Right now, he doesn’t have any major competitor at his age. He has the chance. If he drops an album, I think the market will accept it,” Eni adds.
By Favour Adesina