Keshinro Ololade (born 17 March 1995), known professionally as Lil Kesh, is a Nigerian singer and rapper. He rose to limelight after releasing the hit single “Shoki”.

Early life and education

Ololade was born and raised in Bariga, an area in Lagos State. He attended Stockbridge College for his primary and secondary education, and then proceeded to the University of lagos (Unilag), where he studied Linguistics. Later, he moved on the National Open University and studied Mass Communication online.

Lagos State (Yoruba: Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó) is a state in southwestern Nigeria. Of the 36 states, it is both the most populous and smallest in area. Bounded to the south by the Bight of Benin and to the west by the international border with Benin Republic, Lagos State borders Ogun State to the east and north making it the only Nigerian state to border only one other state. Named for the city of Lagos—the most populous city in Africa—the state was formed from the Western Region and the former Federal Capital Territory on 27 May 1967.

Geographically, Lagos State is dominated by bodies of water with nearly a quarter of the state’s area being lagoons, creeks, and rivers. The largest of these bodies are the Lagos and Lekki lagoons in the state’s interior with the Ogun and Osun rivers flowing into them. Many other rivers and creeks flow throughout the state and serve as vital means of transportation for people and goods. On land, non-urbanized areas are within the tropical Nigerian lowland forests ecoregion with natural areas containing threatened populations of mona monkey, tree pangolin, and hooded vulture along with a transitory population of African bush elephant Offshore, the state is also biodiverse as there are large fish populations along with African manatees and crocodiles.

Lagos State has been inhabited for years by various indigenous ethnic groups, primarily the majority Yoruba people that live throughout the state but also the Ewe and Ogu peoples in the far west. As a result of migration since the nineteenth century, Lagos State also has large populations of non-native Nigerian ethnic groups with EdoFulaniHausaIgboIjawIbibio, and Nupe peoples among other Nigerian groups. There are also groups from outside of Nigeria’s modern borders with the Saro (Sierra Leonean) and Amaro (Brazilian) groups being descendants of formerly enslaved people that returned to Africa in the 1800s with a longstanding Middle Eastern 

In the pre-colonial period, the area that is now Lagos State was mainly fishing villages and ports that at various points were controlled by states including the Oyo Empire and Benin Empire until the early 1800s when the city of Lagos had developed into a major kingdom of its own right. In 1850, the British successfully attacked the kingdom in the Bombardment of Lagos before installing an ally as Oba and signing a treaty that established Lagos as being under British protection. Ten years later, the forced Lagos Treaty of Cession led to the formal establishment of the Lagos Colony. In 1906, the colony was incorporated into the new Southern Nigeria Protectorate which merged into British Nigeria in 1914 with the city of Lagos as its capital. Upon independence in 1960, Lagos remained as the capital with much of the city forming the Federal Capital Territory while the rest of modern-day Lagos State was a part of the Western Region until 1967 when the region was split and the area became Lagos State.


He began, his musical career in 2012. When, he started rapping among his colleagues in Bariga. Shortly after, he released “Lyrically”, a debut single which the song went viral within Nigerian universities. Aftermath, Lil Kesh signed a contract with Yahoo Boy No Laptop Nation popularly, known as YBNL Nation (YBNL) is an independent record label founded by Olamide Adedeji in 2012. Under this label, Kesh dropped series of hit singles like ShokiEfejokuGbese, e.t.c and released his debut studio album, “YAGI”. Subsequently in 2014, Lil Kesh released a hit single “Shoki”. Shoki topped, several musical charts and brought him to limelight. As a result of this musical production, he was nominated for several awards and won two. In 2015, he was nominated for Best New Act at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards As a recording artist affiliated with YBNL Nation. Then in 2016, after the expiration of his contract with YBNL, Lil Kesh has established his own record label YAGI Records (an acronym for “Young And Getting It”) and is managed by Massive Management team, a marketing and event management company. On 17 March 2016. Lil Kesh released, his debut studio album Young And Getting It (Y.A.G.I) through YBNL Nation It was produced by Young John, and Pheelz Vocals were from Phyno, Ycee, Wale, Patoranking, Adekunle Gold, Davido,Viktoh, Olamide and Chinko Ekun It incorporates hip hop and rap genre. It has four singles – Lyrically (2014), Efejoku (2015), Is it because I love You (2015), and Ibile (2016).


The versatility and musical style of Lil Kesh is similar to that of Olamide, who raps and sings in his local dialect. However, he was criticized for using too much profanity and for failing to find the right balance in his songs’ lyrics. In an interview with Naij, he said, “they are singles not an album, I know the kind of market am directing my songs to, I am from the streets, I know what the people from the street want to listen to…they should wait for my album that is expected to drop towards the end of the year. I have very positive songs”


Studio albums

Year Title Album details
2016 Y.A.G.I

Selected singles

Year Title Album
2014 “Lyrically” Y.A.G.I
“Shoki” Non-album single
“Shoki (Remix)” (featuring Olamide & Davido)
2015 “Shoki (Female Version)” (featuring Cynthia MorganChidinmaEva Alordiah)
“Efejoku” Y.A.G.I
“Is It Because I Love You?” (featuring Patoranking)
2016 “Ibile”
“Bend Down Select” Non-album single
2018 “Again O”
2018 “Flenjor”(featuring Duncan Mighty)
2019 “Undertaker
2020 “All The Way”
2020 “Too Sweet”

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Result
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act to Watch Nominated
Nigerian Teen Choice Awards Celebrity Award – Song Of The Year (Shoki) Won
City People Entertainment Awards Popular Song of the Year (Shoki) Won
Mtv Base Music Award Popular Song of the Year (Shoki remix featuring Olamide & Davido) Nominated
2016 The Headies 2015 Next Rated Nominated


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