40 Nigerians Under 40: Eldee Lanre Dabiri [27]

eldeeLanre Dabiri, better known by his stage name Eldee, stylized as eLDee, is a rapper, record producer and architect. eLDee studied Architecture at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He was an original member of band Trybesmen which had KB and Freestyle. After moving to the United States in 2002, eLDee recorded a solo album titled Long Time Coming and followed up with Return of the King in 2006. The latter album earned various nominations and awards for both videos and songs, including the Nigerian Entertainment Award for “Best International Album”. eLDee robust resume includes his work as an artist, producer, video director and a cutting-edge interactive media consultant for Fortune 500 international brands such as CNN, D3 Publishing, Hines, Accenture, Anderson, Kimberly Clark, Naruto, Primedia, NBA, UPS, Cartoon Network, Consumer Source, and Warner Bros, just to name a few, with numerous national and international awards for design and new media campaigns. In addition to his numerous accomplishments as an artist and businessman, eLDee is very passionate about the current state of Africa and is one of the few outspoken Nigeria celebrities when it comes to social issues. His passion is evident in is activism towards social change. eLDee’s thirst for sustainability in Africa is also evident in his music as with each album, he hammers on real issues and seeks to motivate/inspire fans to greatness. eLDee was recently featured on CNN for some of his social campaign.

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