Zlatan Ibile Biography

Omoniyi Temiday Raphael popularly known as Zlatan Ibile is a talented rapper, singer and dancer born on the 19th of December, 1994 in Lagos State.

According to CityCaleb, Zalatan is Known for being the pioneer of the Zanku movement and dance style, Zlatan Ibile is a talented rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is also a music executive, having founded Zanku Records.

The music maestro came to the limelight after releasing the single, My Body, featuring Olamide in 2017.His debut album, Zanku, released in 2019, paved the way for international recognition, as it was a commercial success across the globe. His sophomore album, Resan, was dropped in 2021.

Zlatan Ibile Early Life

 Zlatan Ibile was born on December 19, 1994, in Ilorin, Kwara State, but he is originally from Ekiti State in the southwest of Nigeria. He grew up in Kwara State where he began his music career in secondary school by freestyling in Yorubsouth-westdmiration of his peers.

Zlatan spent many hours writing songs and refining his style, mixing Pidgin English with Yoruba in his raps. He frequently visited recording studios in Ilorin and Ogun State to record his songs. Known for his stage name “Zlatan Ibile,” he is a popular Nigerian rapper and singer.

He studied Business Administration at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. Zlatan started his music career playing drums in church. After high school, he began visiting studios, driven by boredom and later collaborated with Olamide on the hit song “My Body” in 2017.

Zlatan, a Yoruba native from Osun State, revolutionized the Nigerian music scene with his creation of the Zanku dance, also known as “Leg Work.” This dance became very popular, enjoyed by youths, older men, comedians, and students alike. His influence continues to grow in the Nigerian Music Industry.

Zlatan Ibile Education

Zlatan Ibile studied at top public-owned schools in Ilorin for his elementary and secondary school education. He bagged a National Diploma in Business Administration from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.

Zlatan Ibile Career

Zlatan Ibile hit the spotlight as a musician when he won Airtel’s One Mic Campus Tour at age 19. His big break came in 2017 with the hit single “My Body” featuring Olamide, which gained more attention after Davido shared a dance video of the song.

Zlatan became a household name in 2018 after his feature on Chinko Ekun’s “Able God” and released his own hit “Zanku,” along with the popular dance move, Leg Work.

In 2019, he appeared on Burna Boy’s track “Killin’ Dem” and released his debut album with successful tracks featuring Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy.

In 2020, Zlatan launched Zanku Records, signing artists like Papisnoop, Oberz, and Jamo Pyper, and continued to release hits like “Unripe Pawpaw” and “Lagos Anthem.”

His second album, “Resan,” came out in 2021, showcasing tracks like “Alubarika” and “Ale Yi.” Zlatan, who started his musical journey in church playing the drums and later shifted to rap due to boredom, has become one of Nigeria’s top musicians, collaborating with stars like Davido, Olamide, and Naira Marley.

Zlatan Ibile Awards & Nominations

For his work with Killin Dem,  Zlatan Ibile won the Best Collaboration award at The Headies in 2019. At the African Muzik Magazine Awards held in 2018, he won the categories of Best New Act, Best Collaboration, and Song Of The Year.

Zlatan Ibile Social Media

The rapper,  Zlatan Ibile who also goes by the moniker, World President, has a huge following on social media.

He has over 5.8 million followers on Instagram and over 1.1 million followers on Twitter.

  • Instagram handle – @zlatan_ibile
  • Twitter handle – @Zlatan_ibile

Zlatan Ibile Personal Life

Zlatan Ibile is a leading influencer of street pop culture in Nigeria, known for his music and fashion sense. In his late twenties, he celebrated his 29th birthday on December 19th with a lavish party organized by his close friends.

Zlatan’s former girlfriend is Seyi ‘Shigh Lofe’ Awonuga, the young CEO of Bang Mewsic Entertainment. He has a child named Shiloh Toluwalase Ainoghena Omoniyi with his partner and baby mama, Davita Lamai.

Currently, he is managed by Jiggy, with Biesloaded handling his public relations. Zlatan has actively participated in social activism, including the EndSARS protests, and recorded the single “Soro Soke” in response to the Lekki Toll Gate massacre.

As one of the highest-paid artists in Nigeria, Zlatan lives a luxurious lifestyle, owns several real estate properties, and has a collection of luxury cars. He is close friends with Davido and Rahman Jago.

Zlatan Ibile Girlfriend

 Zlatan Ibile’s sweetheart’s name is Seyi Awonuga, who is the youthful CEO of Bang Mewsic Entertainment. Gossip has it that she is the person who marked Zlatan into her record name and she was there with him all through the time till he began turning into a sensation.

Seyi Awonuga was spotted in a video asking the EFCC to release her sweetheart, Zlatan, after his capture with Naira Marley.

Zalatan Ibile Songs and Features

  • Bum Bum Feat. Davido
  • Zanku (Leg Work)
  • Oja
  • Jogor
  • Again O
  • Kara Wizard
  • Killin Dem Feat. Burna Boy
  • Glory
  • Osanle Feat. Davido
  • O Dope Gan
  •  Zlatan Ibile – Ninu Aye Ft Gentle Dee
  • Bum Bum Ft Davido
  • Murphy McCarthy Ft. Zlatan – Gawu
  • Musheyenle
  • Odun Yi
  •  Kunta – A Day Money ft. Chinko Ekun x  Zlatan Ibile
  • Zanku
  • Resan
  • My Body
  • Osanle
  • Bolanle
  • Pepper Dem
  • Lagos Anthem
  • The Matter
  • Soro Soke
  • Quilox

Meaning Of The Word ‘Zanku’? 

Ever wondered about the meaning of the word ‘Zanku’ which is the name of Zlatan’s street dance?

Zanku means:-

  • Z > Zlatan
  • A > Abeg
  • N > No
  • K > Kil*l
  • U > Us

He is also known for saying ”Kapaichumarimarichopaco” which is his catchphrase in his songs.

Zlatan Ibile Relationship With Davido

Zlatan Ibile House Photos

Davido gave Zlatan a significant boost in publicity when he was still an up-and-coming artist. The DMW boss released a video of himself dancing to Zlatan’s song ‘My Body.’ The video quickly went viral, and Zlatan later sent Davido a thank you message after the clip garnered over 1 million views.

Zlatan Ibile Cars & Houses

Zlatan Ibile’s cars include an Infiniti Fx35 (first car) a Mercedes Benz and Hyundai Elantra.-  Zlatan Ibile biography!

Zlatan Ibile Palava’s

Zlatan Ibile’s biography cannot be complete without talking about his mobbing by Segun Wire and his arrest by EFCC.

Zlatan Ibile and Segun Wire Controversy

If you’re a fan of entertainment, you’ve likely heard of Segun Wire and Zlatan. Zlatan initially supported the young internet sensation Segun Wire but withdrew his help after Segun’s family members attacked him, accusing him of exploiting the boy for personal gain.

The conflict started when Zlatan took charge of helping Segun, hoping to foster his growth. However, the situation deteriorated, forcing Zlatan to step back. In an interview with Punch NG, Zlatan shared that he saw potential in Segun that no one else did and wanted to help nurture his talent, but faced opposition from Segun’s family.

“I don’t have much to say about the issue again because I have done what I needed to do. I have withdrawn my support.  I just wanted to help him, but my image was tarnished. I withdrew because I just felt it is high time I lived my own life. I am still a young boy; I have younger ones and parents too that need help. I have yet to get to where I want to be; so, I just want to focus on myself for now.”

EFCC Arrest Zlatan Ibile

On Friday, May 10, in Lagos, officials arrested the rising singer Zlatan Ibile along with another artist, Afeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, Rahman Jago, and two others. The crime unit seized their laptops and phones for a forensic examination to determine their involvement in cybercrime.

According to the EFCC, Zlatan’s arrest relates to Marley’s social media posts praising internet fraudsters, known in Nigeria as ‘Yahoo Boys.’ Shortly after, they released the controversial single “Am I A Yahoo Boy,” promoting internet fraud.

Authorities released Zlatan Ibile and others on bail, but they must report daily to the EFCC’s Lagos office until the case concludes, while Naira Marley remains in custody.

Zlatan Ibile Net Worth

It can be challenging to determine the true net worth of Nigerian singers like Zlatan Ibile, who earns well from performances, sales, and endorsements, without credible sources like Forbes.

As a successful artist and music executive in the Afrobeats space, estimates currently place Zlatan’s net worth between US$2 million and US$5 million.


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