Naira Marley: The World Needs More People Like Me

By Cheloti Joshua

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Nigerian singer and songwrite Azeez Adeshina Fashola known professionally as Naira Marley has told off critics of his personality.

Naira Marley who is known as the president of his controversial fan base, "Marlians" said most people don't understand him.

In a tweet on Monday the 'Aye' hit maker said despite being weird and 'a bit awkward' he has tried to be real noting that the world need more people like him.

"You’re right, I am more than a little weird and a bit awkward. I know I don’t fit in and most people don’t understand me. But at least I’m being real and I think the world needs more people like me" noted Naira Marley.

Naira Marley began singing in 2014 after discovering his passion for music and was encouraged by his friends to pursue music.

While growing up, Naira Marley had plans of becoming an MC and voice-over artist.

He sings in English, Pidgin and Yoruba and his music is a blend of Afrobeats and hip-hop.

Naira Marley's stage name is derived from Jamaican singer Bob Marley, whom he admires. His dreadlocks is also a tribute to the singer.

One of the biggest projects that Naira Marley has released was in December in which he teamed up with Olamide and Lil Kesh-assisted single "Issa Goal", which became the theme song for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The official remix of "Issa Goal" was released on 16 June 2018 and it features vocals by Olamide, Lil Kesh, Falz, Simi and Slimcase.

In 2019, Naira Marley announced the launch of his record label Marlian Records and unveiled CBlvck, Zinoleesky, MohBad and Fabian Blu as signed acts.

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The most recent release from the 'Marlian president' is titled 'As Dey Go' which was released alongside 'WugeDance'.

In the 'As Dey Go' song, Naira Marley addressed the rape culture in Nigerian society speaking against it.

The official video has registered over 1.2 million views on YouTube in about three weeks.

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