Small Doctor is a young Nigerian singer with growing popularity in recent years. He is best known for his hit song ‘Penalty’ which was the track that shot him into the limelight.
In this post, we take a look at the life of this fast-rising singer from his early life to his current career as a singer.
Small Doctor was born Temitope Adekunle on the 19th of October 1996 in Ondo State. The singer revealed in an interview that he was a bus conductor for almost a decade. During his time as a conductor, he used to ply routes like Agege to Ikeja, Ikeja to Maryland, Maryland to Yaba, Oshodi to Mushin and many others.
Also, he spent some time as a commercial bike rider before he made his breakthrough in music.
The singer attended Aina Orosan Nursery and Primary School before proceeding to Oniwaya Secondary School. He was also enrolled at the University of Lagos (not completed). Small Doctor revealed in an interview that he dropped out of UNILAG because he had no time and money to concentrate on his studies as he was hustling to make money as a bus conductor.
It was during his time as a commercial bike rider that he become more absorbed in music. At this time, he offered his service to many street artists and ran errands at Alaba International Market, Lagos.
Also, Small Doctor spent his free time creating melodies in his head and recording small time in studios. He got discovered by one of his customers, DJ Real of Eko FM, who gave him his first break.
His debut album, “OmoIya Teacher,” was released in 2015, and it featured Mz Kiss, Olamide, Seriki and Qdot.
According to Small Doctor, it was when the release of songs like Gbagaun, Anobi and Mosquito killer that made him popular. These songs were produced by Dre San.
Some of the other musicians he has worked with include Side One, TerryG, OritseFemi.
The main genre of his songs is Fuji Pop and he is currently signed on to the record label, RealBeat Planet Entertainment.
The singer revealed that it was his mother that gave him the idea for the song. According to him, it was during a phone conversation that she inspired him to create the song. At the 2016 edition of the Headies Award, he had just lost to Olamide in the Best Street Hop Artist category and after the ceremony, he received a call from his mother, ”Ah winner, winner, winner”, and while he tried to inform her that he had lost out, the mother told him, ”You better work hard, Ko ma lo gba penalty lo throw-in next year which is translated as so you don’t play a penalty into a throw in. That line got him thinking and later became the intro of the song.
The song has changed his life and open doors for him. Small Doctor revealed that he has performed in over 15 countries as a result of the hit song. Also, he won the award for the Best Street Hop at the 2018 Headies.
The singer revealed that his mentor is the popular Fuji musician, Alhaji Alabi Pasuma. Just in case you don’t know him. Pasuma is a Fuji maestro. He began his musical career professionally in 1996, in Agege and has spread his tentacles across the globe. The Fuji star has served more than twenty years in the industry and has more than five albums to his credit.
Agege Local Council Area of Lagos
Small Doctor recently signed an agreement with the Agege Local Council Area of Lagos State on Tuesday signed an agreement. The contract is aimed at discovering and nurturing talented artistes in the community.
A product of this agreement is the concert tagged: “Agege to the World,’’ which is an initiative of OIT Dynasty Incorporation, Small Doctor’s record label.
The goal of the event is to breed future stars through entertainment activities and to engage the youths of the area in productive ventures.
The event will be an annual event and it would include talent-hunt for musicians, dancers and deejays.
The singer revealed that Agege is the right place to start such an event because the area is indeed the home of music in Nigeria given the high number of artistes including icons that at one time or another lived in this community. These include the likes of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Kollington Ayinla, Ayinla Omowura, Shina Peters, Love Azeez, Fatai Olowoyo, Fancy Aiye-Alamu and DayoKujore.’’
The inaugural edition of the concert was scheduled for October 2018
In the course of his career, Small Doctor has been the subject of several controversies. For instance, it was reported that he was one of the entertainers that Buhari gave N2 million. This took place during an event that was organized in the State House in Abuja to end the Ramadan Fast. But the singer has since debunked the claims stating that he didn’t receive N2 million from President Buhari as he was only invited to dine with the President which he saw as an honour.
There was also another rumour that Small Doctor had attempted to poison one of his friends. The accuser, who is also a singer, known as Jurji Versal, wrote on social media that Small Doctor gave him a poisoned drink when he visited him at his home. Jurji also disclosed that there was a day Small Doctor’s manoeuvred dangerously on high speed in an attempt to crash the side of the car where he was seated. However, Small Doctor responded via his manager that Jurji Versal was only looking for cheap publicity because all those things were mere rumours and false accusations. Small Doctor’s team didn’t respond directly to the Jurji’s accusation because they felt if they did, they would be indirectly promoting him.