Cuppy Takes Africa

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Grow­ing up, Florence Otedola wanted to be a banker. That didn’t work out, but the 24-year-old has made a name for her­self as award-win­ning Nige­rian DJ Cuppy and she’s show­cas­ing her mu­si­cal skills in her re­al­ity show Cuppy Takes Africa (2016-cur­rent).

She got her nick­name as a child for 1

her love of cup­cakes. Cuppy adds that “they’re still my guilty plea­sure – I can’t say no!”

Cuppy’s a hard worker and says 2

that she got her busi­ness brain from her dad Femi. He’s a Nige­rian bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man who’s made his money in the pe­tro­leum in­dus­try.

Should the DJ ever give up on her 3

ca­reer be­hind the turnta­bles, she can al­ways fall back on her ed­u­ca­tion – she’s got a Busi­ness & Eco­nom­ics de­gree from the Kings Col­lege in Lon­don and she’s busy study­ing to­wards her Master’s de­gree in Mu­sic Busi­ness.

After grad­u­at­ing in 2014, she was 4

hired as the res­i­dent DJ for MTV’s Africa Mu­sic Awards. She’s also played gigs across Europe and South Amer­ica. But mak­ing mu­sic isn’t her only show­biz job – Cuppy owns mu­sic pro­duc­tion com­pany Red Vel­vet Mu­sic Group.

She now lives in New York and 5

works at rap heavy­weight Jay-Z’s Roc Na­tion record la­bel. She still works for MTV as the res­i­dent DJ on talk­show Un­com­mon Sense (2015-cur­rent).

As for Cuppy’s pri­vate life, she 6

ad­mit­ted in a 2015 Twit­ter in­ter­view with fans that she had been in a re­la­tion­ship that “went soooo [sic] wrong” and de­clared that “boys suck”. She does how­ever have a huge crush on 20-year-old Nige­rian mu­si­cian and song­writer Korede Bello, who’d be the ex­cep­tion in that depart­ment.

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