10 Lesser-Known Facts About Naira Marley

By: David Balogun

Discover 10 lesser-known facts about the controversial Afrobeats artiste, Naira Marley

1. Birth & Early Life

Naira Marley, born Azeez Adeshina Fashola in Lagos, moved to the UK at 11. He had an Islamic upbringing and references it in his music.

2. Life in the UK 

Despite his criminal record, Naira Marley excelled in education, graduating with honors in Business from Peckham Academy.

3. History of Gang Crime & Arrest

Naira Marley had multiple arrests in the UK due to gang-related activities, linked to 'No Mannaz' gang.

4. Musical Debut

His initial career plan was to invest in London artistes, but he unexpectedly entered the music scene in 2014.

5. He Could Have Been A Footballer

Naira Marley had a potential football career, playing for Arsenal youth, Millwall, and Charlton teams.

6. Breakout Hit in Nigeria

His hit song "Issa Goal" became a World Cup anthem, with a Coca-Cola-sponsored remix.

7. Bob Marley Connection

His stage name pays homage to Bob Marley, but they share little in common besides dreadlocks.

8. Marlians

Naira Marley had a devoted fan base called "Marlians," known for unique rules.

9. EFCC Allegations 

In May 2019, Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile faced arrest by the EFCC. Naira Marley was held on 11 counts of fraud charges in Lagos. During this time, Zlatan released "4 Nights In Ekohtiebo" discussing Naira Marley's experiences. Naira secured release on June 14, 2019.

10. Marlian Music Controversies

Naira Marley founded Marlian Music, facing controversy over assault allegations from former signee MohBad, who tragically passed away in 2023. Naira Marley denied all allegations.

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