Kiss Daniel (now Kizz Daniel) is a Nigerian recording artist and a performer who is popular for his for his critically acclaimed song, Yeba.
Daniel’s chart-topping song Woju released on September 1, 2014, was regarded as one of the best Nigerian songs that year and was nominated in the Hottest Single category in 2015. The young artist has gathered a number of awards since the start of his music career. He took home six prestigious awards in 2016; City People Music Award, The Headies and Nigeria Entertainment Award and others.
Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe (Kiss Daniel) was born on May 1, 1994, in Ogun State, Nigeria. He is originally from Abeokuta North local government area and besides this fact, no detail of his family and upbringing has surfaced.
However, we know for sure that he was raised by his parents along with his siblings; three younger brothers and a sister. had also once shared a glimpse of his childhood memory on Instagram telling of what it was like growing up in a rat-infested house in KUTO, ABK (Abeokuta).
Kiss Daniel/Kizz Daniel, as his new stage name goes, attended the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, where he graduated with a degree in Water Engineering. It was at the university that he developed an interest in music and decided to pursue it as a career.
Daniel lost his dad, Kola Anidugbe on May 29, 2015. He had once shared a photo of himself and parents on social media before the older man’s demise. Despite the controversy surrounding his absence from his father’s burial, Daniel later shared an emotional tribute on late Anidugbe’s birthday on June 17, 2015. In the written speech, the singer described himself as the Stupid son for not being there for the old man, for loving the fame above his family and for believing that the ailment (typhoid) that took his father’s life wasn’t serious.
The artiste regrets not having his father around long enough to fulfill the promise he made – to gift the old man a car on his birthday.
Kiss Daniel began his music career in 2013, fresh out of the university and came across Emperor Geezy, the CEO of G-World Entertainment who signed him to his record label. Through the label, he released his first single titled Shoye in 2014 along with the music video some weeks after.
Soon after, Woju became a high-life hit song on the top 10 on the MTV Base Official Naija where it stayed for 11 weeks and later climbed and remain at number 1 for another six weeks. The song describes the attitude of a typical African lady to compliments of a gentleman.
On his birthday in 2015, Daniel released his third single titled Laye and two weeks later, the video was shot and directed by Aje Films at some locations in East Africa. Daniel released his first studio album titled New Era on May 14, 2016.
While his contract with G-World Entertainment seemed to be going smoothly, trouble was brewing on the background. Trouble ensued after the Afro-pop singer decided to cut ties with the label. Accusations began to fly and making waves on news headline.
First, it was alleged that Daniel received N30,000 as monthly salary from G-World at the beginning of their deal. The label, in their counteract statement, said it has paid over N120 million to the singer since signing him.
Nevertheless, both parties parted ways but not without few legal battles in a law court which Daniel emerged a winner. In an official statement, his Solicitors L & A-Legal Consultants said the Lagos Federal High Court has clearly denied the entertainment company’s application to restrain Daniel from performing, recording or using the stage name ‘Kiss Daniel’ – a name the singer has reportedly used way before his commitment to the label.
According to the Solicitors, Kiss Daniel formally canceled the deal with G-Worldwide Entertainment via a letter on October 30, 2017 – which was in accordance with the provisions of the Recording Contract between the parties.
Pushing forward with his dreams, with support from fellow stars like Davido, Wizkid, and others, Daniel launched his very own Label, Flyboy INC (FBI) in November 2017 and change his brand name from Kiss to Kizz Daniel.
Four years in the music industry, the singer is a millionaire and proud owner of two houses in Lagos; has won up to seven awards since 2015; and a couple of endorsements.
Truth be told•
Kiss Daniel revealed that his biggest challenge towards stardom was the financial means, hence the need to depend on a lot of patience and hard work.
The nickname Kiss Daniel was given to him by a girl (name withheld).
He mentioned 9nice and 2Face as his sound influencers.
Besides singing, Daniel plays the keyboard and guitar and has a keen interest in comedy. The singer also plans to invest in his profession as a Water Engineer and establish a sachet and bottled water company.
Getting personal with his preferences in women, Kiss Daniel said he like an ambitious woman who can drown him in her thoughts. He has even been matched with music star Chidimma Ekile since the pair have been spotted today on several occasions including on social media.
On his income stream, Kizz Daniel disclosed in an interview with Punch that he gets paid millions every weekend to perform at events and he performs at about five or more weddings per month.