Meet Florence Ideology Otedola, better known as DJ Cuppy, a renowned Nigerian DJ, record producer, and singer. Born on November 11, 1992, in Lagos, she grew up in Nigeria before moving to London at the age of 13 to pursue her high school education. DJ Cuppy’s passion for music and her Nigerian roots have played a significant role in shaping her career. Let’s delve into the life and achievements of this remarkable artist.
Early Life and Education:
Cuppy spent six years in Ilupeju before relocating to Ikeja, where she attended Grange School. At the age of 13, she moved to London to pursue her GCSE and A-Levels. During her time at boarding school, Cuppy’s parents gifted her with an iPod, which she filled with Nigerian music, allowing her to stay connected to her home country.
In 2014, Cuppy graduated from King’s College London with a degree in business and economics. Even as a teenager, she had already established herself as one of Africa’s leading DJs. In the same year, Cuppy was selected to perform as a DJ at the MTV Africa Music Awards, further boosting her reputation.
DJ Cuppy’s career encompasses three main areas: DJing, singing, and music production. Initially, she started DJing as a hobby while in college. However, in 2014, she released her debut mixtape titled “House of Cuppy.” The mixtape featured popular Afrobeats artists such as Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, and Chidinma. The launch took place in Lagos and London, celebrating Cuppy’s graduation from college.
As a DJ, Cuppy has performed at numerous high-profile events, including the Financial Times Luxury Summit in Mexico City, the Oil Barrons Charity in Dubai, and the MTV Africa Awards, where she serves as the resident DJ. She has also graced stages at international events like the SXSW festival in Texas and appeared on shows like “Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne” on MTV 2.
Aside from DJing, Cuppy has showcased her singing skills through several successful singles. Some notable songs in her discography include “Green Light” featuring Tekno, “Jollof on the Jet” featuring Rema and Rayvanny, and “Gelato” featuring Zlatan Ibile. Additionally, she has established her own record label called Red Velvet Music Group (RVMG), where she produces music for herself and other artists.
Philanthropy and Personal Life:
DJ Cuppy is not only a talented artist but also a philanthropist. She is an ambassador for “Global Citizen” and “Save the Children” and is passionate about supporting the welfare of young people. In 2018, she founded The Cuppy Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of displaced children in Nigeria. The Foundation’s Cuppy Gold Gala has successfully raised funds for this cause.
In terms of her personal life, Cuppy comes from a prominent family. She is the daughter of Nigerian billionaire businessman Femi Otedola, the former Chairman of Forte Oil Plc. Cuppy has a younger sister, Temi Otedola, who is an actress and engaged to Nigerian music artist Mr. Eazi. Throughout the years, Cuppy has been linked to various high-profile relationships, including with Asa Asika, Davido’s manager, Victor Anichebe, a former Everton striker, and British-Nigerian former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
DJ Cuppy, also known as Florence Ideology Otedola, has made a significant impact on the music scene with her talent as a DJ, singer, and music producer. Her love for Nigerian music and her dedication to philanthropy demonstrate her commitment to her roots and making a positive difference in society. With her vibrant personality and musical prowess, DJ Cuppy continues to inspire and entertain audiences worldwide. You can follow her journey on Instagram (@cuppymusic) and Twitter (@cuppymusic).