Brymo- Nigerian alternative songs artiste
Ashimi Olawale, Brymo. Photo: Koko TV

Ashimi Olawale; songwriter and rapper, known as Brymo.  An only child, Brymo grew up in Okokomaiko, Lagos, a fairly nice neighbourhood and a mixed environment of peoples in different economic ladder. He spent whole days on the streets playing football, like in the ghetto. He dropped out of the Lagos State University, Ojo, where he was studying Zoology in 2008 to face music because he lost interest and the fees were becoming too expensive for his father.

As a youth, Brymo joined a band so called The Aliens who created songs and rehearsed for almost two years but made no good music. Soon he left  and was signed under Chocolate City, a record label, and became popular when he featured in a hit track titled: Oleku by Panshak Zamani, also known as Ice Prince[i]. His first album, Brymstone had a song Shawty which became fairly popular and which got him a Soundcity Music Video Awards nomination in 2008. That marked the beginning of fame for him. Brymo’s association with Chocolate City ended acrimoniously. His label mates were brothers;  MI Abaga and Jesse Jagz, and Ice Prince. Brymo resumed making music independent of any label in 2013 but he had a short-lived international record deal with BMG in 2014. For the next couple of years, he constantly churned out albums which attracted some attention[ii].  Brymo is known to have made controversial, often contentious statements publicly and his albums came four times with unusual titles.



[i] Newswatch October 3, 2011

[ii] Punch April 9, 2017

Tope Apoola
Profession: Writer