Folarin Falana (born October 27, 1990), better known by his stage name Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, lawyer, songwriter, actor, and human rights activist, born in the local government area of Mushin, Lagos, to renowned lawyers and human rights activists Femi (SAN) and Funmi Falana. He was called to bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigeria Law School in Abuja.
Falz began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artist began in 2009. Falz became more well-known after his song “Marry Me” featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade.
He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records. He released his debut album Wazup Guy in 2014. His second album Stories That Touch was released in 2015. He released 27 as his third studio album in 2017. On January 15, 2019, he released his fourth studio album Moral Instruction.
Early life and education
Falz was born in the local government area of Mushin, Lagos, to renowned lawyers and human rights activists Femi and Funmi Falana. He attended St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos, Olashore International School, Osun State for his Secondary education. He proceeded to study law at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom but moved back to Nigeria to attend law school and was called to bar in February 2012, after graduating from the Nigeria Law School in Abuja.
Falz completed his basic and secondary school education at St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja and Olashore International School, Osun State respectively. He is an alumnus of the University of Reading England, having graduated with an LLB honors degree in Law.
Falz is from a family of human rights activists. His parents, Femi and Funmi Falana are renowned lawyers and human rights activists. He has two sisters.
Falz music career started in Secondary school where he formed a group called “The School boys” and in 2009, he released a compilation of some of his recordings as a mixtape titled “Shakara”.
His professional career began in 2009 and In 2015 Falz shot into limelight after his song titled “Marry Me” (featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade) won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of The Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories at the same event.
Awards & Recognition
In 2016, Falz won “Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series” at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role as Segun in Funke Akindele’s TV seriesJenifa’s Diary. In June of 2016, Falz was voted the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act” category at the 2016 BET Awards.
On January 2, 2014, Falz was listed in tooXclusive’s “Artistes To Watch in 2014”. On 30 May 2014, Falz released his debut studio album titled Wazup Guy which was received to critical acclaim among music critics.
He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records. He also has a T-shirt brand.
Falz’s estimated net worth is N350 million. His endorsement deals include an undisclosed multi-million Naira endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria and WebMallNG.