Portable is a fast-rising indigenous rapper, singer, and songwriter who attained prominence in the Nigerian music industry following the success of Zazoo Zehh, his breakthrough hit song which featured Olamide and Poco Lee. In this article, we will walk you through Portable’s life so far, right from his childhood days in Ogun State up until now as one of the favourite up-and-coming singers in the industry today. Read on to learn what you need to know about Portable.
The biography of Portable would be discussed below:
Early Life of Portable
Portable, whose real name is Habeeb Okikiola, was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on March 12, 1994. He is a native of Ogun State and he spent most of his life growing up in Ota.
Portable attended ODC and Mother’s Joy Schools for his primary school education. Afterward, he attended Iganmode Grammar School at Oju Ore, Ota, Ogun State. As a young boy, Portable developed an interest in rapping and singing and it continued even when he enrolled in Kwara State Polytechnic after completing his secondary school education. However, after a few semesters at Kwara State Polytechnic, Portable dropped out to pursue his music career.
Portable will be 29 years old on March 12, 2023.
Music Career of Portable
Portable relocated to Lagos State from Ogun State to pursue a career in music since Lagos presented a better opportunity to break into the music industry. In 2020, Portable dropped his first body of work, an extended playlist (EP) titled Wanted, which contained six songs. These songs include Folohunsho, Konkobility, Olori Kori, Popoli, Soro Soro, and Sulia Kan. Unfortunately, these songs failed to gain traction enough to penetrate the music industry.
In 2021, Portable, through the help of Poco Lee and Kogbagidi, met with Olamide. And by December 2021, Portable featured Olamide and Poco Lee on Zazoo Zehh, which became a massive hit across Nigeria. This song was what brought Portable into the limelight. The song was produced by P. Prime. Zazoo Zehh topped several Nigerian music charts. Zazoo Zehh debuted at number 15 on Billboard Triller Global, moving up to the 14th position in the second week on the chart. Zazoo Zehh peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria; number 1 on iTunes Chart; and number 18 on Radio Chart. Earlier in 2021, Portable released Ogo Forever and All Eyes on Me, which featured Barry Jhay and Small Doctor, but they didn’t receive the sort of nationwide commercial success Zazoo Zehh enjoyed.
In the first quarter of 2022, following his new-found fame brought about by the success of Zazoo Zehh, Portable dropped his second extended playlist titled Zazuu Zeh. This EP was produced by Professional Beat and there were no guest artists on any of the six tracks. The songs that make up the EP include Adura, Gasolo, My Way, Ojabo Kofo, Oro Owo, and Tambolo.
Towards the end of 2022, precisely November, Portable dropped his first studio album titled Ika of Africa. The album contained 16 tracks with no guest appearances from other singers. The songs in Ika of Africa combine several genres of music such Afro-fusion, Fuji and Amapiano. The songs in this album include Kosalabaro, Apostle, Plan B, Agbara, Wonmo, Kayamata, Woto Woto, Street Ti Take Over, Hello Baby, Oluwa Where You Dey, Get Money First, Werey Alasho, Ji Masun, Ika, Grateful, and Anonymous Eyon Pablo.
Portable has also been featured in several songs by Nigerian singers such as C Blvck, Vicky Reign, OlaDips, OV Billion, Humble Smith, Oritse Femi, and Ayanfe Viral, among others. He’s also been invited to perform at several concerts of A-List Nigerian singers such as Wizkid and Tiwa Savage, as well as on other music shows organized in Nigeria and abroad.
In this section, we will outline the songs, extended playlists and albums credited to Portable.
Here’s Portable album:
- Ika of Africa (2022)
Here’s a list of Extended Playlists of Portable:
- Wanted (2020)
- Zazuu Zeh (2022)
Here’s a list of songs Portable is credited as the lead artist or as a guest artist:
- Zazoo Zehh (ft. Olamide & Poco Lee)
- Plan B
- Woto Woto
- Street Ti Take Over
- Hello Baby
- Oluwa Where You Dey
- Ji Masun
- Get Money First
- Werey Alasho
- Anonymous Eyon Pablo
- Kuku Do Ritual
- Bye to Sapa Nation
- Mosa Funaiye
- My Way
- Ojabo Kofo
- Oro Owo
- Ogo Forever
- All Eyes on Me (ft. Barry Jhay & Small Doctor)
- Wahala Wahala Wahala (Ayanfe Viral ft. Portable)
- Ogaba (Humble Smith ft. Portable)
- Oro Aje ( Oritse Femi ft. Portable)
- Carry Me Dey Go (Remix) (2TBoyz ft. Portable)
- Roma (OV Billion ft. Portable)
- Ginger (Vicky Reign ft. Portable)
- Ajala Travel (Street Remix) (OlaDips ft. Portable)
- Hello (C Blvck ft. Portable)
- Mi O Sere (OluwaBeevee ft. Portable)
- Aiye (Papayana ft. Portable)
- Teramo Remix (Manny Monie ft. Portable)
- Alaye (Geekaydo ft. Portable)
- Aunty Nkechi (Sir Raw ft. Portable)
In just two years since Portable burst into the mainstream music scene in Nigeria, he’s been able to build a substantial level of wealth in a short while. His source of income includes endorsement deals, tours, show performances and royalties from music streaming platforms.
In 2022, Obi Cubana announced Portable as the brand ambassador of his alcoholic beverage known as Odogwu Bitters. Portable earned a whopping N50 million on that deal. Just a few months after signing with Odogwu Bitters, Portable was announced as the brand for a real estate and construction company called Sujimoto. The deal with Sujimoto put N40 million in Portable’s pocket.
So, judging from his endorsement deals, show performances, and other income streams, Portable is estimated to be worth over $150,000.
Portable is father to four little boys from several women. He’s married to one of those women.