Featured Alumnus: Richard Olorunrokan Adekola (Aka: Dking Rokan)
Richard Olorunrokan Adekola is a proud alumnus of Birch Freeman High School. Dking Rokan, as popularly known, was born in Iboropa Akoko in Ondo State to the Adekola Royal Family in 1967. He started his primary education at St Mark,s Primary School Iboropa Akoko in 1973 and later went to Fadeyi Primary School in Lagos.
He then attended Birch Freeman High School, Surulare Lagos for his secondary education. Because of his passion for music, King Rokan went to His Grace School of Music in Okota lagos where he became a full time percussionist.
At the age of 10, Rokan had already lost his both parents. At 12 years old, he was determined to work hard and be successful in life. King Rokan became the choir master of eternal order of Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Alpha et Omega, Ilasamaja in 1983, and later went to C & S church Ayo ni o, Esuola Okota in 1986 as a music director.
He later worked at Mobil gas station on Airport Road, Lagos, Firestone Tires and Sovex in Maryland, Lagos before coming to the United States of America in 1992.
Dking joined Bolu and The Roots of African Percussion in Providence Rhode Island that later performed at the White House for PRESIDENT CLINTON in 1993. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1994.
He was the first Nigerian to start a live band in Atlanta in 1997, and the first Nigerian artist to release an album and video the same day in America in 2001, tittled ROCK ON. He released SHOWTIME in 2003, 4GIVEDEM in 2005, THANK U GOD in 2008, and OBA TIDE in 2010 which was produced by YINKA AYEFELE.
King Rokan has a promotion company called ROKAN ENTERTAINMENT, which he has used to promote musicians like DR SIKIRU AYINDE BARRISTER, GEN. KOLLINGTON AYINLA, SIR SHINA PETERS, OBESERE, AYUBA, AYEFELE, including K1D ULTIMATE, who gave him the tittle of OLUAYE OF GEORGIA in 2002.
King Rokan has performed in over 30 states in America and in summer of 2010 he took his music to Canada and London UK, where his fans are calling him daily to come back. Because of his success, many artists has moved to Atlanta to benefit from the door he opened.
Dking Rokan controls over 90% of atlanta entertainment. AMULUDUN, ASAJU, VOICE OF GA (VOGA), DKING OF GA MUSIC, GEORGIA MUSIC AMBASSADOR and many names as he is popularly called, but he prefers to be simply called ROKAN. His new album OBA TIDE has just been released in Nigeria with hit track Magbagbe featuring 2face Idibia and produced by Femdouble.
As a proud alumnus of Birch Freeman High School, Rokan has a band in Atlanta called KING ROKAN & THE ROYAL CREW, a multi-award winning musician, playing Juju gospel...
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