The real name of Dr SID is Sidney Onoriode Esiri. He is a popular award-winning Nigerian singer. He has released four albums and many hit singles.
Early Life & Education
Dr. SID was born in Lagos State on May 1, 1980. He grew up in Lagos State but is originally from Delta State, which is located in Nigeria’s South-South region. Justus Esiri, his father, was a veteran Nollywood actor, and his mother, Omiete Esiri, is a fashion designer. He is the second of four children born to his parents. He finished secondary school at Nigerian Air Force Secondary School in Ikeja. Dr. SID continued his education by studying dentistry and dental surgery at the University of Ibadan. Throughout his school years, his love of entertainment was evident as he participated in plays, dance competitions, and concerts, winning various prizes along the way.
Dr. SID’s overall career is based on music. He had wanted to be a musician since he was a child. Dr SID signed a choreography contract with Trybe Records, a new record label, in 1999. He worked as a backup dancer for Trybe Records for three years. Dr. SID got his chance to perform in 2002 when he joined Da Trybe and was given a spot on the song OYA, which was responsible for the Nigerian hip-hop revolution in 2002 with Sasha, 2-Shotz, Timi, DEL, and the Trybesmen. In 2003, he released his debut single, Don’t Stop, which spent eight weeks at the top of the MBI top ten. However, his music career had to be put on hold since he needed to take a year off to complete his university degree.
Dr. SID graduated from dental school in 2004. He moved to the United Kingdom and began working with artists such as Felix Duke, R70, D’prince, JJC & the 419 squads, and D’prince. When he returned to Nigeria, he worked at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for a year before going to Adamawa State for his National Youth Service. While working in various dental offices, he combined dentistry and music.
In 2005, he began work on a studio album titled Prognosis. He received a nomination for Best New Act at the 2005 AMEN Awards. Dr. SID decided to give up his dental practice after three years and devote himself entirely to music. He signed with Don Jazzy’s Mo’ Hits Records and recorded the collaborative album Curriculum Vitae (CV) with the Mo’ Hits Allstars, which was released in December 2007. He appeared on seven of the album’s fifteen tracks, including Booty Call and Close to You.
Don Jazzy and Dr. SID started working on his debut solo studio album for Mo’ Hits Records. The first single from the album Turning Point, Something About You, was released in September 2009 and is currently climbing the African top-rated music charts. He also performed as a member of Mo’ Hits Allstars at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Kenya, alongside D’banj, Wande Coal, and Kenyan musician STL.
Dr. SID joined Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records after D’banj and Don Jazzy, the cofounders of Mo’ Hits Records, split up. In addition, three tracks from his upcoming album were included on Mavin Records’ Solar Plexus compilation album.
- 2020 The Interesting EP
- 2013 Siduction
- 2011 51Lex Presents Something About You
- 2010 Turning Point
- 2019 Good Time
- 2019 Deep Down
- 2018 Softly
- 2018 Open and Close
- 2018 40 Bottles
- 2017 We Up
- 2017 Jensimi
- 2017 Greater Things
- 2016 The Best
- 2016 Flawless
- 2015 Kabiyesi
- 2013 Talented
- 2013 Surulere
- 2013 Oyari
- 2013 Love Mine
- 2013 Lady Don Dada
- 2013 Chocolate West African Remix
- 2013 Chocolate East African Remix
- 2013 Baby Tornado Remix
- 2013 Baby Tornado
- 2012 Afefe
As a Featured Artist
- 2015 Jantamanta
- 2014 Dorobucci
- 2012: Solar Plexus
- 2007: Curriculum Vitae
- 2004: The Big Picture
Awards & Nominations
|2014||The Headies||Song of the year||Nominated|
|2014||The Headies||Best Collabo||Nominated|
|2014||The Headies||Best Pop Single||Nominated|
|2014||MTV Africa Music Awards||Song of the year||Nominated|
|2014||City People Entertainment Awards||Best Collaboration||Won|
|2011||The Headies||Revelation of the year||Won|
|2011||The Headies||Best R&B/Pop Album||Nominated|
|2011||The Headies||Best Pop Single||Won|
|2011||The Headies||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||The Headies||Album of the year||Nominated|
|2009||Nigerian Music Video Awards||Best Afro Hip Hop Video||Won|
|2008||Soundcity Music Video Awards||Fresh Video||Won|
According to different sources, Dr SID’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million. His sources of income are attached to his experience in the music industry and the release of many hit songs.