Anybody who watches Nigerian music videos knows the name Adasa Cookey; it is usually displayed at the end of some of the most breath-taking music videos you have ever seen in the Nigerian music industry. He is a heavyweight in the industry; he has worked with nearly all the big names in the Nigerian music industry, and has also spread his fame abroad.
Adasa Cookey is one of the pillars that has held up the Nigerian music industry; taken it to the height it presently occupies. He has helped in building the careers of many of the top names, currently reigning in the Nigerian music industry.
In this post we highlight his career, as well as his achievements. It may interest you to know how he came into videography as a profession, and what risks he took to establish himself in this industry. This may serve as a motivation for the younger generation; as they may find something in this article to help them develop themselves in the direction that they want.
Adasa Cookey Profile
Birth Name: Adasa Rawlinson Cookeygam
Born: 21 October 1981
Age: 41 Years
Place of Birth: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Occupation: Cinematographer, Music Video Director, Commercial Director, and Filmmaker
Adasa Cookey Biography
Adasa Cookey’s real name is Adasa Rawlinson Cookeygam, and he was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 21 October 1981. His parents hail from the famous Opobo Kingdom in Rivers State, and he lived all his life in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Adasa Cookey attended the local schools in Port Harcourt for his primary education, and for his secondary education he attended Bereton College and Federal Government College. When it was time for higher education he went to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
Adasa Cookey is a very calm and introverted personality; during his youth he must have given the impression of someone who would do well at a desk job; sorting through papers and filing documents.
As a matter of fact, Adasa Cookey did get a desk job when he finished school; he got employment as a customer care representative at a communications company, where he worked for some. He could have easily stayed at that job, in which case he would have job security, a nice car, and a retirement plan. But Adasa Rawlingson Cookeygam wanted more out of life; he wanted something that would enable him contribute to society, and make a difference.
Adasa Cookey resigned his employment as a Customer Care Representative to follow his passion of making videos. That was back in 2010; and of course he had to work his way from the bottom. However, by making good contacts within the industry he was able to secure shoots with some artists who were at that time fast rising as well. Adasa Cookey worked with D’ Prince, and with Burna Boy; and both videos were well received by the public.
That opened the doors for greater things to come, because he maintained the good relationships with those artists; he made several other videos for Burna Boy who went on to become an international star, and he also produced stunning videos for associated acts of those artists like Don Jazzy and Mavins All Stars. It did not take long before other artists within the country started calling on him; some of the early ones being Simi, Adekunle Gold, and Ketchup.
From there, Adasa Cookey established his videography company Squareball Media Productions; which he serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
He is now one of the most exciting videographers in the industry; he is no longer thinking in terms of making money- he has amassed a fortune through his work. Adasa Cookey is known for challenging videos that make the audience think in terms of how it was possible to make such shoots. It is a thing of pride for a video to say “shot by Adasa Cookey” in the end.
In an interview; he stated that Nigerian music videos are the best in Africa. He stated that he was proud of the level of work being done among videographers, and hinted that competition was the key towards more progress. Adasa Cookey further stated how happy he was to have played a role in the development of the visual side of Nigerian music. Lastly he predicted that in the near future, Nigeria will be the headquarters of music videos on the continent.
Videos He Has Done Include
Like To Party by Burna Boy; done in 2013
Goody Bag by D’Prince; done in 2013
Show Me Yuh Rozay by Ketchup; done in 2013
Adaobi by Mavins All Stars; done in 2014
Wo Le by DJ Xclusive ft Davido; done in 2015
Sade by Adekunle Gold; done in 2015
Ready by Adekunle Gold; done in 2016
Only You by Ric Hassani; done in 2017
Cooking Pot by Orezi; done in 2017
Toast by Idahams done in 2017
Selense by Simi; done in 2019
Ayo by Simi; done in 2019
Duduke by Simi; done in 2020
Jericho by Simi ft Patoranking; done in 2019
Feeling by Bebe Cool ft Rudeboy; done in 2020
Body Riddim by Runtown ft. Bella Shmurda, Darkovibes; done in 2020
By You by Simi ft. Adekunle Gold; done in 2019
Madu by Praiz; done in 2020
Addicted by Niniola; done in 2020
Again by Wande Coal; done in 2020
Again (Remix) by Wande Coal ft. Wale; done in 2020
Billion Dollar by Idahams; done in 2019
Ada by Idahams; done in 2020
Enter My Eye by Idahams; done in 2020
Critical by Stonebwoy ft. Zlatan; done in 2021
As one can tell from the list above; Adasa Cookey enjoys working with upcoming artists just as much as he enjoys working with established stars. It is not just about making money; but also about making an impact in the industry. This he does by producing world class films which will help launch the artists careers, as well as give a good impression about Nigerian or African music.
Adasa Cookey is not just into Music Video Directing; he is also a bonafide film maker. He has produced several films and documentaries; he is often involved in shooting feature films for the promotion of worthy causes, and he is often at the center of shooting films to highlight some aspects of society that need improvement.
Adasa Cookey has received recognition for his work in the form of awards and nominations. Some of the awards he has received include:
- In 2020; he won the GALAXY AWARDS prize for Video Director of the Year
- At the AFRIMA Award of 2017, he won Best African Video of the Year; for Orezi’s “Cooking Pot.” Won
- At the 2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards; he won the Best Cinematography prize for Adekunle Gold’s “Pick Up the Call.”
- He has also received several other awards, as well as nominations for his work.
Adasa Cookey Price
Adasa Cookey is rumored to charge around N3 to 4 million to shoot a music video; however, the fee is negotiable. Factors that may affect the actual price to be paid by any artist may include the length of the waiting list at the time when he makes the enquiry, the complexity of the video shoot, and the amount of props to be used.
Adasa Cookey Age
Adasa Cookey was born on 21 October 1981; which makes him 41 years old as at the time of writing this post.
Adasa Cookey Contact
Adasa Cookey is very active on social media; those looking to get in touch with him could therefore do so via the following channels:
Please note that the above given information should only be used for bookings or negotiations. Any other communications will most likely be ignored.
Adasa Cookey House
Adasa Cookey lives in Port Harcourt; just as he has always done. There are no details available about his house; this is probably due to personal safety and security reasons. However, we do know that his house in Port Harcourt is a Mecca for upcoming artists, as well as those trying to establish themselves in the value chain of the Nigerian music industry.
Adasa Cookey Net Worth 2023 – ₦250,000,000
Adasa Cookey’ net worth is estimated at N250 million. The money comes from the music videos he has produced over the years, as well as the documentaries and feature films he has done. Adasa Cookey also shoots commercials for top brands; although he does always make it known that he was the one who shot the commercials. Adasa Cookey also does product placements and advertorials on his social media handles.
There is all the information you need about Adasa Cookey; one of the biggest names in music video production as far as the country is concerned. Adasa Cookey is one of the key figures, who creativity and competitiveness has driven the Nigerian music industry to the height it presently occupies. He is one of those who helped some of the big names today; back when they were upcoming artists.