St. Oliver's Community College past pupil Tomas Adeyinka, now better known among rap fans around the world as Offica.
Former St. Oliver's Community College student Tomas Adeyinka once had a promising career as a footballer with Drogheda United. Having picked up several injuries however, he decided to concentrate on his other passion which is music, particularly rap and drill, and these days he is known globally by his stage name of Offica and is planning a world tour.
Nigerian born Offica has had a meteoric popularity rise in the five or so years he has been rapping having notched up many millions of downloads, top 40 chart success, and an ever-growing profile in Ireland, the UK and many other parts of the globe.
“Drogheda’s Offica has brought Irish rap to places that few would have even thought possible a few years ago – and he’s bypassed all the traditional industry avenues to get there” said Hotpress magazine last year ahead of his triumphant and very well received appearance at Longitude.
Offica and the rest of the A92 collective, of which he is a member, have been putting Drogheda on the map since their formation by manager Joel Safo in 2020, and have been an inspiration to many young artists.
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Since his first recording, Naruto Drillings, four years ago, Offica has redefined what it means to be an Irish rapper, breaking records with a run of classic singles and game changing freestyles.
During this period, he has produced tracks with YouTube phenomenon KSI, achieved the highest streaming UK Drill freestyle of all time (120m+ streams) and streamed a further 80m across his remaining catalogue.
Not one to rest on his laurels though, Offica continues on an upward trajectory with the release last week of a striking new single called ‘Living Proof’ in which he builds a minimalist backdrop for his slick wordplay and gentle piano chords, stripped-back Afrobeats-infused percussion and a thick bassy low end.
Now he is ready to release a two-part album that takes in his foundations as a rapper and pushes in an all-new direction.
Part one, Hokage, focuses on his ‘classic’ sound of party drill contrasting with more introspective rap, and with part two, titled Hokage in Lagos, he moves in a new direction of Afrobeats-infused drill, based on tunes sampling the likes of Wizkid, D’banj and Psquare.
To promote these two projects, Offica is heading out from Ireland to hit his major territories - London, UK, Sydney, Australia, and Lagos, Nigeria.
Stripped-back but packing plenty of punch, ‘Living Proof’ is a bold statement and the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Offica.