Kcee is a popular award-winning Nigerian afrobeat musician, entertainer, and song writer. He rose to the peak of prominence in the music entertainment industry after being the winner of the Star Quest competition in 2012.
He is popularly known as the The Limpopo master and the elder brother to our famous E-money (one of Nigerian wealthiest men).
In this article we will let you know Kcee net worth, family life , music career and many more.
- Full Name: Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo
- Age: 41 years old
- Nationality: Nigerian
- State of Origin: Anambra
- State of residence: Lagos, Nigeria
- Marital status: Married
- Occupation: Musician, songwriter, performer
Kcee was born on the 18th April, 1979, in Ajegunle, a ghetto region in Lagos, Nigeria to late Mr Okonkwo. His father was a DJ, his dad’s occupation played a major role in his love for music. Kcee is originally from Uli, Anambra State. He is the elder brother to E- Money.
This is where Kcee completed his primary school education, where he received his First School Leaving Certificate in Ajegunle. He furthered his secondary education in Central High School which is located at Isolo.
Kcee decided to start his career in music, he got support and approval from his mother but disapproval from his father. His father intended him to study medicine or law at the University.
Kcee however wasn’t discouraged by his father behavior, he started performing on small stages and brought back money, after a while his father bought the idea and supported his dream.
Kingsley proceeded to further his tertiary education in the great Lion/Lioness University “University of Nsukka” where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts.
Kcee set began to nurse his stardom desires in his church choir group as he was a member, where he he was known to have become friends with Presh.
His music journey zoom off in 2002 when he was one of the participant of the show “Star Quest”. He emerged the winner of the competition and was awarded the sum of N20,000 for his victory.
At the early stage of his long and fruitful music journey, Kcee decided not to go through it alone as he partnered with his good friend, Presh, to pursue their career together. The two friends decided to become a duo.
They formed a duo known as “Kcee Presh” which won the Star Quest TV show and thrived together for many years. The duo contributed to Nigeria’s Afropop industry with their fascinating and creative songs.
Kcee and Presh signed an interesting record deal with Nigeria’s biggest record label of the time “Kennis Music”. After a while they made up their mind to leave the label and move on to producing their own, which they named “KP Records”. Within a short time, they changed the name of the label, and renamed it “Blingz Records”.
Under this renamed label, the duo produced one album in 2008, named “No Time”, with a leading single called “Shokori bobo”.
However, the partnership of Kcee and Presh did not stand the test of time, immediately after twelve years of being active in the Nigerian music entertainment, the duo dispersed in 2011, when they had some major disagreements.
They made up their mind and came to the conclusion that, it would be for the best to go their different ways in order to achieve their different desires.
After the dispersion, Kcee set up a fresh label titled “Five Star Music”. The journey of Kcee music career took a huge turn around after the release of his popular song “Limpopo”.
This single became extremely popular and was loved by many Nigerians, this released single took Kcee to the peak of Nigerian Afropop music. As the musician Kcee revealed, that his hit song which he wrote in less than 40mins was shock to him as it became huge hit.
His record label is known to organise the Uli music festival in Anambra state every year. In 2013, Kcee released another history of his best album “Take Over”. For many of the songs featured on this album, he joined hands with great Nigerian artistes, including Wizkid, Timaya, D’Banj, Phyno, Davido, Don Jazzy, Flavour N’abania, and many others.
It was greatly accepted by both the critics and fans. Kcee premier full album gained him a lot of nominations for outstanding awards.
Kcee was able to sign a lot of profitable annotation contracts, like a multi-million Naira deal which he signed with MTN in 2013 and 2015. Another outstanding deal of his was signed with the company called “Magnum” in 2015.
He was also chosen as Nigeria’s Peace Ambassador by the former first lady, Patience Jonathan.
Everyone one in Nigeria knows that Kcee keeps his family life private. He shares little or no information about his family and prefers to keep it that way. However, Kcee is married to Ijeoma Cynthia Okonkwo in 2010.
It is discussed that Kcee proposed to her in a hot air balloon in Dubai. After the proposal their traditional wedding took place in Anambra State, and the state registration for the white wedding.
Kcee wife Ijeoma Okonkwo is into decorations, and has been known to decorate one of Kcee stage scenes. Kcee and Ijeoma’s union is blessed with two wonderful children.
Kcee duo won the Best collaboration and most promising act in 2002, he was awarded the best South-South artist in 2006.
He also won the Best Akwa Cross Artist in 2006, Limpopo his major hit was the named song of the year at the Headies in 2013 and the best R&B/Pop Album, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year in 2014.
This same hit was nominated for the most gifted dance video in 2014, at the Channel O Music Video Awards.
He also won the Headies as the Artiste of the Year the same year.
Kcee Net worth
Kcee has Signed multiple endorsements such as; a multi millionaire endorsement deal with, Tele communications company MTN in 2013 and 2015 endorsement as Peace Ambassador Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria by Patience Jonathan, and an endorsement deal with Magnum in 2015.
Coupled With all the luxuries and properties in his possession, Kcee is believed to have an estimated net worth of $2 million.