Chike (singer)

Chike Ezekpeazu Osebuka[1] (born January 28, 1993), popularly known by his stage name Chike is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actor. He is known for participating in the Nigerian reality competition Project Fame West Africa and finishing in second place on Season 1 of The Voice Nigeria.[2][3] Chike made his acting debut as mayoma badmus on the Africa Magic Showcase telenovela Battleground.[4]

Chike
Birth nameChike Ezekpeazu Osebuka
Also known asChike
Born (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 29)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
GenresHighlife, RnB
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2009–present

Early life and educationEdit

Chike is a native of Onitsha, Anambra State in Nigeria and is one of four children. Chike decision to pursue a career in music was influenced by his family.[5] He is a graduate of Covenant University with a degree in Computer Engineering.[6]

CareerEdit

Project FameEdit

Chike was featured as a contestant on Project Fame West Africa however, was then eliminated after reaching the Top 10.[7]

The Voice NigeriaEdit

Chike auditioned for The Voice Nigeria with a cover of James Arthur's "Roses" and he opted to join Team Patoranking.[8]

In the battle round, he performed Mario's "Let Me Love You" with another Team Patoranking contestant and was chosen to move to the next round. In the first week of live shows, he performed "Not the Girl" by co-coach Dare Art Alade and earned a 'save' from his coach. In the second week of live shows, he performed The Weeknd's "Earned It" and was saved by public votes. He also performed a rendition of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers and earned his coach's final save of the season. For the semi-finals, he performed "Pullover" by Kcee and Wizkid. In the finale, Chike performed covers of Bob Marley and the Wailers's "No Woman No Cry" and Kiss Daniel's "Mama". He finished as the runner-up of The Voice Nigeria' season, with A'rese from Team Waje coming in first place.[9]

After The Voice NigeriaEdit

2016Edit

After The Voice Nigeria, Chike was signed to Universal Republic along with the other top four contestants on the show. He released his debut single Fancy U in December 2016 under Universal Republic, with its music video being released in early 2017. Chike was also made an ambassador for Airtel Nigeria along with the other seven finalists of The Voice Nigeria.[10]

2017-2019Edit

In April 2017, Chike had been cast by Africa Magic to play the role of Mayowa Badmus in a television drama named Battleground.[11] Chike departed from Universal Republic in November 2017 to become an independent artist. He released his next single, titled "Beautiful People," in February 2018.[12]

2020

Chike released his 14-track album titled Boo of the Booless.' during his special guest performance on the 2020 Big Brother Lockdown TV show.

2022

In August chike sold his car for his recently released album and tell fans not to pay attention while the see him trecking.[13]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2020 City People Music Awards Album of the Year "Boo of the Booless" Won
The Headies 2020 Best Vocal Performance (Male) "Chike – "Forgive" Nominated
Best R&B Album Boo of the Booless – Chike Nominated
Album of the Year Boo of the Booless – Chike Nominated
2021 Net Honours Most Played RnB Song "Running to You" (featuring Simi) Nominated [14]
2022 The Headies 2022 Best R&B Single "Running (To You)" – Chike feat. Simi Nominated [15][16]
Best Music Video "Roju" – (Chike) – Directed by Pink Nominated [17][18]
Best Collaboration "Running (To You)" – Chike feat. Simi Nominated [19][20]
Best Rap Single "Breathe" – A-Q feat Chike Nominated [21]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-09-04.
  2. ^ Isaac, Michael (2020-02-29). "SPOTLIGHT: Meet The Creative Mind Of Actor, Singer Chike". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  3. ^ Skratch, Sammy (2022-07-24). "Chike Shares Tracklist For 'The Brother's Keeper' Album". GH Gossip. Retrieved 2022-07-30.
  4. ^ "Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  5. ^ "The Voice Nigeria". The Voice Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  6. ^ Ada, Igboanugo (27 January 2018). "Covenant University Artistes". TheCable. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  7. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Project Fame 8: One evicted, judges pull surprise as race for prize gets intense [Video]". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  8. ^ "The Voice Nigeria Chike 'Ranking' Goes to Battle – THISDAYLIVE". www.thisdaylive.com. Retrieved 2022-07-10.
  9. ^ Isaac, Michael (2020-02-29). "SPOTLIGHT: Meet The Creative Mind Of Actor, Singer Chike". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  10. ^ GossipBoyz (2017-03-04). "AUDIO+VIDEO: The Voice Nigeria's First Runner Up, Chike debuts new song – 'Fancy U' [DOWNLOAD]". GossipBoyz. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  11. ^ Battleground: Africa Magic (TV Series 2017– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-01-22
  12. ^ "Chike - Beautiful People (Prod by Doron Clinton) « tooXclusive". tooXclusive. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  13. ^ Malik, Jay (2022-09-03). ""If you see me trekking, mind your business" – Chiké says as he sells his Benz-GLE to fund music". GistReel. Retrieved 2022-09-04.
  14. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  15. ^ "Wizkid Leads 2022 Headies Awards Nominees See CompleteList". Billboard. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  16. ^ "HEADIES 2022: Wizkid, Davido, Portable bag nominations (FULL NOMINATION LIST)". Premium Times Nigeria. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  17. ^ "2022 Headies Awards: Wizkid,Tems,Others Lead Nominees List". Leadership. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  18. ^ "Academy announce nominations for Headies Awards 2022 [Full Nominee List]". Pulse Nigeria. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  19. ^ "HEADIES RELEASES 2022 NEXT RATED NOMINEES LIST". Guardian Nigeria. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  20. ^ "Headies 2022: Full list of nominees". Tribune Nigeria. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  21. ^ "Full list: Wizkid, Davido get 2022 Headies nominations". Punch Nigeria. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  22. ^ "Headies award 2022 nominees: Portable, Ayra Starr, Tems, see oda artistes wey make dis year nomination". BBC. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.

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