Chinko Ekun

Oladipo Olamide Emmanuel (born 13 September 1993), known professionally as Chinko Ekun, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter.[1] He is a graduate of Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University.

Chinko Ekun
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Born
Oladipo Olamide Emmanuel

(1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 27)
Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma materObafemi Awolowo University
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Musical career
GenresHip hop
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
LabelsDek-Niyor Entertainment
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Chinko Ekun was born in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, into a family of three, where he is the second child.[2] He is a native of Ikare, Ondo State, Nigeria.[3]

EducationEdit

Chinko Ekun attended Blessing Nursery and Primary School, Oshodi, Lagos State and Remade Nursery and Primary School, Igando, Lagos State. He attended Baptist Model High School, Ijegun, Lagos State for his secondary education.[2] He graduated with a degree in law from Obafemi Awolowo University.[4] He did his National Youth Service Corps in Lagos State.[5]

CareerEdit

2011–2014: Career beginningsEdit

At the age of 7, Chinko Ekun started developing passion for music. During his first year in the university, he picked interest in commercial and rap music.[6] Chinko Ekun officially started his musical career in 2011, posting videos of his freestyles on Instagram. In 2013, he released "Ekun" as his first official track. In 2014, Chinko Ekun featured in Olamide's Street OT music album, on tracks "100 To Million", "Bang" and "Usian Bolt".[7] He appeared on Olamide Live In Concert (OLIC) 2014, where he did freestyle performance.[8] Chinko Ekun sings in English, Pidgin and Yoruba, focusing solely on hip hop music. His name "Chinko Ekun" was coined from two words "Chinko" and "Ekun". "Chinko", because he was told that he looked like a Chinese during his time in the university and "Ekun", because it is his first official track.[9]

2015–present: YBNL Nation and Dek-Niyor EntertainmentEdit

In 2015, Chinko Ekun joined Olamide's YBNL Nation.[10] He released his first official singles titled "Alejo Oran" and "Emi Na Re" through YBNL Nation on 25 February 2015.[11] Barely a year later, he exited the record label after his contract expired, alongside fellow label mates Adekunle Gold and Viktoh.[12] In 2017, he joined Dek-Niyor Entertainment, a Dubai based record label.[13]

On 13 September 2018, he released a song titled "Able God" featuring Zlatan and Lil Kesh.[14] The song earned him his first Headies award as "Best Street Hop Artiste" at The Headies 2019.[15] The song received the nomination of "Popular Song of the Year" at the 2019 City People Music Awards.[16] It won "Street Song of the Year" at the 2019 City People Music Awards.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Chinko Ekun is single and revealed he is not ready for marriage yet.[18]

DiscographyEdit

Title Year
"Ekun" 2013
"Emi na re" 2015
"Alejo Oran" 2015
"Jen le yo" 2015
"Binu" 2016
"Bless Me" 2016
"Flenjo" 2016
"Wa Lo Da" 2017
"Gbefun" 2017
"Shake It" 2017
"Shayo" 2017
"Eruku de" 2017
"Yaso" 2018
"Bodija" 2018
"Switch It Up" 2018
"Able God" ft. (Zlatan Ibile and Lil Kesh) 2018
"Calling" ft. (Johnny Drille) 2018
"Semena" ft. (Peruzzi) 2019
"Mafo" 2019
"Party Animal" 2020

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Viewers' Choice "Able God" Nominated [19]
2019 City People Music Awards Street Song of the Year "Able God" Won [17]
Popular Song of the Year "Able God" Nominated [16]
Best Indigenous Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
The Headies Best Street Hop Artiste Himself, "Able God" Won [20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aderemi, Adewojumi (3 September 2019). "Chinko Ekun Looks To Claim The 'Best Rapper' Title On New Freestyle, 'Stewpid'". Konbini.com. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Claim of a rift between Olamide and me hilarious — Rapper, Chinko Ekuns". Punch Newspapers. 30 December 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Fully Updated: Chinko Ekun Biography and Net Worth". Afronaija.com.ng. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Olawale, Johnson. "Chinko Ekun Biography". Legit.ng. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Chinko Ekun Celebrates Completion Of NYSC Program, Shares Pictures Of Certificate". tooXclusive. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Olayanju, Kabir Oluwafemi (6 July 2019). "Chinko Ekun Biography: Net Worth, Songs, Age, House, and Cars". Latestalert.ng. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Come 2016, Chinko Ekun will Lead YBNL to Fame, Money and Power". Informationng.com. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Olamide Live In Concert #OLIC, Records Huge Success, Ranks The Biggest Concert In Nigeria". Naijaloaded. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Nwanne, Tomy (31 October 2019). "Rapper Chinko Ekun Completes NYSC". Newsbreak.ng. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Usaini, Nebianet. "YBNL Signs Two New Acts". SilverbirdTV. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Ayomide, Tayo (25 February 2015). "New Music Chinko Ekun - 'Alejo oran', 'Emi na re'". Pulse NG. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Delano, Temitope (29 December 2016). "Adekunle Gold, Chinko Ekun And Viktoh Exit YBNL". tooXclusive. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Afolabi, Toju. "Chinko Ekun Left Olamide's YBNL For Fresh International Lucrative Record Deal". Nigeriafilms.com. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Chinko Ekun "Able God" f. Lil Kesh & Zlatan". tooXclusive. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Headies 2019: Chinko Ekun Wins the best street-hop artiste of the year". The Nation Newspapers. 19 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ a b "#CityPeopleMusicAwards: Nominees List Out". City People Magazine. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ a b "Winners Emerge @ City People Music Awards". City People Magazine. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Chinko Ekun: I am not ready for marriage". Galaxytvonline.com. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Soundcity MVP Awards: Naira Marley, Davido, Wizkid, Teni make nominees list". BBC News Pidgin. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Full list of winners at Headies 2019". The Nation Newspapers. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)