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
Oladipo Olamide Emmanuel

(1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 30)
Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma materObafemi Awolowo University
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Years active2011–present

Early life edit

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]

Education edit

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]

Career edit

2011–2014: Career beginnings edit

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. One interesting thing about the biography of Chinko Ekun is his name. It is important to note that 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 Entertainment edit

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 life edit

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

Discography edit

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
"Doings" ft. (Zlatan Ibile) 2020
"Jafafa" ft. (MohBad) 2020
"Gazor Lo" ft (SIJ)[19] 2021

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Viewers' Choice "Able God" Nominated [20]
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 [21]

References edit

  1. ^ Aderemi, Adewojumi (3 September 2019). "Chinko Ekun Looks To Claim The 'Best Rapper' Title On New Freestyle, 'Stewpid'". Konbini.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Claim of a rift between Olamide and me hilarious — Rapper, Chinko Ekuns". Punch Newspapers. 30 December 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Fully Updated: Chinko Ekun Biography and Net Worth". Afronaija.com.ng. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ Olawale, Johnson. "Chinko Ekun Biography". Legit.ng. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Chinko Ekun Celebrates Completion Of NYSC Program, Shares Pictures Of Certificate". tooXclusive. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  6. ^ Olayanju, Kabir Oluwafemi (6 July 2019). "Chinko Ekun Biography: Net Worth, Songs, Age, House, and Cars". Latestalert.ng. Retrieved 7 January 2020.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Come 2016, Chinko Ekun will Lead YBNL to Fame, Money and Power". Informationng.com. 23 November 2015. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Olamide Live In Concert #OLIC, Records Huge Success, Ranks The Biggest Concert In Nigeria". Naijaloaded. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  9. ^ Nwanne, Tomy (31 October 2019). "Rapper Chinko Ekun Completes NYSC". Newsbreak.ng. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  10. ^ Usaini, Nebianet. "YBNL Signs Two New Acts". SilverbirdTV. Retrieved 7 January 2020.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Ayomide, Tayo (25 February 2015). "New Music Chinko Ekun - 'Alejo oran', 'Emi na re'". Pulse NG. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  12. ^ Delano, Temitope (29 December 2016). "Adekunle Gold, Chinko Ekun And Viktoh Exit YBNL". tooXclusive. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  13. ^ Afolabi, Toju. "Chinko Ekun Left Olamide's YBNL For Fresh International Lucrative Record Deal". Nigeriafilms.com. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Chinko Ekun "Able God" f. Lil Kesh & Zlatan". tooXclusive. 13 September 2018. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Headies 2019: Chinko Ekun Wins the best street-hop artiste of the year". The Nation Newspapers. 19 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  16. ^ a b "#CityPeopleMusicAwards: Nominees List Out". City People Magazine. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Winners Emerge @ City People Music Awards". City People Magazine. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Chinko Ekun: I am not ready for marriage". Galaxytvonline.com. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  19. ^ "LISTEN NOW:- SIJ - "Life And Prosperity" Full EP Is Out". Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Soundcity MVP Awards: Naira Marley, Davido, Wizkid, Teni make nominees list". BBC News Pidgin. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Full list of winners at Headies 2019". The Nation Newspapers. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.