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Lifestyle: Ikechukwu The Naija HipHop Black Belt Holder

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Ikechukwu is a black belt holder in karate with further expertise in Shotokan, aikido and tai chi. The muscular Nigerian rapper has always shown his martial art skills in his music videos and on social media. For this reason, Ikechukwu’s martial art lifestyle is our highlight for today’s Hip-hop Lifestyle.

Ikechukwu Onunaku, known professionally as Ikechukwu and Killz is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and actor. He was a cast member in The Wedding Party and The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai. Onunaku was born in Manassas, Virginia to Nigerian parents but was raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He moved to the United States after completing high school at King’s College, Lagos. He returned over a decade later to Nigeria shortly before the release of his first album Son of the Soil in 2006 which featured the smash hit My Name is Ikechukwu. Son of the Soil was followed by Life and Times of Killz Volume 1 which featured production by Don Jazzy and an appearance by DBanj and Wande Coal and frequent collaborator Naeto C.

His hit single “My name is Ikechukwu” from the Son of the Soil charted at No.1 in the East, in Lagos and Abuja for 21, 6 and 5 weeks respectively. His third album The Alliance Reconstructed featured other hits like “Critical”, and “Now is the Time”. His other singles include “Bu Lie Oto, B.A.D.A, Carry Me, Balabala.”

He made his debut on the big screen in a short feature written produced and directed by Walter Taylaur’s The Wages. It went on to garner critical acclaim, was selected for screening at AFRIFF 2014 and subsequently won the best short feature at the AMVCA’S in 2015. Following that with a major appearance in the Ndani-produced Gidi Up, Ikechukwu secured a major role in the blockbuster The Wedding Party in 2016. In 2017, he returned to the cast of the sequel The Wedding Party 2.

In 2019, Ikechukwu released another single, Nnukwu Azu.

In September 2019, Ikechukwu made a post on his Instagram page, alleging that he was pulled out of an Uber taxi, bundled into a police van and beaten by the operatives of the Nigerian Police Force. He said that he was taken to an ATM and forced to empty his bank accounts.

He married British model Ella in May 2021, originally from Imo state and the daughter of a Nigerian politician.

He returned back to the music industry this year with a new single titled “White Givenchys


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