Nigerian musician Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo, better known by his stage name Kcee, has described how leading a false life led him to success.
The singer of “Limpopo” and “Pull Over” said in an interview with TVC’s Wake Up Nigeria that in order to succeed in the fiercely competitive entertainment business, he had to pretend to live a luxurious life.
ALMOST GROWING UP I STARTED BY SHARING SO MUCH BLING WITH YOU. LET ME PROVE TO YOU THAT I WAS EXPENSIVE EVEN WHEN I LIVED IN ONE ROOM. I was demonstrating my lifestyle to others. I’D GO SOMEWHERE IN THE AREA OF SURULERE AND BUY THOSE BIG JACKETS. VISIT YABA.
I tried to lead a luxurious life that I’m not really [living]. However, I was already recognizing myself in that image. And then something strange happened: people began noticing me in that light. I BEGAN COMPOSING SONGS THAT IMPLY, OKAY, I’M VERY EXPENSIVE. I AM LUCKY. AND LIKE A JOKE LIKE A JOKE, I BEGAN LIVING. I STARTED TO CONSIDER that course of action.
And I’m thrilled to be living honestly now thanks to God’s grace. I used to wear fake chains rather often, and they would burn my neck. YOU WILL SEE MY NECK BURNING FROM THE IRON. MY NECK BURNS UP WHEN THE SUN HIT ME. BUT I WEAR ICEBOX TODAY. Therefore, it is a JOURNEY that YOU MUST BUILD AND CREATE. GOD AND ILLUSION WILL HELP YOU GET THERE. MAKE SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF IS MY ADVICE.
The young artist has developed a fanbase for himself and continues to release songs on a regular basis. This music continues to sell well around the nation, but notably in the Eastern regions.