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Ikechukwu Biography: Education, Career, Wife, Controversy, Awards, and Net Worth

Ikechukwu Biography

The full name of Ikechukwu is Ikechukwu Onunaku. He is professionally referred to as Ikechukwu or Killz. He is a popular Nigerian rapper, singer, and well-known actor. He played a prominent role in the popular hit Nollywood movie The Wedding Party.

Early Life & Education

Ikechukwu Onunaku was born on the 20th of October, 1981, in Manassas, Virginia to Nigerian parents but was raised in Lagos, which falls in the southwestern part of Nigeria. He moved to the United States after completing his secondary school education at King’s College, Lagos.


Ikechukwu started his career when he returned back to Nigeria after approximately 10 years he had left. In 2006, he released his debut album Son of the Soil, which included the massive song My Name is Ikechukwu. After Son of the Soil came Life and Times of Killz Volume 1, which was produced by Don Jazzy and had features by DBanj, Wande Coal, and regular partner Naeto C.

His No. 1 song from Son of the Soil, “My Name Ikechukwu,” spent 21, 6, and 5 weeks, respectively, at the top of the East, Lagos, and Abuja rankings. Other singles from his third album, The Alliance Reconstructed, included “Critical” and “Now is the Time.” He also has other singles “Bu Lie Oto,” “B.A.D.A,” “Carry Me,” and “Balabala.”

He made his acting debut in The Wages, a brief movie written, produced, and directed by Walter Taylaur. It later won a best short feature at the AMVCA’s in 2015 after receiving positive comments and being chosen for screening at AFRIFF in 2014. Ikechukwu landed a key role in 2016 hit The Wedding Party after making a significant cameo in the Ndani-produced film Gidi Up. He joined the cast of The Wedding Party 2 in 2017 once more. Nnukwu Azu, Ikechukwu’s second single of 2019, was released in 2019.

Personal Life

Ikechukwu got married to Ella, a British model, in 2019. Ella hails from Imo State.

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  • 2019: Soft
  • 2019: Hard
  • 2010: The Alliance Reconstructed
  • 2008: Life and Times of Killz Vol. 1
  • 2006: Son of the Soil


  • 2021: The Little Black Book
  • 2019: Your Excellency
  • 2019: When Love Comes Calling
  • 2019: Powder Dry
  • 2019: Òlòtūré
  • 2019: Men Money and Marriage
  • 2019: City Crimes
  • 2019: By All Means
  • 2017: The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai
  • 2016: The Wedding Party
  • 2015: Gbomo Gbomo Express
  • 2013: The Wages
  • 2013: Gidi Up

Nominations and awards

2009Channel OBest Male West AfricaWon
2008Hip Hop World AwardsBest Lyricist on the RollNominated
2008Hip Hop World AwardsBest Rap CollaboNominated
2008Channel OBest MaleWon
2008MTV MAMASbest videoWon
2008NEA AwardsBest Afro Pop Act of the YearNominated
2008NEA AwardsBest Music VideoNominated
2007Hip Hop World AwardsRevelation of the Year
2006Channel O Spirit of Africa Video AwardsBest New Artist in Africa


Ikechukwu said in a post on his Instagram page in September 2019 that members of the Nigerian Police Force had taken him out of an Uber taxi, shoved him into a police vehicle, and then battered him. He said that he was made to empty his bank accounts while being taken to an ATM.

Net Worth

Different sources have published different net worth for Ikechukwu, but no verified source had published his precise net worth. His net worth is estimated at around $200,000.


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