Half-Dollar “Airtel’s Brand Ambassador”: The Untold Story


I’m sure you’ve seen the Airtel “Padi Na Good Thing” campaign, I mean, Who Hasn’t? Yh yh! you all know Half-Dollar shey? Oscof yes! But do you know who Half-Dollar really is? Do you know he is also on twitter? Do you know he’s actually an Artiste? I doubt!

We caught up with MC Lee a.k.a Half-Dollar and decided to share with your our findings!

We present to you… MC LEE! *screams!!!*

Here’s a quick run down n his Biography…


Also known: MC LEE (Half Dollar)

Date of birth: 14th Feb.

Origin: Edo State/Benin City

Genre:Afro Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:2006/07 – Present



MC LEE as he’s popularly called is a rapper/songwriter and a performing artist. He’s also a certified networking administrator/engineer, a qualification he bagged at the Cisco Networking Academy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Born and raised in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, MC LEE’s love for music started at a very young age.

2006/07 marked the start of MC LEE’s career when he was admitted into the famous Ahmadu Bello University. In between studies, he took out time to hit the studios and recorded a couple of underground tracks; a move that made him famous around the city of Kaduna and within campus. He carved a niche for himself that every show had his name and face on their posters.

2010 saw a different part of him as he emerged the winner of Sprite Triple Slam (Season 2) in the Kaduna regionals with Eldee the Don as the judge. He made the crowd go wild and threw them in frenzy when he stylishly dropped the mic during the cause of the audition. That singular act won him loads of accolades and major interviews from various TV channels and an exclusive interview from MTV Base. Eldee professionally described him as “a great performer”. He has since performed in some shows around the country.

In 2009, MC LEE was the opening act for Durella at the Easter Rocks at Abesan Estate, also the opening act for Sauce kid when he came to Kaduna, he was also a guest artist at the Christed Records Mixtape, a guest artist at the Shakers Awards in Kogi State University and Dynamix Awards Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was also at the Glo “Rock n Rule” show in Kaduna with Wande Coal, Eedris Abdulkareem, P-Square with Basket Mouth and Ramsey Noah as the Host.

He was nominated for crème de la crème at the Dynamix youth award and had a review on the Dynamix magazine; he won the “artiste of the year” at the Ahmadu Bello University Prime awards. He’s got the likes of Don Jazzy, Dokta Frabz, Tiwa Savage, DPrince, Alaye, TY Mix,VC Perez, E kelly, Laura Ikeji, Kevin Chuwang Pam, Elizabeth Gupta Pam, kollertunz, Godwon, DJ Jimmyjatt,Denrele of Channel O,Adamz of Soundcity,Flowssick and a few other celebrities  gracing his twitter follower’s list.

Presently, MC LEE is the BRAND AMBASSADOR to AIRTEL…He featured and played the lead role in the new Airtel TVC for their thematic campaigne tagged “Padi Good thing O!”..where he was branded and popularly referred to as “Half Dollar”…

P.S: The Airtel TVC (Padi na good thing)..is true story…Its d story of MC LEE (Half Dollar)…carefully scripted and acted out!!!…How friends can help one get to their desired place!!!…Basically the campaigne is to emphasize the value of friends and captures the philosophy of the Nigerian youth as related by Half Dollar!

He is currently being managed by Down2earth Records, a record label/management owned by Kevin Chuwang Pam (Winner, Big Brother Africa).
MC LEE is well respected for his excellent delivery of his flow laced with punchlines and extremely sense of marketability. He has proven himself to be a consistent rapper and he’s carved a niche for himself as a multi-talented artist. He is single (for now); he is one rapper Nigerians crave to have on their playlists, home theatre systems and car stereos. He is unique, hardworking and diligent.


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