Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo (born 18 April 1979), better known as Kcee (sometimes stylised as KCee), is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He was formally in the Hip Hop duo group called Kc Presh . He currently has a record deal with Five Star Music.
He was born in Ajegunle, Lagos to a father who is a DJ. Kcee attended Central High school, Isolo; and went on to University Of Nsukka where he graduated with a degree in TheatreArts.
Growing up, Kcee did not plan to become a musician but to become a professional footballer as he played for Julius Berger and Puma football clubs locally.
Music for him started right from when he was in secondary school. Initially, he was playing football but later, he started singing in the church choir. Moreover, his father was a Disc Jockey and he was already listening to a whole lot of music. His musical career took off effectively in 2002 when he emerged winner of Star Quest.
Kcee’s rise to fame was when he won the Star Quest talent show in 2002, which he won alongside Precious John. The first payment he earned from music performance was N20,000.
His mother supported him from the start. His father, like most fathers, was hoping he would study hard and become a doctor or lawyer. He was not in support of his career choice at first but when he started bringing money home, he realized that he could actually make money from music. Then, he started supporting and praying for him.
Kcee and his longtime partner and friend Presh made an impact in the entertainment industry as a duo for 12 years they worked together as music partners which gave then both a few recognition until 2011 when they called for a split both chasing their own career.
After the split, the singer and his elder brother, Emeka Okonkwo (also known as E-money) became owners of Five Star Music.
Kcee was made a brand ambassador for MTN as well as a peace ambassador for African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM). Kcee was once married to Ijeoma Okonkwo, however the pair split up.
He won 2013 City People Awards: Most Popular Song of the year ‘Limpopo’ + Best Collaboration, ‘Give it to me RMX ft. Flavour’ amongst other awards