Chukwuka Ekweani (born July 16, 1995) known professionally by the stage name Ckay, is a Nigerian and Afrobeats singer, songwriter, and record producer based in Nigeria.
Ckay is one of Nigeria’s leading artists, having made his mark with commercially successful projects like Ckay The First and Boyfriend. The singer was Formerly signed to Chocolate City Music Group, but he is currently signed by Warner Music South Africa, and Atlantic Records.
Ckay‘s single, Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah), earned a spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2021. Also, he is the first African artist to hit 20 Million Spotify Listeners.
Ckay Early Life & Education
Ckay was born on the 16th Of July 1995 in the northern city of Kaduna, Nigeria. He was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ekweani. Given the Igbo name, Chukwuka, which means ‘God is Great‘ in English, Ckay hails from Anambra State in the South-East region of the country.
Although the Ekweanis family resided in Kaduna, they adhered to the Christian faith. The whole household attended church services regularly at their local church, where they played active roles.
Mr.Ekweanis was a member of the choir, holding the revered position of Choir Conductor.
Ckay tokes the interest in music playing multiple instruments and serving as one of the church’s instrumentalists. His foray into sound production happened when a friend informed him about the production software, Fruity Loops. Ckay got access to the software and began to teach himself how to produce beats. He is of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria.
Ckay received quality education from leading primary and secondary schools in the Northern and Southern regions of the country.
Real Facts About Ckay
|Birth Name:||Chukwuka Ekweani|
|Stage Name:||Ckay Yo|
|Born:||16 July 1995 (age 27 years old)|
|Birth Place:||Kaduna, Nigeria|
|State Of Origin:||Anambra State|
|Girlfriend • Spouse:||Not Married|
|Occupation:||Singer • Record Producer|
|Net Worth:||US$2 million-US$5 million|
Ckay decided to flag off his professional music career by taking a decision that led him to migrate to Lagos City, the entertainment hub of West Africa. This happened in 2014.
He struck success quickly and was signed as a recording artist to Loopy Music, which was owned by MI Abaga in 2014. Due to the collaborative relationship between Loopy Music and Chocolate City Music Group, Ckay also did some work for the latter brand. Thus, when Loopy Music merged with Chocolate City in 2016, he became a part of the Chocolate Family.
The EP Who the Fuck is Ckay? was made by Ckay and the EP was released on the 11th Of September 2017. The extended play did great in the music market and set the pace for the success of his hit single, Container, in March 2018. The single, which was produced by Tempoe, received massive airplay across digital channels, helping to solidify Ckay‘s stand in the industry and winning him more fans.
His second debut studio project “Ckay The First”, was released on the 30th Of August 2019. The EP was released under Chocolate City. One of the project’s singles, Love Nwantiti, is credited for giving Ckay global fame. Listed as one of the significant records of 2020 and 2021, the single earned him his first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100. This milestone was made possible due to the earlier remix of the song, featuring Joeboy and Kuami Eugene, which went viral on TikTok.
In 2020, he was featured on Davido‘s hit single, La La, which is one of the tracks off the latter’s A Better Time album. He also appeared as a featured artist on Biggie Beggie by Ayra Starr. On the 8th of October 2021, Ckay recorded the milestone of being the first African act to hit 20 Million Spotify Listeners, having hit the mark of 21 million monthly listeners on his Spotify page.
- Nkechi Turn Up (2016)
- Container Don Land (2018)
- Love Nwantiti
- Last Call
- Love Nwantiti
- Love Nwantiti remix
- Ckay The First
- Who the Fuck is Ckay?
As one of Africa’s leading artists, Ckay has built a fortune in a short while from performing at shows and the royalties generated by his discography.
He is estimated to have a net worth of US$2 million-US$5 million.