Kcee opens up on instrumental role in Iyanya and Skibii's careers


Nigerian music sensation, Kingsley Okonkwo, widely known as Kcee, has candidly revealed his pivotal contributions to the careers of fellow musicians Iyanya and Skibii.

Speaking on the Afrobeats Podcast on Friday, February 2, 2024, Kcee shared that he played a significant role in Iyanya's journey to Lagos, providing accommodation for six years.

In his words, “I brought Iyanya to Lagos, I bought his first flight ticket. He stayed with me for six years in Lagos. I don’t talk about it."

Additionally, he highlighted his instrumental role in discovering Skibii's talent and guiding him into the music industry spotlight. He said, “I also brought Skibii to the music industry. Skibii is grateful to me for that till today. When I was recording ‘Ojapiano,’ Skibii was in the studio with me. He was a co-writer of the song. We visit each other always. We are still like father and son."

Despite his substantial influence on their careers, Kcee expressed humility, choosing not to boast about his contributions to their success. In his words, he emphasized his passion for identifying talent and providing support to budding artists.

“When I saw Skibii I was like, ‘I love this guy. I’m going to work with him.’ Even when he wasn’t popping, I always tell him, ‘Look into my eyes, you’re gonna blow. I don’t know how, I don’t know when, but you are a star. So that gave him a lot of confidence.“I am that guy that know how to identify talent. When I see it, I know. And I would support.”