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LOVE NWANTITI TAKES CKAY TO THE TOP

Ayo Olumilua reports

All it takes is one moment to make all the hard work worth it. If there’s one person who knows this for a fact, it’s afropop sensation CKay. The young Nigerian maverick is currently on a spectacular international run (that seems to be going under the radar locally) thanks to the success of his hit single Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah).

In 2019, following the release of his album CKay the First, Love Nwantiti became a viral record in Nigeria. On 14 February 2020, CKay released a remix titled “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” featuring Joeboy and Kuami Eugene. In 2021, it went viral on TikTok and became an international hit, charting across Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, also reaching number 23 in the UK and earned him his first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100.

A North African remix featuring ElGrande Toto became popular in the Maghreb countries and in Germany. A French remix featured Franglish, a German remix featuring Frizzo, Joeboy and Kuami Eugene, the Spanish version with De La Ghetto, the East African remix featuring Rayvanny and a South African remix featuring Tshego and Gemini Major. Recently, Love Nwantiti got certified gold in France for selling half a million units. Quite a set of achievements!
Chukwuka Ekweani, better known by his stage name CKay, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer signed to Warner Music South Africa. He was formerly signed to Chocolate City, a member of Warner Music Group independent label services ADA.

CKay is no stranger to the hustle of working one’s way to the top. He officially joined Chocolate City’s artist roster in 2014. He is a versatile musician who has made tracks in a variety of genres including Afrobeats, R&B and dancehall. On 11 September 2017, he released his first extended play Who the F**k Is CKay?, and he hasn’t stopped pushing for greatness ever since.

With the success of afropop Giants like Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid always grabbing the headlines, it’s refreshing to see relatively upcoming acts achieving great things. Go CKay

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