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Bongos Ikwue is a music legend, who was born in Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria on the 6th of June 1942. He made waves in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Name: Bongos Ikwue
Date Of Birth: June 6, 1942
Place of Birth: Otukpo
State of Origin Benue state
Net Worth: $700,000
Nationality: Nigerian

Bongos Ikwue Biography

Bongos Ikwue is a Nigerian singer and song writer born on the 6th of June 1942 in Otukpo, Benue state. He attended St Pauls Secondary School, Zaria and Okene Comprehensive Secondary School where he formed his first band- the Cubana Boys. He also attended ABU Zaria, Kaduna.

Bongos Ikwue Age

How old is Bongos Ikwue? As of 2021, Bongos Ikwue is 79 years old born on 6 June 1942.

Bongos Ikwue Career

Bongos Ikwue Music career started early in school while he attended Okene Comprehensive where he formed a group called “Cubana Boys” after which he moved to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied Business Administration. while in (ABU) Zaria he formed his own Band called “Unibello Brothers”. In 1967 he founded and headed the “Groovies Band”. Mr Ikwue also composed the song “Cocks Crow at Dawn” which was used as soundtrack for Inale a 2010 Nigerian musical drama film produced by Keke Bongos and directed by Jeta Amata.

Many love him for his soulful, folksy songs, the most popular of which includes: Cockcrow At Dawn, Still Searching, Amen, Otachikpokpo and a host of others. His dedication to his music was obvious due to the high quality of the albums he churned out, and due to the sheer elegance and the electrifying energy of his live performances, where the band was always on key, and the musician himself was always true to every note. His ability to stay on the right note is an indicator of his hard work as a musician.

Apart from the raw beauty of his finely honed voice, another thing that set the musical genius apart is his dedication to the promotion of Africa and African values, by his continuous use of his native Idoma language in his songs. He is well loved by a vast majority of Nigerians with a fan base that cuts across language barriers and ethnic tension; he also has an international fan base. This is mainly because Bongos’ music genre is not easily deciphered. He is also a master of the African ideals he chooses to express.

Bongos Ikwue was always original; he never tried to imitate any artist, local or international and focused on perfecting his chosen genre. He takes his time in the studio in order to affect the perfect melody for his songs, often rewriting his music until it was exactly right. The icon never rushed to produce any song and it is this conscientiousness that ensured that he produced hit after hit without fail.

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Bongos never failed to thrill his audience when he performed live. The man always had enormous stage presence and an uncanny ability to connect with his crowds no matter where he performed. And it seemed people could not get over the thrill of seeing this larger than life artiste appear on stage dressed in down to earth jeans, a nice, simple shirt and practical trainers, with his guitar slung across his shoulders. Bongos Ikwue was indeed in a class of his own. Without warning or an explanation, the music icon hung up his guitar and walked away from it all.

Bongos Ikwue Wife, Children

He started to focus more on the home front, where has a lovely wife, Josephine; and five children, four girls and one boy named, Oyankeke, Elamei (Omei), Jessica, Onyew and Igoche, in that order. He is a devoted father and enjoys singing in the company of his children. Bongos would often call two of his daughters, Omei and Jessica, to sing in the presence of guests.

Bongos Ikwue and Maryam Babangida

Bongos Ikwue and Maryam Babangida

Discountenance the wicked rumour. And this is authoritative. Legendary musician, Bongos Ikwue and Nigeria’s former first lady, Mrs. Maryam Babangida never dated.

And confirming this, is veteran musician and producer, Emma Ogosi. According to the ‘Ebe awele m di’ crooner, who described Mrs. Babangida as a cousin and Bongos as a childhood friend and professional colleague, nothing of such ever happened.

Bongos Ikwue

Nigerian music legend, Bongos Ikwue estimated is $700,000.

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