The rap doctor and former half of music duo Akyeame, Okyeame Kwame used to be known as “Wizkid” the artiste has revealed.
Speaking to the host of music TV show 30minitz, Sadeeq during the filming of the #irepmyhood activation of the show in Kumasi, Okyeame Kwame stated that, he used to be called “Wizkid” by the likes of Lord Kenya, Okyeame Quophi, Swazzy B and all the young aspiring rappers he used to engage in unending rap battles often curated by media personality William Des Bordes popularly known as Lovin Cee with, at the forecourt of the then Foxtrap Niteclub in the early nineties.
He was so called, apparently due to his diminutive figure and great punch lines, stressing that he used to pack the punch lines surprising everyone into silence, adding that, the name “Wizkid” was even part of the initial name of the group Akyeame whose initial name was “wizdan” which was the combination of his nickname and Okyeame Quophi’s whose real name is Dan until they decided to change the name of the group in their bid to earn the respect of the society.
Okyeame Kwame who was full of praise for the creative and enterprising efforts of Okyeame Quophi even as a teenager stressing Okyeame Quophi was the first to have attempted radio broadcasting to the community they both grew in from his room way before private radio began in the country also took the 30minitz team to Fante New Town in Kumasi also known as “fantown” and showed Sadeeq the exact spot he first met OKyeame Quophi.
Okyeame Kwame and the 30minitz team also made brief stopovers at the Unity hall in KNUST where he resided as a student of the University where they paid respects to the mother of the hall, Aboagyewaa and Kentin krono where he stays now.
The show airs on Saturday at 12:30pm on Viasat1. This weeks show will also feature Highlights of Kaakie and Shatta Wale performance in Kumasi at the KaakitUp tour.
#Irepmyhood is a concept initiated by the producers of music TV show, 30minitz to not only trail the histories of established Ghanaian artistes but also meant to help take the TV Show close to its fans in the various parts of the country as it seeks to bring celebrated figures “Backhome” to touch base with their early beginnings or the communities they grew up in or stay(ed) which they are proud representatives of. The concept has so far hosted Shatta Wale, Jupitar, Papi of 5five and now Okyeame Kwame. The next two weeks will see the producers featuring Tema & Takoradi. Fans can like the 30minitz facebook fan page via 30minitzlive and follow on twitter and instagram @30minitzlive for more updates.