NAME: Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson AkA Phyno
DATE OF BIRTH: October 9, 1986 (age 34)
MARITAL STATUS: Single
STATE OF ORIGIN: Anambra State
RECORD LABEL: Penthauze
Phyno’s full name is Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson, born October 9, 1986. He is originally from Anambra but was born and raised in Enugu. Initially, he wanted to become a pilot but grew up studying public administration at the Enugu Institute of Management and Technology (IMT).
The rapper studied Public Administration at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria.
Phyno Musical Career
Phyno did not start his musical career as a singer, but first chose to become a music producer. He started raping in 2010 before moving to Lagos the same year to pursue his musical career.
He told the Nigeria Tribune that he had been raped in Igbo because he respected his culture and loved nature. Although he sings mainly in Igbo, his music rarely incorporates Pidgin in English and Nigerian. As a record producer, he worked with Timaya, Flavor, Ruggedman, Bracket, J. Martins collaborated with M. Raw and other artists.
In 2012, Phyno decided to follow music completely as a singer and rapper, not just as a producer.
Phyno has a total of 3 studio albums and 1 collaboration album with Olamide
No Guts No Glory (2014)
The Playmaker (2016)
Heal With It (2019)
2 Kings (with Olamide) (2015)
Phyno Awards And Recognition
Phyno has been nominated for several awards and has successfully won five awards. they are:
Best Music collaboration, “Ghost Mode”, Olamid, “Headies” in 2013
Best Rap Single “Anam Achi Kwanu” Illbliss ft. Phyno, the bosses 2013
Best Collabo “Ghost Mode” and Olamide. The Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2013.
Rap Artist of the Year, Urban People Entertainment Award 2014
Best Rap Single ‘Parcel’ The Headies 2014
Phyno’s Net worth
According to unverified sources, the rapper’s net worth was around $ 10 million in early 2019. This analysis is based on his properties, endorsement deals, album sales and performance. He is said to have a duplex apartment at the Chevy View Estate, Lekki, Lagos for 160 million nairas, and a Bentley GT sports car for 30 million.
Phyno signed an endorsements deal and became a spokesperson for the brand for companies like Globacom e.t.c.
In August 2014, with Olamide and Eva Alordiah, he became an ambassador for the Guinness World Black Manufacturing Movement. The transaction was renewed the following year.
In 2015, he also signed a sponsorship contract with Nairabet and signed a 50 million naira contract with Airtel Communications later in the year.
Additionally, in June 2018, Phyno was introduced by a Nigerian brewery and became an ambassador for Life Continental Lager Beer, a leading premium beer brand in the southeast.
The same month, he announced an agreement with the famous energy brand Monster Energy.
In March 2019, Phyno and Teniola signed an approval agreement with confectionery brand maker Tom Tom’s Cadbury Nigeria Plc