Buchi

Buchi

Born in Kaduna, Nigeria to parents of Abia State origin, Buchi’s early education began in Enugu and took him through Methodist College, Uzuakoli and Federal Government College, Enugu. In 1983, he came to Lagos to study English Language and Literary Studies at the University of Lagos, where he obtained a BA in 1986 and a MA in 1988. Later in the same year, he took up an appointment to lecture at the same institution while studying for his doctorate degree. Buchi remained at the Department of English until 1994 when he yielded to the higher calling to propagate the Gospel of Jesus through writing and singing in the reggae genre. While in the university, his casual involvement in black activism through reggae club grew more intense after listening to Oliver Thambo and the officials of ANC (African National Congress) from South Africa during the club’s exhibition on “Apartheid in South Africa”. Again, having studied the black activism literature of Dennis Bruts, Wole Soyinka, Muta Baruka and the likes, Buchi’s preoccupation with reggae music as an “outcry against oppression” became deeper. Little wonder he also became involved in one of the campus’ confraternities which at the time prided itself as an anti oppression movement. This preoccupation with reggae music took a new turn when his friend Ras Kimono invited him to join the team of deejays on the Floating Bukka – a reggae nightclub situated on a docked vessel in Marina, Lagos Island. Foremost on the list of Buchi’s strong musical influences are Eric Donaldson, Joseph Hills, Burning Spear and Frankie Paul. In 1992, Buchi gave his life to Jesus Christ at the Christ Embassy Church and transferred himself from the nightclub to the choir of that ministry where he has remained till date. His first album released in 1999 (These Days) second album released in 2002 (So Beautiful) third album released in 2005 (What a Life). Buchi is married to Jane and they have four children. He has ministered in church concerts including Reinhard Bonnke’s stadium-packed outreaches. Multiple award winner including prestigious AMEN for Best in Gospel Category, 1999 Faith, POMP and TOMA Awards for Best Artiste,Reggae Artiste and Gospel Album of the Year variously

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