Winner of Nigerian Idol Season 5, Olakunle Ogunrombi, aka K-Peace has made some revelations about his humble beginning, saying his life was once like that of a person living in the ‘wilderness’..
The Ogun State-born singer revealed that he once hawked edibles like Gala, pure water and soft drinks in the traffic after the death of his father.
He could not thank the organizers of Nigerian Idol enough, for the music contest that changed the story of his life as winner of the coveted prize of N7.5 million, an all-expense paid trip to Dubai, a Hyundai Sports Utility Vehicle and a N7.5 million recording deal with South Africa-based Universal Music label among other largesse.
“I come from a family of five children and we were well-catered for. My father was an engineer with Leventis Motors at one time, but he lost his job and later tried his hands at trading in motor parts. We eventually lost him to cardiac arrest. That marked the beginning of many difficult years for every one of us, including our mother whose duty it was to provide for us,” said the 32-year-old who took the competition by storm with a unique genre of music; the FujiRnB which he calls a fusion of contemporary and Fuji music.
“At that time, I covered Mile 2 to Maza-Maza and Alakija, selling Chin-chin. I later sold Gala, Pure water and soft drinks around the “Chopping Centre” neighbourhood of Festac Town,” he said.
K-Peace had started out sealing and supplying Chin-Chin to some roadside traders, but opted to go into direct selling when he realised he would make more money doing so.
Prior to this, he had worked as a casual worker in a factory at Maza-Maza where he worked daily from 7 am to 5 pm for a paltry sum of N120.00 with an option of overtime at N30.00 per day. He was on that job for a year before switching to roadside trading.
All that had changed on coming to the show, but his glorious triumph and the attendant rewards, monetary and non-monetary will obviously boost his finances and music career.
During the show, K-Peace repeatedly shone like the star that he is today. He was a leading light among the final top 12 contestants and he left no one in doubt about his music qualities and, more so, his rating as a top contender for the top prize throughout the seven weeks that the spotlight was cast on them.
Nigerian Idol focuses on discovering Nigerian youths with talent in music, giving them a unique platform to take shots at stardom. The season 5 was by sponsored by Payporte, Etisalat Nigeria, Cool Fm, Tantalizers, Cadbury Nigeria, Zaron, Dabur Toothpaste, So-Klin, ORS and Ellis Suites.