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Chibuzo Nelson Azubuike: 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Phyno, Net Worth




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1. Name

Phyno, real name is Chibuzo Nelson Azubuike. He was also called EZE NNUNU, an Igbo phrase which means king of birds. As a kid, Chibuzo dreamt of soaring through the skies. He initially wanted to become a pilot, his family however wanted him to become a medical practitioner.


As a teenager Chibuzor liked to stand out so his best friend Emeka & Chibuzor were thinking of a nickname so he can stand out from others, they sent weeks trying to get the perfect nickname but to no avail. So one day his friend Emeka called him ‘phenomenal’, Chibuzor instantly became attached to the name. In one of the interviews Phyno admitted that it was the first time he heard the word “PHENOMENAL”. In time Emeka started calling him Phyno and that was how the name stuck to the rapper.

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Phyno himself said he gives total respect to only 2 artists in the music industry. During an interview Phyno revealed that he got his first big break through respected music icons M.I Abaga and Mr. Raw. According to Phyno; “M.I Abaga & Mr. Raw were the artists that discovered my talent & gave him a huge platform to showcase to the world what he’s got. He also said he sent a whole lot of time listening to Mr. Raw’s song. He truly idolize M.I & Mr. Raw.


Early 2012, Phyno released a single which he featured YBNL Boss, Olamide. Almost immediately the single became a massive hit that the video was shot few weeks after the song was released. Phyno didn’t have any intention of releasing a video for the song “GHOST MODE” but due to the massive demand from musical channels like MTV Base, he had to shoot a video for GHOST MODE (without a video, your songs only get played on radio, but with a video it gets played all over the channel) the singe which he featured Olamide won the Best Collaboration award at the 2012 The Headies Awards and at the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Quite an achievement for a start!


Back in 2014, Phyno has been alleged to have joined the league of Nigerian celebrities with children out of wedlock. It is also being claimed that his alleged lover, Rita Edmond, was carrying his baby.

Phyno’s reaction has been quite obvious: “Believe it or not, I’ve never met or spoken to anyone by that name.

I haven’t made any woman pregnant either. If people need three seconds of fame I’m glad that my name could help”. Although both parties deny ever meeting each other, though rumour has it that they are indeed lovers and their love affair started long ago.


As at 2014, It all started with a photo on Instagram showing him in a compromising pose with another man.

The photo was meant to suggest that Phyno was kissing the other guy who was later identified as Denrele Edun.

However, Phyno has also chosen the online platform to address his perceived detractors. On his instagram page Phyno could only have this answer to those peddling the rumour :

“Nice camera angle, paparazzi keep it up,” the rapper posted.

He further wrote, “I said it before it happened. On a normal day, I would have ignored this, but for the sake of my fans, let me address this. Like seriously, I am too straight for this. – This comment was made in 2014.


Phyno is one of the few rappers in Nigeria that 65% of his lyrics is written in Igbo language. Though it’s make his songs very difficult sing along. His song with the most number of Igbo language is “ALOBAM” (This is not to be considered 100% true, ANE made her research about this, you also can make a research)


Phyno currently boast of a net worth of over $11 Million (3,993,000,000.00 Nigerian Naira)

In an interview Phyno reveals he spends a whole lot of money on his shoes & his glasses too. He says that his shades and shoes take more money from him than any other fashion items.

He also said that he prefers to wear Ray Ban shades,that it feels like being a superstar when he does.


After Phyno burst into the music industry, he had a unique Mohawk-dredd-ish type of hair. Which he tinted one part White & the other was Black. It wasn’t long before the hairstyle took over list of hairstyles.


When the rapper was asked would he still wear his crazy hairstyle if he wasn’t a musician Phyno said that there is no way he would do that.

“No way. I won’t. The Phyno you are seeing is the artiste, Chibuzo is a regular guy. Chibuzo is the guy that wants to be alone; Phyno is the crazy guy, Phyno has his sane times.”

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