Biography Of ‘Mr. Raw’ One Of The Pioneers Of Igbo Rap

Okechukwu Edwards Ukeje, better known by his stage name Mr Raw (formerly Dat N.I.G.G.A. Raw), is a rapper from Southeastern Nigeria.

He is often regarded as one of the pioneers of Igbo rap, a genre that now appeals to a broad, mainstream audience.

Mr. Raw

A song writer, singer, model, recording artiste, actor and a philanthropist. Creative, gifted and talented and a role model to many top rappers in Nigeria.

Mr. Raw has been described by many publications as the best indigenous rapper in Nigeria. who influenced the likes of Phyno, illblisss, slowdog, Hype MC, and other top indigenous igbo rappers.


Mr Raw came out with his style and creativity and surprised his fans.

Born on and the 1st of November 1975 in Achara layout and raised in Enugu, Mr. Raw originally hails from Ebem Ohafia, in Abia State.

Mr. Raw attended Robinson primary school Uwani, Enugu and letter proceed to Awkunanaw Boys secondary school in Achara layout

He Furthered his high education Institute of management and technology (IMT) and graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Bussuness Administration and Management (BAM).

Mr. Raw started rapping from his secondary school days, but gained prominence during the early 2000’s rapping in the Igbo language and Pidgin English.

Mr. Raw

Mr. Raw became a public figure when he released his hit track ‘Obodo’ and ‘Hip Hop Gyration’ which topped number one at the MTV music chart and bagged in radio, TV stations and clubs nation wide.


Mr. Raw is the elder brother to popular Nigeria rapper Hype MC.

Raw’s debut studio album, Right & Wrong, was released on 7 August 2005; it experienced commercial success and helped propel him to the next level in his career.

His second album Everything Remains Raw followed in 2007, paving the way for future performers in the genre.


His third studio album End of Discussion was released in October 2010. The album yielded the hit song “O Chukwu” whose music video won Best Afro Hip Hop Video at the NMVA Awards that year.

Despite his fame as a solo artist, Raw has collaborated with numerous other musical artists including Flavour N’abania, Duncan Mighty, Phyno, Illbliss, 2Face, M-Josh and Slowdog.

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Mr. Raw

Mr. Raw in the cause of his music career has won several awards like Best Afro Hip Hop video of the year at the Nigeria music videos awards, Next rated artist at the Headies awards, best collaboration awards at the Nigeria entertainment and best African indigenous rapper at the Nigeria music videos award

Mr Raw is currently one of the richest and most influential artiste in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $4.2 million.
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