Naeto C was born, Naetochukwu Chikwe, to National Women Leader of the ruling party PDP, Doctor Mrs. Kema Chikwe and Chief Herbert Chikwe, in Houston, Texas in USA on December the 17th, 1982. Naeto C is from Owerri, the capital city of Imo State of Nigeria,and he spent his early years in Owerri, in a household very influenced by music. His fondness for music grew fast and was articulated into other creative art forms, most specifically poetry, which took him to various competitions and earned him accolades as a young poet.
After finishing his secondary education in Lagos, he moved to the United States for higher education both in SUNY Old Westbury and a year later, George Washington University. It was at this time that he met Uzikwendu and, Ikechukwu, who was then an aspiring hip-hop artist out of Washington Heights, New York. The trio went on to form the World Famous Akademy (WFA), a brotherhood of musicians. They planned to grow into an independent record label but could not get their hands on the proper funds. Naeto C graduated in 2004 from the George Washington University with a B Sc. in Biology, intending to go study further and become a medical doctor. After some deep self-searching he changed his mind and decided to pursue his dream and develop his talent as a musician.
Storm Records, (a record company based in Lagos, Nigeria) had been trying to sign the World Famous Akademy for some time, and since Naeto had decided to pursue his career as a musician he agreed along with the rest of the WFA. But they did not return to Nigeria until early 2006, when Ikechukwu released his debut album, Son Of the Soil. That album laid the grounds for Naeto C and the WFA. Working as an in-house producer with his newly discovered production team “ET-Quake” (consisting of TY Mix and VC Perez), Naeto was able to display his production skills working with Storm artists like Sasha, Dare Art-Alade, GT the Guitarman, Disconnect, Saro-Wiwa and Nkiru. Within a year of working with the aforementioned artists, Naeto had successfully recorded over 60 songs including his most recent album material (a bulk of which he co-produced with ET-Quake).
A notable production achievement is the “I Believe” song Naeto wrote and co-produced with VC Perez (member of ET-Quake), which features himself, an up-and-coming R&B/Gospel artist, Sheun and Hugh Masekela from South Africa. Within the same year Naeto garnered a lot of experience performing, from Ikechukwu’s album launch, to Chanel O awards, to the I Believe Tour, to Always promo tour with Sasha and many more gigs. In preparation for the phenomenal MTN Homecoming Concert, headlined by a popular friend, Nigerian pop sensation, D’banj , Naeto C has recorded over 50 songs for his debut with production that transcends today’s hip hop sound MO HIT RECORD. From the Fela inspired “Lagos City Hustla” the most articulate reflection of Hip-Hop/Afro-beat till date to the down-south-melody-stricken first single “Sitting on Top”, Naeto C has broken all boundaries and surpassed more limits than any up and coming artist, lyrically and production wise according to MO HIT RECORD. His debut album You Know My “P” was released in May 2008
In the Summer of 2013 Naeto C disappeared from the entertainment scene and returned to school to pursue a higher degree in London at the Oxford University taking a course in Energy Economics.
Some of his Awards include…
MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 – Best New Musician
Channel O Music Video Awards 2009 – Video Of The Year
MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 – Best New Artist
It is no longer news that Naeto C walked down the aisle with pretty Nicole last year 2013. But only a few knew that the wedding had in attendance former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Peter Obi, Senator Chris Ngige, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Andy Uba, Mrs. Pauline Tallen and other prominent politicians.
But that is no news either. Right now, a wedding gift of a Porsche Cayenne 2012 model to the singer is the subject of a raging controversy in entertainment circles.
Contrary to a widespread rumour that D’Banj bought the car for Naeto C, it actually came from Dumebi Kachikwu, the oil and gas business mogul, who used to be married to the Naeto’s sister.
D’Banj presented the car keys to Naeto C on behalf of Kachikwu, who is a longtime music business partner and promoter of D’Banj.
News had it that Larry Onuegbu who has been into car dealing business for over 12years now, accused Dumebi of not wanting to pay the agreed amount the car is worth after presenting the car to Naeto C as his wedding gift.
Larry confirms that, Dumebi Kachikwu gave his used BMW 3 Series to Neato C to replace the wedding gift and so brought back the Porsche Cayenne with the excuse that it was a fairly used car.