From Suicidal Thoughts to Grammy Nomination; Story of a Nigerian-American Hip Hop Star

Her very first music project, “No Squares” was released in April 2019. Ever since, Chika has been a Power Project herself. She gained greater reputation when she appeared in the movie starring Jamie Foxx and also wrote its theme song.

An overwhelming reaction when she discovered she’s been nominated for the Grammy Awards was a big statement of time and the things that have happened to the hugely talented rapper.

Born to Nigerian-American parents in 1997, Jane Chika Oranika, of Igbo descent, one of Nigeria’s foremost tribes, is one of America’s finest hip hop talents. She has walked paths that were never taken by her contemporaries; one of which was her open confrontation of Kanye West’s support for Donald Trump. Her freestyle using Kanye West’s ’Jesus Walks’ beats gave her massive attention, with stars like Erykah Badu, Jada Pinkett and others hailing her courage.

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Chika’s 2019 singles, ‘High Rises’ and ‘Can’t Explain It’ are titles that perfectly describe the current time. Her high rising career almost has no explanation but the work has never stopped on her part.

She has used her music to fight against body shaming, as she once had suicidal thoughts over the lack of acceptance she suffered. Chika has also said in the past that she has never for once felt African-American.

On March 11 2020, she released ‘Industry Games’, her second EP to let out her feelings on what she has faced in the American music industry.

She was also featured on Jojo’s Sabotage which reached #18 on Billboard’s 100 and was also invited for the XXL’s 2020 Freshman Class.

Chika is highly rated in the United States as her fame keeps soaring. Earlier this year, her song ‘Crown’ was listed on Barack Obama’s 2020 Summer Playlist.

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Chika, through her social media handles also supported #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and spoke against Police brutality in Africa’s biggest nation.

Her affiliation with Nigeria has never been hidden and she always calls herself one. She wears her roots with honour. Her favourite rapper is American hip-hop artiste of Nigerian descent, Wale Folarin.

In a 2019 interview with Kerby Jean-Raymond of Teen Vogue, Chika said;

“I’m Igbo. We’re all about our money. But it’s really just the energy that we bring to things. We’re a very family-oriented people.”

Battles Against Depression & Body-shaming

Chika hardly spares her thoughts on what she feels about body-shaming and what the society thinks of it.

With criticisms of movie roles by Eddie Murphy and other highly respected American legends, Chika says they played a part in the promotion of body shaming.

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In various social media posts, she revealed how she rose through depression with music, a few friends, family members and her pet- a dog.

Her blossoming career has been tipped for even greater things and her Grammy nomination is the beginning she deserves.


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