Buchi Biography: Age, Wife, Children & Net Worth

Buchi – Gospel Artist

Stage Name: Buchi
Real Name: Buchi Atuonwu
Occupation: Gospel Artist 
Date Of Birth/Age: 24th June, 1964 (59 years old)
Place of Birth: Kaduna
Gender: Male
Nationality: Nigerian
Marital Status: Jane Atuonwu (Wife)
Education: University of Lagos
Known for: Normally

Buchi Atuonwu, also known as Buchi, is a renowned Nigerian artist known for his talents as a songwriter, author, poet, spoken word performer, and reggae gospel musician. His journey in the world of music began when he started working as a disc jockey at nightclubs. 

Early Life and Education

Buchi hails from Abia state in the southeastern region of Nigeria but was born in Kaduna on June 24, 1964. He received his education at Methodist College Uzuakoli and Federal Government College, Enugu, both located in the southeastern part of Nigeria. After completing his secondary education, he gained admission to the University of Lagos in 1983, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literary Studies in just three years. By 1988, he obtained a second degree and began working as a lecturer at the same institution while pursuing his Ph.D. He continued his career as a lecturer at the University of Lagos until 1994 when he transitioned to actively focus on writing literature, poetry, and music.

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Black Activism

During his time at the university, his interest in black activism grew, particularly through his involvement in a reggae club. This interest deepened over the years, driven by his exposure to ideologies presented by figures like Oliver Thambo and representatives of the African National Congress (ANC) from South Africa during a club exhibition that focused on the theme of “Apartheid in South Africa.”

This exposure led him to explore the literature of prominent black activists such as Dennis Bruts, Wole Soyinka, and Muta Baruka, which further fueled his connection to reggae music. This connection was grounded in the belief that reggae was a powerful medium for expressing opposition against oppression. He also joined one of the campus confraternities, which at the time positioned themselves as advocates for anti-oppression initiatives.

Music Career

Buchi’s musical journey began when he worked as a Disc Jockey at a popular 1980s nightclub known as Floating Bukka, which was located on a docked vessel at Marina, Lagos Island. He was invited to join this gig by Ras Kimono. Currently, he is associated with the LoveWorld Music and Arts Ministry of Christ Embassy. In addition to his music, Buchi has authored two books, “Cease Fire” and “Born in Kaduna.”

Buchi and Pastor Jerry
Buchi and Pastor Jerry Eze

Wife and Kids

Buchi has spent most of his life in Lagos, and he is married to Jane Atuonwu. The couple has four children, all of whom have featured on his musical projects, including the song ‘Normally’ on his 8th album, also titled ‘Normally.’

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Net Worth

He is one of the successful gospel singers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of about $500,000. You can connect with him on Instagram.