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19 June 1988
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Kerous (born Onyeka Ibeanusi, 19 June 1988), and sometimes referred to as Onyeckerous, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, author, poet, writer and a social commentator. He hails from Oburo Ogwa in Mbaitoli Local Government area of Imo State, Nigeria. Kerous is the author of Now You Can Run The World and founder of Hype9ja.com, an online news blog. His music career began professionally in 2010 with the release of "Na The Way", and followed by another single "Run Your World".
Kerous who has been releasing singles has seen his articles published on top Nigerian blogs like saharareporters.com, Omojuwa.com and various Nigerian newspapers. Kerous drew attention when he released his single titled "More" on 12 December 2012, making the unique date 12-12-12 memorable.
Onyeka Ibeanusi was born to Felix and Pastor Pauline Ibeanusi as Onyekachi Ibeanusi in Warri, Delta State but added the name Frank after losing a very close childhood friend Frank Tonwei. In most of his documents, he is registered as Onyeka Frank Ibeanusi. He grew up as part of a semi large family with eight siblings;Kerous is the seventh of Nine Children. His father was a businessman and his mother a pastor. Kerous grew up as a shy kid who took pleasure in drawing, construction of toy cars and the sculpture of images. He attended Aileru Primary School in Warri where he had his early education. Though he often seemed quiet among his peers, Onyeka was always the center of attention as a child. He started to study hymns and poetry to learn how to rhyme and started to write and compose music at an early age.
Onyeka's love for music was highly influenced by his father's love for music which had a deep rooted influence in his family. As a child, his sister would force him to learn and recite nursery rhymes. His music hero while growing up was Michael Jackson and he wished he could break dance like the legend.
Onyeka was active in the Children's choir and participated in children's activities in Church. He also developed a love for history, science and politics which is evident in his published articles and some of his songs like Serious Music. In 1995, he performed a song with his immediate elder sister Ngozi before a huge crowd in church and went break dancing which sent the church into frenzy. However, Onyeka had to further his education and went to Hussey College Warri for three years. In those years, his love for music was not given proper expression until he made a secondary school switch to Wisdom Secondary Commercial Academy in Warri.
Onyeka found expression in the social activities of the school and his leadership qualities were rewarded with the position of the social prefect. He became famous for playing King Odewale in Ola Rotimi's The God's Are Not To Blame and Ogboma's father in Zulu Sofola's Wedlock Of The Gods. He was also a leading member of the debaters club and an active fighter for social cause which led to his teacher calling him a gentle radical. It was at this time that he coined the name 'Onyeckerous' from his name 'Onyeka' with the short form 'Kerous' which later became his stage name. He started writing poems and in 1999 tried his hands on fiction writing a book titled "Risky Business" which never saw the light of day.
As a teenager, he was influenced by Tupac Shakur, Fela and Bob Marley's songs which led him to choosing a career in rap in order to express his views about societal happenigs. To further his education, Onyeka attended the University of Benin where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2007 while studying engineering, he published his first book, 'Now You Can Run The World.'
He became famous on campus for performing in small shows organised on campus before officially delving into music after graduation.
Kerous went ahead to release more and more singles. His music style is a fusion of many genres with huge influence from artistes like Kanye West, Wyclef, Asa, D'banj, 2face Idibia and many others before going underground musically for a while focusing on writing and developing his political and human relations skills while working with Governor Olusegun Mimiko's former Special Duties Aide- Seyi Adeniyi. Kerous who has always shown love for politics was active in his University days and even acted as a campaign manager to a friend while running for a position on campus. He believes that politics is not just a business for the celebrated politicians, but a way to contribute meaningfully to your environment. He is famous for many of his articles published online today while he works on his music. Onyeka's articles that deals with various subjects ranging from politics, health to entertainment are frequently read, earning him a contributing role on one of Nigeria's news dailies, Businessday. and also appearing on popular Nigerian entertainment blog Linda Ikeji, Kerous came back with a new single titled 'Sexy Body' in a bid to resurrect his music career. He has since featured on both TV and Radio programs while performing at different events like LoudnProud and most recently Spirit of Lagos.
- "Run Your World"
- "Na the Way" ft. Timons and Kadinho
- "Serious Music"
- "Battle of the Emcees"
- "Follow You Go"
- "Sexy Body"
- "ONYEKA ‘KEROUS’ IBEANUSI: DEAR GOD [POEM"]. Hype9ja.com. http://hype9ja.com/2014/10/onyeka-kerous-ibeanusi-dear-god-poem/. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "KEROUS FT. T-MONS AND KADINHO-NA D WAY". Soundcloud.com. https://soundcloud.com/kerous/kerous-ft-t-mons-and-kadinho-na-d-way. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "RUN YOUR WORLD". Soundcloud.com. https://soundcloud.com/kerous/run-your-woul. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Kerous-more". Soundcloud.com. https://soundcloud.com/kerous/kerous-more. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KEROUS ON HIS 12-12-12 AND MORE AGENDA". Hype9ja.com. http://hype9ja.com/2012/12/an-exclusive-interview-with-kerous-on-his-12-12-12-and-more-agenda/. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "KEROUS LEAVES ENGINEERING FOR MUSIC". Hype9ja.com. http://hype9ja.com/2010/12/kerous-leaves-engineering-for-music/. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Ebola Scare and how to stay safe". Businessdayonline.com. http://businessdayonline.com/2014/08/ebola-scare-and-how-to-stay-safe/#.VDci3uf2ZvU. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Serious Music". Mp3twit.com. http://mp3twit.com/lkJ. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Superstar". Soundcloud.com. https://soundcloud.com/kerous/superstar. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Battle of the Emcees". Mp3naija.com.ng. http://www.mp3naija.com.ng/music/2115. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "More". Mp3naija.com.ng. http://www.mp3naija.com.ng/music/6379. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Na the Way ft. Follow you go". Tindeck.com. http://tindeck.com/listen/qfxe. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Sexy Body". Reverbnation.com. http://www.reverbnation.com/playlist/view_playlist/-4?page_object=artist_3059527#. Retrieved 8 November 2014.