Kenny Blaq whose real name is Otolorin Kehinde Peter (born on September 30, 1992: Aged 31 years old), is a Nigerian stand-up comedian and singer. He was born in Lagos State and has a net worth estimated at around $300,000.
Kenny Blaq rose to fame through his exceptional use of music in his stand-up routines. Most of his performances are a combination of jokes inundated and amplified with music to either pass a message or amuse the audience. This distinctive talent of his has taken him to very high places in the entertainment industry. Today Kenny Blaq has become a household name and a figure whom many up-and-coming comedians look up to. Let’s take a deep plunge into his life and career.
Where Is Kenny Blaq From?
Kenny Blaq is from Lagos, Nigeria. He is a twin and was born alongside his twin sister Taiwo Otolorin in Ejigbo, Lagos. Kehinde who is the youngest child comes from a large family as his mother birthed twins twice. He did not have a rosy childhood as his parents struggled to put him and his siblings in school.
Reports have it that he wrote his West African Senior School Certificate Examination in a tutorial center because his parents could not afford to pay double school fees at once as his school had required. All these did not deter him from pursuing his passion which was already innate and waiting to be amplified.
Kenny Blaq Studied at the FRCN Training School in Lagos
Shortly after school, Kenny Blaq joined the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) training school in Lagos where he trained as a presenter and MC. His parents had objected to his new venture as most of his shows were late-night shows. This would make him keep late hours and his parents feared it would be of bad influence on him.
But this was his passion and he was determined to become the best; Kenny Blaq would constantly assure his parents that their fears were not going to come to pass. At the training school, he mastered the art of connecting with and co-ordinating a large audience and also learned how to professionally provide information to a large group of people.
Later on, he worked with a school community radio station SMA FM which was under SMA College, Jakande Estate, Lagos. He was a musical talk show presenter at the station and was always known for spicing up his jokes with songs.
His Comedy Career Officially Kicked Off in 2008
In 2008 Kenny Black had his first professional gig at the Miss Ejigbo beauty pageant. He was called Kenny Blaq, a combination of his name and complexion; as he is dark in complexion and goes by the name Kehinde. He rendered a good job and began to get calls from people to perform at small events.
His relevance further grew in 2011 when he performed at the Calabar Carnival Laffmattaz II. Kenny made a huge impact at the event and also left many inquiring about him. Subsequently, he started collaborating with different event organizers and getting several gigs to perform at large events.
Blaq is Now a Household Name in the Entertainment Industry
With his music-comedy, Kenny Blaq has made so much impact that he has become a household name in the entertainment industry, especially in comedy. He has performed at notable comedy events like Basket Mouth’s ‘Lord of the Ribs’, ‘AY Live’, Ali Baba’s ‘January 1st concert’, I laff with Mc Abbey, Cool FM Praise JAM, and lots more. Some of his gigs have him performing outside the country as he has toured many African and non-African countries.
In 2017, he launched his first self-titled concert ‘The Oxymoron Of Kennyblaq’. With its first edition tagged ‘Oxymoron: X-Files’ the concert according to him aimed at deviating from the norm. While talking about the show, he explained that he deployed ‘elements of broadway style stage productions’. The show had the likes of popular acts in the industry like Josh2Funny, and SLKomedy. It also had music performances from 9ice, Adekunle Gold, and many others.
The massive success of the first edition inspired the second ‘Oxymoron II: The Rush’ which was held the following year. The Oxymoron of Kenny Blaq now holds every year and each edition is always a blast. In 2018, Blaq had his first internationally headlined event titled; Kenny Blaq ‘State of Mind’ at the Indigo 02 in London.
He also performed at ‘Indaba X; The Laughing Leopard Comedy’ also in London. In 2021 Blaq embarked on an international tour in the UK. He toured twelve cities in the country in collaboration with show promoter Akinlolu Jenkins.
A Look at Kenny Blaq’s Awards and Recognition
For his distinctive craft, Kenny black has a lot of recognition and accolades to his name. To mention a few, The Oxymoron of Kenny Blaq concert is notable for winning the Best Comedy Show at the Naija 102.3 FM Comedy Awards for two consecutive years – 2017 and 2018.
Kenny Blaq earned the Comedian of the Year gong during the Middle East Africa Music Awards (MEAMA) In 2015 and 2016. In 2017 he won the Future Awards Africa prize for comedy. In 2018 he was recognized as one of the 100 most influential youths in Africa. He also won the Ooni Youth Royal Award in 2020.
Other Awards Kenny Blaq Has Received
- 2015 Naija FM Comedy Awards – Upcoming Comedian of the Year
- 2016 Naija FM Comedy Awards – Best Comedian of The Year
- 2019 Naija FM Comedy Awards – Most Fashionable Comedian
- 2021 Humor Awards – Best Music Comedian
- 2019 MAYA Awards – Comedian of The Year (Stand Up)
What Is Kenny Blaq’s Net Worth?
Kenny Blaq’a net worth is estimated to be $300,000. This amount accrues from his large presence in the entertainment space particularly comedy. Some sources say that the music-comedian earns not less than 1 million naira for a show. Considering the fact he has performed in lots of shows, it is safe to say he is swimming in millions.
Blaq also makes a lot of money from his gigs as an MC. In 2021 he launched a comedy special on Netflix and received tons of streams on the viewing platform. His YouTube channel Kenny Blaq with over 300 thousand subscribers also gets tons of views and likes on each video, substantially adding to his earnings.
The comedian purchased a mansion in 2022. He took to his Instagram page on his 30th birthday which he celebrated together with his twin, to show off the house located at Lagos Island.