Kie Kie (Real Name: Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori, Born: June 20, 1990; Age: 32 years old) is a popular skit maker, actress, model, and content creator best known for her YouTube channel Kie Kie TV.
Kie Kie is a creative personality that has carved a niche for herself in the entertainment industry. She has achieved fame by always wearing fashion pieces that soon become trends. She is a pacesetter in the fashion industry and this, of course, isn’t coincidental, as it has become a passion groomed into a career. Here are some key facts you would love to know about your much-celebrated TV personality.
Kie Kie was Born in Ibadan and Raised in a Christian Home
Bukunmi may have spent quite a long time in the city of Lagos, where she currently lives, but she is not originally from the state. The fashion enthusiast actually hails from Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, where she was born and raised with her siblings.
Not much is known about Bukunmi’s parents and siblings, but the famous TV host revealed that she grew up in a Christian family that places much value on things of God. The fashion goddess also described her parents as disciplinarians who did not fail in their duties to instill in her honesty, diligence, and fear of God.
Academic-wise, Bukunmi had her basic and secondary education in Ibadan, after which she gained admission to study Mass Communication at Bowen University. Upon gaining her degree from the aforementioned university, Kie Kie left Nigeria for London, where she obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing at the London School of Business.
To add a bit of professionalism to her much-loved fashion career, she spent some years at the London College of Fashion, where she majored in Tailoring, Couture, and Pattern.
She Started Her Career in 2015 as a Fashion Show Host
Bukunmi’s love for fashion is beyond imagination. Though it is not clear what spurred her love or at what age she discovered she had a thing for fashion, one sure thing about her is that she knows what it takes for one to look their best. After spending time gaining academic knowledge in Tailoring, Couture, and Pattern, Kie Kie returned to Nigeria to begin her career in 2015.
She started off as a TV host and producer for Goldmyn TV’s fashion show. She is also a popular presenter on ONTV as a presenter where she talks about issues related to fashion and its trends. These two jobs no doubt announced her to the world and helped her discover her other potential.
Growing in the media market and gaining much-needed popularity on various social media platforms, KieKie began to create content that entertains and educates her followers on Instagram. Added to her contents are picture posts of herself in various stylishly designed dresses that most cases, influence the fashion sense of her millions of followers.
Some of her skits have seen her work with other top comedians like Brother Shaggy and Bimbo Adeyemo. The social media star is also the brain behind Accost Collections, a fashion brand focusing on female apparel, including bridal wear.
She Has a Youtube Channel called Kie Kie TV
Launching her own Kie Kie TV on YouTube, Bukunmi began to create and regularly drop videos of herself torch-lighting some issues of general concerns and fashion-related. She also makes funny skits which she regularly posts on both her Youtube and Instagram platforms.
Some of her videos also have her explaining how to style certain outfits with further details on why a particular outfit would be better worn a certain way and with certain accessories. It was not long until she became famous as one of the Nigerian icons with great fashion sense.
Bukunmi’s Social Media Influence Has Earned Her Juicy Endorsement Deals
Now a very popular social media influencer with a strong following, 32 years old Bukunmi is active on just about any social media platform. Her strong influence on various media platforms has earned her both awards and brand endorsement deals.
For instance, the Pulse 2021 Influencer Awards saw the multi-talented TV personality taking home the Most Innovative Influencer of the year award. Her large fanbase has also helped her work with several brands to promote their products, services, and content. One of her biggest endorsements is her appointment as the Brand Ambassador for Bowen University.
In May 2022, she was announced as the new face of Ruba Beauty and its first Global Brand Ambassador. Prior to that, she landed a major endorsement deal with Hush’D Makeovers Limited. A list of brands she is endorsing include:
- Molped Nigeria
- Ruba Beauty
- Hush’D Makeovers Limited
- Jabulani Express
- Perfection Real Estate Group.
Here is a detailed breakdown of her handles and followers on various social media platforms
- Instagram – (@kie_kie__ – 1.6m Followers
- Twitter – @Kie_kie__ – 1,066 Followers
- Youtube – Laura Ikeji Kanu – 298K subscribers
She Has Appeared in a Number of Nollywood Films
In addition to being a skit maker, Bukunmi has also made a few appearances in Nollywood films. Her first role was in the 2019 drama Flatline, which also features actors like Taiwo Ibikunle, Jumoke George, and Remi Clara. In 2021, she appeared in Mimi, where she played the character Kiekie, and in the series titled Okoto which also stars the likes of Nollywood veteran Ayo Mogaji and Muyideen Oladapo.
These films helped to shape her career as a Nollywood actress. The actress, however, credited her experience in skit-making for helping her to perfect her acting skills and validate herself. Bukunmi also admitted that, though she had massive ideas, she couldn’t put them into manifestation until she met Mayowa Adenekan, her manager. She further noted that her experience in Nollywood changed the game for her in the entertainment industry.
Is Kie Kie Married?
Kie Kie is a married woman. She got married to her husband, Mr. Ilori, in January 2020. Bukunmi is no doubt a very public person when it comes to her social life and career. Unfortunately, this is not so about her private life, which is why many still wonder if this fashion diva is married.
Mr. Ilori is not as popular as his wife, and the TV personality is not willing to reveal much about her love life or family. In an interview with a media platform, Kie stated that not flaunting her family on social media was deliberate and that she plans on keeping them so except on important occasions or celebrations where she may make a post of them.
Speaking on how she manages her home with her fame, the actress stated that her marriage and her career don’t clash mostly because her husband understands the sanctity of marriage. When asked how she handles negative comments on social media, the comedian simply said she never reply them. Instead, she would either restrict or block them.