Poco Lee is a famous Nigerian dancer who came into the limelight sometime in 2018 after a video of him dancing during an event was posted online. He has since gone ahead to pursue a career in dance despite having a degree in Microbiology. Over the course of his career as a dancer, he has collaborated with many Nigerian top musicians and has featured in several music videos. Here, you will know more about who Poco Lee is and so much more about his passion for dance.
The 26-year-old Dancer Hails From Imo State, Nigeria
Born Iweh Pascal Odinaka on 21 October 1996, Poco Lee was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Iweh. He is the third child of his parents and has two younger siblings after him. Not much is being mentioned about who his siblings are, what they do for a living, or their whereabouts. However, what we know is that he has four siblings, and they all grew up together in the Ojo area of Lagos State.
He is from Orlu Local government area of Imo State, southeastern Nigeria, but grew up in the busy city of Lagos, where he attended the Nigerian Navy Primary School, Ojo, before proceeding to Command Day Secondary School Ojo. Upon completing his Senior School Certificate Examinations, he gained admission into the University of Lagos, where he graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. During his graduation, he wore a shirt that had the inscription “Marlian wey no dropout.”
This was to debunk the notion that the general public has about a certain group of entertainers popularly known as “Marlians” being school dropouts. He took to his Instagram handle to post pictures and show gratitude to God for helping him graduate from Unilag after four years of study and did not fail to mention how he did it to make his mother proud.
Poco Was Discovered in 2018 After His Dance Video was Posted on Social Media
Although some sources disclose that Poco Lee started dancing (not professionally) from his childhood days, the 26-year-old street dancer became a sensation when he started trending on social media sometime in 2018, after a video of him dancing was posted online. In the video, he was seen dancing in an event to one of Zlatan Ibile’s songs and began to gain even more popularity when one of Nigeria’s Social media influencers/music artists, Tunde Ednut, reposted the video.
In no time, the video went viral, and other celebrities were seen reposting it on their social media handles. The video finally caught Zlatan’s attention, and that was the beginning of Poco Lee’s dancing career. He began to feature in music videos of popular Nigerian musicians like 2baba, Naira Marley, Tekno, and Rahman Jago. Poco has also appeared in music videos, where Zlatan featured other top Nigerian artists like Burna Boy, Davido, and many other artists.
He Is Currently One Of The Most Popular Dancers In Nigeria
Poco Lee is one of the most popular Nigerian dancers, with over 2.9 million Instagram followers and a host of “Poco dancers.” In 2020, he was featured in a countdown of “top 5 Nigerian dancers leading a movement.” He was ranked number 3 after Kaffy and Papi Ojo. Others who are featured in the countdown are the girl group called Girls Gone Bold and Pinki Debbie.
The young sensational dancer is doing quite well for himself. Being a graduate of Microbiology from the prestigious Unilag, we didn’t see this coming, considering that there is no record to show that he took any courses in dance or any of the Arts. One would have thought that he would get himself a white-collar job and make a living from there, but he has pleasantly surprised us.
With a net worth of approximately $100,000, he has built a house for himself and is reported to have upgraded his mum’s business from petty roadside business to owning a wine shop. He also has a fleet of cars and once posted on his Instagram handle that a “good soul” gifted him the car. Poco Lee is definitely living the life and enjoying what he knows how to do best and is doing it effortlessly. Nigerians know him as a professional dancer, hype man, and MC, so it is safe to say that he has managed to leverage his fame for bigger things.
Besides all of these, some of his other sources of income are from his YouTube videos and through performing at music shows. He is also the Crooner of the viral “Poco Dance,” which is popular among Nigerian youths. Poco Lee has won some awards like the Best dancer awards in Naija Hype Awards (NHA) 2019 and has performed at international events like the “One Africa Music Festival in Dubai, UAE,” and “Valentine’s Jamboree Concert in Nairobi, Kenya.” He also hosted Naira Marley’s concert at the O2 Arena in London.
During one of his numerous interviews after becoming famous, Poco Lee talked about how he has since gained access to so many other A-list Nigerian artists and how he has been privileged to share a stage with them and appear in various music and dance videos alongside the artists.
He also mentioned how he had used his platform to promote other dancers and artists and bring them to the limelight. In an interview with The Nation, he revealed that he is working on a project that will help unite dancers in the entertainment industry. He lamented how the Nigerian dance industry lacks a body on its own, where issues concerning dance and dancers can be discussed. Also, commenting on how musicians sing about his dance moves, he says it encourages him to do more.
What Is Poco Lee Up To Now?
Recently, Poco Lee, along with notable personalities in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry like Nancy Isime, Osas Ighodaro, Timini Egbuson, and other celebrities, represented the Infinix brand while unveiling its newest product, The Infinix Note 10. The unveiling was launched online, and Poco Lee was among those showcasing the Powerful processor and games on the phone. His presence definitely added more glamor to the event.
Although he is not married, sources have it that he is in a relationship with his childhood sweetheart known as “Amaka.” We have pictures of the happy couple splashed all over social media. They seem to be happy and have stirred up insinuations from their fans that they are engaged; we, however, know that they are not engaged but would definitely keep our eyes on them and hope to hear wedding bells ringing soon.