When we mention modern-day dancers in the Nigerian entertainment industry, Poco lee will make the top five; the question remains how did Poco lee grow to become one of the most sought-after entertainers in the industry?
Born Iweh Pascal Odinaka, popularly known as Poco lee, is the third child out of five children of Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Augustina Iweh.
Pocolee is now a household name in the entertainment industry and is credited with bringing the ever-energetic dance step (legwork) to the limelight.
With his skillful legwork and zanku moves in the sector, pocolee rise to fame is one we would continue to be awed for as he went from being an ordinary street dancer to becoming one of the most famous dancers in Nigeria.
Poco Lee Little beginnings
Pocolee was born on 21st October 1996 and hails from Orlu LGA in Imo state, southeastern Nigerian, but grew up in the busy city of Lagos, currently 25 years old.
He is the third child of his parent and has two younger siblings after him. Even though he is an Igbo man, he speaks Yoruba fluently, having lived in Lagos state, which is predominantly a Yoruba state.
Not much is mentioned of his siblings, their whereabouts, and what they do for a living. However, we know that he has four siblings who grew up together in Ojo, Lagos state.
Pocolee attended Nigerian navy primary school Okokomaiko in Ojo. He had his education at command day secondary school, Ojo barracks in Lagos state. Pocolee studied microbiology at the Lagos state university (LASU) and graduated in December 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree.
During his sign-out from the university, poco lee wore a t-shirt with the inscription “Marlian wey no dropout.” this was to quash the rumors going around then of the “Marlian Nation” courtesy of Naira Marley being unruly fellows and school dropouts.
According to the record, Poco lee has been dancing since he was a child, and he grew up, took dancing seriously, and became a street dancer until his breakout.
The Stage Name “Poco lee”
In an interview, Pocolee revealed he got his stage name back in his junior secondary school days from a musical class.
According to him, the Italian musical classes he attended got him the name “Poco.”
An Italian term in music called Poco a Poco which means little by little, and he was the smallest in class, so everybody started calling him “Poco,” and he added “Lee” to spice it up, and that was how the name ”Poco lee” was birthed.
What brought Poco Lee Into Limelight?
A video of Poco Lee dancing to the Zanku songs and its popular dance step at an event hosted by Lagos State University (LASU) trended online; the video was reposted by Tunde Ednut on Instagram.
In less than an hour, Poco lee’s dance video went viral, and he received a message from Omoniyi Temidayo, better known as Zlatan Ibile (the owner of the song), who requested that he join him in the video of the viral song.
After featuring in Zlatan”s music video. He became the most sought-after dancer in the entertainment industry.
Throughout his career as a dancer, Pocolee has collaborated with many A-list artists and performers, featuring as their dancer in their music videos songs.
He has also performed on stage alongside Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Zlatan Ibile, Naira Marley, and Niniola, among others, since his breakthrough year when he appeared in the well-known diverse zanku legwork video.
Additionally, he has performed at well-known worldwide events, including the One Africa Music Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Valentine’s Jamboree concert in Nairobi, Kenya, and the concert of Naira Marley at the 02 Arena in London.
Pocolee has become a brand influencer for top leading companies; pocolee has also produced hit songs. In addition to showcasing his dance moves. In keeping with the advice of brilliant musician Davido,” we rise by lifting others,” pocolee has assisted in the careers of some well-known figures in the industry.
Pocolee has an impressive following of 4.8 million followers on his Instagram account.
Poco lee’s Net worth
The dancer has an impressive net worth estimated at around $120,000(N70 Million Naira). Poco lee is currently one of the wealthiest and most influential dancers in Nigeria.
Pocolee is not married yet, but there are rumors that he has engaged his longtime sweetheart Amaka, his girlfriend, who has been with him even before the fame. We will continue to keep our ears down for wedding bells.
Pocolee has also helped his mum in her business by converting her former plantain hustle to making her the owner of a wine shop.
Top Five Artists Pocolee Helped In The Entertainment Industry
Let’s overlook his achievements in the music industry for a moment and look at the stars that have risen due to pocolee’s influence.
In the entertainment sector, pocolee has aided the five celebrities listed below.
The Zazuu star owes his fame to pocolee, despite the turbulent situations and even when his relationship with pocolee took a dramatic turn after the uproar concerning the single.
It is evident that pocolee provided portable with the necessary platform for success in the music business.
Olamide, a prominent singer, rapper, and music executive was first introduced to portable by pocolee, for whom he would always be grateful.
2. Bella Shmurda
Bella is a talent, and we can all thank pocolee for that. Pocolee began his philanthropic work in the music industry by aiding Bella Shmurda to gain traction in the field and performing on stages alongside the top performers.
Pocolee also presented Bella shmurda to star boy and the world during a live Instagram video with Wizkid.
This was the beginning of Bella’s career as he went on to record songs with Wizkid and has also performed at the packed 02 Arena in the UK.
3. Black Sheriff
The Ghanaian singer and songwriter is one of the many artists Pocolee has helped in the industry.
In an interview, Black Sheriff stated that Pocolee played his song to Burna boy, a move that sparked collaboration, and since then, Black Sheriff has been dropping hints.
4. Zlatan Ibile
Zlatan Ibile is another artist whom Pocolee’s breakthrough has helped skyrocket his career.
It’s a symbiotic relationship, he gave pocolee his big break, and pocolee also played a massive role in his success in the music industry.
5. Alpha P
Due to the influence of Pocolee, the upcoming singer has steadily grown his fan base. He has collaborated on a single with both Pocolee and Black Sheriff