Da reggae priest (Osita Leonardo Chukwu) was born 17th April 1971 in Okigwe province eastern region ( Biafra land) that later amalgamated with north and west by British colonial masters and gave it the name (Nigeria) da reggae priest is the last son among the seven siblings who lost their second son in the Nigeria/Biafra war. Born and brought up by his poor parents, he couldn’t complete his higher educational level for lack of financial support. Osita discovered his talent early is his primary education, when he started writing poems and songs also blessed with a sweet and charming voice.
Osita was later sent to learn a trade in the northern part of the country where he met a friend that introduced him into reggae music which welcomed his spirit, then he started following the steps of strong reggae pioneers like Royce, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, but finally resorted to chose Lucky dube as a mentor, two and half a year later he quit from the trade and returned back home.
With short dreadlocks on his head, he was later trained as an industrial electrician which he finally joined a private company where he got the opportunity to start recording his songs bit by bit early 1998, he joined a group called (Zoj boys) in the year 2001 when they released a single titled (on my own) he pulled out of the group said he couldn’t see the light in the group, two years later he came up with the album (Jah say no) then he was known as Sicoraps (stage name,) that was when reggae music started losing fame in Nigeria, then he decided to move out to a foreign land to continue his musical carrier.
When he got to Côte d’ivoire in 2006 he joined a live band group by name (The Morning Stars) and was well known copying Lucky Dube on the stage, after Dube’s death in Oct. 18 2007 he organizes yearly the memorial of his mentor Lucky Dube, then 2015 he came up with the album (What a System) which one of the tracks was dedicated to his mentor titled “Goodbye Lucky Dube” and he never stop there. Born a peace maker, kind hearted, humble and lover of freedom who never wanted to see people being humiliated or marginalized, he said that his mission is to fight for the oppressed. That is why when unjust killings and oppression is currently repeating again and being carried out on daily basis mainly in the southern part of Nigeria that is Biafra land. After the killing of about six million biafrans in the Nigeria/Biafra civil war 1967-1970 when they declared ethnic cleansing on the Biafrans, Da Reggae Priest never relent to speak, as he came up in 2018 with the album (Biafra The Hope Of Africa) calling for the freedom and justice for the people of Biafra
Da reggae priest was born a Catholic and a member of the Catholic charismatic renewal Ci, he never give up to his Faith in God, when he was asked about smoking and alcoholism he said and I quote : yeah I was doing it as a youth, I never knew that I got a supernatural strength in me from above, but when i realized this, I called it a quit regarding my spiritual engagement to the Trinity, that is when I choose the name ( Da reggae priest) meaning :proclaiming Jah message in da reggae form” cause the holy book made it clear that living in truth and holiness attracts the presence of JAH Almighty and his love shall rest upon you to give you the maximum strength and protection needed in all you do Thanks”