What Does KSI Stand For? Here’s His Real Name

Published 10/07/2023, 12:36 PM EDT

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What does KSI stand for? It is a question that has intrigued countless admirers across the globe. The British YouTuber-turned-boxer has achieved unparalleled success throughout his career. Yet his name remains a mystery for many. KSI isn’t just an influencer boxer or a YouTuber; he is also a successful rapper cherished by many across the globe. But his rise to fame and success was relatively humble. 

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The London resident began his career on YouTube, producing gaming videos, especially FIFA. His engaging videos garnered him loads of views, likes, and subscribers. Today, he has two YouTube channels, one with 13.6 million subscribers and the other with 24.1 million subscribers. He is also a part of the popular YouTube group called Sidemen. What’s more, he made his boxing debut in 2019, defeating Joe Weller. Despite all his accomplishments, the name KSI remains a mystery for many, but not anymore. 

What is KSI’s real name?

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Named Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji at birth, KSI came into the world on June 19, 1993, in the city of London. His father, Jide Adamulla Olatunji, came from Nigeria and married KSI’s mother in the early 90s. In contrast, KSI’s mother, Yinka Olatunji, hails from London, where she crossed paths with his father. The couple had two boys, one as everyone has come to know as KSI, and his brother named Deji Olatunji. His brother was born on December 9, 1996. Inspired by KSI’s journey, his brother started a YouTube channel and garnered a massive following.

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Interestingly, Olajide, from KSI’s name, originates from the Yoruba language widely spoken in Nigeria. It means a combination of prestige, success, and wealth resurrected. Olayinka means surrounded by wealth and honor. When it comes to his original YouTube username, “KSIOlajideBT,” KSI once explained he added “BT” because Olajide wasn’t available on FIFA and EA.

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What does KSI stand for?

KSI stands for Knowledge, Strength, and Integrity; he got the popular moniker from his old Halo 3 clan group. According to KSI himself, he had to add the clan’s name ‘KSI’ to his gaming name, “OlajideBT,” so he could join the clan. However, as his popularity grew, the name ‘KSI’ gained traction with his followers, and he embraced the name wholeheartedly. Later, the Brit even got the moniker tattooed on his body – Knowledge on his chest and Strength and Integrity on either of his hands. What’s more, he filmed the entire process and shared it on YouTube for his fans to watch. 

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More than a moniker, the name KSI is a testament to his journey from a small YouTuber to a sensational icon. However, what we want to know about is your opinion. After uncovering his real name and learning about the meaning behind his moniker, do you look at him any differently?

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Sudeep Sinha

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Sudeep Sinha is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. With a rich background as a content writer for various companies, Sudeep's journey as a sports writer has been driven by his unwavering fascination with boxing and its multifaceted appeal. For Sudeep, boxing represents the perfect blend of athleticism, strategy, and a profound connection to the human spirit.
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