In 1989 he decided to research his family history and traced his roots via the slave trade back to his African origins. He then legally changed his name to adopt this family heritage.
He has written a play called 'Elmina's Kitchen' which premiered at the National Theatre in May 2003, and won him the London Evening Standard Charles Wintour award for 'Most Promising Playwright' in November 2003. His play was then nominated for the 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards for Best New Play of 2003.
After his success in Celebrity Fame Academy, he realeased an album called 'Kwame' in November 2003.