Kez Sunday Udoka is the child of actress Nia Long and her ex-fiancé Ime Udoka. Kez has a mother and father both experts at their crafts, i.e., acting and basketball coaching respectively.

Kez (affectionately known as Kezzie) was born on November 7, 2011, in the year of the Scorpio. Passionate and determined are some of how Scorpios have been described, so his traits as he develops may well fit this description.

Kez’s Parents Are Separated

Nia Long and Ime Udoka finally parted ways, after 13 years together in December 2022. Unfortunately, this was also followed by news that he may have become involved with a female subordinate within the team. This was also how Kez’s father lost his job with the Boston Celtics for an entire season.

Nia Long is wearing a golden dress and Ime Udoka is wearing a suit.
Kez Udoka’s parents, Nia Long and Ime Udoka (Source: Pinterest)

Kez Sunday Udoka’s parents were once an engaged couple. They got betrothed in May 2015. Long and Udoka’s romance, started in February 2010 when they first met in Boston. A mutual friend had arranged their meeting. Though their engagement ended in 2022 due to difficulties, the story of how they first met is a unique episode in their diary.

Dealing with Father’s Cheating Scandal

Ime Udoka’s cheating scandal has been a particularly difficult time for Kez. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mother Nia said candidly that her son was not going through a smooth time while the controversy surrounding his father raged.

The actress disclosed the rawness of seeing Kez go through her emotional ordeal, feeling so alone. It was even more excruciating when those within the Boston Celtics organization decided to put a very private situation on display for public consumption. Nia noted that it was hard for him to process these events, because sometimes still he can’t do so.

Has A Stepbrother

Kez Sunday has a stepbrother named Massai Zhivago Dorsey II. He was born in Los Angeles on November 20, 2000. His stepbrother graduated from Birmingham Community Charter High School in June 2019 before embarking on his academic journey at Eastern Kentucky University.

Kez Sunday Udoka and Massai Zhivago Dorsey II are posing on the road as Kez is  holding a golden balloon.
Kez Udoka with his brother, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II (Source: Nia Long Instagram @iamnialong)

Not only did Massai II excel in his studies, but he also showcased his athletic prowess as a valuable member of the EKU Baseball team. Recent whispers about his whereabouts hint at a potential move to NYU, although concrete details remain somewhat elusive, urging us to approach this tidbit of information with a touch of skepticism.

Net Worth Status

Kez Sunday Udoka is still a child, so determining his net worth is not applicable. However, we can take a look at the financial status of his parents. His mother, Nia Long, has an estimated net worth of $9 million. On the other hand, his father, Ime Udoka, has a net worth of $12 million, similar to Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Kez’s mother, Long primarily earns her income through acting. While the exact details of her salary are not publicly disclosed, it is common for actors to negotiate contracts and receive compensation based on the scope and success of the projects they undertake.

Udoka derives his income primarily from his involvement in the world of basketball. Having started as a professional basketball player, he had a successful seven-season career that contributed to his earnings. As a player, he accumulated a total of $3.9 million in earnings. Transitioning from player to coach, he currently serves as the head coach of the Houston Rockets. His coaching role comes with a significant financial aspect, as he signed a contract with a reported salary of $28.5 million over a four-year duration.

Custody Battle Involving Kez

At present, Nia and Ime are embroiled in a custody dispute over their son Kez Sunday Udoka. So far, the legal dispute continues. According to court documents, the actress has applied for full custody of their son, with a view toward his future well-being and upbringing under her hand. She has also asked the court in documents to allow her ex-fiancé reasonable visitation that is consistent with the kid’s best interest.

Nia Long is taking a selfie as Kez Udoka looks on.
Kez Udoka with his mom, Nia Long (Source: Nia Long Instagram @iamnialong)

In addition, Long asks that Udoka cover attorney fees and other costs of the legal process, as reported in E! News. There is still no clear outcome in this custody battle, and the future arrangements for her custody and Kez’s visitation rights are unclear.

Kez School Music Controversy

Kez found himself amidst a school music controversy when an uncensored song, featuring the N-word, was played during a dance recital. Nia Long, his mother, expressed her displeasure on Twitter, stating, “I attended my son’s school for a dance recital, and a song was played featuring the N-word. Somebody has some explaining to do. I will not sit in silence. I will not tolerate perpetual gaslighting.”

This tweet reflected Long’s firm stance against the inappropriate use of racial slurs, especially in an educational setting. While it’s not clear if Nia has taken any specific action against the school, her vocal objection underscores the importance of maintaining an inclusive and respectful environment within educational institutions.

Mini Bio on Kez Parents

Ime Udoka

Nigerian-American Ime Sunday Udoka is a professional basketball coach and former player with an impressive career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A head coach for the Houston Rockets, he has held major coaching positions with numerous NBA teams.

Udoka coached the Boston Celtics before arriving in Houston and has served as an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks, Trail Blazers, Spurs, and Kings are all teams he played for as a player in the NBA, as reported in NBA Coaches.

Nia Long

Nia Long is best known for her breakthrough role in the critically acclaimed film “Boyz n The Hood,” as well as a multi-year stint on one of television’s most beloved series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Her journey in the world of acting was nurtured by Betty A. Bridges, the mother of actor Todd Bridges, who served as her acting coach for an impressive 15 years.

Long’s talent and influence extend beyond the screen, as she has been explicitly mentioned by name in the lyrics of numerous rap songs, attesting to her cultural impact. Notable artists like Melissa Holt’s husband J. Cole, Ye, Lil Wayne, Nas, Meek Mill, and Juicy J have all paid homage to Kez’s mother in their lyrics, showcasing the lasting imprint she has left on the entertainment industry and popular culture.

 

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