Nishimura Riki popularly known as Ni-ki, was born on December 9, 2005. He is one of seven members of the South Korean boy band, ENHYPHEN, which debuted in 2020 with their extended play “Border: Day One.” Known to some fans as ‘Little Michael Jackson,’ Riki was a backup dancer for SHINee as a child, performing at the Tokyo Dome as he was partnered up with artist Key. As a Michael Jackson fan himself, it is said that Riki used the stage name Riki Jackson before his debut. Before becoming a member of ENHYPEN, Riki competed in “I-Land,” a South Korean boy group reality show, and came out fourth in the final ranking.
December 9, 2005
Nishimura Riki popularly known as Ni-ki, was born in Okayama, Japan. He is a Sagittarius, and first became known for his on-stage performance with SHINee, where he captured the attention of promoters. Riki has an older sister and also a younger one; his father is a businessman, while his mother is a homemaker. Since childhood, Riki has been interested in dancing and singing. He started to dance when he was three and entered an artistic academy when he was five. Soon, he began imitating Michael Jackson from DVDs alone and succeeded in impressing his family. As well as ‘Little Michael Jackson,’ Riki has been called ‘Super Dancer.’
From 2016 to 2017, Riki was a backup dancer for SHINee. A big fan of the South Korean rapper, songwriter, and actor, Key, Riki once partnered up with him for a popular show. In 2020, Riki competed in the survival competition series “I-Land,” which featured 23 male trainees, and aired weekly from June 26 to September 18 of that year. In the last episode of the series, Riki won fourth place. The top contestants were Riki himself, Yang Jung-won, Lee Hee-seung, Jake, Jay, Park Sung-hoon, and Kim Sun-oo. The seven youngsters then became known as the boy group ENHYPEN.
ENHYPEN first became known when the group launched their extended play, “Border: Day One.” The E.P. charted at number 39 on the ‘Japanese Oricon 2020 Yearly Album Chart’ and number two on the ‘South Korean Gaon Album Chart,’ with 318,528 copies sold domestically in one day. It became the highest-selling album launched by a K-pop group in 2020. Later that year, they were winners of the ‘Next Leader Award’ at “The Fact Music Awards,” and in February 2021, the record received ‘Platinum’ certification from the Korea Music Content Association (K.M.C.A.), the group’s first official achievement in the country.
As a child, Riki quickly becomes a backup dancer for SHINee.
Riki starts competing in the survival competition series “I-Land.”
Riki becomes one of seven winning contestants in the “I-Land” show.
The band ENHYPEN launches its first E.P.
ENHYPEN wins this prestigious prize at “The Fact Music Awards.”
Why We Love NI-KI
He’s a skilled dancer
Riki started dancing when he was a child and became a fan of Michael Jackson and SHINee. He later performed with his favorite group, SHINee, which he said was “like a dream come true.”
Riki was one of the best dancers at the “I-Land” contest. He can sing, dance, play piano, perform acrobatic moves, and make dance choreography — he is an all-around talented person.
Performing at the Tokyo Dome is one of his dreams, which did come true. Two of his other dreams are to hold a concert soon after his debut and receive a ‘Billboard Music’ award within 10 years.
5 Surprising Facts
His solo ‘fandom’ name
‘Nikkities’ is the name created for Riki by his followers.
His favorite color
Riki loves black.
‘Dance is life’ is Riki’s motto.
His pet’s name
Riki has a dog named Bisco.
He is left-handed
Riki is the only left-handed person in the band.
How long did Riki train?
Riki trained for eight months before participating in “I-Land.”
Who is the youngest in ENHYPEN?
Riki is the youngest in the group (known as the ‘Maknae’ in Korean).
Who speaks English in ENHYPEN?
Jake is the only member fluent in both English and Korean.
NI-KI’s birthday dates