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9ice is a Nigerian musician and Hip hop, Afro pop music, world fusion artist. A Nigerian-American serial entrepreneur.

Background information

Full Name: Abolore Adegbola Akande

Born: 17 January 1980

Also known as: Adigun, Baale, Bashorun Gaa, Hitmaker, Ancestor

Genres: Hip hop, Afro pop music, world fusion

Famous as: Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist

Instruments: Vocals

Years active: 2000 –present

Labels: Alapomeji Ancestral Records

Spouse: Adetola Anifalaje

Children: Milani-Françoise Imisioluwa Akande, Zion Akande, Michelle Abolanle Akande

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Biographical and educational history

9ice, christened Abolore Alexander Adegbola Ajifolajifaola Akande, is a native of Ogbomosho town in Oyo state, Nigeria. He was born into a polygamous family with his Muslim father marrying five wives.

He attended Abule Okuta Primary School and CMS Grammar School, and dropped out from his law course at the Lagos State University due to lack of funds and decided to concentrate on his music.

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Music career, album and breakthrough

9ice wrote his own songs, beginning at age 14. As a big fan of Pasuma Wonder, he kick-started his singing career with
Fuji music. He derives his inspiration from his environment, and music from the likes of Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Adé, Tatalo Alamu, the late Alhaji Ayinla Omowura, and the late Alhaji Haruna Ishola.

After recording his first demo, 9ice joined the group Mysterious Boys, with whom he did a couple of tracks before going on to form his own, now defunct, group, Abinibi

Having recorded his first demo, titled Risi De Alagbaja, in 1996, and his first solo song, “Little Money” in 2000, 9ice had to wait until 2005 before gaining recognition in the Nigerian music market.

The first major breakthrough for 9ice came from his first single, “Little Money”. Soon after this, he did collaborations with different Nigerian artists that prompted the release of another hit single, “Ganja Man”. ID Cabasa produced this single, which was released with other songs in March 2006.

The reggae tone and playful style of the song made it an instant hit. 9ice later founded his own record company and released all other albums under that label, Alapomeji Records.

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9ice’s debut album “Certificate” was relatively successful, and included the songs “Little Money”, “Ganja Man”, “Make Dem Talk” and “Music Daddy”.

His sophomore album “Gongo Aso”, notable for his hit song ‘Gongo Aso’ included songs covering success, originality, partying and women, as well as themes on the institution of marriage and gratitude.

He is recognized as the first Nigerian pop artist to release two albums in a year. He achieved this feat in 2011 when he released Bashorun Gaa and Versus albums simultaneously to critical acclaim.

He repeat the same feat in 2014 when he released Cancelling Numerous Negativity (CNN) and Galvanizing Right Ahead (GRA) albums simultaneously.

However, this move proved to backfire as both albums flopped in the market. Some say his involvement in politics at the time had an effect on the overall quality of the albums as well as the marketing strategy employed to push the albums.

In 2016, he released his “ID Cabasa” album. The album was so named after his long time friend and superstar music producer ID Cabasa who single-handedly produced 9ice’s debut and sophomore albums.

Relationship between the two had been strained over the years and naming the album after ID Cabasa was part of 9ice’s effort to reconnect and re-establish their relationship.

9ice gave all monetary proceeds from the album to ID Cabasa. Commercially and quality wise, the album was adjudged better than CNN/GRA. In 2018, he released the album G. O. A. T meaning Greatest of All Times.

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Style of music

9ice is known for his use of the Yoruba language in his music, and he sometimes mixes Yoruba proverbs with English, pidgin English, Hausa and Igbo.

With a mastery of his Yoruba language, his mother tongue, 9ice’s music employs the use of Yoruba proverbs, folklores, popular sayings and mysticism.

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9ice compares himself to Youssou N’Dour, who has won a couple of
Grammy awards with music recorded in his mother tongue, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, whose music has also embraced her language.

9ice has been quoted as saying, “English language has been imposed on us but God graciously gave Yoruba language to us.”

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Live performance

Since late 2007 9ice has featured prominently across Nigerian campuses in the Soundcity/MTN Campus Blast tours; Lets Go There Tour With Ariya Entertainment in NY, LA, Chicago, Houston, Maryland in 2008; Star Mega Jam in 2007-2010; and London Troxy in 2008 and 2010.

9ice performed at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert (singing “Gongo Aso”) in London on 27 June 2008.

All these shows and concerts were sold-out events. He also headlined sold-out shows in the Netherlands and Malaysia in October 2010 to mark his country’s 50-year anniversary of independence.

In 2010, 9ice embarked on a European tour through parts of Italy, Spain and Switzerland. He also performed live in Cyprus at Lions Garden, where many Nigerian students were in attendance.

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ong>9ice Political career

In January 2014, 9ice announced plans to run for a political office in 2015 as a House of Representatives member representing the Ogbomoso North Constituency, Oyo state in the National Assembly.

He contested for the seat under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but lost at the party primaries.

In April 2015, the “Gongo Aso” singer was appointed a special adviser to former Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi.

Ambassador and endorsement

UN Youth Ambassador

Lagos State Environmental Ambassador

46664 Nelson Mandela Charity Organization Ambassador

Global Public Health Ambassador to Society for Family Health


Family and Personal life

9ice, christened Abolore Alexander Adegbola Ajifolajifaola Akande, is a native of Ogbomosho town in Oyo state, Nigeria. He was born into a polygamous family with his Muslim father marrying five wives.

9ice himself is a Muslim but his mother is a practising Christian. Following the success of his “Gongo Aso” album, 9ice married media personality, poet and entrepreneur, Toni Payne.

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Their union, which was blessed by a son named Zion, soon hit the rocks and a bitter divorce followed with rumours going round that Toni’s affair with 9ice’s friend and rapper, Ruggedman, was the cause of the divorce.

Ruggedman has since denied that he ever had an affair with Toni and 9ice himself has said no such affair happened.

Following his split from Toni Payne, 9ice has been in babymama relationships with two other women—Victoria Godis and Olasunkanmi Ajala. With Victoria Godis, he has twin girls named Hazeeza Maya and Hadiza Miya. Olasunkanmi Ajala gave birth to 9ice’s other daughter, Michelle.

He is now remarried to and welcomed a baby girl, Milani-Françoise in late 2018.

Awards achievements and recognitions

9ice’s biggest single is titled “Gongo Aso”. He is the founder of Alapomeji Ancestral Records.

9ice won the award for Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008.

At the third edition of the Hip Hop World Awards held in Nigeria, he won the
Revelation of the Year award and Best Male Vocal Performer.

A month later at the first SoundCity Music Video Awards.

He was nominated in the category of Best New Artist.

Other awards

MOBO Best African Act 2008

Nigerian Music Awards Best Act 2008

Nigerian Entertainment Awards Most Indigenous Act 2007

Nigerian Entertainment Awards Best Act 2008

TV awards

Best Hiphop Act

MTV Africa Music Awards 2008

LTv/Eko Fm Awards

Magazine awards

Hiphop World Awards Best Vocal Performance Male 2008

Hiphop World Awards Revelation of The Year 2008

Hiphop World Awards Best Album 2009

Hiphop World Awards Best Act 2009

Hiphop World Awards Artiste of the Year – 2009

Hiphop World Awards Best Song 2009

Dynamix Awards Most Promising act 2007

Dynamix Awards Best Song of The Year 2008

Gbedu Awards 2008

City People’s Award 2009


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