10 things to know about 9ice @36


Nigerian singer and songwriter, 9ice, is 36-year-old today, January 17, 2015. To celebrate the award winning singer, here are 10 things we know about him.

  1. His real name is Abolore Akande.
  2. 9ice hails from Ogbomoso in Oyo State, Nigeria but grew up in the district of Bariga in Lagos.
  3. He got his major break after he released the hit single ‘Gongo Aso’ produced by ID Cabasa.
  4. 9ice was among the performers at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert held in London on June 27, 2008.
  5. Alapomeji as he is famously called has collaborated with several A-list artistes in Nigeria including 2face Idibia, Oritsefemi and Olamide.
  6. He currently fronts his own record label called Alapomeji Records.
  7. He has won several awards including the 2007 Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Most Indigenous Act and 2008 Hip Hop World Awards (Headies) for Revelation of The Year.
  8. He has over 30 singles and five albums to his credit.
  9. In 2014, 9ice contested for a seat at the Federal House of Representatives under the All Progressive Congress (APC) but lost out during the primaries.
  10. 9ice is a father to four children from three different women – Zion, his son with ex-wife, Toni Payne; Maya and Miya with Victoria Godis, and Michelle with Olasunkanmi Ajala.