M.I Abaga changes stage name after 19 years

M.I. Abaga

Rapper Jude Lemfani Abaga, popularly known as M.I Abaga, has announced he is changing his stage name after 19 years in the Nigerian music industry.

The 40-year-old made the announcement in an Instagram post on Thursday, July 7.

M.I who is yet to reveal his new name said the change came as a result of his new album Behold the Lamb.

The rapper stated that the album deserves a new name.

He wrote: “After over 15yrs as minister incredible, I will be retiring the name “MI Abaga” and taking on a new name for my new project bcuz, my new album hard af and it deserves a new name”.

In another post, M.I wrote: “My final act as MI will be a performance at The Vibe on the 10th of July where I will celebrate my legacy as Africa’s greatest rapper.”

M.I has won over 13 awards including Best Hip Hop Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Abaga was CEO of Chocolate City from 2015 to 2019. In March 2020, he announced his exit from the label and launched his own record label Incredible Music.

He has also gotten over 20 award nominations since he began his career in 2003.