9ice: The artiste
Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande popularly known as 9ice is a Nigerian musician. 9ice was born on the 17th of January, 1980 into a polygamous family of five wives and nine children, in Ogbomosho, Oyo State in Western Nigeria. He grew up in Bariga suburbs of Lagos.
9ice attended Abule Okuta Primary school for his elementary education. He proceeded to CMS grammer school, bariga where he obtained his Senior secondary school certificate. Abolore got admitted to study Law at the Lagos State University but later dropped out to concentrate on his music career.
9ice had always nursed the ambition of being a musician. He began singing at the age of 14. After some time, his parents discovered his singing talent, and decided to allow him become a musician.
9ice became popular for his nunique style of music. He fuses the uniqueness of Yoruba proverbs in his afrobeats music genre. His lyrical abilities set him apart amongst the artist of his generation. The MTV awards recognized his artistry by awarding him the Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008.
In 1996, 9ice recorded his first demo titled Risi de Alagbaja, but it was not until 2000 that he released his first official solo song Little Money.
In 2008, he released the single Gongo Aso. With the song gaining popularity, 9ice was asked to perform at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert in London, United Kingdom in June 2008.
9ice later found his own record label company called Alapomeji Records, releasing all his other albums under the label. The hit song “Gongo Aso” contained in the album titled Gongo Aso became a major breakthrough for 9ice as it became a sort of national anthem sang at almost every occasion in the country at the time. Other tracks from the album include: Street credibility, Party rider, Pamurogo, Photocopy and many others.
9ice has released over seven (7) studio albums, with each album producing a hit song at least. 9ice is currently married and his marriage is blessed with four lovely children namenly Michelle Abolanle Akande, Maya Akande, Zion Akande and Miya Akande.
In the course of his career as musician, 9ice has won several awards which include Best African Act at MOBO awards, Best Act at Nigerian Music awards, Most indigenious Act at the Nigerian Entertainment awards, Best Act at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Best Male Vocal Performer at the Future Awards and Best Act at the LTV/Eko FM Awards.
Abolore Alexander Akande 9ice was born on the 17th of January, 1980. He is 40 years of age