9ice born Alexander Abolore Adegbola Adigun Alapomeji Ajifolajifaola, on 17 January 1980 is a Nigerian musician. He is a south-westerner from Ogbomoso in Oyo State but he grew up in the district of Bariga in Lagos.
9ice attended Abule Okuta Primary School and CMS Grammar School, and dropped out from his law course at the Lagos State University to concentrate on music. He grew up in a polygamous home of five wives and nine children. His parents found about his singing career a year after it started around 2000. Before then, 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.
In 2014, 9ice revealed that he was going to contest for a political office in his native Ogbomosho in Oyo state. He joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) and declared his interest to contest for a seat at the Federal House of Representatives. He lost out during the primaries. 9ice was named as a Special Adviser to the Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
9ice Professional Career
9ice joined a group called the Mysterious Boys but only recorded a few tracks and then split. In 2000he recorded his first solo but it took 5 years before he would be recognized by the Nigerian music industry. His producer is I.D Cabasa and produced the song that really raised him into popularity was “Ganja Man” which was a reggae style in 2006.
9ice is known because he does a lot of his music in the Yoruba language and a little of Pidgin English as well. He also has his own label called Alapomeji Records and has performed at some shows including Mandela’s 90th Birthday in London and his country’s 50 year anniversary of independence in Malaysia and Holland.
9ice is a UN Youth Ambassador
Besides being a performer, 9ice is also the UN Youth ambassador, Lagos State Environmental ambassador, the 46664 Nelson Mandela Charity Organization ambassador which gives awareness of HIV/AIDS, and the Global Public Health Ambassador to Society for Family Health. 9ice is now trying to get a degree after having dropped out in his earlier years. H does online courses in the Capella University for Criminal Law and Public Safety.
9ice Wife and Children
9ice was once married with Tony Payne and had a son with her called Zion. This marriage ended in 2010 after a series of arguments about her having dated many of the music industry’s artists. It was said that some where supposedly friends of his. He then got together with his lover Vicki Gordis, which he had girl twins with called Maya and Miya.
There have been lots of controversies connected with the religion of the artist’s family. His father, who was born Christian, turned into Muslim, while his mother, who was a Muslim, became Christian. That sounds weird, right?
- 2007 – Certificate
- 2008 – Gongo Aso
- 2009 – Tradition
- 2010 – Certificate and Tradition reloaded
- 2011 – Bashorun Gaa/Versus
- 2014 – CNN/GRA
All 9ice Songs
- Gongo Aso
- Street Credibility
- Living Things
- Glass House
- No Be Mistake
- Party Rider
- Respect Is Reciprocal
- MOBO Best African Act 2008
- Nigerian Music Awards Best Act 2008
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards Most Indigenous Act 2007
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards Best Act 2008
- Future Awards
- MTV Base Best Hiphop Act 2008
- LTv/Eko Fm 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