Nigerian hip-hop star Abolore Adigun Akande a.k.a 9ice has now officially denied reports he intends to abandon music for a more “challenging” time as a politician. There was a media frenzy last week when news first leaked that 9ice intended to run as a councillor in th Ogbomosho North federal constituency in Oyo State where he hails from.
In a rebuttal on E-Punch, 9ice said, “I am preparing to release a double album this year. We released five songs yesterday (Wednesday January 15, 2014) and also shot a video. We plan to release another one on Friday. I am tired of these false reports. I can’t count how many times 2face was rumoured to have died, yet he is still alive.” It is so annoying and for the record, I am still doing music full time,” he fumed. 9ice is scheduled to release his two new albums, C.N.N and G.R.A sometimes this year.
Critics of the musician however claim his close aides must have cynically deliberately started the story of his leaving music for politics to promote his two new albums. They hold that 9ice created the controversy himself and he is on record as having said he was undertaking an online course with Capella University in Minneapolis, USA in preparations for running for an elective post in 2016. He is reported to be studying to be a lawyer because as he claims himself, people like voting only for candidates mostly who have gone to a university and have a degree to show for it.
On February 18, 2012, 9ice told Channel’s TV Sunrise Daily host:
“You know in Naija (Nigeria) they believe if you don’t go to school, they believe you cant govern, you cant lead so it has become a barrier; this era, you have to be educated. Politics has been in me since I was young.”
He abandoned school for music early when he used funding to write the university entrance exams JAMB to release his first album. He has since released a string of successful singles and albums.
An anonymous critic said: “It’s only in Nigeria that anybody can just go into politics. What do you know about politics? You think politics is like doing whack music? Metcheeeeeeeew. Your career don die finish wey u want do shakara?”
9ice shot to fame with a string of hits that included Gongo Aso, Bachelor’s Life, Enife, Ori Owolo and Everyday. He has also done duets with other well-known Nigerian musical stars, including famed twins P-square, Banky and Tiwa Savage.
However, with a very competitive music industry and widespread piracy in Nigeria, few people buy music so some musicians have come up with innovative strategies to sell their songs. Close aides of 9ice some critics hold, started the story about his leaving music for politics to see his two new albums scheduled for release in march this year.
Like 9ice says in one of his hits singles, the brouhaha over his wish to join politics “no be mistake.”
Profile, Early Life and Career
Born Abolore Akande on January 17, 1980, 9ice is a Nigerian musician from the south-western town of Ogbomosho in Oyo State but he grew up in the district of Bariga in Lagos.
He was named the 2008 revelation of the year award winner at the Hip-Hop World award in Nigeria after releasing his hit single Gongo Aso. He has since received a number of other musical accolades and is also founder of Alapomeji Records.
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 out about his singing career a year after it started around 2000. Before then, 9ice wrote his own songs and has been doing so since he was 14.