9ice, born Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande (born 17 January 1980) is a Nigerian musician, songwriter and dancer. He’s recognized for his highly effective use of the Yoruba language in his music in addition to his proverbial lyrics and distinctive fashion of supply.

Formative years

9ice was born right into a polygamous dwelling of 5 wives and 9 kids, in Ogbomosho, Oyo State in Western Nigeria. He grew up in shomolu Bariga suburbs of Lagos. 9ice had additionally dreamed of being a musician. His dad and mom found his singing expertise, and determined to permit him change into a musician.

Historical past

In response to an early missionary, “Ogbomosho in 1891 was a walled metropolis, the gates of which have been carefully watched by day and securely closed by evening. The city, picturesque and nicely watered was remoted from the remainder of the Yoruba cities. Political relations have been maintained with the Ibadans, for the nation trusted its safety on the soldiers of Ogbomosho and Ikirun… The power of Ogbomosho lay within the wall and moat surrounding the city, and the soldiers made full use of it by sitting shut and tight..”

The story behind the identify Ogbomoso

Olabanjo Ogunlola Ogundiran was of Ibariba descent. He and his spouse, Esuu, constructed their hut by the facet of the ajagbon tree.[

Ogunlola (later Soun) seen smoke oozing from some close by places. He took braveness and approached these locations and found different hunters. There is no such thing as a extra Bale Akande.

Egbe Alongo (Alongo Society)

Ogunlola, after the invention of those hunters, took the initiative to ask them to type the Alongo Society. The first goals of the society have been: defence in opposition to Sunmoni (slave prowlers) raids group looking of untamed animals, and mutual help. After every day’s looking, they retired to Ogunlola’s hut the place they have been handled to beans and different meals and have been served with Sekete wine brewed by Ogunlola’s spouse from fermented guinea corn. In addition they engaged in discussing present affairs and planning.[


Esuu, the spouse of Ogunlola, launched the worship of Orisapopo to Ogbomoso. The worshippers have been distinguished by white beads worn spherical their necks and carrying of white clothes solely. Consuming of palmwine was forbidden to them. The identify Orisapopo was most likely derived from the truth that Ogunlola’s hut was on the northsouthern route, due to this fact the Orisala being worshipped within the hut was named “Orisapopo” (idol by the freeway). The significance and affect of ‘Orisapopo’ among the many residents of Ogbomoso is immense. It may be described because the patron “Orisa” of Ogbomoso.

How Ogunlola’s settlement grew to become Ogbomosos and Ogunlola grew to become Soun

In the course of the time, the Ibaribas, beneath the management of Elemoso, attacked Oyo-Ile close to Ilorin metropolis. Elemoso induced a devastating havoc among the many Oyo folks, a lot that they feared him in battle. Elemoso consequently laid complete siege on Oyo, inflicting famine and untold hardship among the many folks.

Alaafin was so impressed by Ogunlola’s prowess that he, the Alaafin, requested Ogunlola to remain within the capital (Oyo-Ile) as a substitute of returning to his settlement. Ogunlola politely declined saying “Ejeki a ma se ohun” which means “let me keep yonder.” His majesty, the Alaafin, granted Ogunlola’s want to return to his settlement. This was later contracted to Ogbomoso.

Ultimately, the authority of Ogunlola grew to become better and extra revered. His compound by the Ajagbon tree then grew to become the Soun’s palace and a rallying level for all Ogbomoso residents.

Ogbomoso, due to her strategic location, rapidly grew from a village standing to a medium dimension city. Her folks have been additionally renown warriors. In the course of the Fulani wars of the nineteenth century, many cities and villages (about 147) have been abandoned whereas their folks took refuge in Ogbomoso. The inflow of individuals additional enhanced the dimensions and power of the city.

Alagba Origin

Alagba is believed to have been born within the 12 months 1675 within the previous Oyo city, which is now being known as Ogbomoso. He was seemingly mentioned to have been introduced from the forest by the third Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Ikumoyede who dominated from 1770 until 1797. In deference to its age, it’s referred to as Alagba, which suggests ”the aged one” in Yoruba. In Ogbomoso, the place the legendary tortoise lumbers about within the palatial grounds of the king, it’s nearly a sacrilege to confer with Alagba as a mere tortoise. The tortoise performed host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso previously.

Final days on earth

The sacred tortoise, which was believed to the oldest in Africa, was sick for just a few days earlier than her demise on fifth October, 2019.

The palace family, Ogbomoso neighborhood and stakeholders within the tourism sector are reportedly mourning. Alagba’s passage due to the good influence left behind. Plans are underway to protect Alagba’s physique for historic information


In 1996, 9ice recorded his first demo titled Risi de Alagbaja, nevertheless it was not till 2000 that he launched his first official solo song Little Cash.

In 2008, 9ice launched the one Gongo Aso. With the track gaining recognition, 9ice was requested to carry out on the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute live performance in London, United Kingdom in June 2008. He went on to win the Finest Hip Hop Artist of the 12 months on the MTV Africa Music Awards.

Gongo Aso gained him 4 additional awards on the 2009 version of the Hip Hop World Awards held on the Worldwide Convention Centre, Abuja: the Album of the 12 months, Artiste of the 12 months, Track of the 12 months and the Finest Rap in Pop Album classes.

In 2020, 9ice launched one other album entitled “Tip of The Iceberg: Episode 1 to high his beforehand launched albums. He’s the Founder and CEO of his personal music file label Alapomeji Ancestral Document.

9ICE’s CD ‘S Albums Discography.

  • Certificates (2007)
  • Gongo Aso (2008)
  • Custom (2009)
  • Certificates and Custom reloaded (2010)
  • Versus/Bashorun Gaa (2011)
  • GRA/CNN (2014)
  • Id Cabasa (2016)
  • G.O.A.T (2018)
  • Concern of God(2020) (2020)
  • Tip of The Iceberg: Episode 1 (2020)


  • Nigeria Leisure Awards Most Indigenous Act 2007
  • MOBO Finest African Act 2008
  • MTV Africa Music Awards Finest Hip Hop Artist 2008
  • Dynamix Awards Artist Of The 12 months 2008
  • Hip Hop Awards Finest Vocal Efficiency 2008
  • Hip Awards Revelation Of The 12 months 2008
  • Hip Hop Awards Track Of The 12 months 2009
  • Hip Hop Awards Finest R&B/Pop 2009
  • Hop Hop Awards Album Of The 12 months 2009
  • Hip Hop Awards Artist Of The 12 months 2009

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