Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande, also known as 9ice, is a Nigerian singer celebrated for his bold Yoruba lyrics, proverbial messages, and unique delivery style.
9ice, also known as Adigun Alapomeji, was born on January 17th, 1980, in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria, into a polygamous family with five wives and nine children. He grew up in the Lagos suburbs of Shomolu Bariga, attending Abule Okuta Primary School and CMS Grammar School Bariga for his education. Despite facing challenges in securing admission to higher education, he eventually studied law at Lagos State University before dropping out to pursue his music career.

9ice began his music journey in the 1990s, recording his first demo, “Risi de Alagbaja,” in 1996. However, his solo career took off in 2000 with the release of his first single, “Little Money.” One of his notable hits, “Gongo Aso,” was released in 2008, it gain popularity for its catchy beat, vibrant Yoruba lyrics, and energetic delivery. It became an anthem, resonating with audiences across Nigeria and beyond, it is one of the most popular song to come out Africa in the 2010’s area and contribute to 9ice establishing himself as one of the best best artist to come out of Nigeria
Gongo Aso song lead to an invitation to perform at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute Performance in London, UK, in June 2008. He further solidified his status by winning the Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year award at the MTV Africa Music Awards.

9ice electrified Nigerian campuses on the Soundcity/MTN Campus Blast tours, winning hearts everywhere. He took his music global, hitting major cities like New York and Los Angeles on the “Let’s Go There Tour With Ariya Entertainment.” From the Star Mega Jam in London to sold-out concerts in the Netherlands and Malaysia, 9ice celebrated Nigeria’s independence with unforgettable performances. His 2010 European tour was a hit, drawing enthusiastic crowds of Nigerians in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Cyprus.
9ice is not just a musician; he’s also the CEO of Alapomeji Ancestral Records, he has collaborated with wide array of artists, including Sound Sultan, Olamide, Tuface Idibia, and Wizkid, showcasing his versatility and influence.

Check out 9ice’s dynamic discography:
Certificate (2007)
Gongo Aso (2008)
Tradition (2009)
Certificate and Tradition Reloaded (2010)
Versus/Bashorun Gaa (2011)
GRA/CNN (2014)
Id Cabasa (2016)
G.O.A.T (2018)
Fear of God (2020)
Tip of the Iceberg: Episode 1 (2020)
From the classic vibes of “Gongo Aso” to the innovative sounds of “Tip of the Iceberg,” 9ice keeps the beats fresh and the tunes flowing!

Here are some of Adigun Alapomeji’s hit songs over the years:
Aranbada (2021)
Sobo (2020)
Glory (2020)
Living Things (2016)
Lords Prayer (2016)
Shakashiki (2011)
Life is Beautiful (2011)
No Be Mistake (2009)
Gbamu Gbamu (2009)
Anytime (2009)
Gongo Aso (2008)
Street Credibility ft. 2Face (2008)
Party Rider (2008)
Alapomei Anthem (2009)
Little Money (2007)
Wedding Day ft Dagrin.
To list some of His Awards:
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Indigenous Act 2007
MOBO Best African Act 2008
MTV Africa Music Awards Best Hip Hop Artist 2008
Dynamix Awards Artist of the Year 2008
Hip Hop Awards Best Vocal Performance 2008
Hip Awards Revelation of the Year 2008
Hip Hop Awards Song of the Year 2009
Hip Hop Awards Best R&B/Pop 2009
Hip Hop Awards Album of the Year 2009
Hip Hop Awards Artist of the Year 2009
Headies Best Vocal Performance (Male) for “Street Credibility” featuring 2Face Idibia in 2008.
Headies Best Recording of the Year for “Gongo Aso” in 2009.
Headies Best Vocal Performance (Male) for “Tradition” in 2010.
Abolore Adegbola 9ice, has been married three times, and he has children with different women.
9ice ventured into politics in 2014 when he declared his intention to run for a seat in the Federal House of Representatives under the All Progressives Congress (APC) party.In 2015, Governor Ajimobi appoints 9ice as Special Adviser.


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