Born on January 17, 1980 in Bariga, Lagos Nigeria; Adegbola Abolore Akande aka 9ice is a Nigerian musician, songwriter and entertainer who is from a polygamous family with four (4) stepmothers and eight (8) siblings. 9ice always had a penchant for music and song writing since his early teenage years. He attended Abula Okuta primary school, followed promptly by CMS grammar school and then embarked on getting a Law degree from the Lagos State University but eventually dropped out to grant more focus to his music career.
After recording his first demo, 9ice joined the group ‘Mysterious Boys’, with whom he did a couple of tracks before going on to form his own group, Abinibi, which is now defunct. Having recorded his first demo, titled “Risi De Alagbaja” in 1996, and his first solo song, “Little Money” in 2000, 9ice had to wait until 2005 before gaining recognition in the Nigerian music market with his hit “Gongo Aso“, which was produced by ID Cabasa and remains his biggest single to date.
9ice won the award for Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008. At the third edition of the Hip Hop World Awards held in Nigeria, he won the Revelation of the Year award and Best Male Vocal Performer. A month later at the first Sound City Music Video Awards, he was nominated in the category of Best New Artist. He is the founder of Alapomeji Records.
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 is also a UN Youth ambassador, the Global Public Health Ambassador to Society for Family Health, the 46664 Nelson Mandela Charity Organization ambassador and Lagos State Environmental ambassador.