The founder of Loopy Records, M.I was born by the name of Jude Abaga on 4 October 1981 to parents Pastor and Mrs Abaga in Jos, Plateau State. The Nigerian Hip Hop Messiah is a singer-songwriter, rapper and CEO of Chococlate City. He has achieved worldwide recognition as part of the vanguard of the “Afrobeats” wave. He has played a vital role towards the Nigerian entertainment industry by bringing out artists like Wizkid, Ice Prince and Brymo to name a few.
Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Nigeria’s Hip Hop Messiah, M.I:
1. M.I was born with the name Jude Abaga on 4 October 1981 to parents Pastor and Mrs Abaga in Jos, Plateau State.
2. He attended the Baptist High School in Jos.
3. M.I has two brothers; Jesse Jagz who is also in the Nigerian and African music scene and Jason Abaga.
4. Back in his school days he won the the third place at the Calvin College show called “HipHopera” in 2003.
5. He released his single titled “Safe” which gained impressive airplay by African radio and music video stations such as MTV Vibe. The single later won an award at the Nigerian Music Video Awards.
6. He later released his first album titled “Let Talk About It” which also won the Best Hip Hop Artist at the City People Awards and the Musician of the Year award at the 2008 Modemen Awards.
7. He is signed to the Chocolate City Company founded by Aubu Maikori.
8. He has worked with famous names like Don Jazzy, Jesse Jagz, Threadstone, Ice prince, Wizkid and Djinee to name a few.
9. He runs a production company with his brother Jesse Abaga called “Rytchus Era Productions”. He was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in 2012. He also supports the Jostified campaign.
10. He was appointed as the brand ambassador of Glo Mobile in 2013, alongside Burna Boy and Omawunmi. In the same year, he was also a judge in Glo X-Factor, a reality singing show.