Call him M.I, Mr. Incredible or even his birth name Jude Abaga, which ever one you choose, there’s no denying it definitely rings a bell – Proudly one of Nigeria’s finest entertainers! Today we celebrate the hip hop recording artist, record producer and CEO Jude Abaga as he turns 35.
M.I who has proudly bagged a number of awards including; Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, rose to fame in 2006 with the release his song “Crowd Mentality.” But before fame, the Taraba born star, a son of a pastor had his early education Baptist High School, Jos. He later traveled to the United States, schooled in Calvin College, Michigan where he bagged a degree in Business Administration and Economics. There, he started his musical journey.
However it wasn’t until he landed the shores of his home country Nigeria in 2003 that he began making headway in the industry. Upon his arrival he quickly commenced the production of mixtapes with his pal Djinee which led to the critically acclaimed single “Safe”, which has gathered impressive airplay. His critically acclaimed debut studio album, Talk About It, was released on 11 December 2008.
M.I is credited for paving the way for stars Ice Prince and Brymo.
M.I has two brothers, one of which is Jesse Jagz a fellow artiste.
In 2013, M.I was appointed as an ambassador by mobile giant Glo and in June 2015 an even bigger accomplishment came in for him as he took over the reigns from co founder Chocolate City Label, Audu Maikori as CEO after ten years.
Today as M.I clocks 35, he goes down memory lane on social media with some throwback photos below, and we just have to say, for a 35 year old, M.I has no doubt accomplished a lot for his age – Well done!
‘Happy birthday Jude. You are going to see the world, share your heart, make mistakes, fall in love, sing a song, try and fail, try and win.. keep growing, never stop laughing, don’t let them steal your joy, don’t let them kill your kindness… eat love love laugh jump fly sing shout.. happy birthday’ , he captioned one of the post.
Happy Birthday Chairman!