Iconic Nigerian rapper, Jude Abaga, popularly known as M.I, has announced that he is changing his stage name after 19 years in the music industry.

The 40-year-old made the announcement in an Instagram post on Thursday, July 7.

M.I who is yet to reveal his new name said the change came as a result of his new album Behold the Lamb.

The rapper stated that the album deserves a new name.

He wrote: “After over 15yrs as minister incredible, I will be retiring the name “MI Abaga” and taking on a new name for my new project bcuz, my new album hard af and it deserves a new name”.


In another post, M.I wrote: “My final act as MI will be a performance at The Vibe on the 10th of July where I will celebrate my legacy as Africa’s greatest rapper.”

M.I has won over 13 awards including Best Hip Hop Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards.


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