Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande aka 9ice, 41, and Chinedu Okoli aka Flavour N’anbania, 37, are two of the greatest indigenous musicians to emerge from the 2000s era, churning out hits after hits while simultaneously taking the Yoruba (as per 9ice) and Igbo (with respect to Flavour) languages to the mainstream by means of Highlife, Pop, Afrobeat genres amidst others.
Their breakthrough songs are “Gongo Aso” (2008) and “Ashawo” (2005) for 9ice and Flavour respectively and ever since they have gone on to release groundbreaking, culture-defining and award-winning songs and albums in their own unique ways but for some reasons, Twitter users have decided to take it upon themselves to compare one to the other, using different yardstick.
Some users believe 9ice “Alapomeji” is the better and bigger artiste because not only did his debut album and debut single become a household song amongst Nigerians in the late 2000s, it went across boarders bagging him prestigious awards like the UK MOBO, MAMAs, Hip Hop Awards (now known as Headies) just to name some while other tweeps are of the opinion that Flavour is the bigger artistes judging by the fact that between 9ice and him, Mr. N’anbania is still the trendy musican, generating more streams and releasing more hit songs till date.
Others argue that there is a difference between the terms ‘bigger’ and ‘better’—saying one could be bigger and the other better— but not both while a few users champion 9ice as the bigger and better artiste yet quite a number of verdicts favour Flavour as the bigger and better musician.
These and many more reasons have summed up for a nice interesting debate on ‘9ice vs Flavour: Who is the bigger and/or better artiste’. You’d be glad to hear the opinions of Nigerians, we have Twitter to the rescue:
9ice has more hits and successful album than Flavour, 9ice in his peak was just few steps away from being on the same level with D’banj, P Square & 2baba
— ZEUS (@itzbasito) August 4, 2021
When it comes down to the battle of Hits, 9ice will beat flavour hands down on every versus.
— Duke of Ibadan 🀄️ (@_AsiwajuLerry) August 4, 2021
9ice dropped one of the most if not the most decade defining album in 2008.
The sound he created was not only unique but way ahead of his time.
Put RESPECT on his name. pic.twitter.com/dwwUnHUuib
— H👨🍳 (@77_Kiah) August 4, 2021
9ice had the Better Peak, in his Prime he dropped one of the best Hit & Album of all time but Flavour has had the Better Music Career. Flavour has dropped Hits/Albums spanning over a Decade while 9ice Fell off Long ago.
Flavour has the better Discography & is the Bigger Artiste
— King Nom Nom 👑 (@Odogwu_Nomso) August 4, 2021
9ice’ Gongo aso won 4 major awards, 9ice was the only Nigerian artiste invited to perform at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday and he performed Gongo aso but some of you think Flavor’s ashawo is bigger than all 9ice’ songs. Street Credibility is still there o.
— OTUNBA 🇨🇦 (@ManLikeIcey) August 4, 2021
Before we even go digital at all !!!
Adigun Alapomeji o kere o, in an industry where everyone speaks just English my guy came with Yoruba and mostly proverbs and still stood out ! During his time/generation 9ice was clear !
Adigun ju gbogbo won lo
— TheRemmySaheed 🇬🇧 (@Remmzor_YBNL) August 4, 2021
Flavour that used to do stadiums outside Nigeria is the person that 9ice is bigger than?
Do you even know how big ashawo remix is?
That song be like 5 hits for some artistes 😂
— JAGS (@_EtniesJags) August 4, 2021
Flavour is bigger than 9ice please.
9ice that fell off after 3 good years
Flavour has been consistent since like 2006, let's not even talk about his mad run from 2010-2016. https://t.co/wF7vT60R4E
— Mr We$t (@adet0la) August 4, 2021
Flavour wey dey fill up stadiums in Africa, 9ice can't even sell out eko hotel
Ada Ada >>> Gongo Aso
— Vinnie (@vinz_matthews) August 4, 2021
Flavour was among the Top 5 biggest Artistes in Africa from 2010-2014.
He had HUGE sold shows in Botswana, Cameroon, Suriname, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Malaysia, The Gambia, Canada, Mali, USA & more.
In 2014, he charged as much as $55,000 for an INTERNATIONAL show.
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) August 4, 2021
What is this mumu comparison between Flavour and 9ice? Hit songs, streams, concerts, endorsement, awards, home and abroad Flavour is clear 💯
— Vinnie (@vinz_matthews) August 4, 2021
Flavour is the 2nd Nigerian Act with higest Youtube Subscribers after Davido. His Streams are really insane. Flavour is Largely known in other African Countries especially East Africa and Outside Africa. Na only for Western part of Nigeria dem sabi 9ice.
— Ediyie Of Calabar (@Abbye_ak) August 4, 2021
9ice career still mystifies me till tomorrow.
What happened to that career?
Did he just go how musicians go? Note that pushing a music career at top level beyond 3 years is great, beyond 5 years is phenomenal..
Was it the fall out with TP who was his manager?
— Clxrence | 20:10:2020 (@Clarenceonyeks) August 4, 2021
Over to you, what do you think?