Nigerian Celebrity Biography: Ruggedman

Ruggedman’s Biography



One of Nigeria’s finest rap artistes and most featured rap artiste, Ruggedman, whose real name is Michael Stephens was born in Ohafia, Abia State on March 30 1976. He discovered his talent at an early age. He would listen endlessly to popular international rap artistes and mime his own version of their songs. This was around 1989. From there, he started to attend shows in which he was the guest artiste. His very performance was at a ceremony in his secondary school in 1999. Since then the name Ruggedman had stuck with him. In 1999, he realised he could come up with his own songs, so he submitted two tracks ‘What If?’ and ‘Gwo-gwo’ to radio stations and were eventually played on air for the first time. At this time, he had been featured on over 20 tracks. This prompted him to release his studio track titled ‘Ehen’ in 2002 in which he mocked reigning music artistes at the time. Within days of release, the song went viral on airplays and lips of lovers of rap music. Ruggedman had thus become a household name in the Nigerian music industry. Since then Ruggedman now RuggedyBaba has been doing great music nonstop. He has released over 4 albums and has shared stage with several world-class music artistes such as Wyclef Jean, Akon, Sean Paul, Kanya West, Nelly, to mention just a few. He also has his own record label under which he has signed artiste like MBryo. Michael has grabbed several awards home and abroad.


Rap, African Hip hop


Ruggedman graduated from the department of Policial Science of the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State.

Popular Tracks:

  • ‘Baraje’
  • ‘Peace or War’
  • ‘Ehen’
  • ‘Oh oh’
  • ‘I am Ruggedman’

Albums including year released:

  • Money Making Music (2012)
  • Untouchable (2010)
  • Ruggedy Baba (2007)
  • Thy Album Come (2004)


  • (Best New Artiste) 2013 Awards for Musical Excellence
  • (Best New Rap Act) 2003 Fanta Fame Awards
  • (Best Indigenous Concept) 2008 NMA Awards
  • (Nigeria Rap King) 2009 University of Ibadan Awards
  • (Best Rap Album) 2008 Hip Hop World Awards
  • (Hip Hop Artist of the Year) 2006 Nigeria Music Awards


In 2015, the rumour spread about the beef between Ruggedman and 9ice. Rumourmongers had it that it was through the rap artiste that 9ice met his lover Tony Payne. So when the couple divorced each other after 9ice released the ‘Once bitten Twice shy’ song which many had pointed to Ruggedman, people said that it was accusing Ruggedman of having secret love with Tony Payne. Later on, 9ice broke his silence on the issue on a live TV programme on TVC. The Oyo-born artiste said that although it was not true that Ruggedman was having an affair with his wife, he would never forgive him if he did not apologize. When asked what the matter was, he refused to comment.

Social Profiles:

Ruggedman on Facebook: RA The Ruggedman Official Page

Ruggedman on Twitter: @RuggedyBaba

Ruggedman on Youtube: RAtheRuggedManTV

Ruggedman on Instagram: @ruggedybaba

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