Ice Prince Biography: Age, Family, Education, Girlfriend, Career, Awards and Nominations, Brand Endorsements, Controversy, Net Worth

Started from the bottom to being an award-winning rapper.

By  | May 13, 2020, 04:00 PM  | Ice Prince  | Top of The

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After losing his parents, Ice Prince had nothing to turn back to. He became a University dropout due to financial constraints. He lost both his parents a decade apart and as a big brother, he had to take the hard pill and shape up for the betterment of his family.

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The musician draws inspiration from the likes of Jay Z, Common, Nas, 2 Pac, and many more along with his preferred genre which is Hip Hop. Ice Prince started from the very bottom where he couldn't survive but had to hustle, as a way of life.

Through hard work and dedication, we see it with Henry that tough times only hang around for a little while but there are surely brighter days ahead. He was afforded the opportunity and he made great use of it as today, he is one of the most influential artists in Africa. 

Ice Prince Age 

He was born on the 30th of October in 1986. He is 33 years old.

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Ice Prince Family

The rapper's birth name is Panshak Henry Zamani, and he is popularly known as Ice Prince, in Minna. At the age of 2, Ice Prince together with his family — Mr and Mrs Nasara relocated to the mining town of Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. Ice Prince also opened up about the passing of his parents where his father passed on at the age he started writing rap songs, in 1999.

Ice Prince Girlfriend

Ice Prince has a son with Bimbo Babatunde named Jamal Zamani.

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Ice Prince's son born on March 1, 2012. After they broke up, the rapper was single for a while until he started seeing a French-Ghanaian model, Maima Nkewa.

In the interview with PM News at his Lekki home in Lagos on Friday, April 5th, 2019, the singer who rose to fame after releasing his hit single “Oleku”, disclosed that he’s been yanked off the singles’ market.

Ice Prince Education

Henry finished his elementary school and proceeded to Murumba College in Jos for his secondary school education and later attended Science Tutorial College in Jos.

Ice Prince was admitted into the University of Jos, Plateau to study zoology. However, the rapper decided to opt-out due to financial constraints following the death of his parents. 

Ice Prince Career

As Ice Prince's life began in Jos, he started discovering who he is and what purpose he wanted to serve, which is music and rapping. The life-changing decision was in 1999 when Ice Prince started writing his own music and in 2001, he was on the journey of his first debut. 

Ice Prince started writing his music in 1999 where he would randomly write rap songs and would perform them at school gatherings.

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Starting off as something small, the rapper began going to studios to create music.  In 2002 Ice Prince and a friend came with an idea of creating a group by the name, “ECOMOG Squad” but it wasn't long until they had their differences and split a year later.

Two years later, Ice Prince had an opportunity to meet M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Tazz and combined their minds to create a legacy which is known as Loopy Cree today.

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Ice Prince disclosed his journey during an interview with Adeola Adeyemo

He said "I joined the choir in my church and started singing Tenor. That was about the time MI moved back to Nigeria and we became friends, we became family, we started living together, started making music together. I had a song that made it to Number 1 in Jos, that was when I started getting more attention. Then I got admitted into the University of Jos to study Zoology but then I couldn't really continue because of some financial constraint at the time."

During tough moments after he had entered the music industry, Ice Prince and M.I, would constantly visit Djinee’s house. He was a very good friend to them and ended up accommodating them until they found their feet.

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As a hustler and a hard worker - Ice Prince, entered the Hennessy Artistry Competition - and event hosted by the alcoholic brand, Hennessy to support the countries Urban and Contemporary.

The competition featured talents such as Bez, Mo'Cheddah, Blaise, and Jimmy Flames but neither of them was a match for Ice Prince who grabbed the first position. 

After a couple of years of trying to find his feet, the rapper released the single Oleku which became the most downloaded and remixed song in Nigeria, at the time, and in history. 

Due to the attraction, it brought for the rapper, he put the hit song in his first studio album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince which was released in 2011.The success of the song was followed by the Fire of Zamani album in 2013. He released his last studio album in 2016 which is Jos To The World. He then released an E.P, C.O.L.D which had a smash hit, Shutdown.

The rapper is not only a musician but a great actor as well. Ice Prince was featured in two movies in 2013. He played a supporting role in The use of Gold and made a cameo appearance in Shuga (season 3). 

Ice Prince Awards and Nominations

Ice Prince, following his successful two studio albums, has won a BET Award, three Headies Awards, Two Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and two Channel O Music Video Awards.

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The musician in his 15 years has achieved a milestone of being nominated 52 times and has won 17 awards. Here are the awards he has thus far in his career of almost two decades. 

2009 - Hennessy Artistry Club Tour for Hennessy Artistry
2010 - Dynamix All Youth Awards for Promising Artist of the Year, Song of the Year
2011 - The Headies 2011 for Best Rap Single, Song of the Year, Best Collabo, Best Street-Hop Artist
2011 - Next Rated for lyricist on the Roll
Channel O Music Video Awards for most Gifted Newcomer Video, Most Gifted Hip Hop Video, Most Gifted Video of the Year 
2011 - Dynamix All Youth Awards for Best New Artist
2011 - Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) for Best Contemporary Afro Video
2011 - Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Hottest Single of the Year, Best New Act of the Year, Best Rap Act of the Year
2011 - City People Entertainment Awards for Song of the Year
2011 - Eko FM/ Radio Lagos Awards for Young Artiste of the Year 
2012 - Channel O Music Video Awards for Most Gifted Hip-hop Video of the Year, Most Gifted Reggae Video of the Year 
2012 - Nigeria Entertainment Awards  Best Album of the Year, Best Rap Act of the Year
2012 - BET Awards - Best International Act: Africa
2012 - The Headies 2012 | Album of the Year, Best Rap Album
Artist of the Year  
2012 - Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year 
2012 - Ghana Music Awards for African Artist of the Year
2013 - The Headies 2013 for Artist of the Year 
2013 - Channel O Music Video Awards for Most Gifted African West Video, Most Gifted Video of the Year, 
2013 - 4syte Music Video Awards for Best African Act Video
2013 - Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) for Best Hip Hop Video, Best Use of Visual Effects
2013 - MOBO Awards for Best African Act 
2013 - Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Rap Act of the Year
2013 - BET Awards 2013 for Best International Act: Africa 
2013 - City People Entertainment Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
Musician of the Year (Male), Best Rap Artiste of the Year 
2014 - Ben Tv Awards for Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2014 - The Future Africa Awards for Prize in Entertainment 
2014 - Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Rap Act of the Year 
2014 - City People Entertainment Awards for Rap Artist of the Year, Rap Album of the Year
2014 - MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 for Best Hip Hop
2014 - World Music Awards for World's Best Male Artist, World's Best Live Act,
World's Best Entertainer of the Year
2018 - The Headies for Best Rap single

Ice Prince Brand Endorsements 

He is an ambassador for  D'USSE Cognac, the same brand as the one the American rapper, Jay Z represents. The deal was for Ice Prince to represent the alcoholic brand for two-years as D'USSE wanted to establish a market in Nigeria. 

The rapper has endorsement deal with Adidas, Chow Mein Restuarant, MA The Jewellery and many more brands. He once turned down a deal with Globacom as he cited that the money they were offering was too low.

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Ice Prince Controversy

After breaking up with Maima, the rapper was invited to Punch News for an interview to talk about the allegation that his ex-girlfriend cheated on him.

But in his defence, Ice Prince said,“She didn’t cheat on me. I never caught her cheating and I never suspected her to be cheating on me. I was the one that messed up."

As he continued. "That is all I can tell you. It is gone now. I don’t intend to say how I messed up. Right now, I am single,". Ice Prince refused all the allegations of his ex-girlfriend cheating and expressed how he doesn't want to utter how he was at fault.  

Ice Prince Net Worth

Ice Prince is estimated to be worth $4.5 million and considered one of the richest rappers in the country from his work as a businessman and brand endorsement.

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There's no stopping Ice Prince from becoming one of the industry's greats and he will keep delivering what his fans want. He wants to keep developing young talent under his record label and see Nigerian music get to greater heights.

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