Ruggedman, A Biography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Not to be confused with R.A. the Rugged Man.
Birth name Michael Ugochukwu Stephens
Also known as Ruggedy Baba, Opomulero, Mr Controversial
Born 20 September
Origin OhafiaAbia StateNigeria
Genres African hip hoprap
Occupation(s) RapperRecord producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels Rugged Records

Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, stage name Ruggedman, born on September 20 (year unidentified) in OhafiaAbia State, is a Nigerianrapper.[1]


A graduate of political science from Lagos State University, Ọ̀jọ́,[1] Ruggedman started exploring music in 1999. He produced his own songs and released two tracks in 1999, both which were well-played on radio. Ruggedman launched himself into the music industry in 1999, eventually becoming the most featured rapper in Nigeria. His albums are all released on his personal label, Rugged Records. Ruggedman has performed worldwide alongside international acts like KC & Jojo, Guru, Sean PaulWyclef JeanAkon, Wayne Wonder, Ja Rule, Kevin Little, Maxie Priest, Kanye WestLL Cool JT-PainNas, and Nelly. He has also worked with and featured many Nigerian and international artists on his albums, including Tuface IdibiaP-Square9iceFlavour N’abania, Josh (from The Tatu Clan of Congo), M.IIce Prince, JJC Skillz, Jamaican Stylo G, Niyola, George Nathaniel, Gerelyn,Morell, Da Grin, Chinaydu, Terry G, Mbryo, Funbi, Reminisce and Wande Coal.

Ruggedman’s record label, Rugged Records, signed its first act, singer MBRYO, in September 2012.[1] MBRYO was featured on Ruggedman’s “Ruggedy Baba pt 2,″ produced by Blaize Beatz. Money Making Music, Ruggedman’s 2012 album, is a collaboration with MBRYO as part of a promotion for the new artist,[1] with guest appearances by Terry G and Funbi.

Ruggedman has hosted the prestigious NB Plc sponsored Star Quest Reality TV Talent Show in 2009, 2010, and 2011

Anchored the MTN Project Fame Official Press Media Launch in 2008 and 2009.

Ruggedman also owns a clothing line called “20th Sept” Wear, named after his birthday.

Ruggedman was recently made a United Nations Peace Ambassador


In 2003 (FAME Awards), Ruggedman won Best New Artist, 2003 Award For Musical Excellence (AMEN AWARDS)
1. Best New Artist

2. Best Solo Performance

3. Best Rap Video, and

4. Artist of the year.


Nigerian Entertainment Awards

– Best Solo Performance.

AMEN Awards

– Best Solo Performance.


KORA All African Awards Nominee

– Best Male Artist West Africa



– Hip Hop Artist of the year held in London.


Hip Hop World Awards

– Best rap album

Nigerian Music Award

– Best Rap Artist

Nigeria Music Video Award winner

– Best Indigenous Video concept.


KORA All Africa Music Award

Best Hip Hop Act (Nominated)

University of Ibadan Award

– Nigerian Rap King

(Ruggedman is the 1st Nigerian artist to get an award named after him)


Nigerian Entertainment Awards

– Best Rap Album (Nominee)

New York


Nigerian Music Video Awards

-Best Mainstream Hip Video (Nominee)


Nigerian Entertainment Awards New York

-Best Rap Act Of The Year (Nominee)




Year Title Album Ref
2016 Seyi Shay Featuring Olamide N/A [2]


  1. Jump up to:a b c d “Ruggedman Signs M.Bryo Into His Rugged Record Label”Ibaka TV. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  2. Jump up^ “New Music Ruggedman – ‘Seyi Shay’ ft Olamide” Joey Akan. Retrieved 5 February 2016.

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