Industry News: BET Awards Nominated Artist ICE PRINCE MAN’S UP, Admits he is a Dad!

“The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the first week of March 2012, news broke that Ice Prince, Chocolate City/Loopy Records artist, was the father of a new baby boy. He had sex with a twenty (20) year old University student, one thing led to another and before he could say, “baby,” he was a father. It’s a new world and there are more people having children out of wedlock than ever before. From my personal and professional perspective, having represented juveniles charged for crimes in the legal court system here, it is a very bumpy and emotionally aching life for children raised without fathers in the home. Children need their fathers as much as they need their mommies.

Nevertheless, the news of Ice Prince having a baby was not that big a deal because, again,  it is so common place here and in Nigeria’s music industry, it seems this is also becoming common place. The big deal, for me, was his vehement denial and (un)willingness to own up to his responsibility. Needless to say, I discussed the Family Law aspect of the case in general and of course said Ice Prince needed to MAN UP!

Two months later, the updated news is that Ice Prince has owned up to his responsibility and is taking care of his baby. I have a feeling the men who lead by example i.e. Yahaya and Audu Maikori, among the men who run Chocolate City Records, set the bar and expectations for how Ice Prince, as a young maturing man, ought to behave.

Folks, whether you are a popular artist or the President of the United States of America, long after the applause is gone and people forget you and your legacy, if you have children and you do your part to provide, protect and care for them, they in turn (for the most part) will reciprocate and will love you, unconditionally.

Mr. Panshak Zamani, I am proud of you.


This week’s AML artist Lecrae and 116 crew sing about how men need to Man up.

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“Nigerian rapper Panshak Zamani popularly known as Ice Prince has finally admitted to being a father – two months after we broke the story back in March 2012.

The Chocolate City rapper disclosed this while speaking Vanessa Offiong of Nigerian newspaper Weekly Trust’s Weekend Magazine in an interview published over the weekend.

When asked what the experience was like about being a ‘new dad’ and how it was fitting that into his schedule, he responded: ‘Yes I am. I have a strong team around me and we are able to schedule our events properly. This gives me time to take care of all the things that I need to take care of’.

On March 1, 2012, 20-year-old former Houdegbe North American University undergraduate Bimbo Babatunde delivered a baby boy (since named Toluwalase) for Ice Prince.” – The has the full story.

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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