Ruggedman’s Biography: Age, Net Worth, Career, Songs, Wikipedia

May 21, 2024 0 Posted By Haruna Ayuba

Ruggedman, also known as Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, is a Nigerian rapper and advocate hailing from Ohafia, Abia State. He has put out a total of nine albums, such as Ruggy Baba, Thy Album Come, and Ruggedman, Vol. 4.

Some of his popular tracks are “Baraje” and “Ruggedman Religion Ft 9ice”. Additionally, Ruggedman is the head of Rugged Records and 20th Sept Wear, and has also been a host on a television program.


  • Full Name: Michael Ugochukwu Stephens
  • Nickname: Ruggedman
  • Date of Birth: September 20, 1975
  • Age: 49 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Ohafia, Abia State, Nigeria
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Profession: Rapper, Entrepreneur, Activist
  • Height: 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)
  • Parents: N/A
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: N/A
  • Children: N/A
  • Relationship Status: N/A
  • Net Worth: $7 million

Early Life and Education

Ruggedman, born Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, is currently 49 years old. He was born on September 20, 1975, in Ohafia, Abia State, Nigeria. Little is known about his family background and upbringing, as he has maintained a level of privacy regarding these aspects of his life.

Ruggedman graduated from Lagos State University with a degree in political science and started his music career in 1999. That year, he released two tracks that received significant airplay on radio.

Personal Life

Ruggedman has kept much of his personal life away from the public eye, including details about his romantic relationships. He maintains a level of privacy regarding these aspects of his life, choosing to focus more on his career and advocacy work.

In the past, 9ice had accused Ruggedman of sleeping with his (9ice’s) wife Toni Payne, which led to issues between the two artists. Ruggedman later wrote an open letter addressing these accusations.

Ruggedman has stated that he is not in a rush to get married, and that his parents do not pressure him about marriage.


Ruggedman’s career in music took off in the late 1990s when he emerged as one of Nigeria’s pioneering rappers. He gained recognition for his unique style, blending traditional hip hop elements with Nigerian influences, thereby creating a distinct sound that resonated with audiences across the country.

Ruggedman’s debut album, Thy Album Come, released in 2004, was met with critical acclaim and established him as a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian music scene.

Throughout his career, Ruggedman has released several albums and singles, collaborating with both Nigerian and international artists. Beyond his music, he has ventured into entrepreneurship, establishing his own record label and clothing line.

Additionally, Ruggedman is known for his philanthropic work and activism, using his platform to address social issues affecting Nigeria.


  • The Headies Awards for Best Rap Album (2007)
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Rap Act of the Year (2008)
  • African Music Awards for Best Rap Artist (2010)

Net Worth

Ruggedman‘s net worth is estimated to be around $7 million, reflecting his success as a rapper, entrepreneur, and activist.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @ruggedybaba
  • Twitter: @RuggedyBaba


  • “Wobe”
  • “Baraje”
  • “Sucasa Micasa”
  • “Ehen!”
  • “Eruku”
  • “Agidi”
  • “Ruggedman Religion”

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