This week’s spotlight is on Mabel ‘Bella’ Alubo, a prolific rapper from Jos, who detests being addressed as a ‘female rapper’.


Bella “prefers” to be called a “rapper” because, according to her, gender isn’t used to describe women in other fields and also because she doesn’t want to deal with the burden of such a stereotype.

“Adding any sort of descriptive label puts me in a box which comes with certain expectations that I don’t want to be associated with because I consider myself a unique rapper in a category of my own”, she said.

“People don’t go around saying ‘female teacher’ or ‘female doctor’. Being a rapper is like being anyone else I guess, comes with its own pros and cons but we’d be alright.”


Growing up, she was greatly influenced by M.I Abaga, Jesse Jagz, and Iceprince. At the age of 14, she started turning her poems into song lyrics.

Bella wrote her first rap verse at the age of 16 because she didn’t have “a very great singing voice”.

“My brother was friends with Ice Price, M.I and Jesse Jagz before they moved to Lagos and I used to listen to their music a lot and imagine being an artist.


“When I was about 14, I started trying to convert the poems I used to write into song lyrics, but I didn’t have a very great singing voice. I wrote my first actual rap verse when I was about 16 and have been writing since then.”


Bella has gained some semblance of popularity from the songs she records and uploads on SoundCloud, a music streaming platform.

“I didn’t think I was too focused on Soundcloud until some bloggers referred to me as a “Soundcloud artiste”. I think as a millennial in any field, it is more efficient to use the internet than any other medium, and Soundcloud just happens to be one of the best options right now for what I’m doing.


“Especially as an independent budding artiste in a music industry that isn’t very structured yet. Since I’m still self-sponsored with limited funds, internet platforms are a major part of my plans of getting myself out there, and radio”.

Bella, the gifted rapper
Bella, the gifted rapper

Bella has collaborated in one form or the other with Kunem, Terry Tha Rapman, Boogey, Miss Tunes, Minz and Jimmy Wheeler.

After releasing her self-titled EP ‘Bella’ on SoundCloud, she has gotten positive reviews from industry heads across-the-board.

“My plan right now firstly is to put out my second EP. It’s due in a very short time and I’m quite excited about that. My first EP was like me testing the waters, now I’m coming back to show what I have learned.
“My plan, in general, is to work as hard as possible, improve my discography and get my art out there as much as I can…and hopefully reap fruit from that.
“I don’t think there’s any artiste in the industry right now quite like me, my persona isn’t one dimensional and neither is my music, so the plan is to use that to propel me into the industry and create my own space even if there is none, because I’m in my own category, I’m something fresh and completely new.”
Bella says the primary message in her music is love; she seeks to spread it around the world and music is her tool.
“My message in everything I do is simple. Love. Love is everything. Love is the greatest. Love is internal. Love is God.
“If we do everything in life out of true God-love, the world would be Eden again…and to do that we all must love ourselves. Know thyself. Love thyself. Sorry if I sound too namaste, she added.

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