Business within the Nigerian Music and Entertainment Industry has been on the rise considerably, and has in recent times been rated one of the biggest in the world because of its tremendous growth. Thanks to the new generation of business men and young creative minds in the industry. Today we want to review, and present to you some of the notable entrepreneurs and players in the industry, especially with regards to music shows and events in Nigeria. In our opinion, the top 5 BIGGEST, and the top 5 NEXT RATED.
Meet the men that shake the showbiz market in Nigeria.
1. CECIL HAMMOND
Ceo FlyTime Entertainment
Call him the undisputed king of showbiz, entertainment and event packaging, and you’ll be absolutely right. A company that’s into Entertainment, P.R., Media and Marketing. Cecil is a gentleman who has, in a short period of time, turned his company to a household name having organized shows for heavyweight Nigerian artistes like, 2face, D’banj, Iyanya, AY, Bovi and several others. He started out with the Rhythm Unplugged show with the help of his uncle and role model, Ben Bruce of Silverbird group, a project that is said to be one of the biggest annual entertainment event in the Nigerian Entertainment calendar. Cecil Hammond’s Company has won several awards for its immense contribution to the growth of entertainment in Nigeria. In his words, ”I am trying my best possible to make the Nigerian entertainment industry a worthwhile sector because I saw that nobody was really doing anything to take the industry to the next level”. Today, it is safe to say that Cecil Hammond’s Flytime Entertainment has cornered a huge chunk of the market when it comes to big budget concerts and live shows, he is well respected in the industry and practically has his hands in everything within and outside entertainment, this is because apart from organizing sell-out shows and concerts, Cecil also runs a record label that has birthed great music acts, SeyiShay, Tonye etc. He also flirted into TV production when he got together the trio of Oreka Godis, Tosin Bucknor and Toke Makinwa to begin a new tv program called 3live Chicks.
2. FEMI AKANDE
Ceo Kilimanjaro Events
Joe, Anita Baker, Sean Paul, Mary J Blige, Chris Brown etc are the kinds of names associated with Kilimanjaro Events, headlining their shows.Lady gaga might just be the next international superstar we would hear this gorgeous showbiz giant, Mr Femi Akande is bringing to Nigeria for his show. The city of Lagos has experienced a number of massive world class concerts, organised by Kilimanjaro Event. Fire of Zamani Concert, Ice Prince official sophomore album launch concert that rocked the city of lagos was also organised by Kilimanjaro. Several Nigerian artistes have also had the honour of rocking their platform alongside international stars. The Sisters with Soul concert, one of the proud products of Kilimanjaro is one of the biggest shows in the history of entertainment events in lagos, and it was headlined by the one and only Mary J Blige, along with the likes of Tiwa Savage, Eva, Emma Nyra, Chidinma, Lola Rae, SeyiShay, Niyola. Many other A-list Nigerian acts that have performed on the Kilimanjaro platform includes Wizkid, Burnaboy, Olamide, and many more.
3. PRINCE ADEYELOYE LIPEDE
Exec. Director Solution Media
Known for their flagship event, ”the High Impact Concert”, Prince Loye Lipede has led the very dynamic entertainment/multimedia company, Solution Media & Infotech Ltd, in organising world class massive events, with special attention to quality delivery especially in the area of technical and multimedia display of light and sound. Two massive editions of the High Impact Concert has taken place in the city of Lagos, and another great edition of the show happened in Dubai, and both witnessed awesome performances by an array of A-list Nigerian and international acts like Dbanj, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Fally Ipupa, Psquare, Lira, Mafikizolo. Another world class show put up by Solution media was tagged ”Memoirs and Wines” show which took place at Habour Point at V.I lagos. A show with a touch of class, a special evening of fun, relaxation and networking, with great music by two internationally acclaimed live bands from Kenya and UAE. The event which was anchored by Ace Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw was basically organised to revive and revitalize live music in Nigeria, and especially to showcase the company’s special and up to date equipments to the guests and esteemed clients. This brings us to another interesting aspect of the company’s business activities. Solution media deals in technical and multimedia set up for mega shows and concerts and other high profile events. They have the best stage set up, lightings, cameras, musical equipments, tents, and all stuffs that make up a world class show. The company also organises an annual large scale children’s day celebration in partnership with lagos state government, with teachers and thousands of school pupils gathered to have maximum fun, and to compete for great prices and rewards, and also showcase their creativity at the Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos.
4. MR CHRISTOPHER JEYIBO
Ceo Koga Holdings
KOGA, the big name in Nigeria entertainment is broken down into KOGA studio, KOGA production, KOGA records, KOGA publishing, KOGA lounge and KOGA foundation.
KOGA operates and provides entertainment services through various divisions. Its studios are designed with high acoustic properties, to be used for the purpose of photography, cinematography, and radio and television production. KOGA facilities are equipped with the capacity to serve events, music videos, commercials, movies, soap operas, still shoots and related tasks. Koga has continually organised several big concerts in the city of lagos. Some of their works include The Top 10 mics Concerts, One Night Stand Concert and lot more, and have hosted the top Nigerian music acts and celebs like 2face, Dbanj, Olamide, Femi Kuti, Sir Shina Peters, Dj JimmyJat, Basket Mouth, Eldee, Psquare, and uncountable more.
Koga however recently discovered and signed some new highly talented music acts, and already are carving a niche for themselves in the booming industry.
5. CHIN OKEKE
Managing Director, Eclipse Live
Chin is a lawyer by training and an all rounded manager with a background in investment banking, shipping, marketing and now entertainment. He founded Eclipse West Africa which consists of Eclipse Brand Agency and Eclipse Productions. Most recently there was an addition of Eclipse Live. The Brand Agency is a strategic brand solutions firm, developing brand strategies for building brands and managing them, including Talents.
The production company develops entertainment properties for brands and execute the strategy from its sister company, EBA. Eclipse Live is a live production focused on bringing live affordable entertainment to the youth of Africa, starting with the Gidi Culture Festival.
Chin is the man behind the Gidi Culture festival, a beautiful massive yearly music and fun youthful gathering that saw its debut early in 2014. The incredible festival showcases top music artistes in Nigeria and across Africa, performing on a massive platform that defines everything world class. The likes of Patoranking, Mc galaxy, Boj, Jesse Jagz, Seyi Shay, Efya, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Emma Nyra, Naeto C, Orezi, IllBliss, lynxx, wizkid, Iceprince, Chidinma, Phyno, Iyanya, Dj Cubby and lots more graced and rocked the 2014 edition of the GCF. A great show indeed, such that has remained the talk of town, and the city of Lagos certainly cannot wait to experience its next edition.
Apart from the top 5 above, these young showbiz entrepreneurs listed below are people you may want to watch out for. We think they have the passion and capacity to take control of Nigeria’s showbiz industry in the next few years.
Now lets roll the Carpet.. Meet the Top 5 Next Rated Showbiz Entrepreneurs In Nigeria!
1. MATTHEW OHIO
Ceo, El Carnaval
Matthew Ohio is the CEO of El Carnaval, and the creative genius behind the popular brand ”Industry Nite”, a weekly event that pulls together established artistes, as well as the upcoming ones, record label executives, investors, brand managers, other industry people, and fans.. the event is rightly tagged ”Where Business Meets Entertainment”. With strategic supports from some of the biggest global musical platforms like Spinlet and Trace Urban, Matthew’s Industry Nite Event has over the years attracted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in Nigeria such as 2face Idibia, M.I, Wizkid, Faze, W4, DammyKrane, 9ice, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, D’banj, Vector, Ras Kimono etc
The event which has gained huge presence as one of the most formidable forces in championing African music, recently found its way into Ghana, after years of success in Nigeria. El Carnaval joins forces with one of the fastest growing event companies in sub Saharan Africa, Blueprint District to host some of the finest artiste from Nigeria and Ghana. R2bees, VIP, D Black, Samini, Show Dem Camp (SDC),Benny Paladin, Sami and Lineo, Kay Switch, Flosick , Chidinma, Dammy Krane, Yemi Alade and many others were special guests at the event.
Matthew’s ability to create, develop, and maintain relationships are some of his strengths, and thats evident in his relationship with several top industry players. Throughout his career, he has built a reputation among his peers of professionals, and his works are always carried out with a touch of class.
2. OSAGIE OSARENKHOE
Ceo M.et.al Management
Popular talent and artiste manager, Osagie Osarenkhoe emerged in the music industry in 2005 as CON.tra.Diction’s manager. She later took up Kel in 2008. Osarenkhoe who runs her own outfit, M.e.tal Management became well known as Wizkid long-time manager, and handled management for other EME acts like Skales, Shaydee and Niyola through her M.e.tal management platform. She is credited for introducing Wizkid, Skales and later on Shaydee to EME who went on to sign the young acts. Osarenkhoe whose other clients include Kel, Slim T, 19th Street, Sammy, Morell, Dammy Krane, Solid Star and Ghanian pop act Dee Money.
Osagie how ended her business relationship with Wizkid, BankyW, and EME at large, to resume ties with Darey’s Soul Musik, where she provides talent services and productions.
Along side her long time friend Tosin Bucknor (s.h.a.r.e), Osagie founded and runs the popular live band talent showcase monthly event One Mic Naija. The show which has ever since inception in April 2011, always enjoy massive attendance by cool young people, and can also be seen as rendezvous for entertainment industry friend and major players. The show has been headlined by several top acts in the naija music scene, and also upcoming acts who even eventual finds their way into lime light. To mention a few, the show has had on its platform the likes of Chidinma, soundsultan, Efa, Yemi Alade, Aramide, MI, JesseJags, IcePrince, Solid Star, Eva, DeeMoney, and so many more.
3. BIOLA ADEBAJO
Ceo Evergreen Promotions Ltd
The award winning Biola Adebajo is unarguably one of the country’s most promising events aficionado, and a highly sought after showbiz impresario. Mr Biola Evergreen as he’s fondly called by associates and his clients, has an enduring passion for what he does, and he’s highly talented and skilled with wealth of experience in the entertainment and showbiz industry. His works as a promoter since the inception of his company in 2008 has spanned through a broad spectrum of dynamism and excellence. In times past, he has organised tasteful events and shows that scream creativity, and has featured array of Nigerian artistes and celebrities including Tuface Idibia, Banky W, Iyanya, Wizkid, Ice prince Zamani, Omawunmi, Olamide, Samklef, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Timi Dakolo, Stella Damasus, GT the Guitaman, Dj Zeez, Denrele Edun, M.I, TejuBabyface, McAbbey, Omobaba, the late Goldie and Bhranama Queen (Kefee) and the list goes on. His company currently manages GT the Guitaman.
The Managing Director of Evergreens Promotions Co. holds a B.Sc. Degree in Industrial and Labour Relations. An Associate member of the Institute of Corporate Affairs Management of Nigeria. He has attended various professional courses and seminars, locally and internationally, including Jack Spencer’s concert promoters’ course in Miami Florida, USA. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Fate Foundation Entrepreneurship School, Lagos, Nigeria. He worked briefly with Celtel Nigeria before resuming his own thing. Biola Adebajo is the initiator and organizer of the Oldies and Goodies Concert (his debut, in 2008), a dynamic music show that brought a constellation of the Nigerian music pioneers on stage. Between 2008 – 2012, he was renowed for staging massive Music Concerts that hosted naija’s biggest music acts at different higher institutions, including Bells University, University of Lagos, his own alma-mata Olabisi Onabanjo University, and many more. He also organised the ”Love Alive Concert” on Valentine’s Day that rocked the city of Lagos in February 2012. Biola’s works as an event planner has found him a string of high profile events and organizations, including the Tetmosol Girl Power Concert, the Future Awards Africa, Rise Network’s “Dare to be different” Youth Conference, Phone Swap movie premiere, DPI’s DIGITEST (An annual international conference), Ogun State Youth Awards, Ogun State Government Inauguration Ceremony, City People Awards, The Miss Tourism Beauty Pageant, Nuru Ribadu’s Presidential Campaign Events, amongst several others.
In an interview with Encomium recently, he revealed that his company in partnership with some other notable one, is to premiere the LIVE IN LAGOS CONCERT SERIES which will feature massive live performances by foreign superstars. His career is centred on using creativity as an active tool to galvanise productivity, and excellence.
Biola in his words, plans to be the biggest event mogul and connoisseur in Africa, in the next five years.
4. AKPOR GBEMRE
Ceo, 411 Entertainment
Akpor Gbemre owns a leading entertainment company called 411 entertainment. The company deals in music brands, PR & advisory, iconic global events, print and unique digital content. 411 entertainment is the organiser of the sold out Green White Green Carnival in 2009, which held at Oniru Beach, Lagos. The Entertainment and publicity firm has managed and executed successful campaign programs for top Nigerian artists, gubernatorial candidates and numerous coporate brands. Lasgidi All-Star Concert is another massive event that is put together by Akpor’s led 411 Entertainment. The show is designed to celebrate the art and music of Nigerian origin, as the biggest night gathering in the Nigerian music scene. Rebranded from the annual Ikeja All-Star Concert Series which has been known as the company’s famous flagship, as launched in 2007. Have hosted an uncountable number of top Nigerian music superstars, sources reveal that plans are been made to have even bigger and more naija superstars perform at the up-coming 2014 edition of Lasgidi All-Stars Concert. Expected performers at this concert includes Olamide, Sean Tizzle, Burna Boy, OritseFemi, Waje, Alabai, Orezi, Iceprince, Wizkid, BankyW & the EME All Stars, Mavin All Star, African rave Davido & the HKN Gang, Kora Award winning Chidinma, and alot others.
5. TOYE BENSON KALEJAIYE
Ceo, MotzBenson Solutions
Toye runs Motzbenson Solutions, a Project management, Marketing, Brand Strategies and Promotions Company. He is an exclusive show promoter who has worked with many other showbiz industry players in Nigeria, making him a vast showbiz personnel to reckon with. Toye has been quite active in the entertainment industry and has hosted alot of the biggest music artistes, celebrities in Nigeria, in music shows, and events organized, co-organised or managed by the his company.
Motzbenson in partnership with Top Tea, a brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited recently organised and hosted the 2014 Annual Valentine Tea Party which held in two major cities, Lagos and Port Harcourt. This year’s event saw the likes of Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Phyno, Solidstar, GT the Guitarman, Emma Nyra, Yemi Alade and Minjin thrilled their numerous fans at the show, while DO2daTUN of Cool FM and Beat FM were compere.
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