AYO SHONAIYA is a Film Producer and Lawyer. He was also a music talent agent who has managed many of Nigeria's top artists. The list includes Fuji music star Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (K1 De Ultimate), pop star D'banj, music producer Don Jazzy and rapper Eldee the Don. He has also represented former beauty queen and rapper Muna and global music star Akon.
BIZZLE OSIKOYA has a demonstrated history working in the entertainment industry. He is an A&R, media and entertainment consultant, strong business development professional and a social media influencer. He’s also the co-founder of The Plugng, a talent management agency, home to Africa Superstar, Davido.
SUNDAY ARE is the CEO of an artiste management outfit, List Entertainment. He has managed Majek Fashek, Lagbaja, ASA to name a few. Are also acted in the capacity of a manager to the Mo’ Hits team (which comprised of D’banj, Don Jazzy, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, D’ Prince and Kay Switch) before the label was disbanded in 2012. Also, he managed JMartins, Dbanj, Omawunmi, and Bracket. He currently serves as a part of wizkid’s triple treat management team.
OSAGIE OKUNKPOLOR is a renowned talent manager and a seasoned expert in all things music in Nigeria. She’s the founder of The Zone Agency; a 360 talent representation company. Her longevity in a male-dominated industry has been attributed to her diligence, hunger for success, and the ability to unearth raw talent. Osagie whose work has included managing artistes like Wizkid and Skales in the past and currently manages Reminisce, Timaya and a whole host of talents.
GODWIN TOM is the founder of The Godwin Tom Company and IManage Africa, a talent management and events company. He focuses on developing tailor-made strategies that suit the business needs and goals of his clients. With almost 10 years in the entertainment industry and practical experience at management level for Marketing, Public Relations, Image Consulting, Branding and Publishing; Godwin brings professionalism to the Entertainment industry with an understanding of the demands of a business environment. He currently manages Wande Coal, Ice Prince, Show Dem Cam, Bez Idakula and Beverly Naya.
IREDUMARE OPEYEMI is a cyberspace, media and entertainment researcher with keen interest in Music, Film and Television, digital rights and personal data protection, intellectual property protection, creative financing, Media Advocacy and information literacy on the digital space. Iredumare has spent the last three years facilitating multimillion dollars deals for across catalog licensing, catalog acquisition, intellectual property estate valuation as well as developing music business models for various value chain members in the African creative industry. He is currently the Director and Head of Legal & Acquisition for Boomplay, Africa’s leading music streaming service.
OYEBOWALE AKIDEINDE is a creative and innovative individual. An Entertainment & Tech Executive; Formerly Regional Director, West Africa - Boomplay Music; Africa’s largest music streaming platform. He is currently Head of Over the Top (OTT) Music Services at MTN Group. He is also a co-founder of 360nobs Limited, a technology driven marketing & entertainment services firm. With a vast experience in web strategy & development, he has transformed 360nobs.com platform into 1 of Africa’s biggest lifestyle & entertainment websites catering to millions of unique visitors monthly.
PEEDI PICASSO is the Founder/C.E.O, Aristokrat records, former home to African Giant, Burna Boy. Aristokrat Records is a record label part of the 960 Music Group. The label focuses on contemporary pop in the Nigerian music space. Aristokrat Records is in the business of producing, recording music, marketing music recorded by musicians, branding of artiste, and public relations.
FAWEHINMI OYINKANSOLA is a co-partner of Technolawgical Partners; a boutique law firm that services individuals and companies of all organizational sizes throughout the creative and tech industry. She is an entertainment lawyer with interest in music, film and telecommunications industries where she has effectively brokered license, distribution and endorsement deals. She has worked as a road manager at Monarc Talent Agency (an affiliate of Aristokrat Records), G- WorldWide Entertainment as business manager and also the General Manager at a 360 management company (Incubation Factory).
EZE EZEOGIZE is the General Manager Universal Music Nigeria, a subsidiary of Universal Music. He has previously held roles at Channel O Television, Empire Mates Entertainment (Banky W & WizKid) and was a founder of Pan-African creative companies, Republic 54, Alore Group, and Duma Collective, brings vital experience in the Nigerian music market.
MARK REDGUARD is a strong marketing, digital, media & entertainment executive with 20+ years of experience improving competitive market positions, creating new revenue streams, sales, distribution, business development and commercial value; offering a fresh and diverse skillset. He last worked as the Head of Entertainment at The Temple Management Company; a management company that provides corporations with the needed talents to promote their brands in areas of media and art, entertainment, sports, and also offers services in talent booking, social media management.
OLUMIDE MUSTAPHA is a media and entertainment attorney both in Nigeria and the UK. He has represented, in numerous transactions, a number of clients within the media, telecommunications and technology sectors, in addition to representing a various range of participants in the music and film industries. Being a corporate and commercial attorney with business (development) acumen Olumide has also represented clients in other commercial sectors and as a result he had had the opportunity to significantly participate in some extremely high value transactions.
NIYI AKINMOLAYAN is a Nigerian film-maker, director and media consultant. He is best known for directing the highest grossing Nigerian film of all time, The Wedding Party 2, which starred Banky Wellington, Adesua Etomi and Enyinna Nwigwe; it was a sequel to the equally successful film The Wedding Party (2016). He also directed the high grossing Nollywood movie “Chief Daddy” which features Joke Silva, Rachel Oniga and Funke Akindele. He is the founder and Creative Director of Anthill Productions, a media production facility.
TOMILOLA SOLA-IDOWU is the General Counsel and Head of Legal for EbonyLife Media (conglomerate of EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife Films, EbonyLife ON and EbonyLife Studios). She has worked on transactions with international organisations such as Netflix, Amazon, Sony and Flow amongst others. One of such transactions involved the first co-production deal between an African Company and a foreign entity. In addition to advancing the legal progress of Intellectual Property Law in Africa, she’s also actively engaged in getting young lawyers to pursue Media and Entertainment Law as a viable career option.
CHINAZA ONUZO NAZ is a film producer and screen writer in the Nigeria film industry. Naz is one of of the founders of Inkblot Productions; a Lagos-based production company, founded with the goal of creating high quality, commercially viable films and television shows for Nigerian and international audiences. He is the writer/producer of The Arbitration as well as Inkblot’s first two features, “The Department and Out of Luck”. Naz also served as Executive Producer on the Inkblot co-production, The Wedding Party. In addition to working with Inkblot, Naz is a private equity professional.
HEIDI UYS is the Senior Content Director at EBONYLIFE TV, the first premier global black channel to air in 44 countries in Africa on the DSTV platform, where she develops, writes and directs reality tv and entertainment series including drama formats and TVCs for corporate sponsors. Prior to now, she was a producer and executive producer at the Blue Moon Company from 1995 to 2004, an award-winning communications and production company based in Johannesburg that specializes in the development and implementation of internal communications and ‘below-the-line’ marketing strategies for blue chip corporate companies in South Africa.
OMONI OBOLI is a popular Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, director and producer with several intriguing screenplays to her credit, including her film “Wives On Strike” as well as “The Rivals”, a movie she co-produced with her friend and won the prize for Best International Drama at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. In 2010, she won the award for Best Actress Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, and the award for Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival. Omoni was nominated for the Best Actress in a leading role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2014, she won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott. In 2015, she was awarded the Sun Nollywood "Personality of the Year", she has directed several movies such as Being Mrs Elliott, The First Lady, Wives on Strike, and Okafor's Law.
TEMILADE ABUDU is a producer with Ebony Life TV whose TV reality show entitled: On The Real, is currently making waves. The London graduate of Management and Marketing always had a passion for TV right from her university days and finally settled as a producer. She is also an advocate of Healthy living, weight loss and recently launched a healthy lifestyle company called Healthy Options by Ted, an initiative that was inspired by her weight loss journey.
CHIOMA AKPOTHA is a Nigerian actress and movie producer. Her acting career began in 2000 when she starred in the movie, the Handkerchief. Since her acting debut, the actress has starred in over 100 movies. She has won numerous award which includes Africa Movie Academy Award for "Best Actress in a leading role" in 2007, the Afro Hollywood award for best actress in a lead role in 2010 .
JUSTIN IGE is a Nigerian attorney, with work experience relating to music copyright collective management and enforcement. His work experience over the years has expanded the frontiers of compliance with the Copyright Law to include historic payment of music royalties by major broadcasting organizations, hotel owners, telecommunication companies, locals and multinationals. Despite strong resistance, he has successfully negotiated some of the most important agreements and have successfully prosecuted some of the most important cases in the development of Collective Management in Nigeria.
KEMI ADETIBA is a Nigerian music video director, filmmaker, and television director whose works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, SoundCity TV, BET and Netflix. She is one of Nigeria’s top television personalities and producers. Kemi’s feature film debut, The Wedding Party, is the most film with the big box office numbers in Nollywood in the past few years. Also, her latest project King of Boys, hit over ₦200m at the box office.
TOPE OSHIN is a multiple award winning motion picture professional with feet firmly rooted in both film and TV having extensive credits in both areas. Tope Oshin is a director first, then producer and casting director who studied Theatre Arts, T.V & Film Production from the Lagos State University, Nigeria, and then studied Filmmaking Techniques & Methodologies at Colorado Film School, USA. She has directed 350 episodes of Africa's biggest soap opera "Tinsel", and other credits are 3 multiple award winning short films. She also directed Wedding party 2, and UP North.