Having spent so much time researching and analyzing those who have been able to achieve success in Nigeria by promoting upcoming musicians, I have been able to compile this article that reveals the top 10 music promoters in Nigeria.
These top 10 music promoters in Nigeria; have had remarkable success in bringing upcoming musicians to the forefront of the music industry.
In this article, you will get to know the artists; each of them has been able to bring to the limelight of the music industry in Nigeria.
Without much ado, let’s jump into the core of this article.
Top 10 Music Promoters In Nigeria.
The top 10 music promoters in Nigeria are:
- Kenny Ogungbe – CEO Kennis Music.
- Femi Akande – CEO Kilimanjaro Events.
- Cecill Hammond – CEO Flytime Entertainment.
- Chin Okeke – CEO Eclipse Live.
- Mr Christopher Jeyibo – CEO Koga Holdings.
- Mathew Ohio – CEO El Carnaval
- Osagie Osarenkhoe – M.et.al Management.
- Biola Adebajo – CEO Evergreen promotions LTD.
- Toye Benson Kalajaiye – CEO MotzBenson Solutions
- Akpor Gbemre – CEO 411 Entertainment.
1. Kenny Ogungbe – CEO Kennis Music.
Kenny Ogungbe, real name Kehinde Ogungbe is a Nigerian music producer/manager, TV presenter, and DJ.
He co-founded and hosted the music program AIT JAMZ on AIT with Dayo Adeneye, also known as D1.
The show was hosted in the late nineties, and later metamorphosed to PrimeTime Jamz on NTA.
Kenny is the one who discovered the music group The Remedies; which launched the careers of the Nigerian music stars Eedris Abdualkareem and Tony Tetuila.
The late Sound Sultan and 2face Idibia, now known as 2Baba; are other top Nigerian artists who came into the limelight of the Nigerian music industry through this music promoter.
Seeing the big artiste Kenny has been able to bring to the limelight of the music industry in Nigeria; it is, therefore, safe to place him no 1 in this great list of top 10 tested and trusted music promoters in Nigeria.
2. Femi Akande – CEO Kilimanjaro Events.
Mr Femi Akande is one notable figure in the Nigerian music industry. And he has succeeded in bringing so many international arts to perform here in Nigeria.
The likes of Mary J. Blige, Sean Paul, Chris Brown, Joe etc; wouldn’t have known the shores of Nigeria if not for this great music mogul.
As a matter of fact, Kilimanjaro Events have achieved success in organizing massive word class shows here in Nigeria.
Also, this music company succeeded in organizing the official sophomore album launch concert by Ice Prince Amani; that is the Fire of Zamani concert.
The Sisters With Soul Concerts; which turned out to be one of the biggest concerts in the history of music entertainment in Lagos, Nigeria; was organized by Femi Akande.
This show was headlined by Mary J. Blige and had the likes of Tiwa Savage, Chidinma, Eva, Lola Rae, Seyi Shay amongst many others in attendance.
Other top artists in Nigeria that have performed under the umbrella of Kilimanjaro events are Wizkid, Olamide, Burna Boy, etc.
3. Cecill Hammond – CEO Flytime Entertainment.
Cecil Hammond runs Flytime Entertainment, a company that is into entertainment, public relations, media, and marketing in Nigeria.
This music mogul has achieved so much success in organizing big shows for Nigerian A-List artists and notable are; D’Banj, 2baba, Iyanya, AY, Bovi, etc. Hammond ventured into the music industry with the help of his uncle and role model, Ben Bruce.
His debut show was Rhythm Unplugged; a project that has been marked as one of the biggest entertainment events in the Nigerian music industry.
Aside from organizing sell-out shows and concerts; Cecil also runs a record label, that brought the likes of Seyi Shay, Tonye, etc; into the limelight of the Nigerian music industry.
This music mogul once said; ”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”
And having witnessed him fulfilling this promise; we are then safe to add him to the list of the top 10 tested and trusted music promoters in Nigeria.
4. Chin Okeke – CEO Eclipse Live.
Mr. Chin Okeke is a lawyer by profession, and also has a remarkable record in investment banking, marketing, shipping, and the now entertainment industry.
Aside from Eclipse Live, he also runs other companies such as; Eclipse West Africa which consists of Eclipse Brand Agency and Eclipse productions. Eclipse Live is a brand agency that is concerned with developing musical talents in Nigeria.
This company has a record for developing entertainment properties for music brands. And is focused on bringing live affordable entertainment to the upcoming musicians; not only in Nigeria alone but in the whole of Africa.
As a matter of fact, the Gidi Culture Festival, which happens annually; and aims at gathering youths who have musical talents in Nigeria is a result of this music mogul hard work. This festival showcases performances by top musical acts in Nigeria like MC Galaxy, Wizkid, Patorankig, Phyno, Iyanya, etc.
5. Mr Christopher Jeyibo – CEO Koga Holdings.
Koga is one of the big names in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
As a matter of fact, this entertainment company has a studio designed with high acoustic materials; which you can use for taking photographs, videos, and radio and TV presentations.
Koga has overseen the production of great music videos; and hosted the top Nigerian superstars like 2baba, Olamide, D’Banj, PSquare, Femi Kuti among many.
Recently Koga has discovered and signed several upcoming artists who is soon expected to make it to the limelight of the Nigerian music industry. With what Koga has done so far in the music industry, it is safe to add him to the list of the top 10 tested and trusted music promoters in Nigeria.
6. Mathew Ohio – CEO El Carnaval
Mathew Ohio runs El Carnaval, and is also behind the popular brand known as ‘Industry Nite”.
Industry nite is a weekly event that brings together business men, top musical acts as well as upcoming musicians in Nigeria, record label executives, and other music industry people.
Because of this the event earns the name “where business meets entertainment”.
Consequently, this entertainment firm develops a strategy that helps firms to support musical acts in Nigeria. Ohio’s industry nite has attracted notable musical acts in Nigeria which include 2Baba, M.I Abaga, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Vector, D’Banj, etc.
After years of success in Nigeria, industry nite found its way into Ghana because of its aim to champion and foster the music industry in Africa.
El Carnaval also joins forces with one of the biggest and growing event firms in Africa, Blueprint District to host some of the biggest musical acts in Nigeria and Ghana. Some of those acts are R2bees, VIP, D Black, Samini, SDC, Sami, Kay Switch, Chidinma, Yemi Alade, etc.
Moreover, Mathew is known for creating, developing, and maintaining relationships with the top players in the Nigerian music industry.
And with this we feel safe to add him to the list of the top 10 tested and trusted music promoters in Nigeria.
7. Osagie Osarenkhoe – M.et.al Management.
Osagie Osarenkhoe is a popular talent and artiste music manager in Nigeria. She came into the limelight in 2005 when she worked as a music manager for Con.tra.Dictions production.
In 2008 she managed Kel and would later become a public figure when she managed Wizkid for a very long time, as well as handled music management for several other EME Records artists like Skales, Shaydee, and Niyola.
She is even being credited as the manager who introduced Wizkid, Skales, and Shaydee to EME Records as young talented acts.
Consequently, some of her notable clients are Kel, Sammy, Dammy Krane, Solid Star etc.
After her management contract with Wizkid and EME Records ended, Osagie moved on to work with Darey’s Soul Musik where she provides talent services and productions.
Osagie also has a popular live band which she runs with her friend Tosin Bucknor, and this live band showcases a monthly event known as One Mic Naija.
The show which kicked off in April 2011 has had massive attendance by great music industry acts in Nigeria. And has even brought a lot of upcoming artiste in Nigeria into limelight.
To mention some of them we have the late Sound Sultan, Chidinma, Efa, Yemi Alade, MI, Jesse Jags etc.
8. Biola Adebajo – CEO Evergreen promotions LTD.
Biola Adebajo is one of the top tested and trusted music promoters in Nigeria. Couple with his wealth of experience in the music industry, Mr. Biola Evergreen, as friends call him has an ever-ending passion for bringing upcoming musicians in Nigeria into the limelight.
His journey into the music promotion business in Nigeria began in 2008 when he brought his company to life.
His work as a music promoter sees him organizing great concerts that feature top Nigerian artists like 2Baba, Davido, Timi Dakolo, Iyanya, Banky W, Olamide to mention but a few.
Adebajo holds a degree in Industrial and Labour relations from the University of Lagos and is currently a member of the Institute of Corporate Affairs Management of Nigeria.
Consequently, Biola’s work as a music promoter has put him in the shores of high-profile events like; 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).
Others are 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.
9. Toye Benson Kalajaiye – CEO MotzBenson Solutions
Toye is the CEO of Motzbenson solutions Nigeria which professionalizes in management, marketing, brand strategies and promotions.
Kalajaiye is an exclusive music promoter in Nigeria who has worked with notable music industry persons.
Also, he is very active in the music industry and keeps hosting the biggest musical acts and celebrities in Nigeria.
In partnership with Top Tea, a brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Motzbenson recently organized and hosted the 2014 Annual Valentine Tea Party which was held in two major cities in Nigeria, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
As a matter of fact, Motzbenson has mingled with top artists in Nigeria like Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Phyno, Solidstar, Yemi Alade, etc.
10. Akpor Gbemre – CEO 411 Entertainment.
Akpor Gbemre is the CEO of 411 Entertainment which deals in music brands, Public Relations, Iconic Global events, printing, and digital content marketing.
It is this entertainment company that organized the sold-out White Green carnival in 2009. A concert was held in Oniru Beach, Lagos.
Also, this entertainment company manages and executes successful promotion programs for both upcoming and top artists in Nigeria.
As a matter of fact, Lasgidi All Stars Concert is an annual show that is designed to celebrate Nigerian musical arts. This show has hosted lots of A-Rated artists in Nigeria.
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