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Africa Music Law™ CELEBRATES ONE YEAR Today! Your Comments + THANK YOU!


Today, one year ago, I started Africa Music Law™ to help alleviate my restlessness on making a meaningful contribution to future generations of Nigerian children and the young ones right behind me. Many, not understanding my vision, were pissed. Professionals in the industry called me, sent bb messages, emails, texts etc. letting me know how very angry they were at me. Why? Nigeria’s celebrities and industry professionals were not used to anyone discussing their business or personal drama that caught headlines from a legal standpoint. My response? I grew up in Lagos with a wooden spoon in my mouth, I returned to the USA and have had some very interesting, attempted intimidation and intense oppositions and legal battles in the courtroom, yet I didn’t falter or back down. Who are these people? Sebi Omo Naija ni mi? Am I suppose to be intimidated? I kept it moving.

A year later, it is good to see some in the industry get my vision and also that I have turned critics into fans. My goal for AML is simple. If I contribute to changing the mindset of the African, then I can contribute to leaving a better future for Africa’s children, starting with the land of my parents, Nigeria.

I have scaled back, tremendously, on a blog I love so much www.fashionentlaw.com and my other writings to get this done because I see the vision; and I’mma keep at it till this, like when I started Ladybrille, becomes common place. My strategy is also simple. Change the mindset of the influencers and they will help change the mindset of their followers to have a healthy appreciation for the rule of law. If Nigerians can have a healthy respect for the rule of law, I believe they will demand accountability from their leaders, they will be unafraid to revolt and if necessary, lay down their lives for future generations. To me, we can no longer be okay with the status quo that existed when I was child and continues till today: crumbling infrastructure, complete and reckless disregard for the rule of law, raping, abuse and neglect of our children and women, extreme poverty, failed healthcare system, collapsed educational system and the list goes on.

I understand what it feels like to not have a voice in that society. I understand what it feels like to have your rights trampled upon if you are a woman, a child or you are poor. I came to change the game, in my own way, in my own corner. My writings are purposeful. They are not for entertainment although they might be entertaining. I don’t have that kind of time to chill online like that. There is so much to be done in my local USA community. So, if I am not contributing to my international community, I want to double up my efforts locally here.

Thank you all for joining me on this journey where YOU all are and should be the change you seek to see in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Below are two sets of comments. The first is a small sample of unsolicited comments. The second set of comments are those I solicited from persons I know are regular readers of AML.

As to AML’s demographic it breaks down as follows:

70% male
30% female

The top 5 countries are:
1.Nigeria
2. USA
3. UK
4. Ghana
5. Kenya

(Age
25-34)

NOTE: If you are an entertainment lawyer living and practicing in Africa and you are interested in contributing a guest post to AML, hit me up at ([email protected]). Also, for advertising, seems that is also an inquiry thrown my way, my initial inclination has been to reject any advertisement. However, I am willing to open AML to advertisers that advertise about MUSIC BUSINESS SEMINARS/CONFERENCES, ANNOUNCEMENTS OF NEW ADDITIONS TO MANAGEMENT OR EXECUTIVE TEAMS AND EVENT ORGANIZERS FOR AWARD SHOWS.

CHECK OUT WHAT SOME OF YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT AML & ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU!

“Good day. Let me go straight to the point .  .  .  I love your site, I’m hoping we could be able to do some business together in the near future.  .  . been reading some articles on your site and (I’m) really convinced you know your stuff. Absolutely brilliant. Pls how do [I] contact you ma?” – Don Jazzy/CEO Mavin Records

 “Girl,

You be staying on top of your game….
I learn a lot from your African music law blog.
Kudos love x “Toni Tones, Award-winning Photographer, Mavinbot, Actress, Voice Over Artist, Editor-in-Chief of  TheFancyHub

 “I (l)ike the direction you took with your blog African Music Law. It is very creative and simply unheard of. I really love your articles, it makes me appreciate the intricacies of law more.”Chika Uwazie, Entrepreneur, Naija Careerist.com

(COMMENTS, SET TWO)

“I read AML daily. AML has continually provided great articles for entertainment law. What I love most about AML is Uduak’s approach, she takes the serious issues and handles them with an evenhandedness that all sides of the spectrum can understand. I love your articles. Keep up the great work.”Benny Bing, Radio Operations Manager, Gidilounge.fm

“AML is a site I have grown to respect over the past couple of months, primarily for one reason .  .  .  objectivity. AML respects no man or person but states their views as they perceive. More importantly, for each criticism or accolade they give, there is always an educational bit to it which leaves the reader better informed about the matter or issue discussed.

 I and/or my company have received knocks from the site as well as(very occasionally) applause from them about core industry happenings as well as legal related matters. One thing that is constant is that it is always an informative, objective and educational experience. So I congratulate the AML team on a job well done. Going into your second year and with my knowledge of the team behind this site, I hope to see even more variety, depth, more information and interaction on this site which in my opinion is one of the greatest information resources for the Nigerian Entertainment industry!”Audu Maikori, CEO Chocolate City Group (music, media and movies), a Senior Partner at Law Allianz (IP Attorneys) and Director at Copyrights Society of Nigeria (COSON).

“As an entertainment lawyer myself, I have benefitted immensely from the brilliant analysis of legal issues related to artistes and stakeholders in the industry, as well as AML’s unique positioning in establishing a bridge between Africa and America.”Dozie David Atueyi, CEO, Africa to America Productions LLC 

 In the last couple of years we have been inundated with the influx of a lot of entertainment blogs and sites online; I am selective when it comes to content or information on my industry because face it, we are looking to contribute to the change that is necessary.

Based on this, I have found https://africamusiclaw.com/ a very valuable resource in keeping me up to date with the trends, news and issues concerning the industry.

It is not just an entertainment site it is also informative and fresh in its approach. I use this opportunity to wish the entire team especially with their very ‘sound’ captain, Uduak Oduok on their first anniversary and being one of the game changers of our time.Emem Ema, CEO of ONE Management and Vzhun Media 

 I enjoy the objectivity of AML’s analysis on the music industry, it is done with integrity that is refreshingly welcome. It is not content for content sake, it is content for value sake. Currently I am not in the industry, I used to be a few years back as technology person at TruSpot. I read AML because I love the music industry, I want to see it take shape as a properly structured industry and AML is documenting this progress excellently. I also want to gain insight on what’s happening as I prepare to make my entry as a technology services player.

Congrats on AML’s one year anniversary, so where’s the party at, I want to listen to correct gbedu and dance!

Cheers,
Ebikiri “

I love that AML takes relevant issues that affect the Nigerian music industry and thrashes them out legally… something that I don’t think has been done before. I love that AML gives savvy legal insight and information to upcoming acts in the music/entertainment industry… to help them grow. Who does that? Uduak apparently!” – Bola Aduwo, Publicist/Publisher NollywoodUncut.com /Screenwriter.

 I find AML to be very authentic with its articles and news (that show) a vast wealth of experience in the areas of Law and Entertainment. Congrats AML on your one year anniversary!”  -Bobby Taylor, Publicist & Founder of The Bobby Taylor Company.

 “(I enjoy AML’s) unbiased realism and its education of the laws which govern the terrain. AML’s creation of awareness to the community, and most importantly its open ended discussions between cited issues/cases to engage its audience.Ade Olufeko, “Leadership, Technology Consultant,” Currently Working as a Digital Strategist & Consultant (Media Platforms).

“I love the true grit approach to entertainment journalism, it is very unpretentious and I admire the time and effort put in to each story. Most blogs today just keep it short and simple but AML airs out in full detail the content in a way that plugs you in. The stories are written in most cases to educate and inform the entertainment community, most especially the rookies. AML can also be themed as the blog for the music industry’s elite. Duncan Daniels is a Music Producer/Sound Engineer/ Singer/Songwriter at Dunkishrok Productions and ArtistMakers/Streamline/Interscope.

“Congratulations, I can’t believe it’s a year already.

What I enjoy the most about AML is that I know each piece is being backed up by extensive research, entertaining and also good legal information. As an industry executive I’m always excited to find out what’s going on in the industry from a legal aspect. To me, AML is what you get when you combine research with entertainment and great writing.” –Cos Canino,  Co Founder/Executive Director of Annual NEA Awards, CEO of UnderDaRock Entertainment.

  “I enjoy reading the articles on AML because they always have a neutral and very honest perspective on all topics. The articles are extremely refreshing to read as one can immediately tell that the opinions on AML are backed by great experience and intelligence. AML is definitely one of my top sources for music discussions and more.”Tiwa Works – CEO of TiwaWorks,Inc. (An international marketing and consulting company) 

“I am an avid Africanmusiclaw.com reader. Why? Because as a serious artist in both fashion and music I need to be aware of what’s going on in the business and politics of the entertainment world. I learn a great deal about other people’s mistakes and business ethics. Most important for me, it’s important to keep abreast with the legal side of music, a side that artist are so in the dark about. I want to know about issues, policies and the legal side of entertainment as an artist and owner. Africanmusiclaw.com educates and breaks it down in an easy and informative way.” Chosan, Artist, Community & Youth activist and owner of PaintSoul “hand crafted designs”. 

 “(I enjoy) the drama and stories concerning legal issues and possible legal routes anyone looking to pursue legal action could potentially take. Also gives some insight on how to avoid lawsuits especially when it pertains to copyright and IP issues.” – Demola Ogundele, Founder and CEO of notjustok.com #1 Nigerian music website. 

Happy one year anniversary. .  . many many more years to come and accomplishments .  . .

What I like most about AML is that it (k)eeps me informed and updated about what’s going on in the industry, especially in Africa. I know what I’m reading is fact. Also (as) a promoter, I have learnt a lot from reading AML about what to do and not do when it comes to music law, music business.” – Supo Dosunmu,  Founder/CEO/President of UNIQUE PROMOTIONS, LLC.

Cheers,
Uduak
@uduaklaw

 

Africa Music Law™

AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law website, livestream and podcast show empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through its brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

For general inquiries, advertising, licensing, or to appear on the show as a guest, please email ([email protected]). Thank you for visiting.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at https://msuduak.com.

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