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AML Interview with Cos Canino: (Audio) How Do We Move the Nigeria Entertainment Awards Forward?


The 8th Annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards just wrapped up in New York City. While I congratulate the event producers for producing the event, I have some issues with the event. They include the following facts:

1. Logistics and getting many of our artists/entertainment talents to the event from Nigeria continues to be a major issue;

2. The producers continue to fund the event, eight years later, from their personal funds because our community of investors and sponsors are hesitant or fail to support this event. Why?;

3. Publicity and promotions, especially in the diaspora, is quite poor and many are oblivious to this remarkable and very important event;

4. The Nigerian/African entertainment community as a whole continues to sleep on this event and I am unsure why the status quo is not changed.

5. The event’s offerings could and should create a much needed and added value such as a music seminar, at a minimum, for its music community.

I address these issues and more with Co-Founder and Executive Producer Cos Canino. This was a phone interview conducted this past week. My apologies that the audio on Cos Canino’s end of the interview is not as loud as it should be.

Please look to see better audio quality interviews in the future. For now, turn it way up and take a listen.


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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

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