Artist Health, Business

BET Awards 2012: Kanye West Introduces D’Banj While Up for an Award- Koko Concert Repeat?

There is nothing like writing after a long day at work fixing people’s problems and/or preventing them in the first place. A lawyer’s job ain’t easy. Y’all appreciate the lawyers. 🙂 In any event, writing is absolutely therapeutic for me! So, I was writing on a different topic to share with you all when it dawned on me that this 2012, African artists might very well get that visibility on the BET Awards platform that I have been so adamant about.

AML Industry can y’all see it? *Stops to play SDC’s Dreamer. Now singing, “come dream with me, pillow to my head I’m a dreamer, gonna make you believers ‘cos I’m a dreamer. . . Nigerian made . . . “*

**Warning: Mild strong language use**

“Many fly but I am the pilot.” I love that line. Tight!

Back to my flow:

In case you are new to my blog, welcome. For the past two years, I have NOT been happy with BET Networks’ pattern and practice of nominating African artists, declaring a winner and not giving even two seconds of the network’s time to show our artist during the live broadcast of the popular awards show.

You can read about my position in one of my many posts on this topic here.

I was just writing on an entirely different topic when an image flashed in my head and I literally saw Kanye West get on stage to thank BET, his fans et al. for winning at least one of the seven awards he has been nominated for. In the process, he introduces to the audience and the world D’Banj (who stands right next to him on stage). Hmmm . . . not too far-fetched is it?

AML American industry label heads, legal colleagues and important players who work with many of the important names you hear on your radio or see on your screen, a handful of you tell me you are down with AML i.e. read and enjoy the blog. Could y’ all kindly pass this on to ‘Ye.

I’m a think outside the box kinda woman. BET Networks seems to have a problem giving a second of its time to Africa’s superstars. Maybe we don’t need them to do so after all, not if ‘Ye can just do it.  . . Think a repeat of the Koko Concert!

*Thinking out loud . . .*


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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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