AML 111: (Exclusive) Emma Ugolee Pt. 2: Dealing with kidney failure, dialysis, & finding hope

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In the 111th episode of The Africa Music Law Show with Ms. Uduak, media personality and entertainment industry veteran, Emma Ugolee, gets deeply personal with discussing work-life balance in the entertainment industry. Specifically, he discusses how he discovered he had kidney failure, the symptoms, the diagnosis, dealing with the disease through dialysis, losing over 10 friends to the disease, his current wait for a kidney transplant and more.

This is part 2 of 2 of a two-part interview. Listen to part 1, which is episode 110, here, which delves into the business of broadcast radio and television in Nigeria.


  • Latest industry news (Wizkid missing his performance at Coachella, Toke Makinwa dealing with depression, Beyonce’s performance at Coachella).
  • Why Emma created his popular entertainment business talk show, The Gist.
  • How the media, not the fans, determine the next big sound.
  • Regulation of the Nigerian broadcasting industry.
  • Discovering he had kidney failure.
  • Dealing with the diagnosis.
  • Cheating death, three times.
  • Advice to all listening about work-life balance, and making health priority.

Where to Find Emma Ugolee

About The Africa Music Law Show

Hosted by California-based Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak), The Africa Music Law show is a show empowering the African artist through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews. The show has been downloaded over 200,000 times and made iTunes top 4 ‘New & Noteworthy.’ Subscribers include Africa & Hollywood’s power executives, investors, lawyers, artists and other industry stakeholders. The blog itself has been cited in a U.S. top-ranked law school’s ‘International Law Review’ journal. Country demographic: Nigeria (26%), USA (23%), UK (15%), UAE (7%), and Other (29%).

About Ms. Uduak

Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak), the founder of Africa Music Law, is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. In her role as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa and Asia including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She can be reached via email ( or on twitter: @uduaklaw.

Where to Find Ms.Uduak

Twitter: @uduaklaw

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  1. Great point about the BPM. I think the that shift came with Burnaboy’s like to party though not Runtown.

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