Ikechukwu (Ike) Onuorah, a British-Nigerian executive and music entrepreneur, has been named the 2nd Vice President of the ‘Artiste Managers in Nigeria Association’ (AMAN) in Nigeria, an organization headed by Collins Ifeanyi Onwuneme Ajereh Enebeli aka Mavin Grandpa, the father to popular music producer Don Jazzy.
The newly appointed executive joins the non-profit that is now experiencing a reawakening and appears driven to create more infrastructure and uniform standards governing the artist-management profession in the country.
“We are very excited and welcome Ikechukwu to the team,” said President Enebeli in a statement released to Africa Music Law (AML). “We believe his contribution will be of immense value to AMAN and look forward to achieving our goals together over the coming years.”
“I am thrilled to be part of the AMAN family,” said Onuorah also in a statement released to AML. “My entire journey so far has always been in the capacity of serving or trying to impact positive change regardless of the genre of music. I look forward to continuing that tradition and contributing to the growth of AMAN and the Nigerian music industry.”
Onuorah is the COO of ACI Entertainment, a company launched in 2016 in Nigeria and led by Wole Adeniyi (CEO), that provides entertainment services such as audio/music production, event management, studio facilities, film, and television content, soundtrack production, radio jingles, outdoor music instruments rental and record label services.
Prior to becoming COO for ACI, Onuorah was the co-founder and CEO of UK company Strictly Entertainment Music (now Strictly Digital Music), a music distribution, booking agency, and management company representing African artists. He also represented Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra as an agent and the Urban Soul Orchestra a business manager.
Committed to education and arming artists with his institutional knowledge about the music business, in 2012, Onuorah co-founded and orchestrated the Territory Focus “Region Down In Africa” report published by the UK Weekly music business magazine, Music Week 09.11.12, along with “Afro-Beats, The Next Big Thing?” published on 16.11.12 by the British Phonographic Industries (BPI), who also organize the annual Brit Awards, administer the official charts 100, and are partners to the Entertainment Retailers Association in Great Britain.
That same year, he co-founded and launched his popular The Afro-Beats Educational Roadshow (TAER) as a forum for bringing African and mainstream music professionals together to discuss issues surrounding the progress of the genre. To date, TAER has organized eight series in association with Westminster University – Commercial Music department, Black Music Research Unit (BMRU), The Africa Centre London, Ravensbourne University, UK Trade & Investment, SXSW, Inc. and the British Phonographic Industries (BPI).
Onuorah also sits on the planning committee and is the talent and stage manager for Nigeria’s highly coveted annual music and arts festival Gidi Fest, currently in its 5th year.
If his name looks familiar to the AML community, it is because he has been featured in prior times on AML. Congrats Ike! We wish you a positive and transformational tenure benefiting the Nigerian artist-management ecosystem and the industry at large with AMAN.
- (2014)Video: “African Artists Need to Understand the Business (of Music ….;
- (2015) Artists, Filmmakers, The Afro Beats Entertainment Business & Law …
Meet Ike Onuorah in this flashback video: