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AML 133: COVID-19 + Isioma Idigbe on China-Nollywood Co-Production Deals & More.


This concludes our three-part series with Isioma Idigbe, a top entertainment lawyer in Nigeria on the business of entertainment. In this 133rd episode, Ms. Uduak, founder and host of the Africa Music Law Podcast Show, addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, and then continues with her interview with Isioma. In the interview, Isioma shares her insights on the top entertainment deals within the past 12 months in Nigeria’s entertainment industry including the China-Nollywood co-production deal between Film One and China’s Huahua.


Isioma Idigbe (guest) holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom and a certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at the York University Toronto, Canada. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2015 and is a graduate from the Nigeria Law School.

Isioma joined Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors in 2017 as an associate and quickly rose up the ranks, the same year, to become the head of the firm’s Media and Entertainment law practice after securing major local and international clients for the firm in that practice area. Outside of her firm work, Isioma has been heavily involved in policy work affecting Nigeria’s film industry, including leading the research team on the regulatory framework in the Nigerian Film and Television industries and submitting a proposal to the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). The proposal was subsequently forwarded to the country’s current Minister of Information.

She is one of the founding members of the Music Publishers Association of Nigeria (MPAN) and is a trustee on its board of trustees representing Universal Music Nigeria.

Isioma has pioneered and hosted extensive Media and Entertainment Law training sessions in Nigeria, including the annual free training by her firm’s media and entertainment team at the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).She is a regular speaker at various local and international conferences, and has spoken at organizations such as the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) annual conference held in Cannes at MIDEM, the leading music conference for the global music community.

In recognition of her work in 2018 she was awarded the prestigious rising star award at the African Law Digest awards.

Uduak Oduok, (Host) 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. For fifteen years, 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, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

Episode Preview

  • Ms. Uduak on COVID-19
  • Genevieve Nnaji Oscar situation.
  • Warner-Chocolate City deal.
  • Mavin-Kupanda deal.
  • IROKO-Canal deal.
  • Huahua-FilmOne Co-production deal.
  • Amazon-EbonyLife deal.
  • Tips for business and entertainment executives.
  • Tips for lawyers.

Where to Find Isioma Odigbe


Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

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Twitter: @msuduak
Instagram: @msuduak

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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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