M.I Abaga Rings NSE Closing “Bell,” Optimistic Chocolate City will be Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange

MI Abaga Nigerian Stock Exchange
Who says “short black boys” cannot become successful artists and music executives? Recording artist & Vice President of Chocolate City Music, M.I Abaga, two days ago, led a team of fellow Chocolate City artists to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The rapper also hit the closing gong (bell) to officially close the trading at the NSE.

Last month, during the third annual Nigerian Entertainment Conference, current Chocolate City Music CEO & founder Audu Maikori announced he would be stepping down as CEO. I have said the next person to occupy that position is clearly M.I.

Part of the speculation with M.I.’s visit to the Nigerian stock exchange is the hope that a Nigerian record label, preferably, Chocolate City records, will one day trade on the NSE.

Rather interesting. On the U.S. end, we saw Warner Music Group trade n the New York Stock Exchange until May 2011, when it announced its privatization and sale to Access Industries, a deal completed in 2011.

Interesting times ahead. Let’s keep close watch.

To get a feel or idea for the Chocolate City Label, listen to my interview with Audu Maikori below.

~Ms. Uduak

Ringing the Gong/Closing “Bell”

His View on Record Label Being Listed on the NSE
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Africa Music Law Interview with current Chocolate City label CEO Audu Maikori

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African Business Weekly: Nigerian Stock Exchange Strategy For 2015

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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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