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Nigerian Music Industry Talks: Opportunities for Young Lawyers in the Entertainment Industry


There have been diverse Nigerian Music Industry conversations on Instagram Live during this COVID19 lockdown have largely focused on other entertainment industry professional except lawyers. We also haven’t seen many focus on young lawyers in the entertainment industry, but Nigerian Entertainment Lawyer Akinyemi Ayinoluwa bucks this trend with a series titled, ‘Opportunities for Young Lawyers in Entertainment’ which zooms in on opportunities for young lawyers.

Watch some of his latest interviews and be prepared to take notes if you are a young lawyer.

In addition, listen to my throwback interview with Akinyemi, as a further resource, where he shares his own journey to becoming an entertainment lawyer in Nigeria.
AML throwback interview with Akinyemi Ayinoluwa on How to Become an Entertainment Lawyer.

Akinyemi’s interview with Folakemi Falana, Entertainment Lawyer whose clientele also includes her sibling, recording hip-hop artist Falz. She is a Partner at F & F Legal Consulting (boutique entertainment law firm), and a Senior Associate at Falana & Falana Chambers.

Akinyemi’s interview with Layo Gbadamosi.
Nigerian born Entertainment Lawyer and Fashion Designer Layo Gbadamosi is an executive at one of the biggest Hollywood entertainment companies in the world. She also designs work-wear for women under Layo G., her eponymous fashion brand. Layo currently resides in the United States and works in the New York branch of Endeavor Content and Film 45, under the Endeavor umbrella, which owns the world renowned WME talent agency.

In the early phase of her career, Layo focused on Fashion Law and spent years learning about the business of fashion while interning and working in the legal departments of Burberry, Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue, Stuart Wietzman and more. Upon obtaining her law license in 2013, Layo served as the sole Counsel and Legal Director for one of the top evening dress designers in the world, Jovani Fashions.

After almost 2 years with Jovani, Layo moved on to establish a successful career as an Entertainment Lawyer in the television and film industry. She worked at Viacom where she was Director of Business and Legal Affairs at BET Networks. After almost 4 years, she was offered a position at IMG Original Content now known as Endeavor Content as an Entertainment Lawyer and Business executive, where she still works now. At Endeavor Content, Layo was business and legal affairs executive on shows like “Being Serena” about the world famous tennis player Serena Williams. She also worked on shows such as “Juventus”, which was a series on Netflix following the Italian soccer team; and “Innocence Files”, currently streaming on Netflix. She has negotiated and worked on programs that are broadcast on Amazon Prime, HBO, Netflix, Disney+, Disney Channel and much more. She has negotiated against and on behalf of some of the biggest names in entertainment and media, closed multi-million dollar deals and negotiated very complex deals with various high level stakeholders involved.

Akinyemi Ayinoluwa’s Interview with Segun Aluko
Segun Aluko is an associate in the entertainment, technology, and advertising practice group of Sheppard Mullin, a leading AmLaw firm.

He was recently a business affairs executive at William Morris Endeavor (WME), the leading literary and talent agency. He started his career as a corporate attorney at the prestigious Nigerian law firm – Aluko & Oyebode.

Segun’s practice focuses on motion picture and television deals across development, production, distribution and licensing. He also advises on corporate transactions covering M&A, venture capital and private equity, emerging markets, and finance.

Segun is a licensed attorney in the state of California and Nigeria. He’s also a public speaker at events that provide capacity building for entrepreneurs as well as artist, talent, and producers in the entertainment industry.


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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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