AML 122: Lawyer for One of R. Kelly’s Alleged Victims Speaks + Redesigning an Entertainment Industry that Protects Women | Entertainment Law Roundtable

On the 122nd episode of The Africa Music Law Podcast show, Lydia Agu of New York-based The Agu Firm, and the attorney for Faith Rodgers, an alleged sexual abuse victim of R.Kelly’s, discusses ‘Surviving R.Kelly,’ the neglected cases of sexual abuse of women in the entertainment industry, and redesigning an industry where abuse is prevented and black victims are heard.

Adding to the conversation are panelists Unwam Oduok, Esq., a former Probation Counselor now turned Family, and Business Lawyer at EBITU LAW GROUP, P.C, and Eche Emole, the founder of The Afropolitan Group, a leading producer of African entertainment lifestyle events and concerts in the U.S.  All panelists discuss the need for a different kind of conversation and action in the industry that protects, and prevents abuse, among the top entertainment business and law topics.

The 122 episode is the finale of an entertainment law roundtable three-part series focused on the diaspora. The Africa Music Law podcast show is hosted and produced by Ms. Uduak Oduok, a Fashion and Entertainment lawyer, and the publisher of TheAfricamusiclaw.com.



Eche Emole is the Founder of Afropolitan Group, a leading live entertainment, and media company in the Bay Area, Northern California, that has produced live events headlined by Afrobeats stars like Mr. Eazi, Davido, Patoranking, Olamide, among others. He is also an executive at Flutterwave Inc., a payments technology company, headquartered in San Francisco and providing a platform (Rave) to make and accept payments from anywhere across the globe, including Africa. Eche holds a Juris Doctorate from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. He can be reached on Instagram via @afropolitangroup

Unwam Oduok is an attorney and Partner at Ebitu Law Group, P.C based in Sacramento California where her practice areas focus on family Law, business law(which includes contract drafting, negotiating and litigation), civil litigation and crisis management for brands, talents, and businesses. Ms. Unwam is licensed to practice in California. She can be reached via email at ([email protected]).

Lydia Agu is a reputable attorney, women’s rights advocate, and writer. Though she has experience in various areas of law, Lydia is most noted for her keen knowledge of entertainment law and litigation work. In 2009, Lydia graduated from Fordham Law School and in 2011 she foundedThe Agu Firmin Manhattan, New York.

As an entertainment attorney, Lydia has worked with renowned Afro-beats musicians, managed a record label for two years, and provided consulting services for various record labels and artists. Lydia was also the first attorney to obtain a federal court injunction against an African artist, preventing him from performing in the United States.

Lydia has a successful track record of suing various artists and entertainment companies on breach of contract cases, settling favorably on behalf of her clients. She has also successfully settled various sexual assault cases against individuals and big-name employers. Currently, Lydia is serving as the attorney representing Faith Rodgers against Robert Kelly (most notably known as R&B singer, R. Kelly). She can be reached on Instagram via @Lydiaaguesq.

Uduak Oduok, (Moderator) 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 ([email protected]) or on twitter: @uduaklaw. 

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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 https://msuduak.com.

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