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Artists, Filmmakers, The Afro Beats Entertainment Business & Law Educational Road Show is this Saturday, March 21st, 2015!

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I have a new policy in place. I will not promote any music/entertainment business or conference taking place in Nigeria, on any of my platforms, that fails to have a Nigerian entertainment lawyer actively participating in such an event. The Nigerian entertainment lawyer is an integral part of Nigeria and Africa’s creative industries and the days of ignoring his and her voice is over.

So, when I received a solicitation from Ike Onourah asking for visibility and promotion on my platform, I responded saying I’d be glad to promote if and only if he can confirm for me the participation of a Nigerian entertainment lawyer at his event.

He responded saying he followed my work, was a fan and of course, the Nigerian entertainment lawyer will be a big part of his event. He, in fact, gave me a listing of Nigerian entertainment lawyers participating in his upcoming event. They include:

  • Akeem Aponmade (Principal Counsel, A. O. Aponmade & Co.),
  • Ayo Solarin (Director Zedakah Entertainment / I.P Law),
  • Obafemi Agaba (Partner Jackson, Etti & Edu, Intellectual Property / Entertainment Law),
  • Nicholas Iheanyichukwu Ihenacho Eziefula – (Associate Partner Michael Simkins LLP) Chris Nkwocha (Director, Nigerian Copyright Council Lagos Office – NCC); and
  • Chin Okeke (Partner, Eclipse Brand Agency).

Also, in case you are wondering about the scope of what will be covered, it includes:

  • UK & International music contracts
  •  Royalties & how you can collect these from around the world.
  • Music Publishing (syncing & licensing your music for international campaigns).
  • International music distribution.
  • Access to international music festivals such as Glastonbury, Itunes Festivals etc.

I have shared Ike’s work before on AML. Read the details of his upcoming event and also watch him explain his passion for educating African artists and artists in general about the business of music.

~Ms. Uduak

FROM LONDON TO LAGOS: STRICTLY ENTERTAINMENT’S AFROBEATS EDUCATIONAL ROADSHOW LANDS IN NIGERIA

Strictly Entertainment Music (SEM) together with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Nigeria is proud to announce the launch of The Afrobeat Educational Roadshow (TAER) in Lagos Nigeria.

Following a successful five seasons of the Afrobeat Educational Roadshow in the UK, TAER is the foremost networking initiative in Britain for African entertainment entrepreneurs and aims to bridge the gap between industry professionals and commercial and governing bodies.

The Afrobeat Educational Roadshow taking place on Saturday 21st March 2015 at the prestigious venue, Mìlíki Private Members Club, 7b Etim Nyang Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos will bring together leading industry experts in music and film from both the UK and Nigeria to address key issues that affect the progress of the creative industries. Working in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the lead government organization in the United Kingdom that supports bilateral trade, the Nigerian edition of TAER is set to further develop such dialogue between both countries.

With the steady rise in Nigeria’s creative industry, through a series of panels, the event aims to explore some of the core issues facing the sector such as intellectual property and rights management in a global market, the business of branding and the future of Nigeria’s entertainment sector.

Guest speakers confirmed for the launch of TAER include Ibinabo Fiberesima (President, Actors Guild of Nigeria), Chinedu Chukwuji (CEO Copyright Society of Nigeria), Zainab Balogun (Actress / Model / TV Presenter), Stephanie Coker (Presenter, MTV Base) and Freeze (Presenter, Cool FM), Wale Ojo (Actor), Ojoma Ochai (The British Council), Lancelot Oduwa (Director / Producer / Screenwriter, Iceslide Films), Camilla Waite (Head of Legal, Phonographic Performance Limited UK), Adesope Olajide (VOX Africa, Arise TV, Bang FM & Factory 78TV), Lynxxx, (Recording Artist / Graphic Designer), Beverly Naya (Actress), Chin Okeke (Partner, Eclipse Brand Agency), Ruggedman (Recording Artist / Designer), Mykaell S. Riley (Head of Music Production, University of Westminster), Eku Edewor (Actress), Asa Asika (CEO, StarGaze Management), Sfiya (Recording Artist) Mannie (Radio Presenter, Cool FM ), Ayo Solarin (Director Zedakah Entertainment / I.P Law), Dayo Balogun (Creative Director, H264 Media), DJ Cuppy, iKE Onuorah (CEO, Strictly Entertainment Music – SEM) & many more.

Speaking on the event, Strictly Entertainment Music founder, iKE Onuorah commented “They say knowledge is power – If that be the case we at SEM believe TAER has a very significant role to play – for the last 2 years we’ve been championing the agenda of African owned creative businesses in the UK fully getting to grips with understanding the business they are in, their position within the African & Western markets as well as their potential bargaining power. In return we have had a lot of interest & support from the emerging African scene & mainstream industry!

Working with UKTI-Nigeria to bringing TAER home to Lagos could not happen at a better time & we both share a common goal – Improving bilateral trade between Nigerian & UK creative businesses whilst empowering the current & next generation of creative business professionals. It’s time to be in the business of creativity as opposed to just being creative’s. We’re real excited about this trip & can’t wait to meet the industry building new relationships.”

For more information and to get involved, please visit Strictly Entertainment.com.

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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