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Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014’s Most Influential People In Entertainment


2014’s Most Influential People In Entertainment

The Nigerian entertainment industry has, indeed, come a long way. Boasting unique personalities who, through their giant strides, creative contributions, ideas and participation, have etched the name of our industry on the world map in recent times, Nigerian Entertainment Today profiled the Most Influential People in Entertainment in 2014. Here:

2Face Idibia
CEO Hypertek Music
From his artistry to his passion for change, the acclaimed ‘African Pop King’ has continued to use his music as a means to influence aspects of his immediate environment. His 2Face Idibia Reach Out Foundation has dedicated a great deal of efforts and resources towards reaching out to people in need.

Ade Bantu
Musician/Founder of Afropolitan Vibes
Co-founder of BANTU (Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity), Ade Bantu, went beyond his comfort zone to create the monthly gig called ‘Afropolitan Vibes’ in 2013.

Adebayo Salami
An infinitely influential figure in the Nigerian movie industry, Salami has put in more than 30 years of active service. ‘Oga Bello’, as he is fondly called, has earned his stripes since his days with the Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group.

Aina Kusoro
Movie Marketer (Highwaves Video Mart)
Aina Kusoro is the bubbly individual behind several popular Yoruba movie productions and his name is as popular as his company.
Akeem Olatunji Balogun
Movie Marketer (Olasco Films)
Renowned for bank-rolling many of Funke Akindele’s flicks (especially Jenifa, Return of Jenifa and Omo Ghetto 1 & 2), ‘Olasco’, as he is fondly called, wields appreciable influence in the movie industry which is why many refer to him as one of the ‘godfathers’ of the Nollywood marketing business.

Alex Okosi
Media Entrepreneur, Snr VP Viacom International Africa
As senior vice president and managing director of Viacom International Africa, Okosi continues to showcase Africa to the world via the MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central platforms.

Ali Baba
AlleluyaAtuyota Akporobomeriere aka Ali Baba pioneered stand-up comedy in the country, nurtured the trade into profitability and continues to use his influence to hold up the platform for others to shine. Doing a good job of not competing with his protégés, he has got ahead to repackage his brand even more.
Ali Baba is the king on his lane and a comedian of immense repute.

Amin Moussalli
CEO, AIM Group (owners of Cool FM, Wazobia FM, Cool TV)
Mousalli’s love for broadcasting drove him to establish the radio stations Cool FM and Wazobia FM and, later , Nigeria Info, with his daughter Evita at the helm of affairs.
Not yet done, in September 2014, Mousalli recently added Cool TV and Wazobia TV to the growing portfolio.

Audu Maikori
CEO, Chocolate City Group
The last one year might not have been the best for Chocolate City as a business, but Maikori, lawyer and entrepreneur, has shown exemplary skills in steering the entertainment label through the murky waters of low ratings, inactivity and desertion in recent years.

Ayo Animashaun
CEO, Smooth Productions (owners of HIP TV, awards)
Here is one man whose story is no secret. From a miniature magazine filled with song lyrics, he made a brand and just when you think there’s little or nothing he can add to the whole mix, Animashaun springs another surprise on entertainment lovers.
Through his Smooth Promotions Productions, the 44-year old has launched some of the most relevant entertainment platforms, including the Hip Hop World Awards (the Headies) and the 24-hour channel, Hip TV on DSTV which recently celebrated 324 days of transmission in September 2014.

Others on the list include
Ayo Makun
Banky W
Bolanle Austen-Peters
CEO, Terra Kulture
Chioma Ude
Chris Ubosi
Clarence Peters
Danny Kioupouroglou
Don Jazzy
Edi Lawani
Efe Omorogbe
Emeka Mba
Emem Isong
Femi Ayeni
Femi Kuti
Funke Akindele
Genevieve Nnaji
Ibinabo Fiberesima
Jason Njoku
Jide Kosoko
John Ugbe
King Sunny Ade
Kunle Afolayan
Lancelot Imasuen
Linda Ikeji
Matthew Ohio
Mo’ Abudu
‘Mola Ogundele
Olisa Adibua
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Omoyemi Akerele
Paul Okoye
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe
Rotimi Pedro
Shina Peller
Tajuddeen Adepetu
Tiwa Savage
Toyin Uthman
Tunde Kelani
Uche Eze

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