5 music execs that influenced the Nigerian industry greatly

Obi-Asika1. Obi Asika

It was this Onitsha indigene, that brought style, structure and st** to the Nigerian music industry. Asika was the founder and CEO of Storm 360, which birthed names like Naeto C, Ikechukwu, Sasha P, General Pype, L.O.S., Ms Jaie, Tosin Martins, and Yung 6ix. His influence stretches even to entertainment, where he brought the only Big Brother Nigeria we’ve had to our screens.

2. Banky W

Most times it is lost on us, that Bankole Wellington actually owns – co-owns actually with Tunde Demuren – a record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.). Apart from being an A-list R&B singer, Banky W is responsible for one of Nigeria’s biggest stars, Wizkid. Although Star Boy and Skales left, there is still Shaydee and Niyole.

don_jazzy3. Don Jazzy

Of course. Don Jazzy. Michael Collins Ajereh came to prominence as former CEO of Mo’ Hits Records, but right now, he is the current CEO of Mavin Records. Don Jazzy has been quite a game changer, from his time with D’banj and Wande Coal, to the period he discovered Korede Bello and Di’Ja. He also has production credits for Lift Off, which featured Jay Z, Kanye West and Beyonce.

4. Olamide

Yes. Olamide actually runs a record label. The popular Yoruba rapper popularly known as Baddo, released his second album under his own imprint, YBNL Nation. Right now, he has Lil Kesh and Adekunle Gold under his wings. Quite interestingly, he does not offer any of them more than a two-year contract, as he is keen to be a platform and not a slave house.

kenny ogungbe-dayo adeneye5. Kenny Ogungbe & Dayo Adeneye

They may have gone their separate ways now, but what Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye achieved together, was nothing short of inspired and inspiring. The duo founded Kennis Music together and it was there artistes like 2face Idibia, OJB Jezreel, the late Goldie, KC Presh, Tony Tetuila, Baba Dee, Sound Sultan, etc found expression.


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