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Music business and entertainment law news, exclusive interviews, legal commentary and analysis by California based entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok, with a focus on U.S. and Africa music markets.

The Africa Music Law™ Show | Music Business & Entertainment Law Uduak Oduok, Esq. Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer

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Music business and entertainment law news, exclusive interviews, legal commentary and analysis by California based entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok, with a focus on U.S. and Africa music markets.

    AML 134: Peter Lentini on How to Build Diverse Streams of Income to Handle Life’s Seasons.

    AML 134: Peter Lentini on How to Build Diverse Streams of Income to Handle Life’s Seasons.

    Peter Lentini, a trailblazer, influencer and household name among the African Diaspora in the United States, especially in California, joins host of the Africa Music Law, Ms. Uduak, on the 134th episode to discuss how to build diverse streams of income to handle life’s seasons. It’s a must-listen and must-share interview. Listen, enjoy and share.

    Peter Lentini (guest) is the founder and creative director at Ankara Festivals organization, and Afrotivity; both of which have become household names in the state of California. He entered the entertainment business as an event promoter in Lagos, Nigeria, organizing street carnivals and concerts for brands and organizations.

    In 2000 he moved to the Bay Area, started Naija Entertainment Organization in 2004, to create an avenue to foster unity among Nigerians in the Bay Area through social events. He has always been fascinated by the African culture and everything that surrounds it, and so in the summer of 2009 he moved to the entertainment capital of the world. Here he re-launched his entertainment company and went on to birth Ankara Festival Los Angeles (AFLA), and Afrotivity. Social organizations that showcases the African culture through fashion, music, arts, comedy and food. The aim of Ankara Festival Los Angeles is to create a social landscape for cultural pride in North America. For over 14 years Peter Lentini has been in the Business of using entertainment as a tool to bring Africans in the diaspora together. Forming partnerships, providing platforms and creating outlets for fellow Africans. Also known as DJ Lentini, he promotes african events (club parties, music concerts, movie premieres etc) in los Angeles. He also has a podcast #thelentinipodcast and a daily Vlog called #405talk.

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) 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 (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

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    * Peter Lentini on COVID-19 and lessons so far from it.

    * Peter Lentini’s personal background.



    * How he broke into the entertainment industry.

    * How he built his personal brand.

    * His work as a DJ, podcast host and events producer (music, Ankara festival etc.)

    * His predictions on the rise of African music, particularly Afro beats in the U.S.

    * Tips for listeners/others interested in following his work.



    Where to Find Peter Lentini

    Email:  (lentini@peterlentini.com)

    Website: peterlentini.com

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    Facebook: @msuduak

    Twitter: @msuduak

    Instagram: @msuduak

    Website: www.msuduak.com

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    AML 133: COVID-19 + Isioma Idigbe on China-Nollywood Co-Production Deals & More.

    AML 133: COVID-19 + Isioma Idigbe on China-Nollywood Co-Production Deals & More.

    This concludes our three-part series with Isioma Idigbe, a top entertainment lawyer in Nigeria on the business of entertainment. In this 133rd episode, Ms. Uduak, founder and host of the Africa Music Law Podcast Show, addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, and then continues with her interview with Isioma. In the interview, Isioma shares her insights on the top entertainment deals within the past 12 months in Nigeria’s entertainment industry including the China-Nollywood co-production deal between Film One and China’s Huahua.

    BIO

    Isioma Idigbe (guest) holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom and a certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at the York University Toronto, Canada. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2015 and is a graduate from the Nigeria Law School.

    Isioma joined Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors in 2017 as an associate and quickly rose up the ranks, the same year, to become the head of the firm’s Media and Entertainment law practice after securing major local and international clients for the firm in that practice area. Outside of her firm work, Isioma has been heavily involved in policy work affecting Nigeria’s film industry, including leading the research team on the regulatory framework in the Nigerian Film and Television industries and submitting a proposal to the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). The proposal was subsequently forwarded to the country’s current Minister of Information.

    She is one of the founding members of the Music Publishers Association of Nigeria (MPAN) and is a trustee on its board of trustees representing Universal Music Nigeria.

    Isioma has pioneered and hosted extensive Media and Entertainment Law training sessions in Nigeria, including the annual free training by her firm’s media and entertainment team at the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).She is a regular speaker at various local and international conferences, and has spoken at organizations such as the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) annual conference held in Cannes at MIDEM, the leading music conference for the global music community.

    In recognition of her work in 2018 she was awarded the prestigious rising star award at the African Law Digest awards.

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) 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 (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

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    * Ms. Uduak on COVID-19

    * Genevieve Nnaji Oscar situation.

    * Warner-Chocolate City deal.

    * Mavin-Kupanda deal.

    * IROKO-Canal deal.

    * Huahua-FilmOne Co-production deal.

    * Amazon-EbonyLife deal.

    * Tips for business and entertainment executives.

    * Tips for lawyers.



    Where to Find Isioma Odigbe

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isioma_idigbe_/ 

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    Facebook: @msuduak

    Twitter: @msuduak...

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    AML 132: Isioma Idigbe on the Problems Nollywood & its Entertainment Lawyers Need to Fix

    AML 132: Isioma Idigbe on the Problems Nollywood & its Entertainment Lawyers Need to Fix

    We continue to part two of our three-part series with Isioma Idigbe, a top entertainment lawyer in Nigeria who is known for filing a historic copyright infringement lawsuit against top Filmmaker Omoni Oboli for the movie ‘Okafor’s Law’ and top movie distributor, Film House Cinema. Her suit and the injunction she obtained to temporarily shut down the exhibition of the premiere of the film, was a move that was a first of its kind in contemporary Nollywood.

    In this episode, Isioma discusses the business and legal problems Nollywood and its legal professionals need to fix for its creatives. She also dives into the exclusion by the Oscar organizers of Nollywood actress turned filmmaker Genevieve Nnaji’s movie ‘Lion Heart’ because it was primarily in English. Isioma also discusses the business of music, music publishing and royalty payments to Nigerian artists.

    This 132nd episode is hosted by Ms. Uduak, founder and host of the Africa Music Law Podcast Show. 

    BIO

    Isioma Idigbe (guest) holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom and a certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at the York University Toronto, Canada. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2015 and is a graduate from the Nigeria Law School.

    Isioma joined Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors in 2017 as an associate and quickly rose up the ranks, the same year, to become the head of the firm’s Media and Entertainment law practice after securing major local and international clients for the firm in that practice area. Outside of her firm work, Isioma has been heavily involved in policy work affecting Nigeria’s film industry, including leading the research team on the regulatory framework in the Nigerian Film and Television industries and submitting a proposal to the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). The proposal was subsequently forwarded to the country’s current Minister of Information.

    She is one of the founding members of the Music Publishers Association of Nigeria (MPAN) and is a trustee on its board of trustees representing Universal Music Nigeria.

    Isioma has pioneered and hosted extensive Media and Entertainment Law training sessions in Nigeria, including the annual free training by her firm’s media and entertainment team at the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).She is a regular speaker at various local and international conferences, and has spoken at organizations such as the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) annual conference held in Cannes at MIDEM, the leading music conference for the global music community.

    In recognition of her work in 2018 she was awarded the prestigious rising star award at the African Law Digest awards.

    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 (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

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    * Personal background.

    * Career background.

    * Building her law practice.

    * Filing the lawsuit against Omoni Oboli, Filmhouse, among others.

    * The challenges the lawsuit presented.



    Where to Find Isioma Odigbe

    Instagram: a href="https://www.instagram.

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    AML 131: Isioma Idigbe on Filing Nollywood’s Historic Copyright Lawsuit Against Omoni Oboli & Filmhouse Cinema

    AML 131: Isioma Idigbe on Filing Nollywood’s Historic Copyright Lawsuit Against Omoni Oboli & Filmhouse Cinema

    On Friday, March 24, 2017, a large audience gathered for the premiere of Filmmaker Omoni Oboli’s movie ‘Okafor’s Law’ at the Film House Cinema in Lekki Lagos. The event, however, came to a screeching halt because  Isioma obtained an injunction, ex-parte (on an emergency basis), and put a stop to the premiere. That moment was so monumental for Nigeria’s entertainment industry that it ricocheted across the African continent and into the diaspora. It was a moment that sent a powerful message that there was a new paradigm shift in Nollywood, one that was serious about protecting the rights of creators.

    Isioma joins Ms. Uduak, founder and host of the Africa Music Law Podcast Show, on the 131 st episode to share her personal and career background, and why she took on the fight against Nollywood’s darling Oboli and Film House, her distributors. She also discusses the business of music, among many topics. This is the first episode of a three-part series. 

    BIO

    Isioma Idigbe (guest) holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom and a certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at the York University Toronto, Canada. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2015 and is a graduate from the Nigeria Law School.

    Isioma joined Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors in 2017 as an associate and quickly rose up the ranks, the same year, to become the head of the firm’s Media and Entertainment law practice after securing major local and international clients for the firm in that practice area. Outside of her firm work, Isioma has been heavily involved in policy work affecting Nigeria’s film industry, including leading the research team on the regulatory framework in the Nigerian Film and Television industries and submitting a proposal to the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). The proposal was subsequently forwarded to the country’s current Minister of Information.

    She is one of the founding members of the Music Publishers Association of Nigeria (MPAN) and is a trustee on its board of trustees representing Universal Music Nigeria.

    Isioma has pioneered and hosted extensive Media and Entertainment Law training sessions in Nigeria, including the annual free training by her firm’s media and entertainment team at the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).She is a regular speaker at various local and international conferences, and has spoken at organizations such as the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) annual conference held in Cannes at MIDEM, the leading music conference for the global music community.

    In recognition of her work in 2018 she was awarded the prestigious rising star award at the African Law Digest awards.

    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 (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

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    * Personal background.

    * Career background.

    * Building her law practice.

    * Filing the lawsuit against Omoni Oboli, Filmhouse, among others.

    * The challenges the lawsuit presented.



    Where to Find Isioma Odigbe

    Instagram: a href="https://www.instagram.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    AML 130: Oye Akideinde on the Digital Evolution of the Nigerian Music Industry

    AML 130: Oye Akideinde on the Digital Evolution of the Nigerian Music Industry

    Oye Akideinde (Oye) (Guest)  is a media, tech and entertainment executive with over 20+ years experience in primarily the media, entertainment, technology, consumer goods, eBusiness, financial, and digital sectors.

    Currently, he is the General Manager (GM) for ‘Music Services’ for the MTN Group, a multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in Africa, Europe and Asia. As GM, Oye is responsible for strategically developing and managing key relationships to fulfill MTN’s vision of becoming Africa’s largest sustainable music ecosystem.

    In recent times, he was also appointed as the CEO for MusicTime, MTN’s streaming app that allows users choose from a large catalog of local and international songs.

    Prior to MTN, Oye was the Regional Director for West Africa’s Boomplay, a subsidiary of Transsnet Music Limited. Under his leadership, he helped launch and build the brand from ground up in Nigeria, and at the time of his departure, was successful in helping the brand acquire over 50 million users for its streaming app, within a span of 4 years of its launch.

    Oye has been recognized by diverse organization for his immense contribution to the media, music and technology industries, including being the recipient of Marketing Edge’s 2018 ‘Digital Entertainment Innovator’ award, being listed as 2016’s Avance Media’s ‘100 Most Influential Young Nigerians’, and MeetsMedia ‘Media Personality of September 2016.’

    Oye is also the co-founder of the successful Nigerian media company 360nobs.com, and the founder of two other start-ups.

    He holds a specialist degree in ‘General Music Studies’ from the Berklee School of Music, U.S.A, an MSc in ‘Business Information Systems’ from the University of Hertfordshire, U.K and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

    Oye joins host, producer and founder of ‘The Africa Music Law podcast show, Ms. Uduak, on the 130th episode to discuss the digital evolution of the Nigerian music business. Artists, take notes, everyone enjoy and share.

    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 (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

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    * State of the music industry

    * Personal background.



    * How Oye broke into the tech and music industry.

    * His career trajectory including transitioning from Spinlet to Boomplay to MTN.



    * Criticisms of MTN and its relationships with content providers including musicians.

    * Impact of Xenophobic attacks on MTN doing business in Nigeria.

    * Predictions on the future of digital music in Africa and impact on stakeholders.



    Where to Find Oye Akideinde

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oyeakideinde

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/oyeakd

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oye.akideinde

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/oyeakd/

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    • 1 hr 37 min
    AML 129: BEZ Idakula on New Album and How to Become a Successful Indie Artist in Nigeria & Africa

    AML 129: BEZ Idakula on New Album and How to Become a Successful Indie Artist in Nigeria & Africa

    Bez Idakula was born into music. As a young musician and performer, Bez began fine-tuning his sound, drawing inspiration from various genres. Indeed, African beats, hip hop, soul and jazz unified to enrich his music, giving life to a new genre, alternative soul.

    His sound gained momentum to a wider audience and in 2009/2010 he was featured in the Hennessy Artistry Series, a prestigious campaign that celebrates innovation in music and the art of blending different genres together.

    In 2011, he released his freshman album, Super Sun, to critical acclaim. Super Sun made such an impact around the world, that voices chimed in to praise Bez’s revolutionary music and performance style. Among them was the Boston Globe, the BBC, Rolling Stone, MTV, Essence and Vogue.

    From being the first African artist to premiere a video on the BET channel, to speaking at Harvard’s African Business Conference, Bez proudly wore the mantle of ambassador to Africa and her rich musical tapestry.

    In 2012, even Reuters could not help but report about Bez conquering the festival circuit, when he headline two showcases at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas before making his presence felt in New York and Los Angeles with multiple concerts, including appearances at the iTunes store. His voice powered the pre-Olympic games in London and he graced many a stage across the African continent.

    In 2018, he was was one of only 11 artists selected globally to participate in the prestigious MIDEM Artist Accelerator program, the world’s leading music event for creators, held annually in Cannes – the European capital for music and film.

    Bez is passionate about exploring the melodies of the world through live music. His sophomore album, ‘Gbagyi Child’, was widely lauded for drawing directly from the local sounds and instruments of Nigerian villages. He is almost synonymous with live music in Nigeria, thanks to his celebrated series of live concerts, Bez Live.

    For all his accomplishments and impact in Nigeria & Africa’s music industry, Bez is often regarded as a role model for young musicians, a title that he takes very seriously. He is also the founder of RTIST HUB, an Emerging Artist Program in Lagos.

    Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, artist, lyricist, creator, mentor and builder of dreams – Bez Idakula continues to defy boundaries and genres.

    Bez joins host, producer and founder of ‘The Africa Music Law podcast show, Ms. Uduak, on the 129th episode to talk all things relating to his career, the music business and his latest album, The Light. Artists, take notes, everyone enjoy and share.

    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 (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

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    * Bez’s personal background.



    * Breaking into the music industry.

    * Finding success as an indie artist.

    * The difficulties in maintaining success.

    * Lessons from mistakes in brand building.

    * Re-strategizing.

    * Producing Bez Live Shows.

    * His new album, The Light.

    * Upcoming tours and projects.



    Where to Find Bez Idakula 

    • 1 hr 38 min

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