Speakers

OMAWUMI

Omawumi with her strong voice and out-going personality dazzled the millions of viewers across the continent with each ‘spectacular’ and was voted the 1ST RUNNER UP of IDOLS WEST AFRICA when the competition ended in May 2007.

Since then she has numerous performances on the stage with top local acts like D’Banj, Tuface, P-Square, M.I, Banky W, Sasha and 9ice and International acts like Chaka Demus and Pliers, Carl Thomas, Angie Stone and Donnel Jones to her belt.

She was amongst the cast for the 2009 edition of the V-Monolugues (a highly reputed play that reflects the negative issues affecting women in Nigeria), she has also written and done vocals for theme songs and these include songs for MTN, Zain and the theme song for Malta Guinness ‘Top of The World Goodness’ campaign. She has been nominated severally for many awards including two categories of SOUNDCITY MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS(SMVA)-Best Special Effects and Editing. She won the most coveted prize of the HIPHOP WORLD AWARDS (HHWA) 2009-NextRated and Best Vocal Performance(Female).

Omawumi is a diversity of talents and she is also bilingual (French and English). Her hobbies are reading, writing and of course singing!

Her debut album ‘Wonder Woman’ featured hit songs like In the music, Chocolata, Today na today and Miss my baby.

2011 saw her releasing “If you ask me”, a song that has enjoyed much airplay on several radio and TV channels. Omawumi is set to ‘Power Your Dream’

FRED AMATA

Nigeria’s Amata dynasty has entertainment running in its blood.
There are three generations of actors, directors and producers – all have played, or are playing a crucial role in Nigeria’s film and theatre industry.

Then there’s the multi-skilled Fred who works as an actor, producer and director. He is the king of the Nigerian video industry – the enormously popular home-grown film business.

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LINDA IKEJI

Linda Ikeji describes herself as an ex-model, entrepreneur and author. In that particular order. Linda Ikeji is also an entertainment/celebrity blogger at www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com

 

AKIN ALABI

Unlike some of his contemporaries, who rode on the back of the media to fame, Akin Alabi is quiet, gifted and not given to cheap publicity. He is one cinematographer, who will rather allow his work to speak for him.

This University of Ilorin Business Administration graduate’s amazing skill behind the camera is the reason he’s been the cynosure of many eyes. While those with eyes for quality visual interpretation may be wondering about the connectivity between Akin’s degree in Business Administration and his creativity behind the scene, it may interest you to know that his business sense was what drove him to become who he is today.

The Ekiti State born director, who was into song writing and graphic designing during his university days confessed during one of his interviews that his passion for music prompted him to drop an album in the 1999. Unfortunately, by the time Uzodinma Ukpechi, who was one of the major forces behind the camera then gave him the bill, Akin claimed to have resolved to acquire equipment with the money. Although, calling the shot behind lenses was then an unfamiliar terrain for him, Akin’s knowledge in graphics and audio production served as a platform to explore his exceptionality as a youth, who was daring to be different. Interestingly, his first job was to direct his own musical video, an attempt, which today has evidently turned him to a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian entertainment world.

After he shot a musical video for one up and coming artistes called Nachur for Blac in the 2004, Akin came into fame in 2005 with the musical video of Big Bamo and Paul Play’s song titled Crazy. Akin who is also a professional photographer, can now be ranked among the best music video and home video directors in Nigeria.

Apart from This Ring of Fire, his TV soap opera, which will hit the silver screen soon, he had an elaborate photo exhibition last year. The musical video of Konga’s hit track titled Kabakaba among his other shots for the likes of Timaya, 9ice and other music stars, have stamped Akin Alabi’s authority in the motion pictures.

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  2. i think this is a very intuitive, exploring and exceptional concept of teaching the constituents of art and discovering the undiscovered!
    keep the good work on and i believe it’s help people!

  3. just add Don Jazzy Or Kenny Ogungbe for we upcoming music entrepreneurs and see your sponsorship and MEDIA attention jump.
    Tiwa head sef dey dia sha, but those 2 elders bn runnin things 2geda 4 long.
    U kno…

  4. LOVE WATS HAPPENING HERE, LOVE T PARTICIPATE BUT CAN’T BECAUSE NITS TOO FAR FRM MA LOCALITY AND AM PRESENTLY WRITING MA XAMS SO CAN’T. BUT WHY DON’T YOU SHIFT SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO BENUE STATE? ITS REALY GONNA HELP SOME OF US DOWN HERE. THANKS.

    • Sorry, about the distance issue. We would consider your line of thought.
      Maybe in time… But for a start, Lagos will host the first edition.
      Thanks

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