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Friday, 3 August 2018

How to write Job Worthy Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letters


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

I will be speaking at the Christian Writers' Bootcamp


Drumline Entertainment Blogging Decision

I have decided to post all future blogs of this business directly to my Instagram and Facebook page accounts.

Now, you can follow me on Instagram @djirawo and  Facebook @djirawo  and @okemicoach

This decision was taken in order to pass information to my followers quickly as I have discovered that my readers find it time consuming to click on the blog link via my Facebook and Instagram pages.

You can always come here to read a broader explanation of my services and also read old posts.



Regards,

Oluwakemi Bamidele Famugbode
DJ Irawo
Creative Director
Drumline Entertainment

Friday, 8 June 2018

Blog or Instagram



 OR


Recently, I have been thinking about streamlining my business especially my blog for more efficiency and effectiveness.

I was having issues with making up my mind whether to delete my Twitter account or make regular use of  Instagram because it seems like more people are 'blowing' on Instagram these days. Well, that is what one of my sisters thinks. According to her, blogs are going out of fashion and Instagram is taking over.

I still think that blogs and websites have their place as these are avenues for explaining in details the purpose of a business.

I have decided to give constant Instagram presence a try as I need more followership for my business asides from sponsored adverts on Facebook and Instagram. I need more readers for my blog and viewers of my videos. The painful part of this decision is that I will not be able to insert pictures and videos within my blogs anymore. This is sad.

The adverts of clients will still be included here as well as my Instagram wall. I simply need to clear my head and move ahead without having to worry so much about multiple social media media updates on all social media platforms. 

I like Instagram because it gives easy access to sharing of posts to  other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I have already linked my Instagram page to my Facebook page @djirawo.

As I gradually cross the bridge, I will be flexible. For now, allow me to go and blow on Instagram. I intend to surpass my current 1,204 followers and prayerfully make a lot of money in my quest to blow.
 


Going Higher


After a rigorous time spent watching online lectures from Professor Fisher, the American professor in charge of the Copyright X classes from the Harvard Law School, going for class discussions with the professors at the Advanced Legal Studies department of the University of Lagos, studying and burning the midnight oil, I stand tall to say that it was a time well spent on acquiring knowledge for the improvement of the entertainment, software and literary society in Nigeria.

I am optimistic about passing this exam because I studied well for it.

Surely, I am going higher, climbing the ladder of success and greatness in the areas of my passions; music, creative writing and business consulting.

When was the last time that you studied for a course? Learning never stops until we go six feet below.



Wednesday, 9 May 2018

12TH HEADIES AWARDS



The 12th edition of the Headies Awards held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.

Below is the list of nominees and winners; 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI
HALLELUYAH – FUNBI
PONMILE – REMINISCE
HEAVEN – BANKY W
JOROMI – SIMI WINNER



BEST POP SINGLE
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
ALL OVER – TIWA SAVAGE
YEBA – KISS DANIEL
ISKABA – WANDE COAL AND DJ TUNEZ
IF– DAVIDO  WINNER
FIA – DAVIDO



PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
(FALL, MAMA) KIDOMINANT  WINNER
(ISKABA, MALO) SPELLZ
(IF, RARA) TEKNO
(MARADONA, COME CLOSER) SARZ
(YAWA, VIRTUOUS WOMAN)– MASTERKRAFT


BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
LOVE YOU DIE – PATORANKING FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
DANCE – TIMAYA FT. RUDEBOY
HOLY HOLY – 2BABA  WINNER
ROCK YOUR BODY – BURNA BOY
COME CLOSER – WIZKID
SOFA – KISS DANIEL


BEST RAP ALBUM

27 – FALZ
TRIP TO THE SOUTH – ERIGGA
EL HADJ – REMINISCE  WINNER
THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO
THE GLORY – OLAMIDE
ROSE – AQ


BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID WINNER
TIMELESS – OMAWUMI
SIMISOLA – SIMI
GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
IJELE THE TRAVELLER – FLAVOR
THIS IS ME – NINIOLA


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (MEJI ALABI)
FOCUS– HUMBLE SMITH (CLARENCE PETERS)
COME CLOSER – WIZKID (DAPS)  WINNER
BEEN CALLING – MALEEK BERRY (MEJI ALABI)
YOLO – SEYI SHAY (MEJI ALABI)
LIKE DAT – DAVIDO (DAPS)


BEST R&B SINGLE

TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
FOLASHADE – PRAIZ
LET ME KNOW – MALEEK BERRY
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHHNY DRILLE
LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W
SMILE FOR ME – SIMI WINNER


BEST COLLABO

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID  WINNER
TEMPER REMIX – SKALES FT BURNA BOY
JUICE – YCEE FT MALEEK BERRY
NO FORGET – ADEKUNLE GOLD FT. SIMI
COME CLOSER – WIZKID FT. DRAKE

BEST RAP SINGLE

YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI  WINNER
SOMETHING LITE – FALZ FT YCEE
LINK UP – PHYNO FT. BURNA BOY, M.I.
UP TO YOU – SHOW DEM CAMP FT FUNBI
ME VERSUS ME – ICE PRINCE


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

A NON-VOTING CATEGORY:

PERFECT WOMAN – FAZE
FOLASHADE – PRAIZ  WINNER
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A NON-VOTING CATEGORY:

IN THE AIR – WAJE
GONE FOR GOOD – SIMI
JOWO – ARAMIDE
SARO – NINIOLA
WHERE’S THE LOVE – NIYOLA FT. ADEKUNLE GOLD
BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI WINNER


NEXT RATED

MALEEK BERRY
MAYORKUN WINNER
DICE AILES
JOHNNY DRILLE
ZORO

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

NINIOLA
ADEKUNLE GOLD
MR. EAZI
REEKADO BANKS WINNER

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI WINNER
POLITICAL SCIENCE – AQ
LIQUOR NIGHT – BOOGEY
INDUSTRY NITE – ERIGGA


BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR  WINNER
WO – OLAMIDE
SAI BABA – CDQ
SHEPETERI – IDOWEST FT. DAMMY KRANE, SLIM CASE
PASS THE AGBARA – SKUKI
LEGBEGBE – MR REAL FT. IDOWEST, KELVIN CHUKS, OBADICE


BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

MONEY – ADEKUNLE GOLD
RADIO – NONSO AMADI
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
PONMILE – REMINISCE
FUN MI LOWO MI – ARAMIDE FT. SOUND SULTAN & KOKER WINNER
LAGOS BARBIE – BANTU


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

SIMISOLA – SIMI WINNER
GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
KLITORIS – BRYMO
IJELE THE TRAVELER – FLAVOUR
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID
THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

DAVIDO WINNER
WIZKID
OLAMIDE
SIMI
TIWA SAVAGE


SONG OF THE YEAR

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR
WO – OLAMIDE
IF– DAVIDO WINNER
YEBA – KISS DANIEL
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
FIA – DAVIDO


AFRICAN ARTISTE

SARKODIE
CASPER NYOVEST
NASTY C WINNER
SAUTI SOL
VANESSA MDEE


HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

COME CLOSER– WIZKID WINNER
IF– DAVIDO
WO -OLAMIDE
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
YEBA– KISS DANIEL
YAWA -TEKNO

 

BEST PERFORMER

FLAVOUR
FALZ
M.I.
2BABA
YEMI ALADE WINNER
TIWA SAVAGE



ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

KIDI
AIR BOY
TENI WINNER
JUNIOR BOY
PERUZZI

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

KAFFY- WINNER
HALL OF FAME
CHRIS UBOSI



Below are images from the event:



















NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT CONFERENCE 2018



UNDERSTANDING EMERGING MARKET TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES


The sixth edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.


The conference which was scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. began at some minutes to 11 a.m. Bloody Nigerian time! I got there at five minutes to eight hoping that the conference would begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp!


The Nigerian national anthem was sung by Aramide. She sang the lyrics of the first stanza only, as she played the piano. God willing, I will be opening next year’s conference with the national anthem on my talking drum.


Finally, Tee A introduced the topic of the conference and the speakers, panelists and moderators. Adekunle Ayeni, the convener of the conference gave an opening speech via a video. Everyone wondered why he could not give a live speech since he was sitting in one of the front seats.


JASON NJOKU’S PRESENTATION


He spoke about Instagram stars that are not even part of the traditional scene.


The following are the key points on his slide;

  • Your experiments will fail and die. That is expected.
  •  The key thing is not ‘turn or be turned into a zombie’.
  •  Most companies die. Things are tough. You just need to be tougher.
  •  #JustFuckingSurvive

FIRST PANELISTS


1.    Jason Njoku

2.    Lasisi Elenu

3.    DBanj – Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo

4.    Muyiwa Fortner - Moderator


Dbanj talked about CREAM, his business, an  entertainment content platform. 

Lasisi said that he harnessed new media after doing his homework. He says that there should be more collaboration in the entertainment industry.

Secrets of Success of Iroko TV
  1. Have a proper structure for your business.
  2.  Have a corporate governance.
  3. Prepare contracts and work according to the contracts and ensure that your clients and staff work in accordance with these contracts
DBanj says that before we collaborate with organizations, we should think of the needs of that organization and give it to them. He says that we should always be intentional. He further asks Jason Njoku if the music of artistes on the CREAM platform can be sold on the Iroko platform. Jason replied positively.


Dbanj says that there is a distribution problem in Nigeria and that is the problem he is trying to solve. Furthermore, he says that from May, actors will be on the CREAM platform.

SECOND PANELISTS

  1. Akintobi Olamide – Moderator
  2.  Obi Asika
  3.  Cobhams Asuquo

They discussed the topic: Opportunities in Entertainment and Technology


The panelists spoke with respect to;

  • Distribution 
  •  Tours
Obi Asika said that only about 2% of the population of entertainment money is monetized. He says further that focus is the key factor. He says that we can check for examples of entertainment contracts on taxi.com.
 
He went on further to say that our intellectual property is bigger that our policy.


He finally said that to protect our intellectual property, we should email our songs to ourselves after composing it so as to secure our rights to the song with a date.

Cobhams Asuquo asks; Are singers ready to admit to the contribution of songwriters in their songs?
He says that even if policies are set up, integrity is the only action that can make it work.

Building Content for a general generation.
The speaker that talked on this topic was Martin Mabutho, the general manager of Multichoice. 


He said that Multichoice was established in 1995 and that the DSTV cut across eight countries, including Nigeria, from its inception. 

The 2016 app was launched in 2016. He said that the individuals who have content can bring it to the DSTV office and then discussions can be made and if the company likes your content, you can then enter into a contract with them.


The content that DSTV accepts must be in line with their strategy. Short films too are accepted and paid for.

THIRD PANELISTS


Topic: Monetizing Alternative Sounds and Music
  1. Lydia Idakula Sobogun – Moderator
  2. Simi
  3. Braimo
  4. Dare Art Alade

Lydia asked Braimo why he dressed up in a g-string in his recent music video. He replied that he depicted a bush man living in a big city and this depicts our illiterate activities in a civilized environment. 

He also said that we are consumers and if all our imports such as microphones, cars, etc, are taken away from us, we would all be naked.


Lydia asked Simi why she switched from gospel music to alternative music and she replied that she wanted to sing a love song but the ideas for them were not coming; only ideas for gospel music was coming. Probably it was because she was not experienced in these matters and that she had always wanted to write and perform love songs.


Lydia asked Dare what alternative music means and he replied that it is a choice and that to him, music is music. 

Lydia asked why Nigerians do not tour. Braimo replied that we do not have companies that provide tour services and that the available ones 
can only be afforded by telecom companies.


Dare said that as a music artiste, you should have a five-year plan.

These panel discussions came to an end.

FOURTH PANELISTS


  1. Sam Onyemelukwe, Managing Director of Trace Anglophone TV
  2. The CEO of Accelerate TV
  3. Moderator

I cannot remember the name of the moderator and the other panelists. 


The CEO of Accelerate TV said that we should be clear in our minds about the content that we create. 


Sam mentioned some platforms that can buy our music. These are TV stations and airlines. 

He says that we should simply come into the Trace office to drop our music videos. He says that employees that collect money from a music artiste will be sacked. 

FIFTH PANELISTS


  1. CEO of Yaaga!
  2.  A lawyer
  3.  The CEO of Green Room, Nigeria
  4. Bizzle Osikoya – Entertainment Consultant
  5.  Moderator

The lawyer advised artistes and companies to employ the services of entertainment lawyers.


The Green Room CEO says that as hospitality professionals, avoid clash of brands. Check out their hospitality riders. If they do not have a hospitality rider, check out their technical rider. Some artistes write all their riders in the technical rider.


When the moderator asked for other matters that should be sorted out before an event can take place,Bizzle mentioned the importance of insurance. He said that in the past, international acts had refused to come and perform because there was no insurance for them and their equipment and other matters.

I also added that health is important; first aid and health professionals should be engaged in case of a fire breakout or any form of disaster.


The lawyer said that there are few or no entertainment lawyers in Nigeria and I made it clear to him that there are a lot of entertainment lawyers because I am currently taking a course in intellectual property with focus on copyright sponsored by the Harvard law School and lawyers interested in this arm of the law, form more than half of the class.


The CEO of Yaaga! also asked about songs played by music artistes; if he would have to pay royalties for songs also played by new music artistes in his club who give their songs to DJs to play for them.


I made it clear to him that a blanket fee will be paid by his club to a collecting society such as COSON whether his club played songs by popular or upcoming music artistes. The collecting society is responsible for the distribution of the general royalties to upcoming music artistes and specific royalties to A-list music artistes.


These panel discussions came to an end. The remaining two panel discussions and speakers could no longer hold as it was late and the conference did not start on time because of the bloody Nigerian time!


Meanwhile, the NET Honours 2018 awards were given out to the following individuals/partners:

Most Popular Actor: Ali Nuhu
Most Popular Actress: Moji Olaiya
Most Popular Celeb (Africa): Vera Sidika
Most Popular Celeb (Global): Drake
Most Popular Comedian: Basket Mouth
Most Popular Couple: Banky W and Adesua Etomi
Most Popular Event: Big Brother Naija
Most Popular Media Personality: Toke Makinwa
Most Popular Musician (Female): Simi
Most Popular Musician (Male): Wizkid
Most Popular Person: Bobrisky
Most Searched Actor: Odunlade Adekola
Most Searched Actress: Moji Olaiya
Most Searched Media Personality: Toke Makinwa
Most Searched Musician (Female): Simi
Most Searched Musician (Male)

The event came to an end.

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