With Jay Z’s Cousin In Nigeria For Roc Nation; What’s The Plan?

April 27, 2015|Aribaba with Jaguda.com The Nigerian entertainment scene got a jolt of excitement after Jay Z confirmed on twitter that his cousin, Briant ‘Bee-High’ Biggs (who is Director of Mobile Strategies at Roc Nation) is in Nigeria scouting for talent for Roc Nation. With Jay Electronica in Nigeria over the past few weeks,  working with the likes of Don Jazzy, it’s hard to argue against the fact that Roc Nation does have heavy interests in the Nigerian market. Word on the street is that there is about to be a Roc Nation West Africa, by extension we’re guessing we could see a Tidal presence in Nigeria. So now comes the big question; What’s The Plan? We’ve seen this before right? Akon and Konvict Music came through, so did Kanye West’s GOOD Music, and a few others, but so far, there hasn’t been any major shift in the landscape of the music business in Nigeria. Now why will this move by Roc Nation and/or Tidal be any different from the rest? I’m curious to know; Is this a move to sign up the hottest stars in Nigeria, and have the Roc Nation brand linked with them while making the quick easy X%? Is there going to be a genuine search for undiscovered talent, and spend the time and energy nurturing them to global stars? Or will it be the usual ‘XYZ big name act’ signs with Roc Nation, and take pics etc? Have they surveyed the digital and physical distribution angle of the Nigerian market? How many people will realistically pay more than N150 for an album? What’s the...

The Experience Series: ATLANTA #UIU 2014, "My First UIU Experience"

April 26, 2015|Colin Chidi Okoye, Esq. (Jacksonville, FL) SOCIAL EXPERIENCE What did you enjoy? I enjoyed all of the workshops and the evening events. The comedy show was a huge highlight of the weekend. The laughter on the first night definitely set the tone for the weekend. What didn’t you enjoy? There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t enjoy. However, I would like to see more people engaged during the gala. There was a moment when we were giving a tribute to a gentlemen who recently passed and I would have liked everyone to be more respectful by limiting the noise. Did you make new friends, contacts? Yes, I’ve made quite a few contacts, with whom I still keep in touch with. How did UIU make/break the social experience? They made the social experience by centering most activities on engaging with each other. I felt like every event was an opportunity to meet someone new. From down time in the lobby, to sitting at the table during the gala. Did UIU fulfill its mission with regards to supporting this experience? They put a big emphasis on promoting the Igbo culture with an educational piece in almost every event. I took something from each one. CULTURAL EXPERIENCE What did you enjoy? I enjoyed all of the cultural activities, but I really appreciated, “the breaking of the kola nut” session. That was very important to me, especially being an Igbo man. Ironically I used that experience recently during my sister’s engagement. What didn’t you enjoy? I enjoyed everything. Did you learn anything new about our culture or was anything reinforced? Many things were reinforced, and as I stated earlier, I learned...

IROKOTV HAS ANNOUNCED IT IS PROVIDING CONTENT FOR NETFLIX’S AFRICAN SECTION

April 15, 2015|Olumuyiwa Coker with TECHCABAL iROKOtv has announced a deal with US-based on-demand internet streaming media, Netflix, that will allow the latter to curate African movies on its streaming service. Jason Njoku, iROKOtv’s CEO revealed earlier today that the deal was reached last year December after months of negotiations to support the launch of Netflix’s dedicated African section. “Obviously with 57m subscribers globally, working with Netflix is a great first step to widening or at least improving the visibility of Nollywood. Which again is super important to us at iROKO,” Jason said. This is the latest in iROKOtv’s partnerships with players in content distribution space. iROKOtv announced a deal with payTV operator, StarTimes over the weekend that will see the SVODnetwork launch two linear channels, iROKO Play and iROKO Plus, on the paytv platform. In his latest announcement, Jason emphasized that iROKOtv’s focus for now is on streamlining content distribution via Android, using super encoded and compressed downloads in...

What UIU Truly Represents – Mission Nomba Otu

April 13, 2015|Mary Nnene Okeiyi, RN, BSN Greetings UIU Family and Friends! Our registration numbers are off to a strong start and we’re literally 3 months away from our 11th Convention in UIU’s history! Chei, how time flies! Just last year we were kukere-ing, vibing with Phyno and KCee, jamming on the ones and twos with DJ Obie and E-Cool and laughing out loud with Nnamdi, Yvonne, Chief Obi, Foxy P and Chinedu. In all reality – #UIU2014 was a good year. So, as we gear up for #UIU2015 we wanted to share a little more with you about what we do and what UIU represents. Often times, our organization gets mistaken as purely a social event. While this may hold a lot of truth to it, Umu Igbo Unite offers so much more than that and we encourage you to look beyond what UIU has to offer socially. This year, in our 11th year of service to the Igbo-Nigerian community, there are some things we wanted to remind you all of what Umu Igbo Unite istruly about. This year, our theme – creatively derived from our AWESOME planning committee members, NEW GENERATION | NEW VIEWS | BUILDING BRIDGES TOGETHER will focus on the New Generation and New Views of young Igbo professionals and how we can use our resources, education, network, culture and experiences to help move Nigeria forward. In this regard – boy do we have a jam-packed weekend of planned events for you! Ultimately, the purpose of the Umu Igbo Unite Organization is to promote personal, cultural and professional growth amongst Nigerian Igbo Professionals. As such, one of...

Igbo Entrepreneur Under 30: COSIGN’s Esosa Ighodaro

April 6, 2015 | Michael Luchies We were so pleased and honored to have Esosa Ighodaro at #UIU2014 last year, the young under 30 entrepreneur taking the world by storm. Read Michael Luchie’s interview with one of our very own. The viral world we live in allows us to have nearly anything we want at our fingertips. Want to find out who starred in that movie you watched last night? Check IMDB. Who won the game last night? Check ESPN. What shoes is she wearing? This is where COSIGN hopes to be your go-to answer. Inspired by trying to find the product information of a pair of shoes in a commercial, Esosa Ighodaro and Abiodun Johnson started COSIGN. After searching for information online about the shoes, the co-founders realized that hundreds of other people were actively trying to find the information, but that information was not easily accessible. The manufacturers of the shoes would want the product information available, but there was no incentive for the advertiser to share details about the shoes because they were not the featured item in the ad. COSIGN is a social-based business that allows people to easily tag and find product information within a picture, making a post “shoppable” and allowing the tagger to earn commission if a sale is made from the post. After coming up with the initial idea, the pair worked on putting the legal structure of the business in place and started working on creating the MVP (minimum viable product) version of the app. To get the business off the ground, capital was needed in order to develop the...
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