Amanda Nneoma Uzoagba
Amanda Nneoma Uzoagba is an Entertainment Lawyer, Award-Winning Author, Film, TV & Music Business Executive/Consultant, Public Speaker, Legal Educator and Podcaster (Founder of ‘Dear Creator Podcast’ and the co-host of Legal Avenue Podcast with Lola OJ & Mandy). She holds a degree in law (LL.B) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and was called to bar in 2017. She is currently a Senior Legal Executive at EbonyLife Group, which is a prominent player in the African entertainment industry. Amanda has facilitated many events, conferences, and webinars targeted at educating and enlightening entertainers, entrepreneurs and creatives, on the protection of their intellectual property rights, and creative works.
She has more than eight years of experience in the Entertainment Industry, starting out as a blogger and PR consultant for Record Labels before she was called to the Nigerian Bar. As a Film, TV and Music Business Executive, she has worked on more than six big budget productions exhibited in theatres and on international streaming platforms. She has worked on a variety of co-production, development and production deals with international studios such as Netflix, Sony, BBC, Westbrook, AMC, Amazon Prime etc. Within the music industry, she has represented artists (big and underground artists), music producers, songwriters and record labels through record label deals, publishing and distribution deals as well as helping them navigate the complex legal landscape of the music business.
In 2019, Amanda launched her consultancy firm called Goldwhisk Consult, a boutique consulting firm which focuses on the Entertainment and Creative Business providing a range of services related to the legal and business aspects of the entertainment industry. Her diverse background and extensive experience makes her a prominent figure in the intersection of law and the entertainment industry in Nigeria and across the world. She not only provides legal counsel but also actively contributes to the education and development of professionals in this field through her coaching network tagged #LegalCoachingbyMandy for Law Students and Young Lawyers.
Rita Anwiri Chindah
Rita Anwiri Chindah (@esmeraldoesq) is a lecturer at the Rivers State University. An intellectual property consultant for IGA Nigeria Limited who is the Heritage Consultant for the Lagos State Government where she provides legal advice on how to commercialise and monetize the culture, tourism, and heritage of Lagos State by exploring the intangible asset the state has.
She holds a master’s degree in intellectual property and Information Technology from the University of Derby, United Kingdom. The podcast host of #IPSERIES which features conversations on recent intellectual property cases and development globally & has 113 episodes published with 21 blog post editions on Substack.
Part of the team that drafted the Rivers State ICT Policy, a 3 time Judge for the Adavize Alao Essay Competition on Privacy Data Protection in 2019, 2020 & 2021. A member of the “Technical Working Group ” drafting the Geographical Indication Law for Nigeria in collaboration with African Intellectual Property Rights & Innovation in Africa (AfrPi) & Africa International Trade and Commerce Research (AITCR) sponsored by the EU. As Chief Convener of the Intellectual Property Society of Nigeria (IPSN) my team and I have organized two virtual conferences which took place every last Friday in October and celebrated one World Intellectual Property Day.
A member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB) Young Members Group (YMG) Global Steering Committee. Current PRO of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Port Harcourt Chapter, Pro-Term Secretary Young Members Group of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Port Harcourt Chapter. A legal adviser for the Rivers State Musician Guild and she has spoken at various intellectual property events both physically and virtually Charter President Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Greenbelt.
Akinyemi Ayinoluwa (akinyemilaw) is a Partner and Co-founder at HighTower Solicitors and Advocates. His music law practice focuses on the representation of recording artists, songwriters, record producers, record labels, investors in music, and talent managers. He is often recommended as a lawyer who breathes, drinks and eats music. Akinyemi’s past legal experience includes: Associate at Wemimo Ogunde & Co and Awokoya & Co. Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, he was a songwriter, recording artist, composer and performer; he was the lead singer of the defunct 100 degrees boy band.
He has authored numerous articles in the field of music law, estate planning, commercial transactions, and regularly gets invited to deliver speeches and courses about these subjects. On a small number of clients, Akinyemi functions as a business manager, as well as the lawyer. In recent years, Akinyemi has built up a formidable roster of hit making producer clients from Afrobeats: Magicsticks, NIPHKEYS, Andre Vibes, Kukbeatz, Masterkraft, Blaq Jerzee, ID Cabasa, Northboi, Rexxie, Jaypizzle, RunCheck, Larry Lanes, Tuzi, and many others.
Akinyemi Ayinoluwa prides himself in helping clients understand the value of their intellectual property rights and to be mindful of the exploitation that is rampant in the industry. Akinyemi’s zeal and passion for education has also caused him to design educational resources for recording artists, record producers and beatmakers.
Beverley A Agbakoba
Beverley A Agbakoba-Onyejianya @maxxyb is currently a Partner, and Head of the Sports, Entertainment and Tech practice at Olisa Agbakoba Legal. She is also a regulatory and compliance professional. Beverly is called to the Nigerian and UK bar, she also sits on the panel of neutrals at the Lagos Multi Door Court and the Lagos Court of Arbitration.
She has over 19 years professional experience in the banking and capital markets sectors in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Her broad experience in the regulatory and compliance industry covers investment banking, brokerage and fund management sectors and has seen her hold various leadership roles in regulatory and compliance sector. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Sports thematic Industry group on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Youth Policy Development.
She is also a member of the Lagos Divisional Football Association and a Mediator -Football Tribunal at Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Beverley is recognised as a thought leader in sports law and has co – authored, authored and published numerous articles and materials on sports law, entertainment law, corporate governance including the A to Z of Sports Law in Nigeria.
Beverley is the founder of Lagos Tigers Football Club – a youth academy and is passionate about youth sports development. She is regularly invited to speak at international and national conferences on sports governance, intellectual property, regulatory and compliance, and personal development. Beverly is a member of faculty at the Entertainment Law Mastery class scheduled for the 28th and 29th of September,2023.
Olayemi Oladapo is a Nigerian music executive and lawyer based in the UK. He currently serves as the International Partner Manager for Middle East & Africa at PRS for Music, the UK’s Collective Management Organisation. In this capacity, he oversees the company’s partners located in the Middle East and African regions.
Previously, Olayemi managed legal and licensing operations for Mavin Records for 2 years before being promoted to the role of Publishing & Licensing Manager. During his tenure, he played a key role in establishing the label’s Music Publishing division over the following two years.
Following that, he a launched a boutique law practice for creatives called Uxbridge LP where he represented artists and producers on deals with major labels and publishers. Olayemi boasts extensive experience working with licensing and publishing partners globally, successfully negotiating and finalizing numerous sync and other licensing deals. Additionally, he co-founded Second Summer, a talent management company.
A result oriented lawyer, author, speaker, chartered mediator and chartered conciliator. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators(ICMC), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Auctioneers, an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria(ICSAN), and an Advisor at the Institute for productivity and Business Innovation Management(IPBIM). He is a Chartered Secretary and a Certified Board Evaluator.
Charles is extremely creative and innovative. He is an artist and an art collector and has had both a solo and collaborative art exhibition to showcase his works. He represents several creatives across several emerging industry. He has provided Digital Legal Services and worked with several Tech. Companies, Fin. Techs and Start-ups with a cumulative investor funding in excess of USD50million, including Cars45, Dealdey, Stutern, CarsBazr e.t.c. He has served on several boards of companies including the Manufacturers Resource Centre Limited owned by Manufacturers Association of Nigeria which has over 2,500 Nigerian manufacturing companies as members among others.
He is Executive Partner, The Penthouse Law; Founder, IC-CUBE Nigeria; Chairman; Penthouse Gardens Ltd. and CA Collections and the National Assistant Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association.
His awards include ESQ Rising Star Award, for 40 under 40 changing the face of law in Africa, Business day fastest growing Law firm of 2019 Award, Trek Africa Lawyer of the Year Award, STN Best Brain of the year award, All Times Transcendant Leadership Award, Most technology driven law firm of 2019 Award and Young Entrepreneur of the year award by Ideation Hub Africa.
He has been featured by various electronic and print media such as Channels TV, TV Continental, Galaxy TV, African Independent TV, Lagos TV, Thisday, Punch, The Sun and The Nation Newspapers and City People magazine and several online platforms as one of the leading lights in youth advocacy and silent change agents in Nigeria. He serves as Patron of several Youth Organizations and he is a Knight of St. Mulumba (KSM) in the Catholic Church
He is the Convener of the nearly 1,000 lawyer-members, Law As A Business Community, National Chess Tournament for Lawyers, and the IC-CUBE National Start-Up Conference. In the 4years the conference held, it gathered over 3,000 youths and sustained the partnership of global brands.
Charles is a fitness enthusiast and a Member of Ikoyi Club 1938 where he swims or play golf in his spare time. He is married with children.