Kayode Samuel, a versatile cultural ambassador, studied Film Production at Overseas Film/Television Production, Goldsmith College, London. His diverse career includes roles as an Assistant Director/Assistant Editor on Channel 4’s documentary about black miners in Britain and working in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express.
Inspired by his West End experience, he founded ‘Ile Agbasaga’ in Osogbo, a hub supporting writers, artists, and music productions. In the ’90s, Samuel signed to Chrysalis Music, contributing to projects like the ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation album and the Ali movie with Will Smith.
Managing percussion icon Tony Allen for seven years, he facilitated collaborations with Damon Albarn, fostering the rise of Afrobeats in European clubs. As the founder of Ekostar Music, Samuel released albums for Nigerian artists and pioneered re-issues of '70s psychedelic music.
He is the author of the upcoming book ‘Lagos 70: The Evolution of Lagos/70’s Music. Honoured as Agbasaga of Ila Orangun, Kayode Samuel continues to shape and celebrate Nigeria’s cultural narrative.
For these and more, the WOMA Steering Committee awards KAYODE SAMUEL the distinguished certificate of a SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD – in Artiste Management.
By Franklyn Frantos Snr., with citations and graphics from the WOMA Steering Committee
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