Quadri Taoreed better known as Kogbagidi is a club promoter and a businessman who got inspired by his father who owned a bar. He has been actively involved in the business for over a decade and proven himself to be a man to reckon to establish his hold and strength among artistes he has worked with over time from Dammy Krane, Davido, Dbanj, Zlatan Ibile, Cdq, Jhybo and a host of many Kogbagidi is one name that can’t take out from the show business game.
He recently had an interview with City People Entertainment Reporter PRECIOUS POMAA in thus interview he talked more on his background and his new club in Surulere.
Take us through your family and educational background?
My name is Olasunkanmi Quadri TAOREED, I’m in my thirties, the 4th child of the family of 5. My mum is from Epetedo in Lagos Island , while my Dad is from path Ijede /Agbowa/Okepopo , Nigeria.
I’m a born breed Lagosian and from a Royal Family precisely “Kinyun Royal Family “. I grew up in Surulere , I obtained my First School Leaving Certificate (Primary School)from K.Kotun memorial school , Bode-Thomas, Surulere , my Secondary School is Federal Govt College Warri and Star-Light College Orile Igammu .
I had my Bachelors Degree in International relation Personal Management (IRPM) from the prestigious Lagos State University in 2012, I did my NYSC at Ebonyi State meritoriously. I was Unionist during my university days , I was very politically and Socially incline, I rose to become the Welfare Director of the most popular Student Union in West Africa Lagos State University, Student Union . Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta !
How long have you been in the industry?
As far as I can remember, have been in the industry since 2006 when I was given the opportunity to be part of the ticket personnel of A night of a thousand laughs organized by Basket mouth at fantasy Land and then started to acquire the right skill set during my university days when I named my group TEAM KGB meaning Team Kogbagidi which metamorphose into Kogbagidi Entertainment which I officially got it registered at CAC around 2011
What will you say inspired you to go into show promotions?
I got inspired into show promotions through my background, i came from a family linage where owning a Bar, Lounge , restaurant or beer parlor was like a tradition , my dad had a lounge and a bar where he promotes shows , live bands, nite show and other entertaining events in Iponri estate where we lived . Also had the opportunity to reside very close to a lot of famous, talented and award winning Personalities like Bright Okp.
What are the challenges you’ve faced so far?
Can’t say if it’s really challenging, it’s like a born gift from Almighty God . I don’t sweat it , I live it , it’s my passion, not in competition with anyone, am in my own lane . I celebrate people, I help, build , nurture and sometimes discover people’s talent and potential. I help people’s business to grow and as well maximize their industry potentialities , I celebrate good talent and art . Am like a bridge between demand and supply chain .It not easily but with God , hard work and my most valuable support from fans out there .
Aside being a show promoter what else do you do?
I do a lot of mentorship programs, business development, business advisory, Business Management, tours and travel, party plans, Shows and concert, Investment, talent hunt and empowerment . I do a lot multi tasking as long as it positive, legitimate and viable .
How did you come about the name kogbagidi?
The name Kogbagidi was coined from my personal perception about life, when I see people in desperate situations, needs , pain or agony . All I say is take life easy my fellow brethren “Kogbagidi” Life is not hard “. To me the slogan is like an antidote for depression, worries , complains and lamentations about life . I use it to ginger or should I say motivate people for positive energy.
You’ve been seen with so many Nigerian artiste what’s your relationship with them?
Am a friend of all , enemy of none! Nigeria is full of talent , you can see how the world is celebrating Nigeria from the Loin King Album, who am I not to embrace or romance all the amazing talents here in my mother land . like I said earlier am a lover of good talent and art . If you are good am coming for you . Sometimes we do business, sometimes we do free times and most especially we party hard .
Tell us about your kogbagidi Vip Saturday and what’s the concert?
Kogbagidi VIP Saturday was a unique initiative of mine ,to singularly appreciate , honor and reward great artists, celebrities, talents and excellence.We specially recognize their efforts and achievements in their line of calling , invite them to a Special location to celebrate and party . This in return will put them into the spotlight by increasing their fan base , Connects them to potential clients and also an opportunity to ease of stress.
We’ve heard about your new club in surulere, tell us more about it?
Yes , the new club named KOGBAGIDI VVIP LOUNGE “in “ Lite House , is an advance business arrangement or I let say business concept of Kogbagidi VIP Saturday’s , I have always collaborate and partner with Clubs , Lounge, resort and others to make my events which has created more awareness, more fan base , more contacts , more connects and more demands for my kind of hospitality and platform.
It might interest you to know that I have traveled to many countries both within west Africa and abroad ,I have great experience in hospitality and relation which are also key factors in my kind of business and in addition I have been to all the A levels clubs in Lagos , Abuja , Ibadan ,Ogun , Calabar to mention a few. I know what is required in hospitality business, all these are what my new club is about , am bringing new ideas , new experience, new touch , new sighting, popular demand on a better and bigger platform to meet my fans expectations wants and needs. It’s like a business franchise and partnership base on the outstanding relationship I have had with CLUB LITE HOUSE in Surulere .