Nigeria is indeed blessed with highly-talented and very creative minds that keep making the country proud anywhere they step into. These highly intelligent guys are busy making things happen and contributing immensely to the growth and development of the entertainment industry abroad.
City People Head of Movie Desk, BIODUN ALAO reveals 15 Nigerians that control the entertainment industry in Canada. They call the shots in Canada. They have given the entertainment industry in Canada a brand new face.
These set of very hardworking gurus organise and promote high profile events and shows in Canada and other parts of the world. They organise big shows and take ‘A’-list music and movie stars to grace these shows in Canada.
People respect them for what they have been able to do and how they have been able to take the entertainment industry in Canada to an enviable height.
With their high profile shows and events, lots of people don’t miss home much. Also, they give a lot of Nigerian and African stars international recognition and different platforms to shine abroad.
First and foremost, let’s talk about Yinka Farinde, he is the CEO of Aberdovc Productions, one of the oldest and highly recognised entertainment production outfits in Canada. He has paved way for lots of younger and hardworking guys who have passion for same career, and are presently doing exceptionally well. He has worked with evergreen stars like Ebenezer Obey, Kwam 1, Ayefele. ‘A’-list stars like Tuface Idibia, Olu Maintain, to mention a few.
Yinka Farinde is also a successful music producer, Juju musician and a Nurse. A lot of movie stars in Canada today and the ones that travel to Canada easily will gladly tell you, it was Yinka Farinde that helped them. He has remained a god father in the entertainment industry in Canada and many look up to him in the industry as a promoter as well.
Micheal Bello is one of the pioneers of music promotion in Canada. He is popularly known as Microbel. One interesting and unique thing about this extremely hardworking guy is that he is very loved by many. He is humble and kind-hearted.
He doesn’t allow his success and achievement get to his head. He is the very first to promote top artistes like Davido, Wizkid, Kizz Daniels, and lots of others in Canada.
He has equally worked with big names like Timaya, KCEE and others.
Besides being a promoter, he is a very successful business man. He owns Suya Bristol and MMG Auto Company in Canada. Back home, he is the CEO of MMG Suites in Lekki, Lagos.
Ibrahim Adekale, popularly known as Kay Money, is one of the most respected promoters in Canada. He is the brilliant brain behind Africa Entertainment Awards (AEA) and Miss Canada Africa (a beauty pageant). He also hosts a monthly club party called Afro Fusion, one of the events that patrons look forward to, in Canada.
As if that is not enough, the very humble, young and down- to earth guy hosts an annual party called Lagos party. This particular party attracts all the big names in and outside Canada and lots of people look forward to being part of the highly-anticipated party. He is equally loved by many because of his very humble and friendly nature.
Simeon Akinwale, popularly known as Dr. Simeon, has become a force to reckon with in the industry. He remains the most versatile promoter in Canada.
The success of many events in Canada today is credited to Dr. Simeon.
He started off by selling tickets for events and through hardwork, dedication and determination, he started his own promotion brand with one of the most talked about events in Canada called “Ghana Meets Naija”.
He is no doubt the true definition of hardwork and success. He also hosts Dr. Simeon BBQ party and Naija Independence Party. He is also affiliated to the biggest clubs in Toronto including ATL Lounge and EST 2020 Lounge Vaughan, Canada.
George Peters is the owner of Prince George Entertainment, one of the big names controlling the entertainment industry in Canada. He started promotions in 2016 with Olamide Live in Concert, and since then, he has remained at the very top of his career, nailing it back to back with exceptional and successful events and shows.
He has equally worked with lots of big names in the industry such as Olamide, Flavour, Timaya, Tope Alabi, Bovi, amongst so many others.
Another special thing that people love about him is the fact that he is very stylish, and has an eye for details. He is very outgoing and friendly.
Oderinde Qasim Abiola is the CEO of Hunter TV Africa. He is one of the successful and exceptional promoters in Canada. He relocated to Canada in 2018 and has since established himself as a force to reckon with. He has done lots of successful events in Canada that people still talk about till date; such as Kizz Daniel in Montreal, a boat cruise and also hosted lots of Nigerian’s ‘A’-list celebrities and the turn out is usually very high.
Though always busy, Abiola is extremely humble and down to earth.
Abi Goodman is a woman of substance, industrious and highly intelligent. Her eldest son recently signed a whopping contract with English Premiership Side, Crystal Palace. This very beautiful and hardworking woman has hosted successful events, including the grand reception of Ooni of Ife in Canada, Flavour Live in Concert, amonst so many others.
She spends more of her time now in Nigeria rubbing shoulders with some highly placed Northern politicians.
Tomisin is the youngest among the promoters in Canada. He is a very private person but his works speak volumes. He held the biggest Naija Concert in Canada in 2019, when he hosted Burna Boy in Toronto. One unique thing about this guy is that despite being very young, he is very focused and knows exactly what he wants to achieve and goes for it.
TCM Entertainment is owned by a young man and he is fondly called TCM by friends and well wishers. He is among the vibrant guys controlling the entertainment industry in Canada. He hosted Mayorkun in Toronto in 2019 and he has other top notch activities lined up already but the Covid restrictions has been slowing him down in lots of activities.
What about the very pretty and delectable Quinlolo? She is one of the most respected female promoters in Canada. She lives in Edmonto but controls entertainment in the province of Alberta. She has also collaborated with other promoters and has hosted big time events in Edmonto.
What about Phyna Brook a.k.a. the Queen of Nigeria in Canada? She is very articulate and very selective of whom she collaborates with and artiste she works with. When it comes to entertainment industry in Canada Phyna Brook knows her onions and her events are always top notch.
She lives in Calgary and decides what goes down in her province, and for any successful event in Alberta, Phyna has to be involved.
Lukman Kiza is one of the biggest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry not just in Canada but also in Nigeria. He is popularly called Kiza and has been in the entertainment for over 2 decades and still counting.
He is the CEO of the popular Kiza Night Club in Dubai before relocating to Canada some years ago. He is no doubt the brain behind a lot of successful shows in Canada including the “Wizkid Concert” in 2019.
Afolabi Oyekoya popularly known as “Afocity” is a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry both home and abroad. He was formerly the Entertainment Editor of City People Magazine. Afo wines and dines with all the big names in the entertainment industry and has a very cordial relationship with almost all the ‘A’-list stars both in the music and movie industry. He is a very private person and doesn’t like to make noise about his success and achievement in the industry. Before relocating to Canada, he had organised highly successful shows which parade big names and icons in the entertainment industry. He has over 15 years experience in Journalism, Artistes Management, Promotion, PR and Event Management.
His profile in the Nigerian entertainment is so big, that it is only a beginner that will say, he or she doesn’t know “Afocity”. His name always rings bell in the movie and music industry.
Though, he is not in the frontline presently in Canada Music Promotion but behind the scenes, he does lots of consultation, which has led to the success of many big concerts in Canada.
Blessing is a godfather to many music promoters and many have to consult him to have a successful event in Canada. He also owns a beauty salon called Blessing Hairport. Blessing controls a large crowd which is most time helps in lots of successful events and shows in Canada.
Tope Fagboro popularly known as a TK “Topman” is a Canada-based music promoter, artistes manager and actor.
TK Topman has promoted so many music artistes in Canada. He is also one of the very few people that promote Nigerian culture in Canada through live band events. He is also an easy-going person and very humble.
Remi Amettv is one of the most respected entertainment personalities in Canada.
His company Amettv (Africa Movie And Entertainment TV) is an online entertainment platform for Nigerians in the diaspora. He also hosts the annual highly-attended Heart and Roses Valentine Ball.
Jimi Alasela is the CEO of 24 Seven Lounge and Restaurant and the CEO of Alashk Heritage Promotion in Toronto, the organisers of the prestigious annual all-white Toronto Boat Cruise. Alashk Heritage Promotion has over the years built confidence and earned the recognition of standard event organisations in the Nigerian- Canadian Community.
Olaniyi Oyatoye is the CEO of Yatniy Communication International in Canada. He is a seasoned presenter who has organised several cultural events with many dignitaries in attendance. He is also the founder of Asa Day Worldwide (ADWW). An event that showcases Nigerian Culture in Canada.