ECHO FOUNDATION

 

THE ECHO MUSIC AND ARTS FOUNDATION IS A NON PROFIT MUSIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION.

IT EXISTS TO BUILD CAPACITY AND A VIBRANT MUSIC ECONOMY WITHIN NIGERIA.

 

THE TEAM

“WE SEE A THRIVING AND COMMERCIALLY VIABLE MUSIC ECOSYSTEM IN NIGERIA WHERE MUSIC PROFESSIONALS ARE EQUIPPED TO SUCCEED LOCALLY AND IN THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC MARKET”

|ECHO FOUNDERS|


 
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Eunice Obianagha

Co-FOUNDER

Eunice Obianagha is a Creative Consultant and Event Director with over 10 years of experience in managing complex entertainment and cultural based projects in the UK and Nigeria. She is a Business Graduate of Middlesex University and a qualified Prince2 Project Management Practitioner. 

As Head of events for the MOBO Awards, Eunice has worked directly under the CEO and MD to drive the high-profile event which takes place annually in world renowned arena venues and broadcasted nationally on BBC, ITV and Viacom channels.

Her work in Nigeria has covered project managing a number of broadcasted and live productions for independent production companies.

Eunice has extensive experience working with non-profit organisations, which include a post as Deputy Director for a long established UK registered creative charity called SJI. Eunice is a Trustee for an Arts Council England NPO called Small Green Shoots, which delivers dynamic arts opportunities for young creatives in the UK. She is a Music Advisor for the PRS Foundation and a member of the BRIT Awards Voting Academy.

 
 
 
Chin

Chinedu Okeke

Co-FOUNDER

Chin Okeke is an Impresario and Entertainment-Entrepreneur set on changing the conversation about Africa. He is a Law Graduate (LLB) from the University of Bristol and holds a diploma in Chinese from Tsinghua University, Beijing. 

Chin was a talent manager for over seven years and has represented some of the biggest names in African media and entertainment. Since founding Eclipse West Africa (holding company of EBA and ELA),

 Chin has developed entertainment properties for multinationals like Pepsi, Bollinger and Red Bull to name a few and has overseen the brand strategy, and representation of several high-profile clients.

At Eclipse Live, they have since developed The Gidi Culture Festival, which is the biggest music festival in West Africa, defining the progression of music and urban youth culture in Africa as we know it today. Chin is a member of the Steering Council for the ILMC Futures Forum and has been  named one of the 10 most powerful people in entertainment on Naija's Power list.

 
 

TRUSTEES

 
 
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Myma Belo-Osagie (nee Bentsi-Enchill)

Trustee

Dr. Myma A. Belo-Osagie is Senior Partner in the law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie where she currently focuses primarily on advising international corporates establishing businesses in Nigeria.

 A Ghanaian citizen, Dr. Belo-Osagie holds an LL.B (1975) from the University of Ghana, Legon, and an LL.M (1978) and SJD (1985) from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  She was called to the Ghana Barin 1977 after obtaining a BL at the Ghana Law School in that same year; and subsequently called to the New York Barin 1983.  She attended the Nigerian Law School from 1983 to 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984 as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria,

 Dr. Belo-Osagie is married; a mother of four; and serves as a board member on a number of Nigerian and international companies and trustee/board member of several Nigerian and international not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations.  

 In addition to her academic and professional qualifications Dr. Belo-Osagie is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Segun Agbaje

Trustee

Segun started off his career as a staff auditor at Ernst & Young in San Francisco, America. He eventually returned to Nigeria in 1991 to work for GtBank as one of the very first set of employees. As a pioneer staff, he was present at most of the ground-breaking innovations the bank made. He worked his way up the ranks and by 2000,he was an executive director. By August 2002 he was Deputy Managing Director.

Segun Agbaje also played a pivotal role in the introduction of Valucard and Western Union Money Transfer.He also played an essential role in making GTBank the first Nigerian company and first bank in Sub-Saharan Africa to feature on the list of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Nneka Okeke

Trustee

Nneka Okeke is the founder and CEO of Canvest Ltd. which was set up over twenty five years ago.  Canvest initially concentrated on industrial market research, but gradually metamorphosed into a trading company.  Their main focus today is Food Products, specifically instant dry yeast for the bakery industry and spices for consumers and the catering trade.

 Prior to Canvest, Nneka Okeke held a number of senior positions in marketing and product development for multinational companies within the processed food industry.  These included Unilever and Nestle Nigeria.

 

 
 
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Gbenga Oyebode

Trustee

Gbenga Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode, (Barristers & Solicitors) one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt.

Gbenga was an Associate with White & Case, New York between 1982 and 1983.

Gbenga was educated at the University of Ife (LL.B Honours), and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LL.M) graduating in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983). He was conferred Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), by the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (2016) and Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria (2017). He is the Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Gbenga is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (FCIArb) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI). He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association (IBA). Gbenga is the past Chairman of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Gbenga was conferred with one of Nigeria’s highest honours, the Member of the Order of theFederal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in the year 2000. He was also conferred with the BelgianRoyal Honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’ in 2007. He was conferred with an award for Lifetime Contribution to Law at the Law Digest Africa Awards 2015.

He was Chairman, Access Bank Plc (2005-2015) and the Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc (both listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE) and serves on the Boards of MTN Nigeria Limited, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Socfinaf S.A (listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange). He is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc.

Gbenga sits on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), is the Chairman of Teach for Nigeria, Director Teach for All, New York, Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Africa Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, Director Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York and Director African Philanthropy Forum. Member Board of Trustees Carnegie Hall, New York.

Gbenga was the cover story of the Forbes Africa magazine July 2018 publication headlined:

"Lawyer - Investor. Gbenga Oyebode, the new face of business in Africa."

 
 
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Oriteme Banigo

Trustee

Oriteme Banigo is an advocate for development in education, entrepreneurship, Political and Social Awareness. He holds a BSC Economics from Northeastern University and an MBA from ESCP Business School. He is a Co-founder and Vice-President of Panaramic Entertainment which produces content that promotes and preserves Nigerian history and culture. 

As co-founder of Eclipse Live Africa, he has been able to produce internationally recognized Festivals and concerts the flagship being Gidi Culture Festival. Oriteme is a general partner at Ventucon Partners, a boutique Venture Capitalist Fund that focuses on Technological solutions in the Education, Health, Real Estate and Corporate Sector.

Oriteme acted as special Advisor to former Governor of Bayelsa State Timipre Sylva and was directly involved in political and social issues that impact his community, Brass and the Niger Delta.