Former General Manager, Sony Music West Africa, Mr. Michael Ugwu, has promised that the scope will be developed to boost the industry of opportunities for digital music in Nigeria.
Ugwu said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday following his appointment on Jan. 8 into the Board of Merlin Network to represent Africa. The statement was issued by Jonah Solomon, Public Relations Officer, Yadel Media.
Ugwu is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of one of Nigeria’s online digital music distributor, Freeme Digital, launched in 2018.
He said “We will continue to expand the scope of opportunities and frontiers of digital music for the emerging generation of independent artists in Nigeria and across Africa.’’
The former Sony Music boss said he was among the eight new executives to represent Africa on Merlin’s 15-member Board. According to him, this is the first time a Nigerian will be appointed to the board, as the seat had been previously occupied by a South African.
He said that the appointment was an important milestone in the evolution of Nigeria’s music industry, its growing acceptance and expanding footprint in the global music scene.
“I am humbled by this appointment; It is another testament that the music industry is making the expected progress ,the talents, hard work and investments in the industry continue to gain deserved recognition”. Ugwu said that as the general manager, he expanded Sony Music in West Africa prior to exiting in August 2019.
“As far as the Nigerian music industry is concerned, Freeme Digital remains committed to the rights and opportunities of independent artists,” he said.