Almost five years ago, I received an email that began a journey of mentorship, friendship and admiration for a young brilliant legal mind. Here is what the email said:
My name is Fawehinmi Oyinkansola a 500level Law student of Babcock University. I am currently working on my final year project which is titled the “Legal Protection of the Music Industry’This topic is so dear to me because of my love for the law and the music industry. However, I am experiencing hurdles in getting reference materials and some vital most needed information.
Please I would be glad if your assistance is felt towards this research work having noticed your wealth of knowledge in both fields. I anticipate a favourable response. Thanks.”
Fawehinmi “Foza” Oyinkansola was an avid reader of the Africa Music Law blog and was soaking up and implementing a lot of what I was sharing on AML during law school, and after graduation. As she tells the story, people made fun of her when she would tell them she wanted to become an entertainment lawyer. Her law school offered no entertainment law courses and the AML blog was her reference point and inspiration to know there is something like entertainment law and to see a woman and person of Nigerian heritage, just like her, practicing entertainment law.
Today Foza is simply a beautiful, brilliant, passionate, determined and fearless legal mind who is already painting the town red in the entertainment industry at only 24years old! I am extremely proud of her and all of her accomplishments, and since launching the Africa Music Law podcast radio show, I have also invited her as a guest on several occasions to discuss the business of entertainment and the law.
Happy birthday to a brilliant legal mind who understands the sky is just the beginning for her. Happy birthday to you Foza! Have an amazing and wonderful celebration. I know the best is yet to come from you.
If you are new to AML, get to meet this formidable AML reader and attorney in the AML podcast shows below. She also has a recent interview she granted to Lawyard.ng worth reading.
Fawehinmi Oyinkansola is a founding partner at Legalbyte a boutique law firm servicing the creative industries in Nigeria. She heads the music, film and fashion portfolios of the firm. Oyinkansola popularly referred to as “Foza” has successfully pioneered the emergence of many revenue streams for the consortium of producers for the publishing of their catalogues. She also played a pivotal role in daily management and administration of The Sarz Academy ; an NGO pioneered by Sarz (a top ranking music producer in Nigeria). Popularly known in the Telecommunications value added services, she has brokered many licensing and publishing deals for host of Artists . Foza also doubles as a business manager for singer Chee. She can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on twitter: @fozadoza.
Foza joins us for a discussion on P-square’s family feud, music publishing in Nigeria & more.
Foza’s first appearance on The Africa Music Law Show