Obafemi Lasode, a distinguished figure in Nigerian music, film, and literature, has made a significant mark in the world of entertainment. He is known for his roles as a musician, film director, producer, songwriter, music producer, and playwright. Lasode is also the Chief Executive Officer of Even-Ezra Nigeria Limited, a company that gained recognition for producing the award-winning movie “Sango” in 1997. His career has spanned several decades, and he remains an influential figure in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Early Life And Education
Obafemi Bandele Lasode was born on December 4, 1955, in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria. However, his roots can be traced to Abeokuta, a city located in Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. His educational journey took him to St. Gregory’s College in Obalende, Lagos State, where he obtained the West African Senior School Certificate. Later, he pursued higher education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C. He further honed his skills by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Communication Art from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Career And Achievements
Obafemi Lasode’s career is a testament to his diverse talents. In 1983, he joined the services of the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation in New York City as a Promotions Coordinator. During his time there, he hosted the legendary Sonny Okosuns at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1984.
One of his notable contributions to the Nigerian music scene was the production of the African music program “Afrika in Vogue” on Radio Nigeria 2, which ran for a year starting from the first quarter of 1989. In 1995, he established Afrika ‘n Vogue/Even-Ezra Studios, further solidifying his presence in the music and entertainment industry.
However, one of his most significant achievements came in 1997 when he produced and directed the award-winning African epic film titled “Sango.” This film received international recognition and was even selected to open the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival in 2002. In addition to his work in music and film, Lasode authored a book titled “Television Broadcasting: The Nigerian Experience (1959–1992),” which is currently used in Nigerian universities.
Obafemi Lasode’s filmography includes several notable works that have left an indelible mark on Nigerian cinema. Some of his films include:
- “Sango” (1997)
- “Mask of Mulumba” (1998)
- “Tears of Slavery”
Legacy And Impact
Obafemi Lasode’s contributions to Nigerian entertainment have had a lasting impact. His work as a filmmaker and musician has not only enriched the cultural tapestry of Nigeria but has also garnered international recognition. His legacy as a creative force continues to inspire future generations of artists and filmmakers.