Here are the speakers at this year's BUDX Lagos event
Get to know the cast of thought leaders for our Nigerian stop
Mixmag and BUDX are heading to Lagos, June 26-28, offering three full days and nights of music panels, workshops and parties, featuring both local and global artists.
From the influence of African music on Caribbean music, to the impact of social media on local artists and dancers, to the rise of Nigerian fashion worldwide, we'll explore various aspects of Nigerian culture through insightful panels, discussions and immersive experiences.
Below are the individuals that will help to shape the BUDX Lagos experience. Find out more about the event program here.
Jillionaire (Feel Up Records Founder, Producer & DJ)
Trinidad and Tobago native Christopher Leacock, a.k.a. ‘Jillionaire’, has been a contributing member to Major Lazer since in 2008. Jillionaire joined the project full time in 2011, rounding out the sound alongside Diplo and Walshy Fire. He brings the Caribbean influence of Soca and Reggae to the group, while also drawing from a range of international sounds and inspirations. In his side projects, Jillionaire has collaborated with Salvatore Gancacci, as well as Richie Beretta and Phat Deuce. He also founded his own label, Feel Up Records, in 2014.
Teni the Entertainer
Teniola Apata, or simply Teni, is a young Nigerian singer and songwriter who’s recently elevated to the international stage. She’s leading the next wave of female Nigerian artists, with tour dates throughout Europe and the United States. Teni won Rookie of the Year at the 2019 Headies Award, as well as the Best New Artist of 2018 at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.
Paul Okoye, better known as King Rudy or Rudeboy, is a Nigerian born artist who produces music with his brother Peter, as the rap duo P-Square. Paul resides in Atlanta, but has maintained a close connection to his Lagos roots. He has consistently released new music since 2001 as P-Square, after founding the label Square Records with his brother.
Olawunmi Okerayi, who performs under the stage name DJ Lambo, is a female Nigerian DJ and producer who was influenced at an early age by her father, DJ Tony Lewis. She is one of the premier DJs based in Nigeria, who started her career as a radio DJ in 2008. Since then, DJ Lambo has released a number of well-received tracks, earning the role as President for Choc Boi nation, a sister record label of Chocolate City Music.
Nanayat Abedoh, or DJ Nana, is a Nigerian afrobeat DJ and party personality. In 2011, DJ Nana was the first ever winner of the Airtel/Bacardi Cool FM DJ Competition, before going on to release a few original productions of her own. She was featured with DJ Switch and DJ Bonny in a 2018 CNN program titled Inside Africa, which skyrocketed her recognition as a defining feature of dance music in Nigeria.
Bolaji Ojudokan is a Nigerian singer who performs under the stage name Boj. Being a trained audio engineer, Boj has developed a sound and approach to music that is distinct from other pop artists, while having collaborated with Davido, Reminisce, and Show Dem Camp.
MC Douglas (BeatFM)
Douglas Wokocha-Jekan is a resident Nigerian radio show host on The Beat 99.9FM. He’s hosted a four hour radio show Monday through Friday on the station for years, as well as a Saturday special called At the Club with Remy Martin with his co-host Dami. He strives to bring creative music to his listeners and is recognized as one of the industry leaders in Nigeria.
Obi Ojuonuma, also known as DJ Obi, is best known as the world record holder for performing a non-stop, 240-hour DJ set in Nigeria during 2016. Obi has shared the stage with Lupe Fiasco, 2face, Banky W, among many others. He also won a Nigerian Entertainment Award for “World’s Best DJ” in 2011, and is a leading member of the Nigerian DJs coalition.
Tokyo James is a British-Nigerian fashion designer and founder of Tokyo James, his namesake menswear fashion brand operating out of Lagos, Nigeria. He got his start working as a Creative Director in London for Brioni, Issey Miyaki, and Puma Black Label, before launching his own project. After relocating to Lagos, Tokyo James pioneered what is considered the “African Cowboy” aesthetic with his brand, and has redefined modern menswear fashion from Nigeria to across the globe.
Adebayo Oke-Lawal, also known as Bayo Oke, is the founder of Orange Culture, a fashion label operating out of Lagos, Nigeria. He has been designing fashion-wear since the ripe age of 10-years-old, before launching Orange Culture in 2011. The brand has challenged and reaffirmed what is possible with menswear on the African continent. Oke’s latest line, called “AW19 - Do Not Look Under My Skirt”, debuted in February of this year and has received international acclaim for innovation and presence.
Ladipo Eso, who performs under the stage name "Poe", is a Nigerian rapper who got his start as a college student in North Carolina, USA. After returning to Lagos, Poe released his breakout tracks 'Ko Ye Won' and 'Gbe Sile' before his hit single 'Adore Her' put him on the global map. He has an ecclectic, fast-paced style that has drawn comparisons to J. Cole and Drake, with his tracks Poe was signed to Mavin Records after receiving the attention of label boss Don Jazzy, being their first rap act, and has since risen to international acclaim.
Film director and producer Kemi Adetiba has been pioneering the visual landscape of Lagos for years. She’s received international acclaim as a leading Nigerian filmmaker, with her film ‘The Wedding Party’ surpassing the N$453mm mark in Nigerian box offices - making it the second highest-grossing film in the history of Nigerian cinema.
Banky W is the son of Nigerian parents, who was born in the United States before returning to Nigeria at the age of five. He’s since risen to the status of infamy after starting his record label E.M.E. in 2002, with releases featuring Niyola, Shaydee, Skales and Wizkid. His debut album as Banky W, titled ‘Back In the Building’, was released in 2005, before releasing another three full length albums in the following years. After more than a decade operating as a record label, Banky transitioned E.M.E. into a PR, advertising, and artist management company in 2017 for Nigerian public figures and brands.
Westsyde Lifestyle is an urban, afro-fusion dance company and movement. The crew of five ecstatic Nigerian dancers, led by co-founder Yemi Osokoya, has received international praise for their innovative choreography and art design. Their video releases have topped the charts of Nigerian billboards, and are only growing from here.
Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael, also known as Zlatan, has been an up-and-coming star of the Nigerian rap scene. In a recent collaboration with Naira Marley, Zlatan released a music video titled “Am I A Yahoo Boy?” which chastised the government in their crack-down on email and phone scammers, known in Nigeria as “Yahoo Boys”. As a result of the music video, the Nigerian government arrested Zlatan and Marley in their perceived connection to the frauds, before releasing them several days later. The incident has given Zlatan even greater international attention on his art form as a rapper and artist.
Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, also known as Mayorkun, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and pianist. He was first discovered after he posted a cover Davido’s ‘The Money’ on Twitter. Davido reached out to him and helped release Mayorkun’s first single, ‘Eleko’, in 2016. The track received 1 million views within the first ten days of release. Mayorkun’s first full-length album ‘The Mayor of Lagos’ debuted in late-2018 and reached #15 on Billboard charts.
Douglas Jack Agu, or Runtown, is a singer / songwriter and record producer who has also collaborated with Davido. Runtown won African Artiste of the Year at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards, following the release of his ballad ‘Mad Over You’. He started his own record label, Soundgod Music Group, in late-2018.
Oludemilade Martin Alejo is the artist most commonly referred to as YCee. He grew up in Lagos and has become one of the most well-known rappers in Nigeria. YCee won the Best African Hip Hop Award during the 2017 AFRIMA award ceremony. In early January of 2019, Ycee announced the launch of his own record label, ANBT, an initialism which stands for “Ain’t Nobody Badder Than…”