Ayeni Adekunle Samuel. a.k.a. AyeniTheGreat is a Lagos, Nigeria-based showbiz enthusiast, entertainment journalist/critic, consultant and entrepreneur.
He started writing in 1996-a year after leaving secondary school, featuring on a popular radio show ‘Teenage Affairs’. He has since written a huge collection of poems as well as several published magazine and online articles. His entertainment columns ( from the four-paged weekly column in Encomium : Notes & Tones, to Glitz Beats in ThisDay and now e-Punch in ThePunch) have become very popular with industry buffs, fans, practitioners and others keen on keeping up with happenings in Nigeria’s music scene. The controversial but informed and authoritative flavour of his articles( especially in the opinion-laced ‘soliloquy’) has highlighted him as the enfant terrible of the re-emerging entertainment industry in his native country, Nigeria.
Ayeni is now the industry’s most respected showbiz writer, building a career and image that far transcends his true person. Though a graduate of Microbiology from the University of Ibadan, the music enthusiast and critic has ended up becoming a prized writer. He has at different times worked with Hip hop world, Nigeria’s leading music journal, Encomium Weekly, Nigeria’s most respected soft sell journal and ThisDay on Sunday, where he created the Glitz Beats column in the paper’s Glitterati section.
He has also been blogging about music and other related matters (on http://www.ayenithegreat.wordpress.com) since December 2006
Ayeni now writes a two-paged column e-Punch, for Punch Newspapers, Nigeria’s best-selling newspaper ( http://punchontheweb.com ). He is also a contributor for The Africa Report ( http://theafricareport.com ) and Nigerian Entertainment Today – ( http://theNETng.com ).
He is also the founder of BlackHouse Media (formerly A.Y.E.N.I. Entertainment), Nigeria’s premier publicist service and entertainment news content providers
Expectedly, he has served as judge on several music awards committees, especially HipHopWorld Awards, Rhythm Council, AMEN Awards, and The Future Awards. Besides traveling round the world to interview foremost musicians and DJs (He’s interviewed music greats ranging from rap mogul Jay Z to King Sunny Ade, Orlando Julius, D’banj, 2face Idibia, Orlando Owoh and Pulitzer prize winner Dele Olojede), Ayeni also finds time to read a wide range of literature as well as listen to music from all over the world.
He lives in Lagos, Nigeria with his wife Oladotun and daughter Folake.
He can be reached on +234 (1) 8102840
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