By Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
It was a night of fun recently when Trexcorp Entertainment Group was formally launched in Abuja.
On hand to lead some of the big names on the Abuja showbiz scene was BET Best International Act (2012), Ice Prince Zamani, and Nollywood star, Jim Iyke.
Mingling with fans who thronged the event at the Wuse Zone 4 music studio of the Trexcorp Entertainment, Ice Prince and Jim Iyke took turns to assess the equipment installed for the use of artistes.
Cutting the tape to declare the studio open, Boma Benebo, who chaired the high octane event, commended the founder of Trexcorp Entertainment, Tonte Ibraye, for making a significant investment in a sector that creates jobs.
He said, with 24 per cent of Nigerian youths unemployed, investments that provide young people with opportunities to earn an income should be encouraged.
“Nigerian entertainers, especially musicians have given Nigerians hope. They are the major reason why the country is still at peace despite many saying Nigeria is siting on keg of gunpowder due to high youth unemployment.
“Music educates, exposes societal ills and that’s why we will never forget someone like Fela Kuti. Entertainers dictate fashion, sports and pop culture and, as human beings, we often want to have a sense of belonging, so we follow where our favourite stars point to.
“This industry shapes our thinking, our culture, so we must ensure that the right people manage it properly”, Benebo said.
The event, anchored by upcoming artiste, FFB, equally had Ibraye, the Trexcorp Entertainment boss, promising to make the studio a base for Abuja’s musical talents.
“When I looked at the entertainment industry, I saw that many young people did not have access to facilities such as the one we are launching today.
“This is why our record label will look beyond just being a business venture and uphold our goal of making the label a platform for young people to showcase their talent,” he said.
Also on hand at the launch were label signees M-beats, Ranking Panama and in-house producer, Steve Jazz.