It is safe to posit that all artistes in Nigeria dream of signing international record deals. Even though some acts have succeeded in this regard, it doesn’t always come with good news. Most times, it leads to dissolution of partnerships and breakups between former best buddies; think D’banj and Don Jazzy.
However, head honcho of MMMG Entertainment, Ubi Franklin, is confident that he wouldn’t fall into that trap. It will be recalled that MMMG signee, Augustine Miles Kelechi aka Tekno, flew to New York earlier in the year to sign an international deal with the giant Sony Music. The deal is said to be worth $4m, as both parties have repeatedly refused to disclose the deal’s worth. The Panasinger was also unveiled as a Pepsi brand ambassador on Friday.
On the moves he has made to avoid being left in the lurch, Franklin said “I read the contract properly. It took me about seven weeks to go through the contract with my lawyers; internationally and locally. I had to expunge some things and also include some clauses. There is nothing to worry about. In music business, there are times when you would never be happy and there are times when you would be happy so you have to mix and manage both. Tekno’s rise is simply as a result of hard work, prayers and perseverance. Some people pray and they don’t work hard but if you pray and work hard, it will happen for you.”
Franklin also stated that he is not fighting with his former partner, Iyanya. He said, “I didn’t split from Iyanya. Maybe you should ask him what happened between us. Once a contract is over, you can go if you want to; nobody will prevent you from doing so. There is no bad blood between Iyanya and I; he is my brother for life.”
The record label boss also hinted that he has plans to diversify into the movie industry. “I am actually doing a lot of TV and movie productions right now. They wouldn’t necessarily feature my wife though; it depends on who fits the role. Meanwhile, I just signed three new artistes and I would be unveiling them soon,” he said.