Full Name: Oyinkansola ‘Foza’ Fawehinmi
D.O.B: February 16th, 1993
Place of Birth: Isolo, Lagos
Name of Parents: Late Abdul Lateef Fawehinmi (Rtd Major General), Mrs Olayemi Fawehinmi.
Hometown: Ondo, Ondo State
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
Foza was born in Lagos to Mr and Mrs Fawehinmi on February 16th, 1993, she attended Aunty Kay Nursery and Primary School and also Startright international school in Isolo. For secondary education, she attended Babcock University High School, in Ilisan Remo after which she proceeded to study Law at Babcock University, Iperu Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. She then obtained her B.L certificate from the Lagos Nigerian Law school in 2014. She is qualified to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria.
Fawehinmi “Foza” Oyinkansola is a visionary entertainment business Leader with a solid legal background and impactful 7+ years of practical experience spanning the entertainment and media law, management and transactional expertise. Proficient in entertainment business practices, corporate law, corporate governance, legal research, legal drafting, due diligence, entertainment law, IP & Copyright, dispute resolution practice, contract negotiation, project financing and management.
She is known for adding significant value by leveraging a combination of legal proficiency, industry knowledge and business acumen to influence key stakeholders. She demonstrates practical application of laws and regulatory issues, corporate governance and business practice and finance while partnering closely with team members to achieve growth and corporate goals. She is a founding partner at Technolawgical Partners a boutique entertainment law firm based in Lagos with significance industry stake in key decision making. She has grown to co found several companies such as Incubation Factory Entertainment, a label service company that provides management, distribution, marketing, promotion, event production and merchandise services. She has worked with individuals and companies as such spanning Sarz, Timaya, GoodGirl LA, Boomplay Music, Music Time!, ColdPlay, Warner music, Teni the entertainer etc.
She currently serves as the President of Digital Music Commerce and Exchange Limited a pan African IP valuation, catalog management and administration company based in Lagos with branches in Ghana, Tanzania and Ivory Coast.
TECHNOLAWGICAL PARTNERS (2014-PRESENT)
After her call to the Nigerian bar in 2014, Foza together with two of her friends started Technowlagical partners, a boutique law firm that services individuals and companies of all organisational sizes throughout the creative and tech industry. Established with the principles of 21st century global operational standards, using dynamic and modern approach to employing the law as a social engineer to professionally providing long lasting solutions and full proof protection for it’s clients.
The firm was started by Foza, Iredumare Opeyemi and Olumide Mustapha, to cater for the legal and business services need of the media, cyber and entertainment industry in Nigeria and Africa at large. The Firm since its inception has represented the biggest stars of the media, cyber and entertainment industry in Nigeria and Africa some of which includes The Sarz Academy, Odunlade Adekola, Timaya, Linda Ikeji Blog, Incubation Factory Entertainment Limited. Foza served as the Managing partner of the firm between 2014-2020.
Foza and two of her colleagues at Green Light Music Publishing, filed a precedent-setting copyright infringement claim on behalf of several clients, including Puffy Tee, a Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer. The legal action was against “one of the highest-grossing Nigerian movies of all time.” The suit claimed Puffy Tee and other composers were owed 100 million naira ($256,000), a considerable sum in an industry where film production budgets average about $40,000. The parties eventually settled the case out of court for around 2 million to 4 million naira ($5,000-$10,000).
While the settlement was modest, Fawehinmi’s lawsuit proved a turning point in the battle for music composers and producers’ rights in Nollywood. The case established a precedent for producers who are also composers to be able to claim their publishing rights. Nigerian entertainment lawyers say they are not aware of any infringement claims made and settled before the 2017 case.
INCUBATION FACTORY (2015-PRESENT)
Foza served as the General Manager of Incubation factory (360 Incubation) a 360 degrees Creative Management Company founded in Nigeria, Africa with the dream of becoming one of the best “incubators” of raw talents in the creative industry. Established in 2013 and incorporated in 2016, Incubation Factory Entertainment Limited has since then grown into a full-service talent management company focusing on building creative careers in the African creative Industry from the ground up with Nigeria leading the chart.
Incubation Factory Entertainment Limited provides a wide range of services to individuals, businesses, and organizations in the African creative industry. Since inception, the company has evolved with the African creative industry by diversifying its portfolio of projects and investments within the industry. The company has been involved with Music Creation & Production, talent development, Musical tour & events, Movies, and modelling
Under Foza’s leadership Incubation factory signed and managed the following Artiste Gbasky, Sarz, P.Priime, Hakim, Jahblend, Chee and Aduke. And she was active in the production and release of the EP of the various artistes. She also managed The Sarz Academy (TSA) in which new and talented music producers like P.Priime, Dunnie, STG, Tempoe and a whole lot of other talented music producers.
DIGITAL MUSIC COMMERCE AND EXCHANGE LIMITED (2018-PRESENT)
In 2018, DMCE was established with the sole aim of effectively monetization, protection and ease of business as regards of digital consumption and exploitation of Nigerian Music. DMCE is a platform where wealth is created for the African market through Intellectual Property Valuation, which ascribes numerical monetary value to such work at every point in time.
DMCE carries out due diligence and total valuation of an entire Intellectual Property portfolio, which gives a transparent and independent idea of your Intellectual Property assets and how to proceed strategically.
DMCE offers expert IP valuation and accurate IP portfolio which increases the bargaining power of its clients. The valuation approach done by DMCE considers that each African country is peculiar and there are numerous influencing factors influencing the value of an intellectual property asset in specific markets. DMCE gives its clients which includes Premier records, Brymo, K1 De Ultimate, Sarz, Timaya, Teni, Dagrin, Gbasky, Incubation Factory Limited, Remdel Music, Ivory Music (EMI Africa), Bez and a host of other African celebrities and Intellectual property rights holder a 360 view on the legal aspect, market value and future technology.
Foza is currently the President of the company and under her leadership, the company has negotiated and obtained a multi-million naira marketing commitment from DSPs for the Premier Music and Kennis Music Catalogs. Now these catalogs are enjoying premium play time on the platform hereby translating to a higher revenue stream and negotiating power for other platforms.
The company under Foza’s leadership also negotiated and obtained a multimillion naira marketing commitment from DSPs for artistes such as Brymo, GospenOnDeBeatz, GoodGirl LA, Gbasky on the release of their various projects.