With the establishment of a new office in Lagos, Nigeria, Sony Music Publishing has increased its presence throughout Africa.
Godwin Tom has been hired by the company as managing director. He will report to Guy Henderson, president of the international division.
Godwin will expand Sony Music Publishing’s global reach and support its expanding portfolio of songwriters and composers throughout the area as he leads the division for Nigeria.
SMP claims that Godwin Tom, who has more than 20 years of experience, has a comprehensive understanding of the African music business and has cultivated ties with key players in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Godwin was most recently the CEO of the talent agency iManage Africa, where he collaborated with a number of well-known artists, including Wizkid, Davido, Waje, MI, Wande Coal, Ice Prince, Bez, Show Dem Camp, Beverly Naya, Yung6ix, Jessy Jagz, Rooftop MCs, Solid Star, Ayo Jay, Ikon, and many others.
Through the Music Business Academy for Africa, an online learning platform devoted to educating the upcoming generation of music and entertainment professionals, Godwin has also assisted in the development of future industry leaders over the past few years.
Tom said: “I am honoured and humbled by the opportunity to work for the No. 1 music publisher in the world.
“AFRICA HAS SO MUCH TALENT, CULTURE AND UNIQUENESS TO SHARE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND I AM EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THE INCREDIBLE GLOBAL NETWORK OF TEAMS THAT WILL HELP BUILD A HOME FOR AFRICA’S BEST SONGWRITERS.”
Added Tom: “Africa has so much talent, culture and uniqueness to share with the rest of the world and I am excited to be a part of the incredible global network of teams that will help build a home for Africa’s best songwriters.”
“IT IS A REAL PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF GODWIN TOM AS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF OUR START-UP COMPANY IN NIGERIA.”
GUY HENDERSON, SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING
Guy Henderson, President of International for Sony Music Publishing, continued, “It gives me great pleasure to announce the hiring of Godwin Tom as the Managing Director of our new Nigerian business.
Godwin is the ideal leader for our company as Sony Music Publishing expands throughout West Africa because of his breadth of market knowledge and expertise, as well as his training in the music business.
“Sony Music Publishing looks forward to a continuous acceleration in its worldwide African footprint, together with our brilliant team in South Africa.”
Music Industry Globally