From zero to hero: Navigating Nigeria’s entertainment industry


Entrepreneurship is like a beacon that illuminates the path to economic prosperity in any nation. It’s not merely about starting a business; it’s a mindset, a lifestyle. Entrepreneurship is about creating value, making a difference, and leaving a lasting impact. In Nigeria, where the entertainment industry is booming with an estimated worth of US$1.4 billion, there’s fertile ground for aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their dreams into reality. As someone who has walked this path, I am sharing my journey and insights to inspire both young and seasoned entrepreneurs.

My entrepreneurial journey began even before I gained admission to Benson Idahosa University in Benin City, Edo state. However, it was during my undergraduate days that my entrepreneurial interests gained clarity. Graduating in 2015, I immediately transitioned into the next phase of my life in Abuja, where my career trajectory became evident. Unlike many of my peers who were still contemplating their next steps post-graduation, I had already started earning well within a month of leaving school. This head start was no coincidence but the result of years of self-development and entrepreneurial experimentation.

Before university, my entrepreneurial ventures were more of a hobby. However, the need for financial independence during my studies pushed me to take my business more seriously. What started as a ‘fun project’ soon evolved into a significant source of income, allowing me to support myself without constantly seeking financial help from my parents. This shift in mindset was crucial, as it prepared me for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.


Nigeria, and indeed Africa, is replete with untapped business opportunities. The essence of entrepreneurship lies in identifying a problem or need and devising a solution. During my time in Abuja, I noticed a gap in the market for premium rooftop parties — a novel experience for many. By organising these events and securing sponsorship from Cîroc Vodka, I not only filled this gap but also created a unique brand. My undergraduate ‘fun-for-profit’ ventures had unknowingly prepared me for this entrepreneurial leap.

Starting a business is akin to solving a complex puzzle, with financial hurdles and other obstacles along the way. My journey was far from smooth, but persistence, determination, and focus were my guiding stars. The success I enjoy today stands as a testament to the fact that these qualities can help any entrepreneur overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

In an economy where job opportunities are scarce, entrepreneurship is not just a choice but a necessity. Entrepreneurs are problem solvers, and in a society that requires continuous improvement, their role is indispensable. By identifying challenges and crafting innovative solutions, entrepreneurs like myself contribute significantly to the nation’s economic development. For instance, the premium rooftop parties I initiated in Abuja filled a niche and provided an experience that was previously unavailable.


The primary aim of writing “From Zero to Entrepreneur” is to enlighten and inspire young entrepreneurs. The book serves as a guide to help them navigate the tumultuous waters of business and encourages them to persevere despite challenges. Many individuals are hesitant to start a business due to fear or unforeseen circumstances, while others feel compelled to try entrepreneurship but struggle to continue when results are slow. This book is designed to address these concerns, offering practical advice and support for those determined to succeed.

In conclusion, entrepreneurship is a vital force for economic growth and innovation. By sharing my experiences, I hope to shed light on the possibilities within Nigeria’s entertainment industry and beyond. Whether you are an aspiring artist, investor, or media professional, the entrepreneurial mindset can help you create value, solve problems, and leave a lasting impact.

The journey may be challenging, but with persistence and determination, success is within reach. As Nigeria’s entertainment industry continues to grow, there has never been a better time to embark on your entrepreneurial journey. So, take that leap of faith, turn your dreams into reality, and become part of the vibrant community of entrepreneurs driving change in Nigeria.

Damilare Ifeanyi Adefioye, a renowned entertainment expert and Martell brand influencer, is the author of the soon-to-be-launched book From Zero to Entrepreneur: The Ultimate Guide for Aspiring Artists, Investors, and Media Professionals, which dives into Nigeria’s booming entertainment industry.


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