Temple Management Company Signs New Deal with 9ice, Jeff Akoh

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Nseobong Okon-Ekong

The Temple Management Company Limited, TMC, the creative talent and event management company that created a storm last year by entering a rewarding working relationship with Don Jazzy’s Mavins Group, signing on Iyanya, as well as staging a world class concert to honour King Sunny Ade at which one of his guitars was auctioned have started the year with a bang by signing Gongo Aso crooner, Abolore Akande, popularly known as 9ice and ex-Project Fame Winner, Jeff Akoh who is an acknowledged R&B starlet.
9ice’s arrival to TMC is primed to chart a new direction for his career, while Jeff is viewed to have made a positive career move by joining TMC.

While receiving 9ice, Idris Olorunnimbe, CEO/ Founder, TMC noted that 9ice still commands a strong place in Nigerian music.
“We recognize the foundation that 9ice has built and established, together we can build on and take it to newer heights,” Olorunnimbe said.

“At Temple Management Company, we donot gamble but believe in strategy and pinpoint execution,” he added.
He explained further, “With our team and structure, we are here to support 9ice to actualize his career goals. In 9ice, we see a brand that has an important and strategic core that we can expand.”
Using a 360 approach to management, the company oversees the day to day business/affairs of creative talents and ensures that they maintain sustainable competitive advantage over the rest. TMC prides itself in its ability to operate on a global scale.

The company’s mission is to continually improve on African content, bridge the gulf between talents and their foreign counterparts, and guarantee that processes are in line with international best practices.
Primed to chart a new direction for his career, Gongo Aso crooner, Abolore Akande, popularly known as 9ice, has joined the likes of Mavins Records and Iyanya by signing a deal with Temple Management Company.

The deal was consummated on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the corporate office of the company in Victoria Island, Lagos and witnessed by representatives of both parties.
While receiving 9ice, Idris Olorunnimbe, CEO/ Founder, TMC noted that 9ice still commands a strong place in Nigerian music.

“We recognize the foundation that 9ice has built and established, together we can build on and take it to newer heights,” Olorunnimbe said.
“At Temple Management Company, we do not gamble but believe in strategy and pinpoint execution,” he added.

Jeff, a gifted singer, the youngest winner of Project Fame in 2015, signed the dotted lines in the company of his mother, Betty Akoh, at the corporate offices of the company in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Jeff impressed a high-octane audience holding his own among established acts like Awilo Longomba, Sir Shina Peters and OnyekaOnwenu at the recently held ‘Sunny On Sunday Concert’ in honour of King Sunny Ade.
According to Mark Redguard, Head of Entertainment, “Temple Management is not only about A-list artistes, we are also focused on artist development by nurturing young stars who will take the reins. In Jeff Akoh, we at TMC see this lofty vision is actualised and we hope to do some wonderful things together.”

An excited Jeff said, “It is the joy of every artist is to have a solid backend and I am happy that TMC brings that and a lot more with strong affiliations with global players in the entertainment industry. After I won Project Fame, there has been a lot of expectations from Nigerians, rightly so. I am more confident than ever that I can do some fantastic music. As they say, when preparation meets opportunity, the inevitable result is success.”

In his remarks, 9ice said, “For me, this is the right thing to do at this stage in my career and indeed for any forward thinking artiste. When we started music, we grew with the knowledge that everything was all about the artiste; you are the manager, owner of the record label etc. We did this to the best of our ability.”

“This is the time to give experienced professionals the chance to take care of you because one will become the better for it. Temple Management are like our own Sony or BMG in Nigeria. Any artiste who plans to grow needs to work with the right people such as Temple Management Company.”