“We Were Called Racist in England for Starting a Pro Black Modeling Agency” – Sola Oyebade

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A very interesting evening it was this Wednesday at the Belfry Africa’s convened conversational series “The Ask Series” held at The Waterside Ikoyi as a lot of young models turned up for the edition with Sola Oyebade aka Mr Mahogany.  Themed “Model Career edition, Sola took the attendees on a very insightful guide on how to be a model professionally.

During the very engaging conversation, Mr Mahogany said, “Mahogany was born to be a pro black agency to cater for the blacks.” “We were called Racist in England for starting a pro black modeling agency,” he added. Speaking about the sharing formula between a model and his agency, he said it varies depending on what services the agencies offer and that every percentage cut the agencies get is from the jobs they get for their models.

Talking about Mahogany’s rank in Nigeria, Sola said, “We are the second best modeling agency in Nigeria and our aim is to become number 1.” When advising the models, he said “the more people know you as a model, the more your chances of success.”  He further emphasized the tips for the business side of modeling which are: a model should read his contract, be an early comer for shows/meetings, know his statistics and ask how much he will get paid for a job before starting.

This edition was all too exciting because the beautiful radio personality, Ore Onile-Ere played an amazing host carrying every single attendee along with the conversations. Other OAPS who were in attendance included Ify Igwe of Lagos Talks FM, Amaka Okolie of Naija FM and Chuba Agbu of Megalectrics LTD.

As usual, the attendees enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions, network and enjoy the unique ambience of The Waterside Ikoyi.


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