Ace Talent Manager Godwin Tom Reveals How he Kicked off his Career & Meeting M.I

Godwin Tom (Photo: Instagram)

One of Nigeria’s finest talent managers and CEO of iManage Africa, Godwin Tom is celebrating 10 years as a Talent Manager today.

To mark this, he will launch his #10yearsALearner Podcast which he will be sharing valuable information about the music industry in Nigeria.

But before Showtime, he has opened up on how he started his career as a talent manager and how he met M.I, the first talent he ever worked with.

He tweeted in a thread saying “I want to tell you guys a story about how it all started #10YearsALearner #10YALpodcast”


Read the  thread below:


In 2008, I worked as a PR and marketing executive at an event and image consulting company in VI and I was treated well. But I wanted more. I wanted a bigger challenge so I told Kely dear friend and inspiration @iamtheOsagie #10YearsALearner #10YAL

2 weeks later.. I got a call from @iamtheOsagie and that was the beginning of an adventure…

O: Hey Godwin. Are you still bored?

Me: lol… You have something for me?

O: Would you like to manage an artist?

me: Who?

O: His name is MI

me: ok… send music


I can’t remember if she sent the message the same day but when she eventually sent it… She sent me Crowd Mentality and Chant Down Babylon. I was blown away. I called her and told her I want to meet him… A meeting was arranged at the Silverbird Galleria #10YearsALearner

Another meeting was scheduled around the 21st of September at @silverbirdgalleria and while I was more concerned if @MI_Abaga could afford to pay me, he said something that made me realize what I was getting myself into #10YearsALearner

@MI_Abaga said to me… “Dude… I am 27. I don’t have a degree. I can’t get a job at a bank. I am the first son. Responsibilities are piled. If this doesn’t work, I am fucked”

It hit me… This is not a joke. This is real. I went back to work and then home #10YearsALearner

I got home and couldn’t sleep. I must have composed 4 text messages saying I was not interested. This was the adventure I was looking for but the gravity of failure was too much. I was 21. This was a huge responsibility and its either you are fully in or out #10YearsALearner

I didn’t sleep that night… I walked into the office the next day… sat on my desk for over an hour and wrote my resignation letter. It was the scariest thing. But I did it. 1 month later after the handing over period was done. I joined @d_angrymob #10YearsALearner

Now @d_angrymob is a G! I learnt so much from him. Obinna had the street on lock. He had access to DJs… OAPs… You needed to see Obinna work. And you couldn’t tell Obinna @MI_Abaga wasn’t the shit and the toilet! him fit beat you that year for misyarning #10YearsALearner

@d_angrymob taught me how to maneuver the industry. Very blunt guy but he was the biggest @mi_abaga supporter EVER! Obinna also had and still has an ear for good music and he is blunt… I needed to be his friend. #10YearsALearner

At the time @MI_Abaga lived in one of the rooms in @DJINEE’s 3 bedroom house in Palmgrove… So the studio, the living room, the bedroom was THAT room. The first day MI invited me and played music. I never wanted to leave. I was blown away #10YearsALearner

As we continued… things got a little tougher. Transportation became difficult and I would sometimes stay at @DJINEE’s house until morning cos… no transport lol. But we were determined. #10YearsALearner

I must say this… at the time @MI_Abaga was recording the #TalkAboutIt Album, he already had 2 albums in the works, one of it was an album called #ONE

Guys! I would work for MI for free if he decides to release that album. Genius!!!!! #10YearsALearner

It’s such a massively creative album that no one was allowed to have it lol… @MI_Abaga once mistakenly burned it onto an empty cd and as it came out he broke the cd… yup! It was that serious 😂 #10YearsALearner

Hanging out with @MI_Abaga @Jessejagz and @Iceprincezamani was musical heaven. I had Never experiences anything like that… and I used to rap. This was something else. It was amazing. #10YearsALearner

When @MI_Abaga released safe… no one antipated the feedback we got. It was massive. The video shoot was at @bodylawson studios in Ikeja. The trips ehn… so we get True Religion jeans (Aba version) and then we needed a white V neck shirt. #10YearsALearner

Guys… I looked for this thing down to Palmgrove bus stop from Ikeja and took okada back to the studio. We had nothing but we were ready to do the work. Everything legal to make this work. The video was a hit. Everyone sang alone #10YearsALearner

@MI_Abaga enjoyed walking out to buy food or tooth paste etc himself… but as Safe got more popular it got harder. It got worse when we released the album #TalkAboutIt Things were changing and I was about to experience something new. Being around fame. #10YearsALearner

@d_angrymob eventually left. What I never said to him which I will say now was bro… you made it look easy. I realised more and more how difficult this job was… is. @MI_Abaga went from buying his own food to having issues going to the movies. Famous. #10YearsALearner

So we were getting famous but the money didn’t match… @Audu had a plan. I remember @MTVBaseAfrica MAMAs In 2008. Audu introduced me to @cecilhammond and I thought he snubbed me. He didn’t. He was working. #10YearsALearner

When @mi_abaga released #TalkAboutIt was around the same period @wandecoal’s #Mushin2Mohits album dropped. 2 epic albums. But we didn’t have the kind of budget Mohits had… but we no gree MI and Wande headlined almost every show in 2009! #10YearsALearner

First was the Glo tour then Etisalat easy click tour… I saw first hand the power of collaboration. Me, Nana (@wandecoal manager at the time), @eLDeeTheDon and Sola, Tunde who managed @thereal_ZEEZ at the time, @segundemuren or @BankyW

Talking about @BankyW the first day we met was on a trip to Jos and he found it very funny that I had 2 first names… he made a lot of jokes… A lot! 😂 #10YearsALearner

I remember our first paid London show… #NotsAndSwags @MI_Abaga I think that was our first 1M Naira show. 😂😂 I was running around so much I missed my flight… jumped on a Qatar flight no thanks to a lying staff and missed the whole show 😂😂😂 #10YearsALearner

That’s when I met @IamBellaKush Kemi and the girls and made some new friends. I walked in Primak and thought I bought the store 😂😂😂😂 #10YearsALearner

On that London trip I met @DJABASS @AyoShonaiya and many other people who became mentors and advisers. People I coupled and admired. #10YearsALearner

The Notes and Swag event was organised by Mr 24 himself Mr. Eyitayo (pls tag him… I only have his Instagram handle) #10YearsALearner

2009 was the year everything really changed… will be back to tell that story in a bit! #10YearsALearner

In 2009, I truly understood the meaning of travelling… by 2008, I had only flown 2ice in my life… with @MI_Abaga we were travelling almost every week. Sometimes, 3 shows in 2 days. One time we did PH to Abuja back to PH in one day. Madness! #10YearsALearner

Everything was going great! Then I got an offer. A job offer. I was 22. The offer was more money than I had ever been offered before. I called @Audu and he said “You should take it…” but I think I hurt @MI_Abaga and to be honest. I was I didn’t take that job #10YearsALearner

I remember @Audu @Y_A_H_A_Y_A Paul and @MI_Abaga praying for me and @MohChoc in Kenya after MI had just won 2 awards at the 2009 MAMAs. I came back to Lagos and took the job… and quit on the first day. But things were no longer the same #10YearsALearner

2009 also taught how some agencies made money… too much money. But I also saw how they cheated so many of us. It was crazy… shout out @eLDeeTheDon he called some people out 😂

December 2009 was my first experience of the December rush… there were days we did 3 shows and had to be up to do 2 the next day. That was the y at I kicked into over drive #10YearsALearner

Let me tell you guys about 2010!!! #10YearsALearner

So 2010.. I met @ShowDemCamp @kingluu through Bobby Taylor… in 2009 Bobby handle PR for @MI_Abaga and we fought a couple times but Bukky has always had my back. Still does. Shout out Femi Ogundipe and Tolu Williams Banana Island days were epic #10YearsALearner

@ShowDemCamp @kingluu had too much music… as in Hip hop. Dope hip hop. I was excited to meet them then they started playing music… from mixtape songs to original songs. We had to put them all out! I had heard of SDC before… #10YearsALearner

When I was @MI_Abaga’s manager, he came home one and talked about a song he had just recorded. He talked about his verse on a song. it was a song called #Dreamer

By the time they shot that video, I was @ShowDemCamp @kingluu manager. Life is interesting isn’t it #10YearsALearner

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Written by Prince Simeon

Goldenchyld is the Head Publicist and Blogger at Hypestation Nigeria. He has interest that cuts across lifestle, tech, music and other things that affect everyday living. Follow him on Twitter @goldenchylduno and @goldenchyld_ on Instagram


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