Fellowship Year: 2017
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: CEO
Organisation: Chocolate City Music & Entertainment Company


Job Title: CEO

Organisation: Chocolate City Music & Entertainment Company

Professional History: Jude “MI” Abaga is the Chief Executive of Chocolate City Music & Entertainment Company; one of Africa’s largest indigenous record labels and also a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. He believes that entertainment can help address the unemployment problem in Africa by harnessing talent to generate wealth for the citizens. Under his leadership, as the first “artist turned executive” of the label, Jude has been able to establish multiple labels under Chocolate City to create music for different target markets.

Jude is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador with UNODC. An accomplished rapper and all-around musician, he has amassed over 70 local and global awards and nominations including Best New Act-MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 and Best Rap Album (The Chairman) - The Headies 2015.

He is admired for mentoring up-and-coming artists and giving numerous producers and artists their first big break. Jude was born in Nigeria and grew up In Jos, Plateau state, to a pastor father and a home-maker mother.

Academic and professional credentials: Degree in Economics and Business at Calvin College, Michigan, USA



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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.