Obafemi Lasode Listen (born 4 December 1955) is a Nigerian veteran musician, film director and producer, songwriter, music producer, and playwright.[1] He is the chief executive officer of Even-Ezra Nigeria Limited, the stable that produced an award-winning movie titled Sango in 1997.[2][3]

Obafemi Lasode
Born (1955-12-04) 4 December 1955 (age 68)
Alma materBrooklyn College, City University of New York
film producer
Years active1983–present
Notable workSango

Early life


Obafemi Bandele Lasode was born on 4 December 1955 in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria but hails from Abeokuta, a city in Ogun State southwestern Nigeria.[4]

He attended St. Gregory's College at Obalende in Lagos State, where he obtained the West African Senior School Certificate.[5] He later obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business administration from Kogod School of Business, Washington, D.C.[6] Thereafter, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Communication art from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.[7]



He joined the services of Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, New York City, in 1983 as a Promotions Coordinator, where he hosted Sonny Okosuns in 1984 at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.[8]

He produced the African music programme Afrika in Vogue on Radio Nigeria 2, which ran from the first quarter of 1989 for a year.[9] In 1995, he established Afrika 'n Vogue/Even-Ezra Studios.[9]

In 1997, he produced and directed an award-winning African epic titled Sango, a film that was selected to open the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival in 2002.[10] He authored a book titled Television Broadcasting: The Nigerian Experience (1959–1992),[11] currently in use in Nigerian universities.[12]


  • Sango (1997)
  • Mask of Mulumba (1998)
  • Lishabi
  • Tears of Slavery

See also



  1. ^ "Femi Lasode set to raise the bar with Stolen Treasures". The Sun News. 9 March 2014. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Lasode Returns to Nollywood, Builds Nigeria's First Film Village with N25million". Starconnect Media. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  3. ^ Joel E. Tishken; Toyin Falola; Akíntúndé Akínyẹmí, eds. (2009). Ṣàngó in Africa and the African Diaspora. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-0253220943. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ Jonathan Haynes, ed. (2000). Nigerian Video Films. Ohio University Center for International Studies. ISBN 9780896802117. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Femi Lasode speaks on SANGO The legendary Afrikan King at 10". The Nigerian Voice. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  6. ^ Ebere Onwudiwe; Minabere Ibelema, eds. (2003). Afro-optimism: Perspectives on Africa's Advances. Praeger. p. 37. ISBN 9780275975869. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Only advancement of technology can curb piracy -FEMI LASODE". nigeriatell.com. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  8. ^ "About the director — Obafemi Bandele Lasode". African Film Festival New York. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Obafemi Lasode", International Contest 2000 – Artist's Page, A Song For Peace in the World.
  10. ^ "Femi Lasode: Life after Sango". The Punch – Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  11. ^ Obafemi Lasode, Television Broadcasting: The Nigerian Experience (1959–1992), Caltop Publications (Nig.), 1993, ISBN 978-9783165335, at Amazon.
  12. ^ Mahir Saul; Ralph A. Austen, eds. (2010). Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-First Century. Ohio University Press. p. 24. Retrieved 18 January 2015. Television broadcasting: The Nigerian Experience (1959–1992).