Film Producer

Ayo Shonaiya

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Age 55
Birthday December 61968
Birth Sign Sagittarius
City England
Country England
Profession Film Producer

Ayo Shonaiya is a famous Film Producer, born on December 6, 1968 in United Kingdom. As of December 2022, Ayo Shonaiya’s net worth is $5 Million. He represented many of Nigeria’s and Fuji’s top R&B and pop artists, including pop star D’banj and King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal 1.

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Ayo Shonaiya Biography

Film and music producer who became the Chairman/CEO of R70 Media Group or RMG in the UK. After a brief period in Los Angeles California after college, he returned to London in 1992 to make films for a living, but instead he enrolled at the University of Westminster Law School in 1993 to train as a lawyer. In his final year of Law School, he wrote, produced, directed and acted in his first feature film More Blessing about a dubious Nigerian Pastor in London..

He had five children with his wife Moriamo Shonaiya. He grew up with five siblings.

In 1997 Shonaiya chose to concentrate on a film career and in that year he made and starred in the film King of my Country, playing a Nigerian who travelled to London to work menial jobs but soon turned to fraud. The film was the inspiration for the song King of my Country by Nigerian artiste Sound Sultan, which was later remixed featuring Wyclef Jean.

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In 1999 while shooting a documentary about K1 De Ultimate and also working as his legal consultant, Ayo Shonaiya was invited by the musician to be part of his team full-time. He agreed and signed a contract to become K1 De Ultimate’s International Manager and his first job was to promote a Christmas “comeback” concert in London in December of that year. From there he was tasked to co-promote a full UK Tour with Biyi Adepegba of Joyful Noise and subsequently a tour of the United States (and Canada) with a 17 piece band the following year. As International Manager, he would eventually tour the world with Kwam 1 and full band 3 times in almost 4 years, recording 5 albums in that period.

Ayo Shonaiya Net Worth

Ayo Shonaiya is one of the richest Film Producer & listed on most popular Film Producer. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Ayo Shonaiya‘s net worth $5 Million.

Net Worth $5 Million
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Source of Income Film Producer
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He studied film and video at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

In 1999 while shooting a documentary about K1 De Ultimate and also working as his legal consultant, Ayo Shonaiya was invited by the musician to be part of his team full-time. He agreed and signed a contract to become K1 De Ultimate’s International Manager and his first job was to promote a Christmas “comeback” concert in London in December of that year. From there he was tasked to co-promote a full UK Tour with Biyi Adepegba of Joyful Noise and subsequently a tour of the United States (and Canada) with a 17 piece band the following year. As International Manager, he would eventually tour the world with Kwam 1 and full band 3 times in almost 4 years, recording 5 albums in that period.

In 1999 he wrote, directed and starred in his third feature film Spin. The film shoot was halted after 3 weeks when the original lead actress couldn’t continue due to illness. There was a break of another 6 weeks before a replacement lead actress was found. British/Nigerian actress Caroline Chikezie was cast in her first starring role in Spin, which also featured Chebe Azih, Deborah Asante and Femi Houghton with the soundtrack by British/Nigerian soul singer Ola Onabule. Spin was the first film by a Nigerian to be premiered in a cinema in the West End of London at the inaugural BFM International Film Festival in 1999. Spin was nominated for Best New Director at the 2001 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and also for the MICA Prize at the FESPACO in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in the same year.

In the year 2001, Ayo Shonaiya came across the trio of Eldee, Freestyle and Kaboom, young Nigerian rappers in a group called the Trybesmen. Although he was still contracted to Kwam 1, he took a liking to the Trybesmen and started managing them informally and supporting their causes. He once said in an interview “The Trybesmen and Da Trybe were like my children, I was using my manager’s percentage money from Wasiu to fund their videos”. The Trybesmen videos for Plenty Nonsense and Oya (by Da Trybe) were directed by him. Ayo Shonaiya would subsequently work with and/or manage the careers of the Trybesmen (and members of the Da Trybe such as Dr SID, Sasha and 2Shotz) over a period of 3 years. Ayo and Trybe leader Eldee the Don later reunited in Atlanta US as the latter produced his solo album Return of the King.

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In 2004, Ayo Shonaiya took relatively unknown artiste D’banj, and producer Don Jazzy, under his wing to develop and manage their early careers. D’banj’s first album No Long Thing was produced by Don Jazzy and a strategic plan was drawn up to propel the duo into superstardom. One of the tracks on the album was titled Tongolo with the chorus line “make I tell dem the Koko” (D’banj would later nickname himself the Kokomaster). In December 2004 Tongolo video was filmed in Lagos Nigeria, and in January 2005, the video was premiered as a World exclusive on the Intro live program with DJ Abass interviewing D’banj and Ayo Shonaiya directing the show. The Tongolo album was subsequently launched in the UK to rave reviews and was marketed in Nigeria by T-Joe. Soon after, Ayo Shonaiya negotiated an unprecedented deal with Obaino Records in Nigeria to pay D’banj for a video remix album based on potential sales. The video/documentary Tongolo Remix (directed by DJ Tee and produced by R70 World) was released in 2005.

Ayo Shonaiya Height

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Facts & Trivia

Ranked on the list of most popular Film Producer. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in United Kingdom. Ayo Shonaiya celebrates birthday on December 6 of every year.

After coming off a world tour with Fuji musician Kwam 1, Ayo Shonaiya was invited by his friend Alistair Soyode to help set up and produce original programs for a new television venture, the first black owned TV station in the UK called Bright Entertainment Network (BEN Television). He signed a 2-year contract to produce programs for the station’s 24-hour schedule and also as Programs Director to seek and acquire programs from other sources for broadcast. In the 2 years (2003–2005) his company R70 World was responsible for 70% of the station’s activity including programs, spin off events and media.

In 2005, Ayo made his fourth feature film in London, writing and directing the film Good Evening, which was produced by Nollywood star Jim Iyke

In 2006, Ayo Shonaiya went to Cross River State, Nigeria, to co-direct a reality TV show called Creative Academii. The contestant who came second was a young student called Michael Ojo (later renamed Michael Word). Ayo Shonaiya introduced Michael to producer Puffy T to record some tracks (one of those tracks was Who Am I by Nigerian actor Jim Iyke featuring 2face Idibia), and also took Michael on Tour to Abuja, Accra Ghana and to the United Kingdom.

Ayo Shonaiya parted ways with D’banj and Don Jazzy amicably in 2006 and the duo went on to greater successes with their record label Mo’ Hits Records until its dissolution in 2012.

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