Kenny Ogungbe

Kenny Ogungbe
Founder, Kennis Music and Kennis FM 104.1 Radio

It would hardly be possible to talk about entertainment revolution in Nigeria without a generous mention of one man who has played a significant role in shaping not just the industry and building institutions, but also the careers of many of the stars of entertainment in the country.

Dr. Kehinde Ogungbe, known more by the name of Kenny Keke Ogungbe, is almost everything about entertainment rolled into one. He is a disc jockey, music promoter, record label owner, radio and television presenter, journalist and media owner. To say that he has gone round all the facets of entertainment using the electronic medium would tantamount to an understatement.

Ogungbe shot onto the entertainment scene when used the platform of Ray Power, Nigeria’s first private radio station, to lift entertainment to a height not seen before in the country. For many years, he and his partner, Dayo Adeneye, a.k.a. D1, held radio listeners spellbound with scintillating musical entertainment that made the station the preferred choice in Lagos and its environs, literally shutting government radio stations out of the airwaves.

With the establishment of Africa Independent Television, the duo shifted attention to television entertainment with AIT Jamz, playing the latest musical videos of Nigerian and foreign musicians, with live interviews as part of the package. They later rechristened the programme Primetime Jamz, and then Primetime Africa. The programme has helped to expose Nigerian artistes to the international audience, using the platform of AIT, which is on DSTV.

Ogungbe went beyond hosting musical shows on television to set up a recording company, Kennis Music, which provided the platform for the discovery and nurturing of budding singers who would become stars. They include The Remedies, Tony Tetuila, Eedris Abdulkareem, Sound Sultan, Tuface and Oritse Femi, and other notable names.

The icing on the cake for Ogugnbe’s highly successful career in electronic media was the establishment of his radio station, Kennis Radio 104.1 FM in 2016. The establishment of the station itself was a study in patience and perseverance, as he had to wait for 18 years to obtain the license.

Ogungbe began his career in the media with the Nigerian Television Authority Channel 12, Abeokuta, as a production assistant. He later joined Ogun Radio, where he had the opportunity to be involved in music presentation, which helped to ignite his passion for music. He joined Ray Power as a pioneer staff in 1993, as an assistant general manager, rising to the position of managing director in 2012.

In just under two years, his Kennis FM Radio has made a name for itself in Lagos, where about 30 radio stations battle daily for the ears of listeners.

Ogungbe has won several accolades for his invaluable contributions to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment industry. But the one that stands out, which presumable means more to him, is the award of Pillar of Youth Development bestowed on him by no less a personality than the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Olaja II, for the positive impact he has made on the lives of thousands of youths in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.