The Beatz Awards is set to honour entertainment veterans Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye. The godfathers of Nigerian music, Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye, aka Keke & D1 respectively are household names in the Nigerian music industry. They have championed the business of entertainment with phenomenal contributions as veteran producers and all-encompassing showbiz personalities. Apart from being accomplished broadcasters and showbiz gurus, it is widely believed that the duo resuscitated the music industry with the release of Shakomor, by the now defunct De Remedies in the late 1990s, courtesy of the media machines of RayPower FM, African Independent Television (AIT) and later Prime Time Africa.
From Tuface to Tony Tetula, Eedris Abdul Kareem to Oritsefemi, the list is endless as they have built the careers of many artistes and shaped the industry, and by extension determined the sound Nigerians listen to due to the immense influence they wield.
Kehinde Ogungbe alias Keke Ogungbe, came into the limelight with the popular TV programme, AIT Jamz, which he co-presented with D1 after returning to Nigeria from the US at the inception of DAAR Communications Limited, owners of RayPower FM and AIT, following his invitation by its Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi, in the late 1990s. Ogungbe, founded Kennis Music which helped drive the Afro hip hop revolution that has morphed into Nigeria’s contemporary sound today. In December 2012, he was appointed Managing Director of RayPower FM and FAAJI 106.5 FM. He is also the co-presenter of PrimeTime Entertainment Africa with D1.
Popularly known as D1, Dayo Adeneye was also discovered by the Chairman of DAAR Communications Limited, Raymond Dokpesi. He became a household name via the popular programme, AIT Jamz. Also a celebrated broadcaster, Dayo garnered a lot of experience while studying in Los Angeles, USA, and this was instrumental in driving Nigerian music when he returned to the country in the late 1990s.
D1 has won numerous awards and he is still very influential in the Nigerian music industry even as a part owner of PrimeTime Africa. He is equally co-CEO with Keke at Kennis Music.