Love him or hate it, Joey Akan has undoubtedly become a force to reckon with in Nigeria and to some extent, the pan-African music and entertainment landscape. The award-winning journalist who has ties with Pulse Nigeria, Universal Music and most recently The Conversation has kickstarted his own newsletter publication – Afrobeats Inelligence.
As the internet becomes more congested and users are in search of niche sources of high quality information, Joey’s AI (as it will be fondly known) comes at a right time when African music is garnering waves in international markets.
The controversial journalist is known for his hot takes and uncensored opinions on Africa’s budding music and culture ecosystems. His stories have been published on New York Times, Okayafrica, CNN, the Fader, Quartz and other prominent publications.
On the debut edition, Joey covers the recent fuss around record label contracts, the Vibe economy – a phenomenon used to describe collaboration between creatives and an interview with entertainment executive Lucas Jay. It’s such a refreshing and insightful read. Just like TechCabal’s daily newsletter, Afrobeat Intelligence is another factual and reliable source to keep an eye on.