Canada's biggest city, Toronto, will on this weekend play host to emerging and established artists, promoters and business partners in the African-Canadian entertainment industry - in the maiden African Entertainment Awards Canada (AEAC) slated for tomorrow (Saturday September 10).
According to information posted on the official AEAC website, the AE Awards "celebrates cutting edge developments and forward thinkers shaping the future of African entertainment industry. Thereby honouring, innovations, entrepreneurship and brand development."
The AE Awards will take place at the popular Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theater at York University, where Kunle currently studies Bio-Chemistry. The Awards will be hosted by two of African-Canadian best known personalities within the African Diaspora community, MC Bonde (also known as Voice of Africa) and Linda Osifo (Miss Money Gram).
AE Awards Canada is a brainchild of Stash House Entertainment, founded by one of Nigerian fast-emerging entrepreneur, Kunle Adekale - also the inspiration behind All For Love Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on supporting less privileged kids in Africa.
Ambitious, practical and an optimist, K-Money as popularly referred to by friends and fans is loved by many. The prospective bio-chemist turned promoter says his passion for the entertainment industry is driven by African pride - to help raise the profile of African entertainment industry, especially in Canada.
Kunle is quite aware of his status and the challenges that come with success in the show biz.
"There are times you get criticized or feel like people don't really appreciate what you are doing...But there are more people who believe in me, and certainly encourage than discourage me," he said.
On his rising profile as an entertainment promoter, the soft spoken entrepreneur said, "I don't see myself as a role model, but as a living proof to many young Africans out there that they can achieve there aims and become what they want to be.