ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK- ABDUL – RAHEEM AGORO KESINGTON – RADIO AMBASSADOR

Ras Rah (aka Abdul-Raheem Agoro) was born and raised in Lagos –Nigeria to a Nigerian Father and Jamaican Mother. He attended Corona Nursery and Primary School Ikoyi and the International School University of Ibadan (I.S.I) for his secondary education. In 1993 he sojourned to the U.K to further his education. He studied Economic at the London Metropolitan University and International Finance at the University of Brighton. He also gained valuable corporate work experience while a student and up until after graduation within the u.k banking industry, working his way up from a back office job to a Corporate account management officer.

Ras Rah or Rah as his is fondly called was born into the entertainment world, from an early age he was active with the (N.W.I.A) Nigerian West Indian Association at the West Indian Carnivals held at T.B.S- Lagos in the 80’s. This period coupled with frequent trips to Jamaica with his family got his ears in-tuned into the sounds of the Caribbean; calypso, mento, soca and reggae (roots, lover rock, dancehall, culture beat, dub, dub-step, jungle, ragga etc). Rah is a music lover and has an eclectic taste in music, other genres that excite him include: hip-hop, RnB, soul, afro-beat and all new age genres of music from across the globe. He attributes his eclectic taste and keen interest in music to his: parents, older cousins, uncles, travels and upbringing within the West Indian Caribbean Community in Lagos.

During his time in abroad, Ras Rah had the opportunity appreciate music in a more up close and personal manner attending many music concerts and traveling to attend festivals in countries like: France, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. He experienced firsthand the positive impact of reggae/Caribbean music in these nations.

Ras Rah arrived Lagos-Nigeria in 2010 with a mindset to promote and put reggae/dancehall music into mainstream listenership. His impact was first felt with his first job co-presenting a program called “60 minutes of reggae” on popular radio station Classic Fm 97.3. Working as a Freelance radio show host offered him the opportunity of working on multiple radio stations (first of its kind on radio in Lagos). Not long after he also started simultaneously presenting a show called “Reggae1Drop” on Top Radio 90.9 fm. (His emergence on the scene has since resulted in there now being a dedicated reggae show on nearly every radio station within The Lagos Metropolis). Soon after he setup his promotions company “ExodusInity Promotions” and has since gone on to achieve a lot of great things working several foreign and indigenous artists. He currently produces and presents 2 shows on air in Lagos: # Reggae1Drop on Top Radio 90.9 fm and #RadioRaheemShow on www.igrooveradio.com.

In the course of his duty he has interviewed many artists including: Rocky Dawuni (Ghana), Don Carlos (Jamaica), Aima Moses (Dominica), Exile Di Brave (Jamaica), Kabaka Pyramid (Jamaica), Keznamdi(Jamaica) , Kelissa(Jamaica) , Tarrus Riley (Jamaica), Amlak (RedSquare) (Jamaica) , Khalila Rose (Jamaica), Black Rasta (Ghana), Rhymzo (Nigeria) , Benny P (Nigeria), Everton Blender (Jamaica), Mikey General (U.K), Victor Essiet /Mandators (Nigeria), Ras Kimono (Nigeria), Oge Kimono (Germany), Mode 9 (Nigeria), Shank (Nigeria), Warrior King (Jamaica), Cali P (Guadeloupe), Trigga Mad Tonic (Grenada), Nc Dread (South Africa), Black Prophet (Ghana), Lady Flame (Washington D.C) to name a few.

Due to the popularity of his radio shows and maintaining a strong online presence particularly on twitter and facebook Ras Rah has been able to build up a sizable fan base and following in several countries across the globe. Recognizing the value and impact of his works, Ras Rah has built affiliations with several global reggae music industry and other cultural affiliates including: Jaria (Jamaica), Don Green (Sunsplash Productions), Jackey French (Yaada Music Jamaica), Majestic Trends (Kenya), Dj Aljazeera (Ghana), Africa Awakening International (u.k), 9ja Diaspora (U.k), Kenya in the park (U.k) etc.

Ras Rah continues to works closely with several indigenous artists including: Benny p, Marimba, Jah Meek, Benzman and Big man acting more as an agent promoting their music on air and putting their names forward where performance opportunities arise. He has hosted several reggae events including “ROOTED” a monthly Reggae stage show that ran throughout 2014 at the Freedom Park. ROOTED set the pace for the regular reggae stage show platforms that have sprung up since then.

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Festival/ Events participated in:

In 2013 the annual Felabrations festival adopted a Fela Kuti, Bob Marley Theme, Ras Rah of ExodusInity promotions was asked to negotiate the inclusion of one of the Marley brothers as part of the artists line up. Eventually Kymani Marley was booked and performed at the Festival.

Since 2013 Ras Rah has been a permanent feature at the annual Roaring thunder sound international annual stage show working alongside Top Dj’s from New York: Tek9 Sound, King Fargo Sound, Livity Sound and artists Mojo Morgan (20130,Bush man (2014) and I-Octane (2015).

In 2014 Ras Rah also successfully negotiated the inclusion of Don Carlos into the artist line up.

In 2015 Ras Rah was invited by the Nigerian Music Union (PMan) to manage a stage dedicated to indigenous reggae musicians at the 1st Lagos Urban Music Festival held at the Freedom park-Lagos.

In February 2015, Ras Rah conducted a interview on #Reggae1Drop Top Radio 90.9 fm with Jaria Executive Director Charles Campbell as part of the promotion of the annual Reggae Month Festival.

Our Vision at ExodusInity Promotions is to Reunite Africans in Africa and those of African descent in the Diaspora in Africa through socio-economic Cultural/ tourism events in the not too distant future, there by creating a harmonious platform for artists to work together positively for a brighter future .

Raheem “Ras Rah” Agoro

Twitter : @exodusinity

Instagram : exodusinitypromo

Whatsapp: +2347036369906

Email: exodusinitypromo@gmail.com

About TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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