The Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian television music station, HipTV (on DSTV), Ayo Animashaun marks his 46th birthday today, March 17th, 2015 as celebrities joined him at his office to celebrate with him.
Ayo Animashaun is known for his immense contribution to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment industry. He is also the CEO of Smooth Promotions, the entertainment firm behind Nigeria’s most prestigious awards, Headies Awards, which is held annually in honor of artistes’ (singer, rapper, new act and music producer) outstanding performance for the year.
The contributions of Ayo Animashaun (who also doubles as the CEO of popular Hip Hop World Magazine) to Nigerian entertainment has been recognized in various ways. For examle, in October 2013, Ayo Animashaun was listed as one of the most influential people in the Nigerian entertainment industry by The Net Magazine. He was also listed amongst the 115 most powerful people in the Nigerian entertainment industry in January, 2014 by Redsheet Magazine.
The most enviable milestone he has achieved so far is the launch of his HipTv channel on DSTV on 5th November, 2013 after running it as a show once a week on Africa Independent Television (AIT) in 2005.
Ayo Animshaun took to his instagram to post pictures of surprises from his friends and colleagues such as DJ Jimmy Jatt, Kcee, Julius Agwu, Tee-A Comedian. He also made it clear his good friend DJ Jimmy Jatt was at his office as early as 6 a.m to celebrate with him. He wrote;
It’s not everyday @djjimmyjatt wakes up by 6am to come to your office 5p show some love. Thanks @goldmynetv #feelblessed.
Then he wrote this;
So you guys succeeded in surprising the mayor of surprise himself. Wole Oyekan. @teeacomedian @iam_kcee @juliusagwu1 @djjimmyjatt.