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Why I Shot The Legendary Show –Ayo Alaba

Posted: Jul 18, 2015 at 12:52 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ayo Alaba Idowu is the CEO of Glass House Entertainment. He has created many television contents, one of which is The Legendary Show which he is also the Producer and Director of. In a chat with Hazeez Balogun, he talks about his vision for Television in Nigeria and his shows.

What inspired “The Legendary Show”?

Ayo Alaba

Ayo Alaba

It was the desire to meet a need gap. We thought that certain personalities should be remembered, celebrated and honoured because they have through their various industries, contributed immensely to nation building, national unity, culture preservation, talent and economic development. The Legendary Show is the platform we have created to meet that need. We felt that if we celebrated such people, we can get a lot more people to contribute even more and Africa will be a better place.

What will set The Legendary Show apart from other shows? 

First, it has a set that has got usual creative depth. Again, it has a huge external value with a peculiarity that is first in the world. It is amazing when you see a legend stamp his own footprint on the show and has it carved out for him to take home in gold.

Do you mean no two footprints or handprints given on the show are the same? 

Absolutely, every footprint is unique and very personal to every legend. What we did on the show is not make-believe, it is actually real.  I am imagining the timeless value of such footprints. Many years from now, when these legends eventually pass on, each footprint will be that part of them that they leave behind asides the memories in our hearts. It is something the world will come together to look at because it goes beyond a physical relationship; each footprint will have a spiritual connection to its owner. This is the first time in the world this has been done.

As the producer of “The Legendary Show”, what were your major challenges?

Running away from mediocrity was the first major challenge.  I have a philosophy that states, ‘If it’s not excellent, then it’s not good’. So I had to ensure that everyone on the team was driven towards achieving excellence. Another challenge is the financial part. A show like The Legendary Show is a huge project that we had set out to achieve without sponsors. In this part of the world, it is usually difficult for sponsors to picture and relate with a creative idea until you actually bring it out, especially when it’s something you have not done before.

What other contents have you produced?

Interestingly, for television, we just started not too long ago. This year alone, Glass House Entertainment has done five television contents in six months which I both produced and directed. We have done Hope234 which is airing right now on one of the African Magic channels. We also did The Survivor Show which is another very big content that Africa should watch out for in a couple of weeks. We started filming The Proposal Show just last month. I must say, it is one of the most challenging and creative contents I’ve seen anywhere. I think Africa should really watch out for that too.

Where do you see Glass House Entertainment in the future?

In 5 years, the biggest Integrated Media and Entertainment Company in Africa. In 10 years, One of the biggest integrated media and entertainment companies in the world.