Michael Ugwu, the founder and CEO of Freeme Digital, has been re-elected to the Merlin board for a second term.
Along Ugwu, 11 other board members are returning for another term, while six new members joined the board, as reported by Billboard.
His re-election was made known in a statement by Merlin CEO, Jeremy Sirota, to Billboard made available to BusinessDay on Friday.
Sirota said the organisation “is committed to fostering meaningful, sustainable and value-driven member growth.
Speaking on the mission of the organisation, he said the mission is “to support labels and distributors who invest in artists and their unique cultural contributions. By associating with members who invest in high-quality music around the world, Merlin aims to strengthen its network, while offering unparalleled access and benefits to our members, and enriching the global music landscape.”
On his part, Ugwu expressed gratitude for his re-election, saying, ” I am thrilled to continue representing independent African labels and distributors who choose to leverage Merlin’s unparalleled access to global digital music markets.
“At Freeme Music, we’re dedicated to showcasing Africa’s rich musical heritage. My core objective is to continue to amplify Afrobeats’ presence worldwide, ensuring fair and wider distribution for African music companies. This journey with Merlin reinforces our commitment to bring African music to every corner of the globe”