Audu Maikori is a Nigerian Lawyer and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chocolate City Entertainment, and is well known in Nigeria as a former Idol series judge.
In 2001, Maikori and business partner Paul Okeugo formed the Guild of Artistes and Poets – a non-profit arts society aimed at encouraging creativity in Abuja which has held art exhibitions along with collaborations with the French Cultural Centre.
A member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, the Nigerian Bar Association and International Bar Association (IBA), Maikori cut his teeth as an Associate with the litigation-inclined firm of Chief Afe Babalola SAN & Co. and worked thereafter as Legal Advisor to Leasing Company of Nigeria (a subsidiary of Bank of Industry), and company secretary of Abuja Markets Management Limited (a subsidiary of Abuja Investment and Property company) before the age of 30.He is currently a Senior Partner with Law Allianz a firm of legal practitioners based in Lagos and Abuja and had handled the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project, Abuja Mass Transit project, as well as the legal and regulatory framework for mass transit in Kano.
In 2006, Maikori was appointed Senior Legal consultant with CPCS Transcom International, a Canadian infrastructure firm, where he worked on the legal and regulatory aspects of key privatisation transactions including the Nigeria Ports Authority, Nigerian Railway Corporation, unbundling and privatisation of PHCN.
He represented Nigeria in the UNIDROIT Sub-Committee of governmental experts for the preparation of a preliminary draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Space Assets in 2005.
In May 2007, Maikori co-organized the first ever Nigerian International Music Summit aimed at establishing a legal/regulatory framework for the Nigerian music industry in March 2007.
Over 400 music industry stakeholders drawn from all over Nigeria attended the event.
His belief in the creative industries of Nigeria and Africa made him a spokesperson and mentor for many youth in and around Nigeria.
Maikori has received both local and international commendations for his work in developing the youth including being invited to Albania in 2008 to deliver a keynote speech at a seminar organized by the Albania Ministry of Youth and Employment, Minister of culture and British Council.
In 2010, Maikori was part of the Enough is Enough campaign which saw thousands of Nigerians protest against issues ranging from infrastructure failings, fuel shortages and power blackouts that reflected badly on the government’s effort to provide the basic amenities for its citizens.
On The 13th of February 2012 Audu Maikori was appointed a member of the Presidential committee on the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme.
In May 2012 Maikori was elected to serve as a member of the board of COSON.
COSON was given the certificate of approval by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to be Nigeria’s sole government licensed collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings.
In September 2010 Maikori was made a judge of the first series of Nigerian Idol alongside Nigerian singer Yinka Davies and American singer/dancer Jeffrey Daniel.
Maikori received a special judges commendation at the finale of the International Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year where he beat nine other countries to win the global award in June 2007.
On 19 March 2011, he was recognized by City People Magazine for his outstanding contribution to the Nigerian music industry.