Spanky Manolo: Meet the international Hype Man
Patrick Osagie , popularly known as Spanky Manolo by his teeming fans made this known shortly after winning an all-expense-paid trip to London, where he got the chance to watch Manchester United battle West Ham United in a Premier League encounter courtesy of Premium brand, Guinness Nigeria in the #FansMadeOfMore experience.In his words, “the entertainment industry is a tough place and it takes passion to succeed in this industry. I am passionate about this industry and that is something that keeps me going” he said.
Speaking on his journey into the entertainment industry, Spanky Manolo who has hyped on stage at major events with A-list acts like Burna Boy, HarrySong, Naeto C, Rayce, Sauce Kid, YCEE and other top musical artistes said hyping is something that comes to him naturally.Early LifeSpanky Manolo was born and raised in Surulere, Lagos which is known for producing great musical talents like Wizkid, Simi, and the late OJB Jezreel. It was on the street of Surulere that Spanky Manolo first developed his interest and passion for Hip Hop and the entertainment industry as a whole.Spanky started and completed his primary education at Labo Memorial Primary School, Adesina Ijesha Surulere Lagos and finished his secondary school education at Imola Comprehensive.He thereafter proceeded to the prestigious Benson Idahosa University, Benin where he bagged a B. Sc in Mass Communication.The fire of entertainment in Spanky was fully ignited during his time as an undergraduate. Spanky participated in several entertainment activities like dance, acting & modeling. He also did a couple of photoshoots for Signature Clothing and Big Ben Kelani.Having discovered his passion and determined to build his brand, Spanky decided to start a career in the entertainment industry. He started by working as Public Relations personnel at clubs in Benin and Lagos. His sojourn took him to clubs such as Club Oxygen, Club Indigo, Club Linxx, Sweet 16 Bar, illumina Lounge, and Club Nuvonia to mention a few.As an all-round consummate entertainment personality, Spanky delved into broadcasting in 2013 when he worked at Vibes 92.7 FM Benin hosting a Top 10 Hip – hop Countdown show.
Sojourn into the world of musicIn preparation for his dominance of the entertainment industry, Spanky who is a stickler for perfection and excellence moved to South Africa to explore and develop himself as a hype man/event host. During his sojourn in the rainbow country, Spanky completed a Music Business Master Class at the South Africa Institute, Capetown.He moved back to Lagos in 2015 and launched his entertainment, A&R and artist promotion company called iBango Entertainment.
Life as a hype man is interesting- SpankySpanky, the official hype man for Amnesia Night Life currently hosts the famous Industry Nite, a weekly event which provides a platform for upcoming talents in the Nigerian music industry and celebrates key players in the entertainment Industry said life as a hype man is interesting.
“In Lagos, there are so many hype men that are just hype men, but I’m a hype man with a difference. Even if you don’t attend Industry Night regularly, after meeting me as the host you would change your mind and become a regular baller” he said.
The roll call of events that he has worked on is very impressive. He has been part of major events like Calabar Festival, Gidi Cookout, Olamide Live in Concert (OLIC), WizKid Live in Concert -Abuja, Hennessy Privilege Night, Jack Daniels BBQ & Grill Day Party, Remy At the Club, Glenfiddich Mavericks Night to mention a few. He has hyped on stage at major events with A-list acts like Naeto C, Rayce, Burna Boy, Sauce Kid, Harrysong, YCEE, and other performing acts.
Spanky’s popularity and exploit is not limited to Nigeria. He is also a household name in major West African countries, South Africa and globally. He has graced big stages in Ghana and The United Arab Emirates in sold-out shows like the Gidi Vibes show at Twist Night Club in Accra, Ghana and the Fantome Friday Closing Party at the prestigious Kiza in Dubai. Also, he hosts a weekly entertainment news on The Beat London 103.6FMin the United Kingdom.Spanky is a huge music lover who listens and appreciates almost every genre of music; his music library “Fuel” has some of the most random tracks imaginable.