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Meet Emmanuel Akintunde, The Nightlife Entrepreneur That Works With Drake And Martin Garrix

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Emmanuel Akintunde is the Managing Director and co-founder of GF Entertainment, a boutique entertainment company providing A-list celebrity artists/rappers for UHNWIs worldwide. Once an actor for 7 years, he reached a crossroads where he had to make a decision as to whether to continue acting or go full throttle with the company he had recently set up at the time - he chose the latter and as they say, the rest is history!

What made you want to start GF entertainment?

I started GF Entertainment in 2014, providing entertainment to corporate, private and high-profile events in the United Kingdom with the aim to bring something unique to the marketplace.

By request, we started providing A-list celebrity artists, DJ's and rappers for UHNWI's (Ultra High Net Worth Individuals) worldwide - starting in the South of France for super yacht captains and owners.

Last year, we launched a new division providing VIP and hospitality packages for premium international events such as the Oscars, as well as concerts and non-ticketed events.

 Who are 5 entertainers you haven't worked with yet that you would like to work with?  


Anthony Joshua 

Roger Federer

Kevin Hart

Rolling Stones

 Where do you see yourself and GF in 10 years?  

 In 10 years, I see GF as a household name in the UHNWI community. Being able to constantly deliver for our clients is one of the paramount things we pride ourselves in - to be doing this in the next 10, 20, 30 years and beyond is the dream.                  

 Every entrepreneur goes through challenges,trials and tribulations,What are/were yours?  

 Oh yes most definitely! We went through ours! Ours was building the trust of our potential clients. As a new company coming into such a marketplace, building a reputation that people can trust was difficult. Also managing the company and being an actor, at the time, lead me to making a decision of leaving the acting world  to concentrate 110% on the company!  

How did you go about building relationships with these big entertainers and events?

 Through years of building! I used to be actor and that was a good stepping stone.  

 All industries are being disrupted by technology and social Media, how do you see the future of the events and nightlife industry and how it will be disrupted?  

It’s actually not disrupting us, it is enabling us! A lot of our clients now contact us via Instagram to make inquiries, instead of traditional email. If companies are not on social media, especially companies in the events and nightlife industry, then you are really missing out! Technology and social media, from my perspective, really should not be disrupting our industries, it should enhance. It’s up to us to be one step ahead and use these “disruptions” to our advantage.  

Do you see yourself venturing out into other businesses or industries in the near future?  

At the moment, I think I will be sticking with GFE for the long run. More so sticking to the entertainment industry!  

Finally your favorite quote?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson.

Emmanuelle's Advice For You: Stay Focused, Be Consistent And Persistent And Always Make Sure You Deliver! You Are Only As Good As Your Last Gig!  

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