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Philip Trimnell… The Pioneer Musical Video Producer in Nigeria

Philip Trimnell is the son of Late Col. Rudolf Trimnell (Rtd0 of the Nigerian Army Supply and Transport Corps from Aboh in Delta State.  Philip Trimnell was a student of St. Gregory College, Obalende Lagos State and later moved to Loyola College, Ibadan to complete his Secondary School Education.  He proceeded to the University of Ibadan for his first degree in Theartre Arts and later travelled to America to do his Masters Degree at Loyola University also in Theater Arts.  The first Musical Video produced by Philip Trimnell was a group known as Ecstasy.

A group consists of Stella and Roy of the Bruce’s family, songs written by Phillip Trimnell and produced by Gregory Wright for Ben Bruce Records.  The Musical Video was shot in Los Angeles before Ben Murray Bruce and Philip Trimnell returned to Nigeria in 1983 to set up their business in Nigeria.  The record was marketed by Polygram Records.

During the preview of the record by the Management of the Polygram Records, they fell in love with the aesthetic quality of the Musical Video as a result Philip Trimnell was contracted for the production of all the Musical Video Productions from the stables of Polygram Records.  The first record produced in Nigeria by Philip Trimnell was Bob Living Star and others follow such as Elli Obasi, Osamoyore Joseh, The Mandators, Ras Kimono, Onyeka Owenu, Oby Onyioha, Uche Ibeto, Evi-Edna Ogholy, Endy Ikeji,  Maurine Ejezie, Adu Deme, Jambos Express, all from the stables of Polygram Records. Later other Artistes from EMI are: Chris Hanen, Cecily Omohinmi, Sonny Okosun, Mike Okri, Felix Liberty to mention but a few.  Mr. Chris Blackwell Ikumapayi was the Administrator / Project Co-ordinator of Philip Trimnell Productions Limited at that time.  Philip Trimnell Productions Limited currently runs Music Africa Musical Video Program in the Network Service of Sylverbird Television from 12 Noon to 2.00pm daily from Mondays to Fridays.

Chris Blackwell Ikumapayi

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