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In its culture of resilience stipped in consistency, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) on Thursday, April 22, 2021, rose from its full Board meeting held in the Boardroom of the magnificent COSON House in Ikeja.
The Board, during the meeting, requested the general public to discountenance the malicious campaign of falsehood coordinated by the discredited self-acclaimed factional leader of PMAN, Mr. Pretty Okafor and his cronies against COSON and its leadership with their endless stream of frivolous petitions filled with lies and twisted logic.
The Board of Nigeria’s biggest and most admired copyright collective management organization, also reaffirmed the commitment of COSON to continue to fully defend the constitutional proprietary rights of its thousands of members across Nigeria within the ambit of the law and to continue to maintain 100% transparency and accountability.
The Board thanked lawyers to COSON for their muscular defence of the society against the attempt by jobless fraudsters and charlatans to intimidate COSON licensees with security agents, hijack the Nigerian music industry and to turn the industry to their new gold mine and Nigerian musicians to their new “mugus”.
All COSON lawyers, consultants and licensing officers all over the country were also directed by the Board to ensure that everyone owing money to COSON for the deployment of musical works and sound recordings in the COSON repertoire be made to pay up forthwith or face full legal consequences.
The Board re-asserted its full confidence and that of thousands of COSON members across Nigeria, in the leadership of the COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, whom they as “a brilliant mind, democratically chosen, tried, tried again, tested, tested again and never found wanting” and thanked him for his unequaled sacrifice in the promotion and defence of the Nigerian creative industry.
The five hour meeting was attended by almost every member of the Board from across the country, including the Afro-Juju superstar and newly ordained Bishop of Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Sir Shina Peters, renowned gospel Minister, Kenny St Best, multi-talented MC, comedian and music star, Koffi Idowu-Nuel, celebrated drummer and producer, Mr. Richard Cole, and immediate past National President of the Music Label Owners & Recording Industries Association of Nigeria (MORAN), Hon John E Udegbunam.
Others in attendance, were President of the Music Producers & Marketers Association of Nigeria (MUPMAN), Engr Sharon Essco Wilson; Gospel Minister, Evangelist Olusegun Omoyayi; music director and immediate past National Coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria, Chief Okonkwo Uche Okonkwo, among others.
The COSON Management was represented at the meeting by the COSON General Manager, Ms. Bernice Eriemeghe, Deputy General Manager, Mr. Vincent Adawaisi and frontline lawyer and COSON General Counsel, Barrister Simi Washpam.