AVRS Exalts Olu Jacobs, Presents Him, Wife With Membership Certificate

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(L-R) Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs and Mahmood Ali-Balogun during the presentation of AVRS mambership certificate to the ace actor and his wife

Olu Jacobs (full name, Oludotun Baiyewun Jacobs), top Nollywood actor, was Tuesday in Lagos presented with an Icon Award by the leadership of the Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), the sole government licensed collective management organisation for audio-visual content.

Mahmood Ali-Balogun, chairman of the AVRS who presented the award at a brief ceremony held at the Glover Memorial Hall, said the Octogenarian actor deserved the award for his meritorious contribution to the development and growth of the audio-visual industry in Nigeria as well as for fostering the finest ideals of the acting profession.

Said Ali-Balogun: “Uncle Olu Jacobs is a well established performer who has contributed to improving the image of the acting profession and has had a long history of active involvement both on stage and screen. Indeed his contributions to the growth of the audio-visual industry cannot be quantified. It is just appropriate for the AVRS which is the sole government licensed collective management organisation for audio-visual content to honour this Icon of the profession who should rightly be a leading member of the AVRS because of his body of works.

While highlighting the inadequate remuneration challenges in the audio-visual sector as evident in the plight of some of its notable players in the past and present, the AVRS chairman used the opportunity of the presentation to appeal to users of audio-visual content to meet their licensing obligations as AVRS is the only opportunity for a vast majority of audio-visual creatives to be pensionable.

The highpoint of the presentation ceremony was the presentation of a check of the sum of =N=250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand naira) and a membership certificate to the octogenarian actor who clocked 80 in July, 2022.

The actress and wife of the actor, Ajoke Silva Jacobs, was also presented with a membership certificate. With this presentation, both Olu and the amiable wife, Ajoke Jacobs are now members of the AVRS and they qualify to receive royalties any time it is shared to members.

Stated Ali-Balogun: “That is the main reason AVRS is in existence. To collect royalties from right users for distribution to right owners.

Responding, a visibly elated Olu Jacobs thanked the AVRS leadership for the honour done him and the membership extended to him and his lovely wife.

Quipped he: “The only thank you that is big enough to appreciate the AVRS for this honour done me is to say a louder thank you. Thank you AVRS.

On her part, Ajoke thanked the AVRS for the honour and the membership extended to her and Olu Jacobs who she intermittently called Sir J, just as she, like Olu Jacobs, promised to be a strong advocate for the AVRS.

Noted she: I know of the journey we have gone through and if AVRS had been standing, the journey wouldnt have been this hard. We thank God that AVRS is here now and it is incredible the quality of people you have on the board. We are members now, so count on our support”.

Representative of the Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission MDA Ojo, AVRS Board Members including the actress Monalisa Chinda, ace marketer and distributor Otunba Aina Kushoro, accomplished actor Agba Akin Yemi Solade, Veteran actor Ejike Asiegbu, and Elder Tunji Ojetola as well as the General Manager of AVRS Olubukola Adeyemi were the others in attendance.

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