Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Nigeria's best music video producers, Clarence Abiodun Peters. Here is an image of the lovebirds in 1982 on the cover of the original track of Owo L'Agba (Money Power) feat. the duo. They are no longer together as Sir Shina Peters is married to
another woman now.
Chief Ebenezer Obey, 2Face Idibia, Onyeka
Onwenu, Banky W and thousands of other
members of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON.
In a statement jointly signed by Sonny Adun and Guy Murray Bruce, IBAN Chairman and Secretary respectively, the two bodies said they were constrained to take this step principally as "a result
of COSON's attitude of antagonism and harassment under the leadership of Tony Okoroji (COSON Chairman)".
"No person or organisation, particularly a collection society such as COSON has a monopoly of authority over any other…IBAN and BON have the utmost respect for Nigerian artistes in their individual and collective capacities and have indeed
contributed more than any known institution to the promotion of Nigerian music and the development of the entertainment industry as a whole," the
But in a swift reaction, Okoroji, COSON boss, said his organisation has read with amusement the empty threat by the leadership of BON that its affiliate stations would no longer play the music of Nigerian citizens on Nigerian stations because Nigerian musicians are asking for their right to be paid copyright royalties for the exploitation of their music as is done in every country in the world.
He said it is only in a country like Nigeria that this can take place with some people having no regards for intellectual property.
"The threat by the leadership of BON reveals the crass ignorance with which some members of BON have been misled and steered into easily avoidable crisis. For many years, this people have used 'divide
and rule' tactics and threats to weaken the music industry and ensure that the industry did not effectively challenge its exploitation," Okoroji said.
He stated that it is indeed revealing that IBAN/BON people who pretend to be leaders of the broadcast industry in Nigeria believe that they can play music
belonging to foreign nationals for free in Nigeria without any consequence.
"For their information, by the reciprocal
representation agreements entered into between COSON and several collective management organisations around the world and the various copyright conventions to which Nigeria is a
signatory, every broadcast station in Nigeria is bound to pay copyright royalties for foreign music as it must for the music belonging to Nigerians.
Failure to pay exposes Nigeria to both economic and diplomatic sanctions," Okoroji disclosed.
He added that COSON has done everything to engage broadcasting stations in Nigeria to do what is done in every other country in a very professional manner.
"COSON has met with Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN), National Broadcasting
Commission (NBC) and practically every major broadcasting network in Nigeria. While there are broadcasting stations that have reached agreements with COSON and are broadcasting music comfortably as required by law, some other stations have allowed themselves to be deceived by
the empty boast of people who have told them that they can 'handle' COSON," Okoroji added. But IBAN and BON also said their members are ready and willing to pay royalties for works used but will not be railroaded into arbitrarily imposed
and concocted fees which are not based on any agreeable and verifiable tariff and standards.
"In the circumstance, we are therefore taking steps in liaison with important stakeholders in the country to address and hopefully come to a fair and reasonable resolution of this COSON induced crises," IBAN/BON stated.
Other artistes who have their musical productions prohibited on air include Iyanya, Azizat, D'Banj, Olamide, Dr. SID, Sammy Okposo, Olu Maintain, Sunny Neji, Rugged Man, Jasman Olofin, X-Project,
Asa, African China, Terry G, Waje, Omawumi, Sound Sultan and J Martins.
PMNEWS learnt Prince Emeka Mba, Director General, National Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, has waded in.
The NBC boss is said to have called for a negotiated settlement, wondering how the stations can do away with works of the affected artistes who are the best in Nigeria and still meet up with requirement
The first part of the double CD album will contain some of his old, classic hits while the second part of the album will contain new Jazz music from the singer.
2face has 5 albums to his name with each getting critical acclaim.
Vast got a breakthrough, a new beginning and i guess he got as emotional as his words made me ..because he went on his instagram page and said….
"Lord I thank u for my life, before I thought I was going to die but now u gave me more time, now am gonna fight to make things right
Toke was spotted at the Elite event while her boo was at the City People Awards.And at the City People's Awards, Maje won his very first award ever – Fitness Brand of the Year award. The excited fiancé took to Instagram, Twitter to celebrate his win cos he said it was the very first time he ever won anything in his life.
Toke never shared that news on her timeline.I hope that's not the incident he is referring to in his tweets.