Foremost Nigerian musicians, Sir Shina Peters, Ras Kimono Onwubayi, Kenny Saint Brown and others have been elected into the board of the embattled Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).
Recently, there have been issues surrounding the Chairmanship of the agency saddled with the responsibility of collecting royalties on behalf of creative acts in the country.
While Tony Okoroji is laying claim to the seat, Efe Omorogbe, the long-time manager of the famous TuBaba, believes he is new Chairman of the COSON board.
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of COSON yesterday at the Banquet Hall of Sheraton in Lagos, Sir Shina Peters and others were elected into the board.
Others elected by members of the association include Richard Cole, Maureen Ejezie Uso, Uche Emeka Paul, Engr Sharon Esco Wilson and Evangelist Olusegun Omoyayi.
Also at the meeting yesterday, members of COSON agreed that all resolutions and decisions made at the Extra–Ordinary General Meeting of December 19, 2017 and all decisions made by the Management Board thereafter are ratified by the 8th AGM.
They also agreed that the reinstatement of Chief Tony Okoroji as Chairman of the Management Board by the General Assembly at the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of December 19, 2017 is ratified.
In addition, they agreed that the representative capacity of Prof (Sir) Victor Uwaifo on behalf of the members of COSON in the N4 billion action filed by COSON members against the NCC, Mr Afam Ezekude, Mr Obi Ezeilo, Mr Mike Akpan, Efe Omorogbe and others at the Federal High Court, Enugu is ratified, while approving the Audited Accounts of the society for the financial year ended December 31, 2017.
Furthermore, they commended the COSON Management headed by the General Manager, Mr Chinedu Chukwuji, for forcefully defending the interest of COSON and its members.
During the Thursday’s AGM, members of COSON urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Afam Ezekude, who they said has lost the confidence of the creative industry.