Posted by News Express | 11 April 2020 | 1,103 times
The Tony Okoroji-led Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) on Wednesday, April 8, decided to distribute the sum of eleven thousand naira (N11,000) to Nigerian musicians.
Okoroji said the money to be evenly distributed was meant to cushion the effect of the ongoing lockdown in the country on the musicians who are members of his musical body vested with the collection and distribution of loyalties accrued to musicians in the country.
He tagged the exercise “Anti-Coronavirus Emergency Relief (ACER) General Distribution” totaling N50 million for 450 musicians.
But some musicians in the country see the exercise as insulting, especially to the well-established ones among them, while some others see it as a gimmick employed by Okoroji to pacify musicians who are demanding for forensic audit of COSON to unravel alleged massive misappropriation of funds under Okoroji.
Similarly, some organised bodies in the country’s sub-sector have outrightly condemned the “Okoroji palliative” on same grounds.
One of such bodies is the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) which performs similar functions with COSON, but for music composers and songwriters.
Another body is the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) led by Pretty Okafor.
The struggling ones among them are however celebrating the N11,000 alert from COSON and are ready to defend Okoroji and his team to the last.
The first bomb was released by John Ewelukwa Udegbunam, a frontline member of COSON loyal to Okoroji who described Pretty Okafor as “the entertainment industry’s blatant Minister of Confusion, Disinformation & Fabrication”, for criticising Okoroji.
Also, COSON’s lawyer James Ononiwu, Esq., descended heavily on MCSN for daring to question ACER.
Ononiwu questioned: Why is this (N11,000 palliative) disturbing the sleep of these funny people at MCSN? Did COSON distribute MCSN money?”
Just see the trouble money has done to our stars and superstars.
Who will step in to separate this fight which is gradually turning to a full blown war in the nation’s creative industry?
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