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Why COSON is entertainment industry’s most transparent organization

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Tony Okoroji, COSON boss

Tony Okoroji, COSON boss


 
The Head of Finance & Administration at Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) Ms. Bernice Eriemeghe, has said that COSON is by far the most accountable and transparent organisation in the history of the entertainment industry in Nigeria.


 
According to Ms. Eriemeghe, ‘transparency is the cornerstone at COSON, accountability is the central pillar. We do not pay lip service to these expectations; we practice them to the fullest”  


Ms. Eriemeghe, was reacting to a statement credited to popular singer, KCee questioning the level of transparency at COSON. According to her, “at COSON, we endeavour not to join issues with artistes because virtually all the top artistes in Nigeria are members of COSON and are regarded as members of our family, from the youngest to the oldest. I consider Kcee a good friend and I have personally invited him to COSON several times. He is yet to show up to see the world class organisation we have set up and the very professional way in which we manage copyright. COSON organises several interactive events at which practitioners are given complete freedom to raise questions on any aspect of copyright management. To my recollection, KCee has never attended any of the several COSON meetings, the COSON stakeholders’ forum, the Big Info Day, No Music Day or any of the big events of COSON Week. I believe that what Kcee is quoted as saying is predicated on the assumption that every Nigerian organisation is corrupt and ineffective. COSON is very different. At COSON, we maintain the highest international standards and there is zero tolerance for any kind of shady dealing’

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According to Ms. Eriemeghe with international work experience at Campanile de Manosque, France, ‘before COSON, no one in Nigeria cared about the performing rights of any Nigerian artiste. Their music was used freely by everyone.


Nigerians can bear witness that due to the painstaking work which COSON continues to do, the attitude has changed tremendously and most people in Nigeria now know that intellectual property has great value. Not in any financial year since COSON was approved have we failed to have our accounts professionally audited and all necessary details sent to our members, filed with the Nigerian Copyright Commission, the Corporate Affairs Commission and the International Confederation of Authors’ Societies (CISAC) of which COSON is a member. We have never filed any of these details out of time.

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Across Africa, COSON is regarded as one of the most professional Collective Management Organizations and a pride to Nigeria.’
 

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Court Adjourns Naira Marley’s Fraud Case Till December 12

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The ongoing card fraud case of Naira Marley has been adjourned till Thursday, December 12.

The case was adjourned on Wednesday, December 11, after a Federal High Court sat on it in Lagos.

The case was adjourned because the defence counsel Olalejan Ojo (SAN) was not available.

Recall that Naira Marley was arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 11-count charge bordering on credit card fraud.

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The singer who was granted a bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum, was accused of committing the offence on different dates; between Nov. 26, 2018 and Dec.11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.

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Naira Marley Beat 2face, Tiwa Savage, Atiku To Top Trending People’s List

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When YCee tagged Naira Marley the biggest Nigerian artiste of the year 2019, many thought he was talking trash.

Well, Google has now confirmed the singer’s relevance in its recently released list of top online searches by Nigerians.

Naira Marley topped the list ahead of Atiku Abubakar with Mavin Records artiste Rema being the only other musician on the top trending people category.

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For music artistes such as Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Patoranking, and several others, they were missing on the list.

Reginald Daniels topped the list of most searched actors leading others like Genevieve Nnaji, Tonto Dikeh, Hadiza Gabon, Ini Edo, Eniola Badmus, Iyabo Ojo, Femi Adebayo, Ken Erics and Toyin Aimakhu.

 

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Banky W Speaks On Social Media Bill, Says Its To Prevent Negativity Against Government

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Singer cum politician, Banky W, has revealed why the social media bill is recieving speedy treatment.

The singer said the social media bill is  being pushed by Nigerian leaders as a way to silence everyone speaking up against bad governance.

Banky W took to his Instagram page to call for action from all Nigerians on all the numerous issues bedevilling the country.

He wrote:

It’s heartbreaking to take stock of where we are. Yesterday was International Human Rights Day. We’ve been working with the European Union and the British Council on a campaign – “16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault”, and yesterday, as we brought the campaign to a close, we discussed the current state of Human Rights in Nigeria. Sowore, despite being granted bail by the Court, was re-arrested less than 24 hours later in a brazen assault on the Judiciary & the rule of law in Nigeria. Abba Jalingo is still locked up for criticising a Governor. Sahara reporters have had their Nigerian bank accounts frozen with no explanation, and assets seized.

As far as Gender Equality goes… the Gender Equality bill did not make it past a 2nd reading before being shut down in the National Assembly. And yet the social media bill is on its way to a 3rd. Our constitution basically says that women are 2nd class citizens, yet that is not deemed a serious enough issue… instead, people like Elisha Abbo (the senator that physically assaulted a woman for daring to ask him to calm down) is one of the “leaders” openly pushing for the social media bill to pass, so that they can once and for all prevent ALL of us from speaking up against bad governance.

There is a very obvious, blatant assault on free speech and the freedom of expression going on right before our eyes. There is an emergency when it comes to the treatment of women and children.. when Senators are allowed to marry teenagers and physically assault women… when 1 in 4 girls in Nigeria are victims of sexual assault – the youngest patient of the Mirabelle Center is a 3 month old girl, the oldest is an 80 something year old Grandma.

When it comes to Human Rights in Nigeria.. there is nothing to celebrate, there’s just a whole lot of work to do. We must all do something. Maybe u can call/email your Senators and Reps? Maybe we can all can post online and get the attention of International News Media so that they can join us in pressuring our Government? Maybe U can volunteer/donate to a Sexual Assault Referral Center? Just do something. Anything

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