Trouble in COSON as Okoroji returns as chairman


The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has declared the reconstruction of its management board following the return of Tony Okoroji as chairman.

An unusual general meeting held at the COSON House on Tuesday returned the former Performing Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) president to his seat two weeks after he was forced to step aside by younger members of the organization.

Efe Omorogbe, who was initially pronounced chairman in place of Okoroji on December 7, has been dumped from the board according to a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday afternoon.

Chocolate City founder, Audu Maikori; founder and CEO of Storm 360, Obi Asika, musician and filmmaker, Baba Dee, and Fuji musician, Adewale Ayuba were also dropped from the board.

Other returning members of the board are singer, Azeezat Allen, and immediate past President of Music Label Owners & Recording Industries Association of Nigeria (MORAN), John Ewelukwa Udegbunam.

New members are Afro juju star, Sir Shina Peters; reggae star, Ras Kimono; drummer, Richard Cole; gospel singer, Kenny Saint Brown; President of the Music Producers & Marketers Association of Nigeria (MUPMAN), Sharon Wilson; highlife singer, Maureen Ejezie, and an Abuja based musician and label owner, Uche Emeka Paul.

The new board is to coordinate the activities of the organization until its May 2018 annual general meeting.

Dancehall singer,Baba Dee, who supported Omorogbe’s emergence as chairman earlier in the month, said he and others will address the public soon.

“For now, the only thing I have to say is that the interest of musicians must be protected,” he told  newsmen.