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Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Nigeria’s biggest copyright collective management organization, will on Tuesday September 14, 2021 hold a major Red Carpet Tribute Night in honour of its frontline Board member, Honourable John Ewelukwa Udegbunam who passed on in Onitsha on July 3, 2021.

The tribute night will hold at the Arena of the magnificent COSON House in Ikeja to celebrate the life of Udegbunam who the Chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, has described as “the rock of the COSON Board”. It is one of the several top-notch events preceding the burial of the fallen great warrior of the music industry in Oraeri Anambra State on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Already, arrangements are in top gear for the special event.Said Chief Okoroji about the upcoming event, “In life and in death, the COSON family does not forget its own. That is part of what makes COSON a responsible, respected and unique organization. No one represented that tradition more than the late Honorable John Ewelukwa Udegbunam who cared deeply about every COSON member, in good times and the not so good times. There are two kinds of human beings in this world, the givers and the takers. Honourable Udegbunam was a giver. He gave his all for the good of all. We will never forget him”.

The vastly respected Udegbunam was the immediate past National President of the powerful Music Label Owners & Recording Industries Association of Nigeria (MORAN), Nigeria’s biggest association of owners of copyright in sound recordings.

From inception, he had been a member of the Management Board of COSON, Nigeria’s most respected and successful copyright collective management organization. The no nonsense activist was a trained musicologist, composer, music teacher, producer and label owner and National Music Director of the Praise & Worship Ministry of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN). He was CEO of Eweson Communications Ltd.Due to the high esteem in which he was held in the Catholic Church, when Honourable Udegbunam buried his mother in Oraeri Anambra State about 5 years ago, over 40 catholic priests stormed Oraeri to perform the Requiem mass.

On learning of the death of Udegbunam, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, said “I am beyond sad. I am devastated. I do not cry over the death of men but here, I am weeping like a child. I used to call him “Madu Asa” (7 persons in one). If you have Hon Udegbunam with you, its like having 7 persons behind you. He was unshakable when it comes to standing with the truth, even when everyone else is telling lies. He had great strength of character. The great COSON family will make sure that Honorable John Ewelukwa Udegbunam who was one of us and precious to us, is buried like the great man he was”.

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