Thu. May 23rd, 2024

Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Nigeria’s biggest copyright collective management organization, has called for the urgent and bold intervention of Nigerian artistes to save the country from its seeming slide to destruction.The call was made by the COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji in his “No Music Day” address read from the magnificent COSON House in Ikeja, Lagos on September 1, 2021.

Speaking via a live broadcast syndicated on all major social media platforms to thousands of members, affiliates, assignors of COSON and music industry stakeholders across the world and the people of Nigeria, the COSON Chairman noted that the time has come for creative people in Nigeria to take the bull by the horn and save Nigeria from imminent destruction.

Said Okoroji, “We believe that the time has come for our creative industry to go beyond simply providing entertainment to the public but playing a key role in nation building. “We are saddened by the dangerous direction that our nation has been headed in recent times and the hopelessness that seems to engulf the citizens. We are saddened by the tribal and religious divisions, kidnappings, senseless killings, abductions, banditry, joblessness and the political and judicial rascality that sap the hope of our young people. “We cannot afford to give up as a nation despite the immense disappointments we have faced. We must no longer leave our nation solely in the hands of our political leaders who have shown frightening incapacity to move Nigeria forward and are driving us to the precipice.”

Still speaking, the celebrated COSON Chair said; “All of Nigeria’s creative people must today fully engage in preventing Nigeria from becoming a wasted land destroyed by hatred and suspicion and the narrow tribal ambitions of a hand-full of people.“On this “No Music Day”, we call on Nigeria’s musicians, actors, movie makers, writers, journalists, broadcasters, bloggers, intellectuals and all who operate in the creative space to deploy their talents and consciously work towards saving our people from impending doom.

“It must be our foremost responsibility now to unleash a lot of music, movies, programs, broadcasts, speeches, etc., that create an environment for stability, unity, justice, peace, rule of law and development in the Nigerian nation and stop the slide into anarchy and hopelessness.

”Concluding, Okoroji noted that in building a new and better nation, creative people must play a central role, stand up, take responsibility, work together, to establish the strong advocacy necessary in every democracy to create positive change. Present during the broadcast were such COSON Directors as Sir Shina Peters, Richard Ayodele Cole, Engr Sharon Essco Wilson, Emeka Uche Paul, Evangelist Olusegun Omoyayi, Koffi Tha Guru, Kenny Saint Best, and key members of the COSON Management Staff such as the COSON General Manager, Mrs. Bernice Eriemeghe – Ashibuogwu and COSON Deputy General Manager, Mr. Vincent Adawaisi.

Also participating in the broadcast virtually was COSON Board member, Ms. Maureen Ejezie who contributed from Los Angeles California

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