Lagos - The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has celebrated its fifth year anniversary amid pomp and fanfare in Ikeja, Lagos.
COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji, hailed the growth of the organisation over the period.
“For us at COSON, this is significant. We look back at where we came from and are amazed at how much we have covered in such a short time,” said Okoroji.
He said between its inception and now, COSON had more than 130 reciprocal agreements with collecting societies all around the world.
COSON represented all known music in the world today and had music copyright agreements with the broadcast industry, the hotel industry in Nigeria and several other categories of music users in the country, he said.
“COSON has become a flagship collecting society in Africa. We couldn’t have achieved all of these without the support of distinguished Nigerians to whom we are grateful. While we look back in thanksgiving at our journey so far, we look forward with determination and great zeal because we are resolved never to let down the creative minds in Nigeria. We want to assure them that they can sleep while COSON works,” Okoroji added.
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Meanwhile, the fifth anniversary celebration was characterized by the prestigious COSON Roll of Honour Ceremonies which is a celebration of individuals who had contributed greatly to the defense of the rights of creative people in Nigeria
Emeka Mba was decorated with the Copyright Medal of Honour, the highest recognition that the music industry can give to any individual in acknowledgment of that person’s significant contribution to the promotion and defence of the rights of creative people in Nigeria.
Several Nigerians who had distinguished themselves greatly in the promotions and defense of the rights of creative people in Nigeria were also celebrated and their names entered into the COSON Roll of Honour.
Among these were the late radio doyen, Amaka Igwe, and COSON founding staff member, also late, Patricia Oloruntoba.
The organisation meanwhile hosted its fifth Annual General Meeting.
- CAJ News