The chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Tony Okoroji, has insisted that there is no faction in the organisation. This is despite the fact that at a recent press conference, some members of COSON, led by Efe Omoregbe, Dare Fasasi, Obi Asika and Audu Makori, had said Okoroji was no longer the chairman of the society.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, Okoroji stated that he was not aware of the press conference. He added, “COSON has been one of the most stable organisations in the history of the Nigerian creative industry. However, as we grow, it is normal for certain people to disagree with the system but you can see the efficient way our members reacted and handled the situation. The issue was resolved in 2017 and we are stronger in 2018.
“We have many members, so if five or six people don’t agree with us, how does that form a faction? We don’t have any division. If as a CEO, your manager leaves your company and establishes another, is the company another faction? Why didn’t they hold the press conference at COSON House? In every organisation, there are disgruntled members; it happens in churches too. They tried to divide us, but they have failed.”
Okoroji argued that for Sir Shina Peters and KSB to join the COSON board, it was an indication that the leadership was moving in the right direction.
“We didn’t have Shina Peters and KSB on our board before now. With this development, don’t you think we are moving forward? I am very happy with where we are at the moment. I can assure you that by the end of next year, you will see a different COSON,” he said.
Highlighting the major challenges faced by COSON, Okoroji lamented that it was tough getting Nigerians to believe in them. He said, “In Nigeria, everyone believes nothing can work because many things have not worked in the country. However, at COSON, we make things work.”
He also rubbished the insinuation that the copyright society was created to serve old generation artistes alone. “There are many young musicians who are members of COSON. The fact that they don’t attend our press conferences and rallies does not mean they are not members,” he said.
On the recent protest staged by COSON at different Federal High Courts in Nigeria, he said, “We will continue to protest until the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, is stopped from meddling in the affairs of the Nigerian music industry.”