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Monday, 24 October 2016


Nigeria’s eastern state of Imo came alive as dignitaries from all works of life converged at Oka Autonomous Community in Isiala – Mbano L.G.A, Imo State for the final burial arrangements and celebration of life of Late Pa Josiah Onyeogaridinma Chukwuji, father of COSON’s General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Angus Chukwuji.

The burial arrangements began with a Service of Songs at his residence on Thursday, October 20, 2016 and continued on Friday, October 21, 2016 with a well attended Funeral Service at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Oka, Isiala Mbano L. G. A.

This was followed by his internment at his residence, Chukwuji Compound, Ndi – Owerre, Oka, Isiala Mbano.

Among the dignitaries present were Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji; General Manager, AVRS, Mr. Victor Nwokocha; National President, MUPMAN, Engr. Sharon Essco Wilson; COSON Directors, Hon. And Mrs. John Udegbunam, Mrs Azeezat Allen; COSON staffs, amongst many others.

An outing service was also held to celebrate the life and times of Late Pa Josiah Chukwuji at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Isiala Mbano L.G.A on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Late Pa Josiah Onyeogaridinma Chukwuji was born to the family of Chukwuji and Martha Okparaegede of Oka Autonomous Community in the present day Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

He started his primary education at Enitonia Primary School, Ibeme, Mbano, Okigwe, Imo State and later went to Ibeme Community School, Mbano, Okigwe, Imo State where he later completed his Standard Six.

In search of better opportunities, he left the village on April 15, 1957 for Lagos. On arrival, he lived with his older brother, Late Pa Johnson Chukwuji. After seven months of searching for a job, was employed by a Building and Civil Engineering Contractor; Cappa & D’Albeto, one of Nigeria’s oldest organisations in the Nigerian Construction Industry today.

In 1960, when the Federal Palace Hotel opened its gate to the public, Pa Chukwuji joined the national hotel as a pioneer staff.

While in employment of Federal Palace Hotel, he decided to settle down with his heartthrob, Janet Ukachi Oguike in February 1966. Their marriage was blessed with children and they lived together for fifty years.

Pa Josiah’s relationship with Federal Palace Hotel was however abruptly interrupted as a result of the Nigerian civil war of between 1967 – 1970.

After the civil war, Pa Chukwuji instead of returning to the service of Federal Palace Hotel decided to join the Federal Ministry of Works & Housing where he rose to a senior position before he retired.

Pa Josiah Chukwuji is survived by his wife of five decades, three gentlemen and a beautiful woman who are all doing well in their chosen fields. He is also survived by many grandchildren.

May the soul of Pa Josiah Onyeogaridinma Chukwuji continue to rest in peace. Amen.

Friday, 14 October 2016


Q: Hello Ms. Tarja Koskinen – Olsson, we are delighted to have you in Nigeria and here at the COSON Headquarters.

A: Thank you. I must say; I am delighted to be back in Nigeria. I really love the drive you have in this country.

Q: Thank you for that ma. How do you rate the growth of COSON since inception? Progressive? As compared with the CMO’s of other countries?

A: When I first made contact with the people who are driving COSON today, there didn’t exist any COSON and that’s in 2009. So in a very few years, COSON has been capable of starting the operations, that is getting the money in and getting the money out to the rights holders to whom it belongs, in my view, COSON has been rapid in development. I think your success criteria is being capable of convincing all the music stakeholders, be them composers, song writers, performers or record producers to put their acts together, that isn’t self evident in every country. So COSON has being really fortune to be able to do this and provide viable service for the users.

Q: Exactly what brings you to Nigeria?

A: I am here on behalf of a Norwegian Copyright Development Association and its task is to make creativity foster in developing countries. For creativity to foster you need a strong copyright protection act, you need organisations like COSON to put that protection into practise because only with the law nothing happens, it remains on a piece of paper, you need organisations like COSON making the copyright system function. I am also here for the training of new officials in the organisation together with a newer organisation called the AVRS (Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria) how to do the copyright business, so that money comes in and money goes out.
Cross section of some COSON and AVRS officials
Q: On a personal note, why have you remained in the Copyright and Intellectual Property field for so long. What motivates you to keep going?

A: I have said time and again and I am privileged to say it again, I have 2 passions in my life; People and Copyright.  People come first because they are the ones who make the wonderful music, do the great movies and write the books and so on and Copyright  is for me a good tool to enhance their  living possibilities, making more music, more films and also assisting the creative industries to make money for the whole society.

Q: What do you make of the line of thoughts that usage of creative works is a means of promotion for the creative mind and so payments need not be made?

A: That line of thought comes everywhere; it is not only in Nigeria. Radio stations all over the world think they are the biggest promoters of music and sometimes one needs to tell the story to them that first of all without an organisation like COSON, they’d need to get the rights from thousands or millions of right holders all over the world or alternatively stop playing music because there is no legal obligation for the stations to play music nor the shops nor restaurants or wherever it is being deployed. They have chosen to play music because that is what the listeners want or needed for the ambiance. It adds value to the business, and whatever is valuable to your business should be paid for. The shop keeper needs to pay for the rent of the premises but if they dislike paying for the music, it’s easy, they should switch off the music and see the result.

Q: You’ve seen the birth of COSON  and you’ve witnessed its growth. Looking at COSON in 5years, what heights do you see COSON attaining?

A: I’d like COSON to be the most successful collective management organisation on this continent. Nigeria has the largest population with about 170million people and Nigeria has a tremendously thriving music industry, so you have all the ingredients in becoming the number 1 organisation in collection and distribution of royalties on the continent. That’s where I’d like COSON to be.

Q: Thank you so much for your time ma.

A: A pleasure. Thank you.

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Multiple Award Winning Gospel Artiste, Writer and A&R Consultant, Kenny Saint Best has disclosed that she is set to a hold a concert come November 2016.

The Gospel star who marvelled us with several hits in the past was asked if fans are to expect any new song, to which is replied 'Infact 12 worship songs are ready o. They'd start to drop this October'.

KSB, as she is fondly called also revealed that there will be a slight change to what her fans have experienced in recent times in terms of her music, 'I do not want to say I am done with Hip Hop or Street Gospel, because I've dropped so many of them in the past, I am back in the Church doing Worship. I am doing New Gospel and it is Worship.'


World renowned Intellectual Property expert, Ms. Tarja Koskinen - Olsson arrived Nigeria last weekend and devoted the week to training staffs of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and the Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) on Copyright and Intellectual Property. 

Ms. TARJA KOSKINEN-OLSSON who currently works as an international Intellectual Property expert with special emphasis on management of rights and is actively engaged in development cooperation throughout the world, used the opportunity to congratulate COSON on the giant strides being made as a collective management organisation for musical works and sound recordings in Nigeria.

Thursday, 13 October 2016


'Rhythm & Soul' singer, Azeezat Allen popularly referred to as the 'Queen of love', recently had the media awash when several photographs purportedly on set were released.
The 'Ife Mi' crooner when contacted didn't disclose either as her reply was 'I am working on several projects, as soon as they are completed, it would be made known to everyone.'
Azeezat had last month granted permission to the Department of Music at the prestigious University of Ibadan to score her music for the world. The COSON director also earlier in the year gave hints that collaborations and personal songs were likely to be released this year.
On her official Instagram account (azeezatqueenoflove) she posted the above photo and captioned it 'So that's how God decided to surprise His sweetheart once again! U guys will just not understand, this was a gift from God. Lord I publicly ask for forgiveness for my misbehaviour. But still, I need that one thing! I'm saying 'thank u', 'forgive me', and 'pls help me' in one voice.'


PENTHAUZE signed music star and COSON member; Phyno, has released a new music video to mark his birthday.

The video titled 'Pino Pino' was released on Sunday October 9, 2016 which was Phyno's birthday.



Cally Ikpe

C.E.O Callivision Network , Frontline Entertainment Figure and organiser of the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) has announced the submission of entries for the NMVA 2016.

Submission of entries closes on Friday, October 18, 2016. The NMVA 2016 is themed 'A world without violence'.