Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Africa’s fastest growing collective management society for musical works and sound recordings now has a new chairman. He is Efe Omorogbe. He replaces the pioneer chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji.
Mr Omorogbe, who served on the interim board at inception, was elected into the COSON Board on May 8, 2012.
Omorogbe’s appointment was made after thorough deliberations with members of the COSON Board which lasted several hours at the COSON House during the week.
Speaking on the recent development, COSON Director and Co – founder Naija Ninja, Dare ‘Baba Dee’ Fasasi said, ‘‘The change is occasioned by the need to reposition COSON and lead it to its new era. It is time to consolidate on our gains and ensure that we get the society to the place of our dreams.’’
‘‘On behalf of the Board and members of COSON, we want to thank Chief Tony Okoroji for his relentless service during his time as Chairman of this great society. It is on record that during the tenure of Chief Tony Okoroji, COSON made giant strides such as the commissioning of the magnificent COSON House; the first of its kind in the Nigerian music industry, the launch of COSON’s digital licensing platform, CLAP, among several other key projects. His tenure also brought about the collection and distribution of royalties by COSON yearly without fail since its approval in Nigeria. The remarkable achievements made are visible for all to see and are a lasting legacy of the work of Chief Tony Okoroji.
“However, we are confident that we are moving forward in the right direction and we know that COSON will continue to benefit from Chief Okoroji’s reservoir of knowledge and goodwill’’ said Mr Obi Asika, COSON Director and Co-founder CABAL Ent.
The COSON Board also used the opportunity to reassure the public that COSON remains a world class CMO and operations will not be affected by the change.
Efe Omorogbe has consistently taken up frontline roles in the struggle to institute far-reaching reforms within the Nigerian music industry in the areas of product packaging and pricing, collective administration, piracy control, general regulation and information management among others.
Omorogbe has been the manager of Nigeria’s foremost musician, Tuface Idibia, and has seen him through his successful career.