The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON, in alignment with the Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria, IBAN, have suspended the music of popular Nigerian singers from airing on the country’s TV and radio stations with immediate effect.
The musicians, whose intellectual property rights rest with COSON, and whose works have
been banned from airplay include 2Face Idibia, D’Banj, Iyanya, Olamide, Dr. Sid, Sammie Okposo, Banky W, Wizkid, MI, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Olu Maintain, 9ice, Sunny Neji, Flavour, Chidinma, Rugged Man, Keffee, Midnite Crew, Eldee De Don, Azeezat, Jazzman Olofin, KC Presh, X Project, Asha, Konga and African China.
Among others are Majek Fashek, J. Martins, Omawunmi, Yinka Ayefele, Ebenezer Obey, Victor Uwaifo, Onyeka Onwenu, Owen Gee, Dekunle Fuji, Lord of Ajasa, Zoolezoo, Muma Gee, ID Cabassa, Klever J, Terry G, Nomoreloss, Mike Okri, Weird MC, Mode 9, Timaya, Sound Sultan, Waje, Mo’Cheddah, Slam, Djinee, Solid Star, Dan Maraya Jos, Stella Monye, Daniel Wilson, Alex Zitto, Sir Shina Peters, Ras Kimono, Wale Thompson, Kollington Ayinla, Adewale Ayuba, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal and Tim Godfrey.
Below is a statement to that effect:
“The Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN), in alignment with Broadcasters Organization of Nigeria (BON) hereby informs the General public that the music of the following Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) Registered Artistes/Members is hereby suspended from airing on our stations with immediate effect.”
“TuFace ldibia, D’ Banj, Iyanya, Olamide, Dr Sid, Sammie Okposo, Banky W, Wizkid, Olu Maintain, 9ice, Sunny Nneji, Flavour, Chidinma, Rugged Man, Keffee, Midnite Crew, Eldee De Don, M I, Azeezat, Jazzman Olofin, Ice Prince,” Jesse Jagz, KC Presh, X Project, Asha, Konga, African China, Owen Gee, Dekunle Fuji, Lord of Ajasa, Zoolezoo, Ekwe Original Stereoman, Danfo Drivers, Rhymzo, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Kofi, Jedee, Muma Gee, AY. Com, ID Cabassa, Klever J, ZidonPoperella, Eva, Terry G, Nomoreloss, Mike Okri, Weird MC, Mode 9, Timaya, Sound Sultan, Waje, Mo’Cheddah, Jay Martins, Slam, Djinee, Solid Star, Omawunmi, TWO, W4, Omotola JeladeEkehinde, YinkaAyefele, DJ Stramborella, Ebenezer Obey, Victor-Uwaifo, Onyeka Onwenu, Dan Maraya Jos, Tony Okoroji, Stella Monye, Floxxy Bee, Funmi Adams, MajekFashek, Daniel Wilson, Alex Zitto, Sir-Shina Peters, Ras Kimono, Wale Thompson, Kollington Ayinla, Adewale Ayuba, Wasiu;Ayinde Mashal, Chris Ajilo, Emminuel Ntia, Orlando Julius, Eddy Remedy, Mr. Kool, 2 Shotz, Baba Dee, Bouqui, Rooftop MCs, Kenny Saint Brown, Klever J, OJB Jezreel, Danny Young, Dipp, Frank D’ Nnero, Ojo, Tim Godfrey, Kween, Bankole Wellington (Banky W).”
“All New COSON registered artistes/members not stated above shall also have their music withdrawn/suspended from airing on our stations with immediate effect.”
“Any Artist who is listed above and is not registered with COSON should please inform the IBAN Secretariat via email email@example.com on or before 7th December 2013 in order to have their music reinstated.”
“We are constrained to take this step principally as a result of COSON’s attitude of antagonism and harassment under the leadership of Tony Okoroji. No person or organisation, particularly a collection society such as COSON has a monopoly of authority over any other, especially at this time when all hands should be on deck in building a sustainable copyright system. IBAN and BON have the utmost respect for Nigerian artistes in their individual and collective capacities and have indeed contributed more than any known institution to the promotion of Nigerian music and the development of the entertainment industry as a whole.”
“While we are well aware of the penchant for media sensationalism by Tony Okoroji and COSON in this and other related matters, IBAN & BON wish to reiterate that its members are ready and willing to pay royalties for works used but will not be railroaded into arbitrarily imposed and concocted fees which are not based on any agreeable and verifiable tariff & standards. In the circumstance, we are therefore taking steps in liaison with important stakeholders in the country to address and hopefully come to a fair and reasonable resolution of this COSON induced crises.”
“All artistes are hereby assured of our continued support.”
Sonny Adun Guy Murray-Bruce.
CHAIRMAN IBAN SECRETARY IBAN