Tony Okoroji, the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Afro Juju crooner, Shina Peters, and others have emerged members of the new management board of the body.
Okoroji said this in a communiqué signed by Tolu Balogun; COSON’s Communication Officer, in Lagos.
Balogun stated that Okoroji made the remarks after he was re-elected chairman of the reconstituted COSON’s management board.
According to the communiqué, other members of the board are: Kenny Saint Brown, Richard Cole, Maureen Ejezie Uso, Sharon Esco Wilson, Bright Chimezie, Kofi Idowu Nuel, Uche Emeka Paul and Olusegun Omoyayi.
The chairman said that it was the difference in characters, ages, experiences and unique locations of every member of the body that made the institution a true national one.
“The strength of COSON lies with all of you, in every state of the Nigerian nation where you come from as long as music is played there,” he said.
“I am sure that many are surprised that with everything that has been thrown at us, COSON is working.
“COSON is working because we have built an institution with significant resilience and strong roots. COSON is working because there is trust and confidence between the members and the leaders.
“COSON is working not just because of our total dedication to the cause but because of the blessings and grace of the Almighty,” he said.
Okoroji added that he had endured many challenges in the past, to ensure that the music body would continue to thrive.
“However, I have endured them because of my commitment to our cause and my determination that COSON should not be divided into factions.
“My dedication to the COSON cause is not because of a title or because of personal wealth.
“I verily believe that the true worth of a man is not in what he takes but in what he gives,” he added.
He advised those in opposition to his leadership, to have a change of hearts for the good of everyone.