Obasanjo’s Letter Is Unbecoming, self-serving & Provocative – Presidency

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The presidency has responded to former president Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan where he accused the current president of taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria. See the State House press release below…

We have noted the publication on several websites today of a letter recently written by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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The Presidency acknowledges that it has indeed received the said letter from Chief Obasanjo.

We however find it highly unbecoming, mischievous and provocative that a letter written by a former Head of State and respected elder statesman to President Jonathan has been deliberately leaked to the mass media in a deplorable effort to impugn the integrity of the President and denigrate his commitment to giving Nigeria the best possible leadership.

While many patriotic, objective and well-meaning Nigerians have already condemned the leaked letter as self-serving, hypocritical, malicious, indecent, and very disrespectful of the highest office in the land, President Jonathan has directed that none of his aides or any government official should join issues with Chief Obasanjo over it.

The President himself will, at the appropriate time, offer a full personal response to the most reckless, baseless, unjustifiable and indecorous charges levied against him and his administration by the former Head of State.

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Obasanjo Writes Angry Letter To President Goodluck Jonathan

Premium Times has allegedly obtained a copy of an 18-page letter former President Olusegun Obasanjo sent to President Goodluck Jonathan accusing him of tearing Nigeria apart.

It says: “Nigeria is bleeding and the hemorrhage must be stopped,” Mr. Obasanjo said in the 18-page letter dated December 2, 2013 and exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday.

He said Mr. Jonathan has failed to deliver on his promises to the Nigerian people, stem corruption, promote national unity and strengthen national security.

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He said in the letter titled “Before it is too late” that rather than take steps to advance Nigeria’s interest and up the standards of living of Nigerians, Mr. Jonathan had betrayed God and the Nigerian people that brought him to power, and has been pursuing selfish personal and political interests based on advice he receives from “self-centred aides”.

In the detailed letter, dripping of anger , frustration and what appears a genuine concern to rescue a nation on the brink, Mr. Obasanjo lamented that Mr. Jonathan had become terribly divisive and clannish, destroying his own party, polarizing the country along regional and religious lines and ridiculing Nigeria in the comity of nations.

Without mincing words, Mr. Obasanjo blamed Mr. Jonathan for the crises tearing the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, apart. He also accused President Jonathan of lying about his plans not to contest in the 2015 elections saying that it is obvious that plans are being laid on ground for a campaign. He accused him of not facing the underlying threat of Boko Haram and expressed frustration over the handling of the Niger Delta matter especially the royal treatment accorded to Asari Dokubo. The letter goes on and on bringing up all the things that the Presidency has been neglecting and causing in a very sincere and concerned tone

Premium Times reported that Mr. Obasanjo said he wrote the letter in the national interest, saying nothing, at this stage of his life, would prevent him from standing up for whatever he considers to be in the best interest of Nigeria, Africa and the world and that he was ready for whatever backlash his letter would provoke from the presidency.

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Inspired! Read The Full Transcript Of President Barack Obama’s Speech at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service

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President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service in SA“To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President (Jacob) Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other.

To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogize any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.

Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe – Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success. Like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would – like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.

Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection – because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried – that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend. That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still. For nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith. He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.

Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father. Certainly he shared with millions of black and colored South Africans the anger born of, “a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.”

But like other early giants of the ANC – the Sisulus and Tambos – Madiba disciplined his anger; and channeled his desire to fight into organization, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand-up for their dignity. Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price. “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination,” he said at his 1964 trial. “I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t. He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet. He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.

Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiseled into laws and institutions. He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history. On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of conditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that, “prisoners cannot enter into contracts.” But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. And because he was not only a leader of a movement, but a skillful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.

Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa- Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailors as honored guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves. It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.

For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe – Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life. But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?

It is a question I ask myself – as a man and as a President. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people – known and unknown – to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.

We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

The questions we face today – how to promote equality and justice; to uphold freedom and human rights; to end conflict and sectarian war – do not have easy answers. But there were no easy answers in front of that child in Qunu. Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. South Africa shows us that is true. South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.

We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own. Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better. He speaks to what is best inside us. After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach – think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell:

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

What a great soul it was. We will miss him deeply. May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela. May God bless the people of South Africa.

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OAP’s, elDee And Nigerian Artists: Drawing the battle lines

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If you missed COSON and BON palava read HERE Because of on-going dispute with the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) several Nigerian artists have been banned by the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) and the Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (IBAN)

The annual Nigeria Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA 2013) took place yesterday, Sunday, December 8 2013 at the NECCA House Ikeja with the gathering of Broadcasters across the country. At the gathering, On Air Personalities shown they have drawn a battle line with Eldee The Don and others. They were Unhappy with Eldee’s statements on the ongoing face off between COSON and BON the OAP’s noted.

Today Freeze CoolFM corners eLDee’s position on BON/IBAN artists ban. He politely disagreed with eLDee’s position and believes that the already established artists will also be affected by the ban.

The battle lines are drawn!

Do you think established acts will be affected by the ban?

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Thank God For A New Lease Of Life! OJB Jezereel Returns To Nigeria (Photos)

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Nigerian music producer, OJB Jezereel returns to the country after successful kidney transplant in India.

After a successful kidney which his first wife donated, he returned to Nigeria a few days ago after spending over four months in India.

Thank God for a new lease of life.

Congrats to the family and friends of OJB the Jigga man.

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Outrage As PDP Compares Founding Members With Nelson Mandela

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The comparison sharply contrasts the position of President Goodluck Jonathan who opined that “never in recent living memory” has any leader advanced the cause of liberation as Mandela did.”

The Peoples Democratic Party has
attracted public criticisms for comparing its founding members with the late South African anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela.

The ruling party contested that just as the late Mandela fought and won the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, its founding fathers achieved a similar feat that “liberated” Nigeria from the shackles of military dictatorship.

Although the party did not make mention of any of its “founding fathers” that can match the late South African President, it wrote on its Facebook page that liberating Nigeria from the “vicious
clutches” of military rule, which it
described as “tyranny”, could be
compared to Mandela’s strides in ending apartheid.

“While Nelson Mandela, the greatest African of the living memory, ended the inhumanity of apartheid, bringing freedom to South Africans, the founding
fathers of PDP liberated Nigeria from the vicious clutches of military tyranny and ushered the nation into democracy,” the PDP argued in its tribute to Mandela.
The comparison sharply contrasts the position of President Goodluck Jonathan who opined that “never in recent living memory” has any leader advanced the cause of liberation as Mandela did.

Jonathan had in a Facebook tribute
written, “My dear friends on Facebook, the news of the passing of the great Nelson Mandela to ‘ancestorhood’ has left Africa and the rest of humanity with a deep feeling of loss.
“Never in recent living memory has a leader mobilised the consciousness of human existence to the cause of freedom and the advancement of world civilisation as did Mandela.”

But some Nigerians have said the
comparison being made by the PDP is out of place, with many arguing that the assertion amounted to irony of the true
position of things. Those who dropped comments on Facebook accused the party and its members of plunging Nigeria into poverty rather than liberating her as it claimed.

According to many of them, the PDP has no basis to make comparisons between its members and Madiba because it does
not represent anything close to his vision of freedom and liberation.
They also criticised the party for taking glory for the end of the military rule which brought in current democratic dispensation and advised its members to learn from Mandela’s life of selflessness.

A Facebook user, Aluko Abiodun, urged the party to stop hurting the sensibilities of Nigerians with what he calls an irony of a comparison.
Abiodun said, “Who were those founding fathers? Are they those who plunged Nigerians into abject poverty? Anyway, please, stop this irony you called comparison.”
For Ibrahim Abdulhamid, the PDP has nobody in the rank and file of its membership and leadership who possesses the traits exhibited by the late Madiba.
“So, this is what you can post about this hero that your party cannot produce a leader with half of his character. Shame on you,” Abdulhamid wrote.

Another Dogo Nanzing, who also
disagreed with the party, said the
comparison was simply unimaginable.
“There is no way on earth any right-thinking human being will compare Madiba with PDP. It’s unimaginable. Is it not this same PDP that has the likes of Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah; former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye
Alamieyeseigha, and ex-convict, Olabode George, as high ranking members? I am ashamed of even identifying myself with this party because it has lost it completely,” Nanzing stated.

Another visitor to the PDP Facebook page, Abayomi Dunmoye, urged the party to internalise some of the exemplary and sterling qualities of the
late Mandela. “You(PDP) and other Nigerian leaders are supposed to learn a lesson from this legend and at least stop corruption.”
Despite the criticisms which trailed the development, the party went ahead to list President Goodluck Jonathan, former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, alongside eight other
past Nigerian leaders, as those it thinks may be considered as “Nigeria’s  Mandela.”
The other eight Nigerians are the late Nnamdi Azikiwe; Obafemi Awolowo; Ahmadu Bello; Umar Yar’Adua; Shehu Shagari; Murtala Muhammed; Mohammadu Buhari and Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The party then went on to ask Nigerians to choose who it thinks should be regarded as Nigeria’s own Mandela. But as Adedotun Johnson-Adebusoye puts it on Facebook, “Nigeria has yet to have a leader in the standing of Mandela. All wecan point to are bad leaders.”
Also, Eghweree Ovie replied the PDP, saying, “Such a figure like Mandela is hard to find in Nigeria. All of them (leaders) in the past are either ethnic champions or tribal figures and religious fanatics.
“Others are military dictators, and the present one is more or less a person who lacks vision or focus. Believe me, PDP, if you make the mistake of taking this question to a national television, you will be will at the level of embarrassment you will get. What difference would your question make in our country? Your question has no answer.”

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Yemi Alade Reveals Her Relationship With Dipp

In a recent chat Yemi Alade spoke about her career, musical journey and her relationship with the RnB singer Dipp.

Check out what the Johnny crooner had to say below:

Is Yemi tying the knots very soon?

When it comes to relationship at the moment, I am in love with my career than anything else. Let me make the money first, give me time. I will definitely let you know.

What is your relationship with Dipp like?

Dipp is a cute guy, and “Rock Your Body” is an excellent song. The video by Gambit was just awesome. The chemistry is believable ? The truth is that Dipp is a good friend of mine . I believe I am a great actress and he is great actor for putting up that believable act in the video. Nothing is going on between us.

Interesting! She is in love with her career.

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Sex Tapes Made me more Popular – Chidinma

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Kora award winner and Ex Project Fame winner, Chidinma Ekile, tells ‘Nonye Ben-Nwankwo how she has been able to manage the recent controversies surrounding her.

You won Kora Awards last year and this year again, you were nominated for an international award, Channel O Awards. Did you ever imagine that you would get to this stage?

No way. I never imagined it in any way. All I did was just to be focused. I knew this was what I loved doing and I decided to just keep doing it. I didn’t expect that it would get this big. Sometimes I sit back and I think back of how it started.

But did the awards have any impact on your career?

Oh yes. When I won the Kora and got back to Nigeria, it was a whole different experience. People started treating me differently. They wondered how ‘small’ Chidinma could go to Cote D’ivoire and bring the Kora home. It added to my profile. Being nominated for the Channel O Award is a big deal for me even if I didn’t clinch the award.

How has it been since then?

It has been good and challenging. It has been a lot of work.

Did you go back to school?

Oh yes. I am managing my career and my studies. I don’t have a choice. I wake up every day and I realise I have a lot of things to do. This is really the best time to tidy up my education. This is my youth. I get busier by the day. It will get tougher. I have to do what I have to do before time gets tougher.

Are you not scared or intimidated competing with other bigger female artistes in the industry?

I have never been a competition person even though I am a product of a competition. But I didn’t see Project Fame as a competition. I was doing what I love doing. In the industry, I am not in any competition. I am just Chidinma. I have tried to carve a niche for myself. I try to be different all the time. I don’t like a situation where somebody will say ‘Chidinma sounds like this person or that person.’ When that comes, competition arises. I am not in for that. I just want to be me and I always try to improve. I want to be versatile. I don’t want to be put in a box. I am here to have fun and make money at the same time.

But you must look up to some of the female artistes…

Definitely. Most of the time I was preparing for the Project Fame competition, I listened to Omawumi a lot. I followed her right from the time she came out of West African Idols. I just loved her kind of music. It is African and she has lots of messages at the same time. I love Onyeka Onwenu as well. I can learn from any one. I am still able to talk and ask question. I am still their baby.

Do you owe Project Fame all you have achieved?

I owe it to Project Fame to a reasonable extent. I don’t think I would be here if not for Project Fame. I didn’t take music seriously. I felt it was something I could do during my leisure. I didn’t know it would become a profession.

If you hadn’t won, you wouldn’t have been bothered?

It wouldn’t have mattered. I didn’t even know I was going to win. I felt I was having fun and if I got money, it was okay. I didn’t want to be the winner. I didn’t want everybody’s eyes to be on me. But it happened and I didn’t have a choice. I decided to give it a trial. That is why I am here today.

You eventually came into the spotlight and it opened doors to controversies and scandals…
I have been in the news lately. My manager told me that I am a balloon on top of lots of needles. People want me to drop on those needles and get deflated. He told me to be careful. The first time was when my nude picture went viral. I actually went for a photo shoot for my friend. I wore a tube dress. Some mischief makers actually cropped off the lower part of the picture and posted it on the Internet. It was as if I was nude. I wasn’t happy at all. I had that picture. I had to post the real picture on the net and people now got convinced the nude picture wasn’t original. I thought that was the end, I didn’t know a bigger scandal was coming…

You mean the sex video?

Oh yes. I woke up one morning and I was greeted on the internet with ‘Chidinma and sex tape’. I was worried primarily because of my mother. I didn’t let her see the video but I had to show her the photos. I didn’t want to go out that day. I couldn’t go out. But my mum felt otherwise. She told me to ignore the mischief makers. I almost took some actions but I thought against it. I met Sound Sultan on a set. He told me, ‘Babe, you are now a star. I welcome you officially into the industry.’ I trended for three days. Even people who didn’t know me got to know me. My fan base grew. And then, I was happy because more than 90 per cent of the public didn’t believe I was the one in that video. There were people who didn’t need to see the video to believe I couldn’t have done such thing. I am just grateful to everyone who didn’t believe the story. My twitter account was hacked and the people created another account. They kept releasing nasty pictures and they were even responding to the tweets as if I was the one doing it. I was just watching and laughing. It put me in the spotlight. I used it for good.

But such scandal shouldn’t be good for your career…

Ever since I started, I have been scared of scandals. I didn’t want to have any. But I realised that I cannot run away from it. It is just normal. It is not everybody who is happy seeing me rise. Some people are trying to do something to stop me. But sex tape is not enough to stop me. They should bring up something else. The sex tape just took me to another level in my career. It moved me up. This is no more ‘little’ Chidinma. It didn’t bring me down in any way. I am still doing a lot of things.

One of the Skuki boys said he is in love with you and would want to marry you…

Oh yes. Everybody wants to marry me but I am not ready for marriage.

But the boy came out publicly and declared his love for you…

I laughed when I saw that story. I have not considered his request. I still have to make more money before I consider marriage. He is actually my friend and he never told me something like that. I have been linked with so many people. People cannot imagine me being a saint. They are just looking for something to attach to me.

How does it feel like being a star?

It is a lot of work. People see me and envy me and say ‘ohhh, she is now a star and she must be enjoying’. I am not enjoying. The more you are there, the more you do things. The expectation is now so high. Being a star is not so much fun because you have to do more work. You have to please people. You have to smile even when you are not in the mood. It is so frustrating. But then, you owe it to some people, you have put yourself out there. This is what I have signed for. Nobody begged me to do this.

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A Break From The Norm! Eniola Badmus’ Gunman Pose In A Shrine

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Eniola Badmus has always been a huge supporter of Olamide, the actress even stars in his yet to be released video for Eleda Mi O. So it came as no surprise when she struck the fame Gunman pose
again, this time in a shrine unlike her first viral photo which was taken at Cool FM Lagos Studios. The gunman pose ignited by Olamide has being done all over the world and by many celebrities
ranging from Don Jazzy to Yemi Alade to Ice Prince.
Too extreme? What do you think of Eniola’s eye-popping photo?! Check out her first gunman pose below.

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COSON Palava! BON Bans Wizkid, 2face, Asa, D’banj, Olamide, M.I And Several Others

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It seems IBAN and BON have had enough from COSON, three days ago they announced the ban
of all Nigerian artists registered with COSON. This means they ordered the immediate stop to the airing of songs of artists who are COSON members in Nigeria. They are accusing COSON of arbitrarily imposing and concocting fees which are not based on any agreeable and verifiable tariff and standards.
In a statement released and signed
jointly by the President and Secretary of IBAN, Sonny Adun and Guy Murray Bruce, the need for such a drastic step was due to “the antagonism and
harassment under the leadership of COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji.
The affected artists include M.I, eLDee, Ruggedman, Wizkid, Asa, Waje,
Omawumi, 2face Idibia, D’banj,Onyeka Onwenu, Iyanya, Banky W, Flavour, Ice Prince, Dr Sid, Olamide, 9ice and several others.

The statement in part reads

“No person or organisation particularly a collection society
such as COSON has a monopoly of authority over any other…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.”

However Mr Okoroji while reacting to the decision of the broadcasting bodies says the issue here is the strict stand COSON has on the royalties of artist works used on any of the broadcast stations. He says some stations have this attitude of “we can handle COSON” and goes on airing the works of the artist without paying them their due royalty which COSON is strongly against.

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PMAN Speaks on the current ban of airplay of Nigerian artists by BON & IBAN The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria is appalled by the recent development spearheaded by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria (IBAN) via
an official press release yesterday, calling for the immediate airplay ban on all media platforms on content from Nigerian artistes, the
association which was created with the sole mission to PROTECT, PRESERVE, and PROMOTE Nigerian musicianshas decided to react on the ban and on-going feud
between the Broadcasting
Organisation of Nigeria(BON),
Independent Broadcasters’
Association of Nigeria (IBAN) and Copyright Society of Nigeria
(COSON) calling for an immediate reversal of the ban in the interest of these artistes whom we know that all the above mentioned
organisations have their best
interests at heart.

The ban on airplay of these Nigerian artistes and their music on various Nigerian media platforms is from our standpointvery unfair, demeaning and discouraging. Weall knowwithout a doubt that these same artistes who have persevered and assisted us to build, today what is known as the Nigerian music industry, Africa’s biggest entertainment export to the world are the same people that are now being victimised. With this action, the association foresees a situation where this ban will, rather than encourage well meaning members of the society, with musical talent to hone their craft and join the success story of the entertainment industry, reverse will be the case. We also foresee a situation where the bulk of the material that will be circulated on nigerian airwaves will be foreign materials celebrating alien artistes instead of embracing, home grown talent and our cultural heritage.

COSONin it’s own right by a mandate given to the organisation acts as a collecting society for these artistes, helping to monitor and collect royalties entitled to them. As a collecting society, they have since inception acted as a shield to these artistes protecting their intellectual rights. BON& IBAN arguing that the tariffs and standards presented to them by COSON should be defended and agreeable with them, but we know that the ban is not the best invitation to the negotiating table.

Article 3.13.2.2 of the Broadcast code issued by NBC says: ‘For the purpose of free-to-air broadcast, Nigerian music shall constitute 80 per cent of all music broadcast’. If this ban is sustained, and 80% of the music played on the various media platforms are foreign material, we should ask ourselves as guardians of the music industry, if these media houses are paying the royalties owed to these foreign artistes, and thereby sidelining Nigerian music by Nigerian artistes, are we supporting them or failing them?We should also ask ourselves, ifthis ban which will invariably affect the rising profile of the Nigerian music industry in the world, economically and in relevance is good for us.

With these ongoing conflicts, lets not forget the owners of this intellectual properties, the music owners, record label owners, recording artistes, the instrumentalists, composers, who have spent time and money producing and packaging, what we know, enjoy and call music, their interests should be siginifcant in these agreements.

In light of all that has been mentioned above we ask again that the ban be reversed and that all the affected parties and major stakeholders in the entertainment industry sit down for a dialogue and reach a favourable agreement, beneficial to everyone involved.

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