Lai Mohammed takes creative industry campaign to COSON

Chairman of COSON Chief Tony Okoroji (left) in conversation with Minister for Infrmation and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while DG of NTDC Folarin Coker and Nollywod actor St. Obi look on, at the Creative Industry Roundtable in Lagos.

The newly commissioned COSON House in Ikeja, Lagos, will bubble today, as the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) host the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will paying an official working visit to the headquarters of the copyright collective management organisation.

Apart from getting a first-hand briefing on the activities of the organisation, which is in the forefront of protecting intellectual properties of Nigerian musicians, the visit will offer the minister an opportunity to interact with a cross-section of the music industry in the country, as Nigeria seeks to reposition the nation’s creative industries for more meaningful contribution to the economic recovery of the nation.  

The visit is a prelude to the big Creative Nigeria Summit to be declared open by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, which takes place at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel on July 17, and 18, 2017.

The Minister personally announced his visit to COSON House at the Creative Industry Round Table, which he hosted at Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday, where he urged all DGs and CEOs of parastatals under his ministry to be present at COSON House event.

Speaking on the upcoming visit of the Minister, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji who was at the Round Table, said, “We consider the visit of the minister to be historic. He has given strong indications that he means well for the creative industries in Nigeria. We will not just roll out the red carpet for him; we will work very closely with him to expand the frontiers of the Nigerian music industry for the greater good of musicians across Nigeria, investors in the music industry and the good of the Nigerian nation.

“At COSON House, the minister and his entourage will see an example of what we can achieve in our country when we are focused and determined to do the right things,” Okoroji said.

Since its commissioning on May 20, the ultra-modern COSON House has become a hub for key activities in the creative industries with the COSON House Arena, hosting several events including the much talked about special June 12 Lecture by Ovation International Publisher, Basorun Dele Momodu.

Practically every day, artistes of different shades throng the COSON House to share in the joy of the edifice, the first of its kind by any association, group, guild or union in the history of the Nigerian creative industry.

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