Copyright Society of Nigeria,COSON, has urged the federal government to give marching orders to Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, to kick-start an intellectual property and creative revolution in Nigeria.
At the big “open house” event at COSON Headquarters to mark ‘No Music Day’ 2016 on September 1, which was attended by several artistes and various media representatives across the full spectrum of Nigeria’s print, broadcast and social media, COSON said that this period of economic recession in Nigeria should be a cause for important soul searching for the Nigerian nation.
Delivering the 2016 official address on the State of the Nigerian Music Industry, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, said that the creative ingenuity of the Nigerian people can be seen in how wide Nigerian music, movies, literature, fashion, programming, and similar products of creative endeavour originating from Nigeria are in demand across the world. According to him, this is clearly an area in which Nigeria has significant comparative advantage and what is needed is the spark to light the fire and the result will be astounding.
According to him, “We believe that President Muhammadu Buhari can give marching orders to both his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who has the training and the intellect to fully grasp the issues, and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, who for several years was a respected Director at the World intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), to create real change in Nigeria. These gentlemen have the ability to kick-start an intellectual property and creative revolution in our country which can change the story of Nigeria forever.”