The Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN), has announced the appointment of music personalities – Sunny Neji, Fapohunda Asha Gangali and Matthew Ohio as members of the society’s board of directors.
The MCSN’s general council, at its meeting of 18th March 2021, unanimously approved the nominations of the trio as members of the Society’s Board of Directors. The appointments take immediate effect.
According to a statement made available to TCN, “the nominations and appointments of Sunny Neji and Asha Fopohunda (Asha Gangali) were in line with MCSN’s agreement with the Performing Musicians’ Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN), which provides that PMAN would have two seats on the Board of MCSN. The nomination and appointment of Matthew Ohio on the other hand was based on Matthew’s wide interests and representations in the music industry upon which MCSN would leverage to increase the quality and quantity of its membership and huge repertoire.”
Reacting to his appointment, veteran musician, Sunny Neji, said that he accepts “the appointment to seat on the board of MCSN, as it is indeed a privilege to serve in this capacity. I promise to do my best to add value to MCSN and indeed the industry at large.”
For Asha Gangali, an established new generation artiste, he promised “to work with other directors in line with the goals and visions of MCSN to become the best Collective Management Organisation (CMO) in Africa and one of the best in the whole world”.
The statement also quoted the President of the Performing Musicians’ Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Pretty Okafor, as saying that the appointments “is a great sign and proof that the partnership between MCSN and PMAN is no fluke as it would turn the music industry around for good and the benefits of the Nigerian musician”.
The Chief Executive Officer of MCSN, Mayo Ayilaran, while making the announcement of the appointments stated that the appointments signifies the bringing on deck more hands to work for the building of the required structures for the music industry and strengthen the capacity of the collective management of copyright in Nigeria.
He assured that with PMAN and MCSN partnership, prosperity for the Nigerian music industry and musician is certain.