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Coson Toasts Headies’ Winners

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Copyright Society of Nigeria (Coson) has congratulated its members whose exceptional talents and skills were rewarded over the weekend at the very exciting award show, the Headies.

The event which held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites recognized the contributions of such great talents like (Whizkid, Vector, 9ice, Ice Prince, Sound Sultan, Brymo and Banky W) all members of Coson.

While Whizkid won one of the most coveted awards on the night for Revelation of the Year and the Artiste of the Year plaque; multitalented singer Sound Sultan went home with Best Collaboration hit song, Orobo which featured Excel and Flavour.

Also on the award list on the night was another COSON member, Banky W who was singled out for his managerial skills at his EME record label. He went home with the Best Label Head award.
 
For his mega hit album, E.L.I, Ice Prince beat all for the Best Rap Album award while producer cum singer Brymo was also rewarded with the Recording of the Year for his effort with his mega hit single, Ara.

Another talented singer, Vector wrapped up the evening with two awards with his hit track, Angeli which also featured 9ice. The track won the music star the Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Roll awards.

Chief Tony Okoroji, Coson chairman said nothing short of the best have always been the expectation from both fans and admirers alike “And they have proven that they are equal to the task. They have done not only themselves proud but their fans and families”.

Okoroji said “A lot effort was put into these songs and for an award such as Headies to recognize these young men’s efforts only underscores the fact that the time is now for all music lovers and users to recognize and respect the stars’ rights just so that other up and coming musicians can strive to achieve this kind of feat. At Coson, we are doing our best to ensure that their labours are not in vain. These awards should translate to something greater; a secured future. As the nation’s sole collective management organization, we have resolved that the pride of Nigerian musicians must be restored and every musician must be happy to be a musician”

Chinedu Chukwuji, general manager of Coson, said the award has further confirmed that these music stars are champions in their own right.

“I am particularly happy that these musicians have been given credit for their efforts. Let me also use this medium to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that their efforts are not rewarded in awards alone, but their royalties must also fetch them money so that they can be energized to cook more good songs. I urge everyone who uses music to recognize that now is the time to restore the lost glory of the music industry and help give our musicians a sense of belonging”.


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.

FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.

The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.

The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”

“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”

Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.

The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”


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OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

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OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.

OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.

Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”

OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.


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