Following the ban of most Nigeria’s A-list acts by IBAN and BON because of COSON, Nigerians have poured out their minds concerning the ban.
news hit few days ago, that Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and the Independent Broadcasting Society of Nigeria, IBAN, have jointly put on hold, the playing of artistes songs under COSON.
Artistes affected include the likes of 2face Idibia, D’banj, Onyeka Onwenu, Iyanya, Banky W, Flavour, Ice Prince, Dr Sid, Olamide, 9ice, M.I, eLDee, Ruggedman, Wizkid, Asa, Waje, Omawumi and several others.

Reason for the ban was as a result of COSON’s regular demand for huge amount of money as royalties for its artistes which most of the time end in court.
However in a swift reaction to the ban, Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON issued a statement saying IBAN and BON members  are fund of not paying its artistes their dues after playing their songs on their stations.

Stepping into the issue, Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, ordered the immediate reversal of the ban because of the negative effect it will have on the innocent artistes who have worked hard to build the entertainment industry to where it is today. Instead, PMAN advises the warring parties to settle through dialogue.

Meanwhile Nigerians too have aired their opinion concerning the ban. In their diverse views, some are of the opinion that the fighting associations all have their personal benefits from the money gain from the affected artistes.
Others say the ban is indeed not fair to the artistes:

Tope said…
“Ole. Una wan dey chop and clean mouth. A society where most things are upside down”

Ugo said…” You go fear fear! Which one them go come they play?? Maheeda own?”

 ” LOL…Without all the listed artistes, there’s no naija music industry. We will always download songs”, Applelipx.

Micheal said…
“Abeg by the time they ban all these mentioned artiste,who go remain?Maybe Kwam 1,Osadebe,Zakky,Bright Chimezie & co……laff want kill me….ooooooo”

Anonymous said…
“I like this, COSON with its good intentions should also know, the young and struggling Talents are now the ones paying the huge price for their lack of thoroughness in package. OAPs and Stations don’t even wink at them.
COSON do a thorough self appraisa”.

Bright said…
“Don’t put 2face, iyanya etc as a wrestle tool. COSON see through your errors and make a balance…the young ones who are talented now seem helpless”

felly said…
” Coson  is not ok at all. Let the station not play their songs now and see who go lose. It’ s not as if they are going to give d artists their real %. They are just fighting for the one dey are going to eat”.

Anonymous said…
“Funny how people reason. The stations help promote your music and that’s not enough. Una wan collect money join….. I wish this ban stays for long let me know how many people will hear your songs before buying your cds.. Mtcheww”

Linda said…
“It serves them right.I support the BAN.Nigerian artistes are becoming too greedy.They all need to be thought a lesson.They forgot that BON was doing them favour showcasing their works.What better ways to market their music aside via BON.Bring quality foreign music on again.I’m damn getting tired of low quality works being produced of late by Nigerian artists.Call them to do stage performance of works they did and you see rubish! Wizkid is an example.Pls let the ban remain ejooooo”

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