COSON Week climaxes with “Song Awards”

The spectacular COSON SONG AWARDS formed the climax of the recently held COSON (Copyright Society of Nigeria) Week in Lagos Nigeria. Despite the massive expectation, it is safe to say that no one was ready for what they saw. From the themed red carpet ‘fantastico’ to the show itself, it was pure magic. Many marvelled at the huge theatre of the COSON Song Awards, knowing that they had been part of genius and history.  No one left the event without saying ‘wow!’

COSON Chair, Chief Okoroji and Mrs. Olsen at the special recogintion ceremony for Mrs. Olsen at the COSON Green Ball

COSON Chair, Chief Okoroji and Mrs. Olsen at the special recognition ceremony for Mrs. Olsen at the COSON Green Ball

The first spectacle that hit everyone who attended the event was the opulence and sheer splendour of the red carpet fantastico themed in crème silk at which Nigeria’s glitterati mingled and sipped cocktails while a thousand flashlights exploded from the paparazzi. Then the guests were ushered into the huge events arena by the beautiful hostesses selected after several weeks of a major series of contests of beauty and brains conducted by a celebrity cast made up of rap icon, Ruggedman, Queen Ure, Kween Onakala and Aisha Joy.

L-R, Sir Shina Peters, Queen Ure and Bright Chimezie at the COSON in the church

L-R, Sir Shina Peters, Queen Ure and Bright Chimezie at the COSON in the church

Everyone held their breadth when the lights went down in the auditorium. Without any announcement, Segun Obe, came on stage and took the audience through a sonorous rendition of Nigeria’s national anthem. The curtains opened, the insignia of the COSON Song Awards rose majestically on the stage crafted by the master of set designs, Italian trained Pat Nebo and the real magic began. On the huge screen, a golden bird appeared, searching in the deep forest of creativity. When the bird found what it was looking for, it took off on a historic journey, flying and meandering through the streets of Lagos and the major landmarks of the city, dodging the vehicles in traffic. Nothing could stop the golden bird until it found its way into Victoria Island at nightfall and then flew into Oriental Hotel. Unto the stage of the New Ballroom, it perched on a metal gong, the musical instrument common to the peoples of Nigeria. Awoko, the nightingale had arrived!

Queen Ure and Actress Oge Okoye at the COSON in the church

Queen Ure and Actress Oge Okoye at the COSON in the church

The special bird, Awoko which had been sculpted as the distinct plaque of the COSON Song Awards by a young Yaba College of Technology graduate, Dare Adenuga, is the leading singing bird celebrated in many songs of Yoruba master songwriters. It is reputed to have out-of this-world lyrics and singing talent. In Yoruba mythology, when Awoko shows up, every other bird bows. What the audience had just seen of Awoko was video animation at its best. The animation was carefully executed over a month of day and night creative effort by another young Nigerian, Ademola Tajudeen. When Awoko perched on the gong, the audience responded in thunderous applause.

Talented saxophonist, TJ Sax and BOUQUI at the COSON in the Church's red carpet

Talented saxophonist, TJ Sax and BOUQUI at the COSON in the Church’s red carpet

Onto the stage came the host of the night, debonair Frank Edoho, the very popular host of TV quiz programme, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? When Frank walked in, the auditorium was practically on fire as the audience went into rapturous applause. Then on to the giant screen, the story of Nigerian social culture from the 60s woven delicately into the music of the times unfolded with nostalgia in an unforgettable way and everyone in the auditorium knew that they were part of history. The ten most memorable songs of the 60s were played back and the presenters, A list actor, Segun Arinze and FRCN’s Cordelia Okpei dramatically appeared from the bowels of the stage in a 60s Chevrolet Impala to present the Song of the 60s award won by Victor Uwaifo’s Joromi. The audience was clearly in awe. Once again, Tony Okoroji who one spectacular day in Nigeria’s showbiz history arrived the stage of the National Theatre from the roof, had wrought magic again!

The panelists at the COSON Lecture

The panelists at the COSON Lecture

Actor Kalu Ikeagwu and fast rising singer, Seyi Shay who presented the award of the Song of the 70s won by Prince Nico Mbarga’s Sweet Mother arrived in style in a Citroen D Super.

There were earth shattering performances by top artistes like Sunny Neji, 2Face Idibia, Solid Star, Seyi Shay, Iyanya and Majek Fashek. At the star studded event which will be talked about for many months were Sir Victor Uwaifo, Mike Okri, Pa Chris Ajilo, Orlando Julius, Victor Uwaifo, Sir Shina Peters, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, Bright Chimezie, Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye, Dizzy K. Falola, Sunny Neji, Flavour, Righteous Man, Bracket, Zakky Adze, Queen Ure among many others. Also in attendance were Nollywood stars including Fred Amata, Segun Arinze, Patrick and Iretiola Doyle Jennifer Eliogu, Fidelis Duker, Kalu Ikeagwu, Beautiful Nubia, Annie Macaulay Idibia, newlywed Femi Brainard and media personality, Prince Bisi Olatilo among several others.

The Rainmaker Majek Fashek and Prince Bisi Olatilo at the COSON SONG AWARDS

The Rainmaker Majek Fashek and Prince Bisi Olatilo at the COSON SONG AWARDS

It was a night that set a new bar for the organization of entertainment events in Nigeria, a night not to be forgotten in a long time.

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Song of the 60s:

Victor Olaiya – Baby Jowo

Bobby Benson -Taxi Driver

Victor Efosa Uwaifo – Joromi

Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson-Love Adure

Celestine Ukwu – Ijenu

Isaac Kehinde Dairo – Mo Se Orire

Stephen Osita Osadebe – One Pound, No Balance

Fela Ransom Kuti – Oni Dodo

Chris Ajilo – Eko Gbagbere

Fatai Rolling Dollar – Won Keresi


Song of the 70s:

Ebenezer Obey -Board Members

Fela Anikulapo Kuti –  Shakara

Bongos Ikwue – Still Searching

Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother

Oliver De Coque – Identity

Raphael Amarabem- Eddie Quansah

Sonny Okosun –  Help

Cliff David – Beautiful Woman

Sunny Ade –  Syncro System

Dan Ian –  Fuel for love


Song of 80s:

Kris Okotie – I Need Someone

Majek Fashek  – Send Down the Rain

Felix Lebarty – Ngozi

Shina Peters – Ijo Shina

Ras Kimono – Rumba Style

Bright Chimezie – African Style

Sikiru Ayinde Barrister – Fuji Garbage

Christy Essien – Seun Rere

Victor Essiet – Rat Race

Sunny Okosun – Which Way Nigeria?


Song of the 90s:

Lagbaja -Coolu Temper

Baba Fryo – Denge Pose

Daddy Shokey- Diana

Eddy Brown -Sha komo?

Wasiu Ayinde – Baby me Show Colour

Femi Kuti – Wonder Wonder

Oritz Wiliki – Heart of Stone

Sunny Neji –  Mr Fantastic

Pasuma Wonder –  Orobokibo

Adewale Ayuba –  Mr Johnson


Contemporary Afro Song in the New Millennium:

Lagbaja – Konko Below

Timaya – Dem Mama

9ice –  Gongo Aso

Mad Melon & Mountain Black -_ Danfo Driver

Jeremiah Gyang – Na Ba Ka

Kehinde Akinbode – Olorioko

African China – Crisis

Duncan Mighty – Port Harcourt First Son


Contemporary Pop Song in the New Millennium:

T. Y. Bello – Greenland

Paul Play Dairo – Angel of my Life

Asa – Jailer

Dare Art Alade – Not the Girl

Tunde Akinsami/Shifi Emoefe – Olufunmi

2 Face Idibia/Black Face – African Queen

Peter, Paul & Jude Okoye – Bizzy Body

Banky W – Strong Thing

M.I. – Number One


Contemporary Highlife Song in the New Millennium:

Sunny Neji – Oruka

Bracket – Yori Yori

D’ Banj –  Mo Bo Lowo

J. Martins – Good & Bad

Mike Abdul & Patricia King – Igwe

Princess Annie Inyang – Akanamkwe

Flavour – Oyi NaTumu


Contemporary Afro Song in the New Era:

Wiz Kid – Pakurumo

Olamide – First of All

Omawumi – If you Ask Me

Tiwa Savage- Kele Kele

W4 – Gba Control

2face Idibia- Ihe Neme

Cobams Asuquo – Kedike

D’Banj –  Oliver Twist

Iyanya –  Ku Kere

Jaywon – This Year

Brymo – Ara N’be


Contemporary Pop Song in the New Era:

Davido – Dami Duro

Asa –  Be Mine

Ice Prince – Oleku

Vector –  Angeli

Bez –  Stupid Song

Dammykrane – My Dear

Solid Star –  omotena

Chuddy K –  Gaga Crazy

May D –  Ile Ijo

P-Square –  Chop My Money

Seyi Shay – Irawo


Contemporary Highlife Song in the New Era:

Bracket/Wizkid –  Girl

Wizboy –  Infinity

J Martins  – Fine Fine Love

P-Square – . Beautiful Onyinye

Flavour –  Baby Oku

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