Ras Murphy Van Anthony
‘Tony Okoroji is exploiting musicians’… ‘Tee Mac has endorsed my leadership of the union’. The elongated battle in Nigeria’s apex music body seems to have come to an end, according to Ras Murphy Van Anthony who says there is no faction in PMAN, and that Tee Mac and Dele Abiodun have giving in to the new administration and extended their arms of fellowship.
Whether the water is calm or stormy; the music and entertainment industry in Akwa Ibom has become very vibrant in recent time, enough to attract the attention of the apex music body, multinationals for events and other state holders and investors.
Ras Murphy Van Anthony – the current and embattled National President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria was hosted in Uyo by Pastor Jeremy Ekong, who stairs the affairs of the body in Akwa Ibom State.
Ras Murphy Van Anthony  while on the working trip, he reacted to pressing and critical issues in the state and music industry.
The trip to Uyo was to further consolidate the structure of the union in the grass root, and to chart a course for professional musicians. He spoke about topical issues, and called on the government to support the musicians and help them to enforce the lawAKWA IBOM MUSIC INDUSTRY
The PMAN National President said Akwa Ibom PMAN is the best in Nigeria, and artistes in Akwa Ibom should receive more pay. He analyzed the music and entertainment scene in Akwa Ibom state, and commended the leadership for the improvement witnessed by the association. Before Pastor Jeremy took over, there was nothing like PMAN in Akwa Ibom, everybody was just running a one man show. He also commended the efforts of the private sector, promoters, event planners and entertainment journalists for contributing and reporting the industry’s activities over the years


PMAN IN AKWA IBOM-THE CONTROVERSY WITHIN

My first trip was on invitation by one Kufre Ita Etuk to give an award to Bishop Sam Akpan, that was all rubbish, what I saw was not the true union of musicians, but politicians and people who just wanted to feel relevant. I gave them a target, asked them to re-structure the union, and I back to see a whole new different PMAN in Akwa Ibom

THE WAY FORWARD FOR PMAN IN AKWA IBOM

The battle we all have to fight is PIRACY. We have given Pastor Jeremy the powers based on the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to collect entertainment tax from performers and music consumers in public places. There are other projects in the pipeline, but my office is yet to be briefed on that. PMAN now has the first ever patron from Akwa Ibom by name Dr. Victor Edia and Pastor Jeremy Ekong has been appointed as the coordinator of the South South based on his performance in Akwa Ibom
MUSIC AT CALABAR CARNIVAL
Over the years, artistes from Akwa Ibom have lamented over the pay they receive as remuneration for performances at the annual Calabar Festival, and there have been reports of ethnic discrimination. But I frown seriously against it, and I want the PMAN Chairman in Cross River State to do something about it  COSON, PMAN and the copyright warPiracy is the greatest challenge musicians have, as they need to be rewarded for their creativity. Tony Okoroji is exploiting musicians, what they give to artistes is just peanut, COSON is just a collecting society. It is not supposed to be so; NCC should be working hand in hand with PMAN. But I discovered that there is a lot of politics in the industry, and the Alaba Marketers go to Abuja to bribe government officials so they will be free to operate.


WORD TO NIGERIANS

These days our youths seem to be too lazy to learn a musical instrument, the so called artistes do is miming. I advise Nigerians to listen, and patronize good and genuine music and musicians.

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