22nd May, 2013
Some artistes in the Nigerian music industry on Tuesday turned out en masse to clean up the streets of Lagos, feed the hungry and visit the homeless.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that musicians who participated in the exercise included TuFace Idibia, who was accompanied by his manager, Mr Efe Omorogbe.
Others were Ras Kimono, Dizzy Falola and Chibuzor Orji, popularly called “Faze”, amongst others.
The exercise was organised by the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) as part of efforts to create awareness about the industry and bring music to the doorstep of every Nigerian.
The event was one of the major highlights of the COSON week which commenced on May 19 with the tag “COSON in the streets”.
In a brief remark during the exercise, Orji commended COSON for protecting the interest of musicians and urged the society to do more
“I appreciate what they (COSON) are doing. They should keep it up,” he said.
In an interview with NAN, Falola also commended COSON for its efforts to make the future of Nigeria’s music industry secure.
He said the exercise was an indication that Nigerian musicians were serious and committed to the progress of the country.
“Musicians and other celebrities are always viewed as different and separated from other Nigerians, but we have come out to involve ourselves in activities we normally do not do.
“The activities include cleaning the streets, disposal of waste and visiting the homeless.
“We are human beings. If the people see what we are doing, they will realise that we are all the same,” he said, and urged other organisations to emulate the misicians.
“What we are doing is unusual. It is something that is hard for other organisations to do, but we have to start from somewhere and COSON has taken the giant step.
“With the success of the event in Lagos, we can begin to move from state to state in order to reach the masses and positively improve the music industry,” Falola said.
On his part, TuFace Idibia commended COSON for its efforts to improve the livelihood of musicians as well as its transparency and openness.
He said Nigerians were not recognising the dignity of labour and were looking down on jobs like cleaning and waste disposal.
“There is dignity in labour. Some Nigerians view some jobs like cleaning and waste disposal as inferior.
“People who do these jobs are earning money and we need to respect them and what they do. They are not doing anything illegal. There is dignity in what they do,” Idibia said.
He urged Nigerian youths not to wait for government jobs only but to engage in jobs that are legal to earn their living.