Award-winning singer and actress Onyeka Onwenu has dumped her membership with the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) for the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MSCN).
The 70-year-old disclosed this at a welcome event organised by the chairman board of MCSN, Orits Wiliki and the CEO of MCSN Mayo Ayilaran.
In a chat with newsmen, Onyeka Onwenu revealed that she decided to quit her membership with COSON when it became clear that she was not getting any form of royalties for 11 years.
The Women’s Cot star, whom many refer to as Elegant Stallion, further revealed that all her efforts to ensure the management of COSON led by Tony Okoroji did what was right fell on deaf ears.
Onyeka, who was presented with a membership certificate as well as a detailed programme of the running of the CMO for the previous year, said she is delighted to have joined MCSN after she found out about the dedication and the readiness of the body to collect royalties of members and disburse without hitches.
The veteran singer also stated that she did not make any money from her hit song ‘One Love’, adding that some musician at the time, signed their intellectual property to their record labels.
Onyeka began her music career in 1981 while still working with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), releasing the album For the Love of You, a pop album that featured an orchestral cover of Johnny Nash’s ‘Hold Me Tight’, and her second album Endless Life was produced by Sonny Okosun. Both records were released on the EMI label.
She has starred in several movies like Womens’ Cot, Every Single Day, The Tyrant, Chain Reactions, Omalinze, Half of a Yellow Sun, Lionheart and Muna.