By Charles Mgbolu
Dexterous and award winning rap artist Jude Abaga better known as MI has lashed out at the executive members of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria PMAN, stating in very strong terms that the association is an ‘embarrassment’ to the industry and should be usurped via a ‘coup’.
MI said this at the Nigerian Entertainment conference held Friday, April 26 at the Grand ball room of the Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island Lagos where incidentally no executive member of PMAN was present.
MI said “There is a systemic breakdown at PMAN. I recently held a meeting with them and the way it went, it was an embarrassment to the industry we have now. We don’t know the way forward because the present PMAN no longer represents the Nigerian artist, there needs to be a coup’’.
MI did not categorically state when this meeting was held and if it was held after music promoter, singer, businesswoman, Artiste Manager, Oluremi Aminat Dangaji, was elected new president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) last month.
The conference organisers had made an open invitation on-line to industry stakeholders and entertainment journalists which saw hundreds turn in at the event.
Special recognition awards were given to nineteen individuals who have performed very well in their respective fields. Amongst them are, Nelson Brown, Afro beat legend, Femi Kuti and African pop icon, 2Face Idibia.
Others include Nightshift Coliseum creator, Ken Caleb-Olumese, Juju legend, King Sunny Ade, godfather of Nigerian comedy, Ali Baba, Fuji icon, K1, revered movie makers, Amaka Igwe and Tunde Kelani, distinguished publishers, Kunle Bakare, Mayor Akinpelu and Femi Akintunde Johnson, music superstars, Dbanj and Don Jazzy, showbiz practitioner, Edi Lawani, renowned music label and media bosses, Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye as well as Nigeria’s number one DJ, DJ Jimmy Jatt.
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