The General Council of the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN) has appointed Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, KSA, as the Honorary President of the Society.
The appointment of KSA as the President of MCSN coincides with the rollout of the Society’s GoCreate App for the monitoring and reporting of the use of music on all platforms (digital, online and offline) within the territory of Nigeria.
King Sunny Ade is not new to the leadership role in MCSN. The juju music legend once served as Chairman of the Board of the Society during the testing times when MCSN, now a collective management organisation, was struggling to be approved or licensed as a collecting society. As Chairman, KSA led several delegations of MCSN to meet with Ministers and top Government functionaries to press for the recognition of MCSN as a collecting society. KSA also led MCSN through series of serious legal battles for the respect and defence of the rights of musicians. Many of the cases have now come out in favour of MCSN, even up to the Supreme Court.
The appointment was apparently in recognition and appreciation of the past leadership duties of King Sunny Ade to MCSN.
In his new role, the King of World Beat as King Sunny Ade is also known, is expected to act as the Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the Society opening more doors of opportunities for the Society by leveraging on his wide experience and contacts around the world for the benefit of the Society and its affiliates.
MCSN is also expected to leverage on the vast experience and network of King Sunny Ade in pushing the cause of the Society.
The prestigious position of MCSN President was last occupied by the late Ambassador, Chief Segun Olusola.
King Sunny Ade will formally be inaugurated soon.