The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has installed Nigerian
legendary singer Bongos Ikwue as its Special Copyright Inspector (SCI)
as part of its anti-piracy campaign.
Mr John Asein,
Director-General of the Commission, presented Ikwue with an
investiture letter and also decorated him during a courtesy visit to his
residence on Tuesday in Abuja.
Asein explained that the commission was working with relevant
stakeholders in the creative sector to make its anti-piracy enforcement
efforts more effective.
According to him, NCC has recently installed its board members as
its first set of Special Copyright Inspectors (SCIs) pursuant to
section 38 of the Nigerian Copyrights Act 2004, as Amended.
“We are privileged to have Bongos Ikwue as a board member of the
Nigerian Copyrights Commission, and his investiture as one of its first
set of Special Copyright Inspectors (SCIs) is a good development.
“This is long overdue because for a legend like him to lend his voice
against piracy is a major boost to our collective fight against it.
“His music has been used as sound track of many Nigerian movies, including the legendary ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’.
“The first duty of the commission is to ensure that rights owners
enjoy the rewards for their creativity and ensure that the creative
sector grows and contributes adequately to national economy, ”he said.
The DG further explained that although the SCIs were not employees of
the commission, they would serve as volunteers in fulfilling
He said that they were to complement the anti-piracy operations of
the commission, especially in intelligence gathering and public
enlightenment on copyrights issues, among other functions.
In his remark, Ikwue , commended the DG and his management team for
the opportunity and recognition given to him and pledged to lend his
voice in the collective fight against piracy.
He noted that piracy had remained a menace to the growth of the
Nigerian creative industry over the years, and had deprived artistes of
He however called for citizens engagement and awareness to ensure that piracy was seen as a ‘common enemy.’
“I am happy for this honour , and want to appeal to everyone to join
the Nigerian Copyrights Commission in the fight against piracy.
“Let us talk to them so we can work together in a harmonious way against piracy for the country to grow,
“It breaks my heart whenever I hear that some of my colleagues have
passed-on because they could not take care of their medical bills after
working so hard, he said.
The 77-year-old Bongos Ikwue is one of Nigeria’s foremost singers of Idoma extraction.
He was known for for his soulful, folk songs, including the
classics “Cockcrow At Dawn”, “Still Searching” and “Otachikpokpo,”
His music is well loved by a vast majority of Nigerians, with a fan base that cut across language barriers and ethnic divides.
He is acclaimed for his dedication to the promotion of Africa and
African values by his continuous use of his native Idoma language in
The septuagenarian was the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Film
Corporation, and currently a member of the board of Nigerian Copyright Commission.