As the nation mourns, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the sole approved collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings, has equally expressed sadness at the news of the passing on of Ambassador Olusegun Olusola at the age of 77.
Reacting, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji said, ‘Nigeria’s cultural sector has lost a giant who was never too big or too busy to answer any call of the cultural community. The last time I had the honour of sharing a stage with him was in Calabar at the last National Festival of Arts & Culture (NAFEST) where he was Chairman of the Colloquium and I was the lead speaker. Once again, Ambassador Olusola was very eloquent, romancing the English language in the special style that only he could. He had in the past opened the doors to his Surulere home to me and offered me his special Ethiopian coffee as we rubbed minds on the future of the Nigerian creative sector. Not once did I invite Ambassador Olusola to an event and he did not honour the invitation. Despite his towering achievements, Ambassador Olusola was an incredibly humble person. Gone from us is an irreplaceable giant of the arts and culture, the undisputed leader of the Nigerian creative community. I cannot think of anyone with feet large enough to wear the shoes he has left behind neither can I think of anyone big enough to wear his cap. The challenge to Nigeria’s creative sector is to ensure that those ideals for which he worked tirelessly are pursued relentlessly’
Also reacting to the passing on of Ambassador Olusola, General Manager of COSON, Chinedu Chukwuji said, “I remember Ambassador Olusola with fond memories, the Village Headmaster was in a class of its own. Nigeria has indeed lost a genius but more importantly are the fond memories he leaves behind. May his soul rest in peace”
Ambassador Olusola will always be remembered for his creation of the popular Television series, Village Headmaster and his huge contributions to the creative industry in Nigeria.
COSON condoles with his family and friends but rejoices at the great legacy he left behind. His extraordinary creativity will be greatly missed.