Three renowned showbiz and business impresario, Sunny Neji, Fapohunda Asha Gangali and Matthew Ohio have been appointed to the board of the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN)
The General Council (the Board) of MCSN at its meeting of 18th March 2021 received, considered and unanimously approved the nominations of the three music personalities as members of the Society’s Board of Directors.
The nominations and appointments of Sunny Neji and Asha Fopohunda (Asha Gangali) were on the basis of MCSN’s agreement with the Performing Musicians’ Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN), which provides that PMAN would have two seats on the Board of MCSN. The nomination and appointment of Matthew Ohio on the other hand was based on Matthew’s wide interests and representations in the music industry upon which MCSN would leverage to increase the quality and quantity of its membership and huge repertoire.
Reacting to his appointment, Sunny Neji, a veteran musician with several years of experience in the music industry, states that he accepts “the appointment to seat on the board of MCSN, as it is indeed a privilege to serve in this capacity. I promise to do my best to add value to MCSN and indeed the industry at large.”
On his part, Asha Fapohunda (Gangali), an established new generation artiste, states that he gladly accepts the appointment as a director of the MCSN and promised “to work with other Directors in line with the goals and visions of MCSN to become the best Collective Management Organisation (CMO) in Africa and one of the best in the whole world”.
Matthew Ohio, a show biz entrepreneur and an investor in the entertainment industry who has provided a platform for several artistes, said he feels grateful and honoured to be appointed as a Director of the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN). He stated that he intends “to carry out my duties in the interest of the music industry and its practitioners at large while applying my knowledge and resources to bring value to the MCSN”.
The President of the Performing Musicians’ Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Pretty Okafor, sees the appointments of the trio as a good fresh beginning for the entire music industry. “It is a great sign and proof that the partnership between MCSN and PMAN is no fluke as it would turn the music industry around for good and the benefits of the Nigerian musician”, stated the PMAN President.
The Chief Executive Officer of MCSN, Mr. Mayo Ayilaran, while making the announcement of the appointments professed that the appointments signifies the bringing on deck more hands to work for the building of the required structures for the music industry and strengthen the capacity of the collective management of copyright in Nigeria. He assured that with PMAN and MCSN partnership, prosperity for the Nigerian music industry and musician is certain.
The appointments take immediate effect.
The Disappointing State of Customer Relations Among Instagram Merchants
By Otunba Deoye Otukoya
In today’s digital age Instagram has become an indispensable platform for businesses to connect with customers and promote their products or services. With the increasing popularity of Instagram stores it is essential for merchants to prioritize good customer relations. However a prevalent issue that deserves attention is the lack of professionalism and poor communication exhibited by some Instagram merchants. Many customers have reported incidents where the merchants provide their phone numbers on their timelines but fail to respond adequately or display unpleasant attitudes when contacted. This article aims to shed light on this concerning trend and the implications it has on customers and businesses alike.
1. Accessibility Matters:
One of the fundamental aspects of ensuring good customer relations is the accessibility of the merchant. By voluntarily providing their phone numbers merchants convey the impression of being available and open to customer inquiries. However the reality often falls short of this expectation. Too frequently customers are left frustrated and inconvenienced when their attempts to contact merchants go unanswered for days or are met with dismissive responses. This lack of availability undermines trust and damages the overall customer experience.
2. Unprofessional Attitudes:
Another significant concern is the unprofessional conduct and negative attitudes displayed by certain Instagram merchants when interacting with customers. The success of any business hinges on creating a positive relationship with consumers. However some merchants who put their phone numbers out for public use have been observed to have a lackadaisical approach towards customer engagements. Instances of rude behavior impatience and unhelpfulness have been reported leaving customers feeling disrespected and discouraged from engaging with that particular merchant or even shopping on Instagram altogether.
3. The Ripple Effect:
The ramifications of poor customer relations go beyond individual experiences. When customers have negative encounters with Instagram merchants they are likely to share their frustrations with friends family and online communities. Word-of-mouth plays a crucial role in shaping a merchant’s reputation and negative reviews can quickly spread damaging the business’s credibility. Consequently merchants who fail to prioritize customer relations may find themselves losing potential customers and hindering their long-term growth prospects.
4. A Call for Improvement:
To address this issue it is imperative for Instagram merchants to recognize the significance of good customer relations and take proactive steps to improve their interactions with customers. Some crucial measures include:
a. Prompt Responses: Merchants should aim to respond to customer inquiries in a timely manner ideally within 24 hours. This showcases attentiveness and professionalism fostering positive customer relationships.
b. Polite and Respectful Communication: Merchants need to maintain a respectful tone even when faced with challenging or repetitive customer inquiries. Good customer relations require patience and understanding.
c. Training and Empathy: Merchants should invest time in training their customer support staff emphasizing the importance of empathy and effective problem-solving. Understanding the customer’s perspective can go a long way in providing satisfactory resolutions.
d. Feedback and Improvements: Merchants should actively seek feedback from customers to identify areas for improvement. This feedback loop can assist in refining their customer relations strategies and forging stronger connections with their target audience.
The alarming lack of good customer relations displayed by some Instagram merchants is a disheartening trend that affects both customers and businesses. By prioritizing accessibility professionalism and respect in their interactions merchants can foster an environment of trust and loyalty. Overlooking the importance of good customer relations may lead to a decline in sales and reputation. Ultimately developing strong customer relations on Instagram will not only boost customer satisfaction but also drive growth and success for merchants in the long run.
Remembering MOHBAD, an Underrated Nigerian Artist
The heartbreaking news of Mohbad’s passing on September 12, 2023, left a deep void in the Nigerian music scene. Mohbad was undoubtedly one of the most underrated talents in the industry, and his departure is a painful loss to the world of music.
Mohbad’s journey in the music industry was marked by a fierce determination to make his mark. He faced challenges within his record label, where he believed he was not receiving the promotion he deserved. It was evident to him, as well as his growing fan base, that he possessed a wealth of talent waiting to be unleashed.
His music was a testament to his artistry. While some criticized Nigerian musicians for lacking substance, Mohbad’s songs were a shining exception. It was this depth in his music that drew me to become a fan. I first took notice of him when he delivered a powerful cover of Kizz Daniel’s ‘Fvck U.’ As a dedicated rap enthusiast, I recognized the profound thinking that went into his lyrics. Lines like ‘MALLAM na Mallan even ti e ba spell e la ti eyin,’ which translates to ‘A MALLAM will always be Mallam even if it’s spelled backward,’ showcased his lyrical prowess.
Mohbad initially made a name for himself as a rapper but transitioned into a lamba artist to reach a wider audience. This strategic move bore fruit when he released ‘Ko Po Ke,’ a song that became a massive hit. After joining Marlian Records, he continued to build a rich catalog of music.
Despite the challenges he faced, Mohbad remained resilient. He recently released a new album, a testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft. Tragically, he lost his life while promoting this album, which had the potential to propel him to the heights he truly deserved in the industry.
Before parting ways with his former label, Mohbad had endured a great deal, and his health had suffered as a result. He was diagnosed with hypertension, a stark reminder of the toll his pursuit of musical greatness had taken on his well-being.
In tribute to Mohbad, let us remember his undeniable talent, his commitment to creating meaningful music, and the resilience he displayed throughout his journey. He may have left us too soon, but his music will continue to resonate with his fans and serve as a testament to his enduring legacy in Nigerian music.
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