The President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Pretty Okafor, has revealed that the late Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, not being a registered member of PMAN complicated the association’s intervention in the ongoing controversy surrounding royalties and his former record label, Marlian Records.
Okafor made the remarks during his appearance before a House of Representatives committee investigating Mohbad’s death, specifically focusing on allegations of harassment and unpaid royalties.
He emphasised that the newer generation of musicians often fails to see the advantages of joining PMAN, which offers numerous benefits, including the resolution of contractual issues between artists and record labels.
“We engage the Music Managers Association of Nigeria. We engage the Record Label Association of Nigeria, and we also engage the artistes. That is why it is difficult to manage the crisis that erupted now,” Okafor stated.
He further noted, “Some of them believe that PMAN is archaic. Some of them believe that it is only for old people. For some of them, the record labels manipulate their psyche not to make them stay under the authority of PMAN, which is why this kind of crisis emerged.”
The absence of registration in PMAN among newer artistes and their hesitation to address contractual matters through the association has added complexity to resolving issues like the Mohbad case.
Mohbad’s lawyer added that his client had certain arrangements with Marlian Records, which are still subjects of dispute.
According to the lawyer, Mohbad had worked with Marlian Records, releasing an Extended Play (EP) and several singles.
However, the distribution and control of the songs have become points of contention, leading to litigation that Mohbad was involved in before his untimely death.
The Chairman of the Committee, Olumide Osoba, reaffirmed the Committee’s commitment to ensuring that issues related to the late musician’s royalties and entitlements are thoroughly addressed.