After several weeks of discussions and bickering, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered the Broadcasting Society of Nigeria (BON) and the Independent Broadcasting Society of Nigeria (IBAN) to lift the ban imposed on all Nigerian artistes registered with the Copyrights Society of Nigeria (COSON) and begin airplay of the affected artiste's songs.
The ban had been placed early December following the complete fall out between COSON and BON/IBAN over unpaid royalties of Nigerian artistes. COSON had been demanding that BON/IBAN release unpaid royalties of artistes amounting into millions of naira before the latter group got fed up and placed an airplay ban on the COSON artistes. The affected artistes included major acts like 2Face Idibia, D'Banj, Bany W, Onyeka Onwenu, Iyanya, Flavour, Ice Prince, Dr Sid, Olamide, 9ice, M.I, eLDee, Ruggedman, Wizkid, Asa, Waje, Omawumi amongst several others.
Following NBC's lift of the ban, several artistes have taken to social media to celebrate the news calling on radio stations to resume airplay of their songs.
2Face Idibi wrote: "Thank you NBC, Aluta Continua!" while Banky W sharing the sentiment wrote: "NBC just ordered radio stations to suspend the ban on Naija artistes. Please tell your fav OAP to 'Jasi'. "
Meanwhile what did you make of the ban, did you feel the absence of these artistes songs from your favourite radio stations?