KNOW MORE ABOUT BERNICE ERIEMEGHE, THE UNCOMMON NIGERIAN WOMAN WHO REJECTED EFE OMOROGBE’S GREEK GIFT
Efe Omorogbe, the very embattled former member of the Board of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) during the week received a huge shock as the COSON Head of Finance & Administration, Ms Bernice Eriemeghe rejected his desperate directive to Ms Eriemeghe to take over from her boss, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji as General Manager of COSON.
In response to Mr Efe Omorogbe’s directive, Ms Eremieghe issued a statement saying, “I am a woman of honour and I hereby say ‘No’ to what I consider a Greek gift and a scheme that will result in divide and rule. My colleagues and I in the Management of COSON jointly signed a letter sent to the NCC in which we emphasized our position and informed them that issuing opaque directives to COSON which they know cannot be obeyed will result in chaos in the organization. We have also warned of our massive resignation should they continue to meddle in the internal affairs of the organization which we are capable of resolving. I have no intention of betraying my colleagues”.
Who is this uncommon Nigerian woman? Bernice Eriemeghe who is Head of Finance & Administration at COSON is a graduate of Accounting with an MBA. She belongs to several professional bodies amongst which are the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (MILRM), Ms. Eriemeghe who speaks fluent French has significant international work experience especially in France.
In the words of Eriemeghe, “I was present at the COSON Extra- Ordinary General Meeting held in COSON Arena on December 19, 2017 when the members of COSON from every part of Nigeria spoke loudly and clearly in one voice that Chief Tony Okoroji should remain as the Chairman among other issues. Please let us all respect the collective will of the majority of the members of COSON that we are all accountable to and represent their interest.
“Mr. Efe Omorogbe is a very good friend of mine but the interest and desires of the members of COSON is most paramount at this point. It is a statement of fact that the members of COSON do not want Mr. Omorogbe as their Chairman at this time. That is clear to me. Anyone trying to force him on the members of COSON does not mean well for COSON as this clearly is capable of destroying the organization.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I will continue to support Mr. Chinedu Angus Chukwuji as General Manager of COSON and Chief Tony Okoroji as Chairman.
Speaking in a recent COSON documentary currently on YouTube, Ms Eriemeghe said of Chief Okoroji, “Anyone who has worked with our Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, will tell you that he is a stickler for excellence and details. Most people know him as an artiste. Few people know that he has a Degree in Management. He is so insistent that no one at COSON should ever engage in any kind of hanky-panky. That is why at both the Board and membership levels, COSON is stable. COSON is by any standard the most transparent, most accountable and most stable organization in the history of the Nigerian creative industry”