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Inappropriate Use of Artists’ Funds? Why Exactly is COSON, a PRO, Having a “Most Beautiful Damsels Contest???”

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Coson Week by COSON Nigeria 5I have been meaning to address this issue but I wanted the time to revisit the post by COSON on their website to be sure I wasn’t seeing double. COSON, why exactly are you having a “most beautiful damsels” contest? I do not get the explanation and fail to see how this in any shape or form furthers the interest of artists or the organization. In fact, I find it very demeaning to have young women perambulated, once again, in a largely male dominated organization all in the name of finding a host  damsel for COSON Week. Really? This is very troubling. What about the many artists, (females) if you insist, available to host this event? Is it just me or do we have our priorities mixed up?

How is the break down and allocation and who exactly is paying for all of the costs associated with producing a contest of this caliber? Is this an inappropriate use of artists funds?

“Exquisitely take care of the guests at the different events?” What rubbish? Are we running a PRO? What is this????

(This really has me vexed: “COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji has said that apart from the honorarium that will be paid to the damsels and the publicity they will receive, several of them will go home with different gifts and prizes while the most outstanding of the girls will be made a COSON Ambassador and will act in that capacity until the next COSON Week. She will also be entitled to a special allowance.” Let me get this, our artists are struggling to put food on the table. Female artists can’t even get real visibility and you can’t look within the industry to not only compensate talent, you look outside and have the audacity to talk about making such person a COSON Ambassador. Really??? COSON and the lawyers that advise or serve on COSON Board in some role or another Dayo Ogunyemi, Audu Maikori, Obi Asika and co., y’all need to check on this mess. What’s really good?)

THE CONTEST BEGINS FOR THE CHOICE OF ONE HUNDRED OF NIGERIA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL DAMSELS TO HOSTESS THE COSON WEEK
The wave making contest to select one hundred of Nigeria’s most eye catching beauties who will function as hostesses and exquisitely take care of the guests at the different events of the much talked about COSON Week has begun. Two of Nigeria’s most eye catching women in entertainment, the regal beauty, Kween Onakala and the glowing Queen Ure have been given the assignment to carefully appraise each girl that applies and determine if she has the beauty and the brains to be hostess to Nigeria’s finest when they come together for the exquisite events of the COSON Week which unfolds on Sunday, May 19 in Lagos. To join the two beauties in the assignment is rap icon, Ruggedman.
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Any beauty wishing to apply must be between the ages of 18 and 26, at least 5’ 6’’ tall with unblemished skin. The contestant must have poise, speak fluent English and at least one Nigerian Language. Each contestant must have a minimum of Ordinary National Diploma and where she has not yet been admitted to an institution of higher learning, she must have earned at least credits in five subjects including English passed at one sitting.
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Any beauty wishing to apply should download the form at www.cosonng.com, complete, scan and send the form with a full body colour photograph and a one page essay with the title, ‘The Nigeria of my Dream’ to cosonfoundation@yahoo.com before Tuesday, April 9. The names of all shortlisted candidates and the venue of their interview will be published on www.cosonng.com on April 13.
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COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji has said that apart from the honorarium that will be paid to the damsels and the publicity they will receive, several of them will go home with different gifts and prizes while the most outstanding of the girls will be made a COSON Ambassador and will act in that capacity until the next COSON Week. She will also be entitled to a special allowance.
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The chosen beauties will be at COSON in the Church, the national day of prayer and invocation which will be transmitted live from the Household of God Church in Lagos on May 19. They will also be at the National Theatre for the COSON Lecture to be delivered by Professor Helge Ronning of the University of Oslo on Monday, May 20. The damsels will join the stars on the streets of Lagos on Tuesday, May 21, when an array of Nigeria’s top artistes meets their fans on the streets. They will also be there at MUSON Centre when the crème de la crème of the society come together for theCOSON Green Ball on Wednesday, May 22. COSON assures that anyone who comes to Teslim Balogun Stadium for the finals of the All Stars Table Tennis Blowout on Thursday, May 23 will be welcome by uncommon beauty and fashion. For the COSON Song Awards holding at Eko Hotel & Suites Lagos on May 25, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, says, ‘the only way to describe the fashion and beauty that will be on display is wow! Do not forget that our mission is to make Lagos the undisputed capital of entertainment, fashion and beauty in Africa’.

-COSON

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