The Performing Musicians Employers’ Association of Nigeria is the umbrella Musicians' Union in Nigeria.
Chief (Mrs.) Christy Essien Igbokwe, King Sunny Ade (KSA), Evang. Sunny Okosuns (late), Chief Ebenezer Obey, Lemmy Jackson, Tee-Mac Omatshola Iseli, Emma Ogosi, Laolu Akins, Funmi Adams, Oby Onyioha, Maliki Showman, Harry Mosco, King Pago, Bobby Benson etc.
Formation Venue: Ariya Nite Club, Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos.
Formation Date: 1982
National Headquarters: 14 Fadeyi Street, Off Awolowo Way – Ikeja, Lagos.(Interim)
CURRENT PMAN ADMINISTRATION
PMAN 1st VICE PRESIDENT
Tolu Obey Fabiyi
PMAN 2nd VICE PRESIDENT
PMAN is currently governed by a new Interim National Executive / Caretaker Committee headed by Pretty Okafor, following the judgement delivered by Hon. Justice O. E. Abang of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division on 31st October, 2014. Members of the Interim National Executive / Caretaker Committee are Pretty Okafor(PRESIDENT), Hariz Ibezim Oke'ilo, Baba Dee, Sunny Neji,Tuface Idi-bia, Tolu Obey Fabiyi, Dennis Baker, Dr. Kenny George
Hariz Ibezim Oke'ilo
CHAIRMAN SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE
Dr. Kenny George
Dennis Baker Okohoue
CHAIRMAN PROJECTS COMMITTEE
It took nine years after the discord that stretched the period of Nigeria independence, be-fore musicians with profound individual talent and determination came together again under one organisation with the likes of late I.K Dairo, Victor Olaiya, Ebenezer Obey, Adeo-lu Akinsanya and Teddy Ibirama. They united on Independence Day but broke up in 1972.
Ace drummer, Bayo Martins spearheaded the formation of a musicians association with Bobby Benson as the president and Martins as the secretary but personal differences sepa-rated them in 1975.
Ghanaian Professor Kwabena Nketia used the spirit of Festival of Black Art and Culture (FESTAC) to unite the Nigerian musicians with the formation of National Music Council of Nigeria (NMCN) but irreconcilable differences among top members dissolved the group.
King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Christy Essien Igbokwe and Sunny Okosun, converged to form P-MAN in 1984. The new association principally sought to bring performers together in defence of their common interest, which borders on piracy and boot- legging. About the same time an attempt was made to resuscitate NUM but this time The Union was called the National Union of Nigeria (NUNM) with Roy Chicago as its patron.
LATE 80’s AND EARLY 90’s
NUM and P-MAN emerged as the main bodies for musicians during this period and they were perpetually opposed to each other making the music industry appear to be a disor-ganised arena of quarrelsome colleagues and unhealthy rivalry but eventually NUM fizzled out leaving only P-MAN to take control.
Christy Essien Igbokwe called a meeting to converge all musicians at King Sunny Ade’s Ari-ya night club, Jibowu and King Sunny Ade was unanimously elected as the president of PMAN. Members of his committee were Emma Ogosi (Protem General Secretary) Christy Essien Igbokwe (Treasurer) Terry Jackson Alumona (Administrative Secretary). Sub-committees includes the technical committee headed by Laolu Akins with members like Chris Ajilo, Harry Moscow, Onyeka Onwuenu, Lemmy Jackson and Obi Onyiola. The anti-piracy committee had the likes of Maliki Showman and Eunice Makos Animoku on board, while the publicity committee was headed by Funmi Adams and Lijadu sisters were some members.
Sunny Okosun took over as the president in 1986; he had served as King Sunny Ade vice president. Gathering enough funds to run P-MAN was gradually becoming a problem so he did not seek re-election.
Tony Okoroji was installed as the next P-MAN president in 1989. The need to get further recognition for the association from the military government at that time was engineered by him. The Nigerian Music Awards (NMA) instituted by him was held for three consecu-tive years. Top military functionaries attended the show, millions were realised and it looked like the association would get a magnificent plaza at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja after it had secured an 8.5 hectares of land, but it was not to be. Okoroji got a third term and he remains the longest serving P-MAN president.
Okoroji handed over to his ally Mallam Mustapha Amego, the first and only northerner to preside over the affairs of the association.
Christy Essien Igbokwe who had done two terms, was stopped from re-contesting for a third term by a court injunction instituted by her friend Terry Jackson Alumona.
Christy handed over to King Sunny Ade. Frustrations led him out of the organisation.