By Lolade Sowoolu
As preparations continue in top gear for the hosting of the third edition of the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA â€˜09), organisers paid a courtesy call on Chairman Daar Communications; High Chief Aleogho Dokpesi, in his Lagos residence on Sunday.
The crew consisted the coordinator of the awards; Mr. Cally Ikpe, some members of the Callivision Network family and journalists. The objective of the visit was to further intimate the chairman on the committeeâ€™s resolve to induct the media mogul into the NMVA this year and particularly to seek his personal attendance at the event.
According to the organizers, the decision to induct High Chief Dokpesi into the Hall of Fame is informed by his track records in the industry. He provided one of the first independent media platforms through his DAAR/AIT initiative which till date promotes music videos in the country.
It was his television station, African Independent Television (AIT) that started musical programmes such as AIT Jamz, Gbedu and others. He also pioneered 24 hours television broadcasting in Nigeria.
Chief Dokpesi in his usual magnanimous heart received the team with gladness and reiterated his pleasure on being the sole inductee into the NMVA Hall of Fame this year while endorsing the theme of the event this year.
He said, â€œPlease permit me to express my profound appreciation and gratitude for being found worthy to be inducted into the NMVA Hall of Fame. I want to identify myself with the theme of the NMVA this year and also associate myself with the excellence that music is supposed to bring into the life of people.â€
While commenting on the spate of recklessness in music lyrics sampled on the airwaves these days, Dokpesi admonished that broadcast houses set up a team of music professionals to preview songs before airing. He asked them to suggest to concerned artistes and producers what amendments are necessary to make their music air worthy.
He opposed the idea of a total ban of songs or music videos by broadcast regulatory bodies advocating that content evolution should be encouraged but not everything recorded should go on air. In his own words, â€œI donâ€™t believe in censorship.
This thing they call talent is something you canâ€™t regulate or legislate. You should allow the content evolution ofÂ talent. People should continue to record themselves but not everything that are recorded can go on air immediatelyâ€, he submitted.
The NMVA â€˜09 is billed to hold at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel & Suites on the 1st of November, 2009.