Okoroji Calls For The Imortalization Of Dan Maraya Jos


Chairman Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji has expressed profound sadness at the passing away of the iconic composer, instrumentalist and performer, Dr. Adamu Dan Maraya Jos.

Chief Okoroji who is away in Europe sent a message saying that he was shattered at the news of the death of the great musician celebrated across the country and beyond.

According to Chief Okoroji, “For many years, I have had a special relationship with the great Dan Maraya Jos. I remain a fan of his, mystified by his stupendous talent. He was my friend in all seasons. Throughout my tenure as president of PMAN up to my present period as Chairman of COSON, Dan Maraya was an unflinching supporter always urging me on. The news of his death has left me numb. Dan Maraya was not just a great talent but an incredibly polished gentleman, humble beyond belief. His yes was his yes and every word of his was a bond.

‘The last time we were in each other’s company was at the COSON Extra Ordinary General Meeting at Lagos Airport Hotel in December 2014. He was hale, hearty and happy. After the meeting, I saw him to the car and we discussed my paying him a visit in Jos. My previous visits to Jos had been very memorable as the great Dan Maraya would be my chauffer, driving me everywhere and making sure I did not lack anything. Dr. Dan Maraya rarely came to Lagos without bringing me fresh fruits and fresh farm products from the plateau. We had a unique likeness for each other.

‘Nigeria has lost a prodigious talent who for many years held millions spell bound with a voice that caressed different octaves like that of a nightingale. His simple one string instrument from which he created unique rhythms and melodies and the unforgettable lyrics of this incredibly gifted poet will live in our hearts forever. I hope that both the Federal Government and the Plateau State Government will take steps to immortalize this extraordinary Nigerian who brought happiness to many across our nation’

Chief Okoroji concluded in the following words: “Of course, there will be more musicians who will come and go. There will be more polished gentlemen who will come and go but there will never be another Dan Maraya Jos”.