About Us



The Performing Musicians Employers’ Association of Nigeria is the
umbrella Musicians’ Union in Nigeria. We musicians in Nigeria, having
realized the immense potentials in the music industry and having noted
that these potentials are not being employed in the best interest of the
entire musicians in terms of benefits, resolve to establish a strong
and virile Association to promote the interest of music and Nigerian


Formation Venue:   Ariya Nite Club, Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos.
Formation Date:     1982
Registered:            1984

National Headquarters: 14 Fadeyi Street, Off Awolowo Way – Ikeja, Lagos.(Interim)

(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.

King Sunny Ade (KSA) – President
Sunny Okosun – Vice President
Christy Essien Igbokwe – National Treasurer
Emma Ogosi – General Secretary


Okuomoise E. Okoumoise
Innocent Laz (Acting)
Idowu Blessing
Barr. Chuks Akamadu (Acting)
Okey  Dike
Dr. Kenny Ama George

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King Sunny Ade (KSA)           1982 – 1986, 1999 – 2002
Evang. Sunny Okosun            1986 – 1988
Chief Tony Okoroji                 1988 – 1993
Mustapha Amego                    1993 – 1996
Christy Essien Igbokwe         1996 – 1999
King Sunny Ade (KSA)
Obafemi Lasode                      2002 – 2003
Charles E. Oputa                    2003 – 2006
Bolaji Rosiji                             2006 – 2007
Tee Mac
Admiral Dele Abiodun
Murphy Van Anthony
Hajia Amina Dangaji
Pretty Okafor


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.


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.


took nine years after the discord that stretched the period of Nigeria
independence, before 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, Adeolu Akinsanya and
Teddy Ibirama. They united on Independence Day but broke up in 1972.

drummer, Bayo Martins spearheaded the formation of a musicians
association with Bobby Benson as the president and Martins as the
secretary but personal differences separated them in 1975

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.

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
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 disorganised 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
Ariya 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.

1986: 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.

1989: 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 consecutive 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.

1995: Okoroji
handed over to his ally Mallam Mustapha Amego, the first and only
northerner to preside over the affairs of the association.

1997: 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.

2000: Christy handed over to King Sunny Ade. Frustrations led him out of the organisation.