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FG Prohibits Money Ritual and Smoking Scenes in Nigerian Films

FG Prohibits Money Ritual and Smoking Scenes in Nigerian Films
Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Shaibu Husseini

The Federal Government has made a big decision regarding what can be shown in Nigerian movies, music videos, and skits. They’ve banned scenes that depict money rituals, ritual killings, and smoking.

Shaibu Husseini, the Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), revealed this during a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu on Wednesday, May 22. He stressed the urgency of the situation, calling for bold and ambitious actions from all parents, guardians, and stakeholders.

“When my predecessor approached the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed on the need to make a subsidiary legislation to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies, he saw the need to include money rituals. Others included in the regulation are ritual killings and glamourizing other crimes in order to further sanitize the film industry.

Today, I am delighted to announce to you that the Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004 has approved the regulation.

The minister has approved the Prohibition of Money Ritual, Ritual Killing, Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Nicotine Product Promotion, and Glamorisation display in Movies, Musical Videos, and Skits” Regulations 2024.

We have also forwarded the approved copy to the Federal Ministry of Justice for the Gazette” he said

According to Husseini, besides the health implications, glamourizing smoking in films poses a negative influence on teens and young adults who constitute the largest segment of Nigerian movie viewers. He said that the board was set to undertake detailed enlightenment programs in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, faith groups, and other institutions.

“As you all know, the film industry occupies a central position in the entertainment and creative sector, and it is imperative that we continue to place the highest premium on the progress of the film industry. The NFVCB supports smoke-free movies and smoke-free Nollywood, and we therefore seek your collaboration to develop creative content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.

After a series of engagements, the NFVCB in collaboration with the CAPPA decided to do ‘subsidiary regulations’ to cater for smoking in movies since this aspect was not expressly spelled out in the extant Law.

The NFVCB is well prepared to take leadership in this regard and has planned and begun implementing innovative ways to achieve its mandate,” he said

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