There are indications that the National Film and Video Censors’ Board may ban the airing if a new video ‘This Is Nigeria,’ recent releases by rave-making artiste, Falz.
The video addresses a number of issues in Nigeria and features girls dancing a street style known as Shaku Shaku in hijab.
Some Nigerians have raised concerns about certain aspects of the video, including its portrayal of the nation in bad light.
Speaking to veteran entertainment journalist, Rasheed Abubakar, NFVCB Director of Licensing, Cornell Agim, said the artiste did not submit the video for approval and rating before releasing it to the public.
He also decried the inability of the agency’s monitoring unit to bring this to its notice.
He urged Nigerians to channel their concerns about the video to the agency for appropriate action.
“https://leadership.ng/2018/06/02/nfvcb-reacts-to-falzs-this-is-nigeria-video/ before it got to the public. As the Director of Licensing, I haven’t seen the video. Same as the agency. None of our monitoring team has brought it to my notice. Hence, we didn’t censor it before it got to the public,” he said.
He added: “The truth is, most time we can’t reach out. We are handicapped because we are not everywhere and we can’t be everywhere. That’s why people like you (journalists) should notify us once you see things like that.
“Bring them to our notice and we’ll investigate it and bring the perpetrators to book. Often time, we get complain from Nigerians, saying what’s the agency doing? We are trying our best though our best might not be good enough. That’s why we need people like you to supply us with information about the affected song.
“The agency do organise sensational programmes for filmmakers and music video doctors. We held one recently in Bauchi, we called it consultative forum but many of them didn’t come. You invite them, they won’t come.
“Some of them will even ask you for transportation fee. We also print out handouts containing guidelines. If you visit our website, there are relevant materials on licensing and rating. But are they visiting the site? Are they reading the uploaded materials? Despite our efforts in sanitising the industry, some of them would prefer to break the rules.”