NBC denies banning Olamide, Davido, 9ice songs

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The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC  has denied the banning of songs of some notable Nigerian musicians.

It says the ban notice on ‘Wo’ and ‘Wavy Level’ by Olamide, ‘Fall’ by Davido and ‘Living Things’ by 9ice did not come from the Commission.

The Director of Broadcast Monitoring of the NBC, Dr Idachaba Armstrong made the denial in an interview with The Cable.

“First of all, NBC is a commission, not a corporation. Nobody at NBC issued a statement to the effect. We can’t be issuing a statement on every album released in this country.

“The broadcaster has the responsibility to do the needful. NBC does not ban songs, we don’t have any business with the artistes. It is left for NBC to tell stations to ensure the songs and videos are fit for broadcast before putting them on air”, he added.

The denial from the Commission became necessary after the media was awash with the news of the banning of the stated songs for containing violence, drugs and obscenities.

Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation’s perspective 

Another site namely, National Broadcasting Corporation (not Commission) posted on its website that it has banned the five songs by Olamide, Davido and 9ice, having considered them offensive for broadcast.

The banned songs are Olamide‘s “Wo” and “Wavy Level“; Davido‘s “Fall” with “If (Remix)“; and 9ice’s “Living Things.”

It said the Corporation banned the five songs from being aired across the Nigerian airwaves.

It stated that the Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet on Friday, said the video to Olamide’s “Wo” violated the Tobacco Control Act 2015.

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The 28-year-old rapper, who is signed to his own record label, YBNL, had returned to Ladi Lak in Bariga where he was raised to shoot the video of his latest single.

“This is our position: video contravenes the act. Innocently or otherwise, Tobacco Promotion Advertising Sponsorship is banned in all forms,” the Corporation added .

“In June this year, the federal government, through the Ministry of Health, had launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places, including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.

“The Health Ministry, in a communiqué, said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50, 000 and/or six months’ imprisonment.

In a Tweet, the Ministry claimed that the video, which features ghetto scenes in which youth are seen smoking, encouraged second-hand smoking.

“This is not the first time that an Olamide song will be banned by the regulatory agency.  In 2016, just a few months after the ban of one of his songs, ‘Shakiti Bobo’, NBC also banned, ‘Don’t Stop’ which is a track off Olamide’s 5th studio album, Eyan Mayweather, for its vulgar lyrics.

“Defending the decision at the time, the NBC said the song was banned from being played on the airwaves for its ‘obscenity, being indecent, vulgar languages, lewd and profane expressions like ‘wa gba ponron’, ‘I just want to hit you now’, ‘je kin wo be…”

Rapper Falz criticism 

“Rapper Falz had also in June, criticized Nigerian musicians who glamourised fraud with their lyrics, a criticism fans took to be directed at 9ice for “Living Things.”

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The actor and rapper stated that the recent trend of hailing Internet fraudsters  in music is not helping future generations as the young ones are beginning to see this as a normal way of life.

“He recounted the personal experience of challenges faced by Nigerians in other countries as a result of cyber crime.”

Entertainment experts’ opinion 

Speaking to Renaissance on this development, an entertainment Editor and Media activist, Rasheed Abubakar said:

“The denial by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission of the story on the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘fake website’ is in itself an indictment on the Commission. The Commission has abandoned its duty, by allowing the unscrupulous musicians to corrupt the airwaves and the nation, particularly the innocent youths.”

Commenting on the fake site, Abubakar said the musicians themselves or their handlers may be the architects of the news.

“With my years of experience in the entertainment industry, fake news like this might be a publicity stunt to further popularize the affected songs. By now, the number of views on YouTube would have increased sporadically courtesy of the news. Don’t be surprised, the people that supported the ban also derive pleasure watching obscene music videos.”

He however blamed both the online and national dailies for “blowing the story out of proportion without seeking clarifications from the Commission. It’s high time the Nigerian media stopped this irresponsible reporting in the interest of our nation.”

By Badirat Temitope

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