FG Bans Money R!tual, R!tual K!lling And Smoking Scenes In Movies, Musical Videos And Skits

The Entertainment industry in Nigeria will no longer be showing scenes promoting r!tualistic activities and the glamourizing of vices.

According to Shaibu Husseini, the Executive Director/CEO of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), the Federal Government has approved the prohibition of money r!tuals, smoking and glamourizing of crimes in Nigerian films.

This was disclosed today, Wednesday May 22 at the National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu.

He added that tobacco, tobacco products, nicotine product promotion and glamorisation display in movies, musical videos and skits have also been prohibited.

Husseini stressed the need to take bold and ambitious actions to protect viewers and other stakeholders.

He explained that besides the health implications,  glamourising smoking in films poses a negative influence on  teens and young adults who constitute the largest segment of Nigeria movie viewers. 

He said that the board was set to undertake detailed enlightenment programmes in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, faith groups and other institutions.

In his words;

"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 supports smoke-free Nollywood, and we therefore seek your collaboration to develop creative content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.

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

“The NFVCB is well prepared to take leadership in this regard and has planned and began implementing innovative ways to achieve its mandate."

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