Scrutinized songs by the Nigerian broadcasting commission and other “bodies” of authority have been found to be unworthy of gracing the Nigerian airwaves and media outlets
Scrutinized songs by the Nigerian broadcasting commission and other “bodies” of authority have been found to be unworthy of gracing the Nigerian airwaves and media outlets. This article seeks to outline the artists whose songs have been banned, the song, and briefly outline the reasons why they had to be sensored or restricted.
In no particular order:
1. This is Nigeria by Falz.
This is Nigeria is a song whose concept Falz borrowed from an American musician, Childish Gambino. Released on 25th May 2018, the 3 minute 42 seconds song quickly took over the airwaves as the second hottest Nigerian track, Davido’s assurance being at number one.
Folarin Falana whose stage name is “Falz the Bhad guy” created ” This is Nigeria” for the purpose of enlightening the masses about the high level of corruption thriving in the country.
The song highlights the lax nature of the country’s security personnels, the illegal act of Yahoo Yahoo which many Nigerian youths now indulge in , the continuous looting by pastors and politicians.
In all sincerity, the song and it’s video served as a wake up call to different sectors of the Nigerian economy but a few lines in his lyrics and a scene in the video raised the eye brows of the Nigerian broadcasting commission.
The line ” this is Nigeria, look how we living now, look how we eating now everybody be criminal” was greatly frowned at and it was termed too vulgar and unpatriotic. A scene from the music video also raised dust from the Muslim rights commission (MURIC) and they reacted by instructing Falz to take the video down or face prosecution in court. Fearing that Falz who was a lawyer and a “well connected” citizen could use his with and intelligence to delay or avert justice, MURIC put pressure on the Nigerian broadcasting commission and the song was eventually banned from Nigerian airways
2. Wo! By Olamide
Olamide is a certified street musician and over the years, many Nigerians have been able to accept him for who he is, except of course as a being a tobacco promoter.
Olamide’s song Wo! was produced by young John the wicked producer in August 2017 and was banned a few months after it’s release when claims were made by the Federal Ministry of Health, that Olamide’s Wo had violated Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015. In part, the act started that No person shall promote or advertise tobacco or tobacco products in any form.
“No person shall engage or participate in any tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship as a media or event organizer, celebrity or other participant”.
They claimed that besides the vulgarity of the lyrics, the video also contained vulgar scenes in which ghetto youths were seen smoking. This wasn’t the first Olamide song to be banned from Nigerian airways as his songs ” don’t stop” and ” Shakitibobo” had also been banned the previous year.
Nigerian broadcasting commission ban doesn’t deter people from listening and groving fo these jams, it only means it can’t be played on national tv stations. Also Nbc’s ban doesn’t extend to tv on terrestrial channels (dstv and others).
3. Fall by Davido
The ban of Davido’s song “fall” came as a shocker to many Nigerians as well as Davido’s loyal fans. Surprisingly Fall isn’t the first Davido song to have been banned in Nigeria.
In 2015, Davido’s hit song “Fan’s Mi” was banned due to the fact that the video promotes flamboyant lifestyles, violence, drug trafficking and indecent exposure.
In all sincerity, the reasons behind the banning of Davido’s fall remains unclear however the use of the word “Banana” could assist us in linking the dots together.
4. Iskaba by wandecoal
As earlier started, the Nigerian music industry doesn’t take lightly any content that may contain forms of vulgarity and indecency and to that extent, in August 2019, Wande coal’s hit single was restricted by the Nigerian broadcasting commission from going on it’s official airwaves.
The said song was deemed unworthy of being aired as it contained the following vulgar lines:
“Girl you de make me kolo, shaking the *ss like kolo”.
It should be recalled that Iskaba was Wande coal’s bounce back to the music industry after a prolonged period of silence from the now defunct mo’hits records signee . Oh well, the Nigerian broadcasting commission didn’t consider that before black listing the track.
5. See Mary, see Jesus by Olamide
What was Olamide thinking when he recorded the song? Obviously he didn’t consider it to be offensive to his Christian audience.
Mary and Jesus are regarded as sacred figures and identities amongst various Christian denominations and so the causal mention of their names in the chorus of the song was considered inappropriate and against social etiquette. This also isn’t the first song from Olamide to be banned.
6. Living things by 9ice
The ban of living things by 9ice wasn’t taken lightly by him as it was his bounce back song after a prolonged absence from him. More so that he featured music super star Davido on the track, 9ice told Hip TV that he was going to release more songs for the Nigerian broadcasting commission to ban.
Living things was actually banned because it glorified fraud and way ward living. The song was condemned by music artiste, Falz the Bhad guy and he opined that musicians should stop using their music to glorify illegality.
7. Am I a Yahoo boy by Naira Marley.
No awareness or announcement was needed to let the public know that this song wasn’t worthy of airplay. A few days after the release of this song, Naira Marley got arrested by the Nigerian police force on the basis of fraud and illegal dealings. Over time, Naira Marley has been known to exhibit behaviors which are considered to negatively influence the minds and actions of Nigerian youths and due to his razz nature and the kind of songs he sends out, the Headie’s award body has criticized his song severally and found it unworthy of receiving any of their prestigious award.
Naira Marley has severally declared his stand for illegality and this has led to him having issues with veteran Nigerian vocalist Simion few occasions.
8. Shake your bum bum by Timaya
It is still puzzling how Timaya went from singing Gospel songs like” Ogologoma” to “shake up your bum bum”. Timaya’s shake up your bum bum was banned in January 2013 on the basis of erotic and suggestive dance steps as well as vulgar lyrics.
Of course we can’t let such kind of songs clouding our air waves and carelessly floating into the ears of minors and infants. One of the vulgar lines in the song includes :
” See as she don de dance kerewa.”
9. Alingo by Psquare.
I’m also as shocked as you are. Alingo is one hit song with an electrifying dance hall beat and a smooth dance step to go with.
It was actually topping charts until the video of the song came out.
Just like Timaya’s Shake your Bum Bum, the song video was said to contain erotic and suggestive dance steps towards the end and to that extent, it was deemed inappropriate for viewing on our television screens.
10. Enter the place by Tuface
It seems like some songs which may actually pass the etiquette test may be let down by their accompanying videos.
2Face’s “Enter the Place” seems like an average party song with no lyrics that go against the regulations of the Nigerian broadcasting commission. However the song along with
, Mo’ Hits All Stars’ “Close to You” and D’Banj’s “Suddenly” were banned from being aired on Nigerian TV stations. Kelly Handsome’s “Maga Don Pay” track was also banned from the airwaves. Although the reasons for the ban was not clear, the simplest and must logical conclusion would be that the video contained inappropriate scenes and unethical activities.
Conclusively as earlier stated, if a ban is placed on a song, the consolation for the artistes is that the NBC does not regulate what is broadcasted on cable channels such as MTV Base, Soundcity, Trace and Channel O, as well as Internet platforms like Youtube and Vimeo and so the banned songs can be streamed outside Nigerian stations.