Broadcast Regulator Bans Airing of Music Videos with Alleged Erotic Lyrics


On January 24, 2013, Nigeria’s broadcast industry regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), reportedly banned a number of music videos from being broadcast on Nigeria’s free-to-air terrestrial television stations for allegedly containing erotic lyrics and scenes, promoting nudity and for showcasing what the Commission describes as suggestive dance steps.

The banned music videos, according to the Commission, are Psquare’s ‘Alingo’, Wande Coal’s ‘Go low’, Timaya’s ‘Bum bum’, Flavour’s ‘Shake’, Tillaman’s  ‘Koma Roll’ and D’Prince’s ‘Take banana’.

Goldie’s ‘Ski bobo’ and Chuddy K’s ‘Brazilian Hair’ were banned for featuring minors and exposing them to indecent dance steps.

According to NBC’s Acting Head of Public Affairs, Hajia Maimuna Jimada, the list of banned works and affected artistes was subject to regular quarterly reviews at the commission.

MRA’s calls to the Hajia Jimada and other NBC officials, to get the Commission’s official clarification, were either not answered.