The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has banned five Nigerian songs and tagged them as “Not to be Broadcasted.”
The songs are: Olamide‘s “Wo” and “Wavy Level“; Davido‘s “Fall” and “If (Remix)“; and 9ice‘s “Living Things.”
The songs have been banned from being aired on all local radio and TV stations. The artistes involved are yet to react to this latest move by the NBC.
The Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet on Friday said that the video to Olamide’s “Wo” is in violation of the Tobacco Control Act 2015.
Veteran musician 9ice was accused of singing the praises of alleged yahoo boys in his hit song Living Things.
You recall popular comic rapper, Folarin Falana, who is widely known as Falz da bad guy, had sparked controversy after he asked his colleagues to desist from glorying fraud. Citing a line from 9ice’s single “Living Things” to drive his point home, Falz said:
“I feel so strongly about this because as entertainer, you are a role model to many especially your fans and youths. Yet in your songs you sing and greet all the yahoo boys and fraudsters. You even mention their names personally.
You are destroying our future; please stop it. As an entertainer you must sing songs that portray our culture, save and transform lives. Instead all you do is give the younger ones the impression that it is cool to do crime, it’s very wrong.”
Rapper Falz’ statement at the time came after the arrest of Nigerian pop star, Dammy Krane, who was nabbed at Opa-locka Airport in the United States for alleged credit card fraud, grand theft and fraudulent identification charges.
While many Nigerians praised the rapper for speaking up, others had unkind things to say. In response to the critics, 9ice explained his song wasn’t promoting fraud:
“Living Things isn’t promoting fraud, so to speak. The song is about an individual who wakes up in the morning needs to go and work and earn a living. It’s not negative, it’s positive. You just have to be in that realm to understand what the song is all about.”