Nigerian rapper, Falz, has reacted to NBC’s ban on his song ‘This is Nigeria’ which went viral few weeks ago, claiming that it contains vulgar lyrics.
Sharing a photo of the viral letter revealed NBC’s N100,000 fine to a Jos based radio station for playing ‘This is Nigeria’ and other songs, Falz wrote;
“This is Nigeria. Look how we living now, everybody be criminal’ is apparently a vulgar line”.
The post also got the attention of some of Nigerian celebrities, including the rapper’s producer Sess Beat. Here is a screenshot of the reactions below;
The NBC had pointed out that they had a problem with the part that goes, “This is Nigeria, look how we living now, everybody be criminal.”
Also, the commission fined the station for playing Olamide’s song titled “See Mary, See Jesus.” The letter said Mary and Jesus were regarded as sacred by the Christian faith and as such, the song contravened the law. The station was also cautioned for playing Wande Coal’s Iskaba with the lyrics, “Girl you dey make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo”, which NBC described as vulgar.
Few months ago also, the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, banned five songs by Olamide, Davido and 9ice, which they considered offensive for broadcast. The banned songs are Olamide‘s “Wo” and “Wavy Level“; Davido‘s “Fall” and “If (Remix)“; and 9ice’s “Living Things.”
The ban came after the Federal Ministry of Health in a tweet, said the video to Olamide’s “Wo” violated the Tobacco Control Act 2015. 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 single.
“This is our position: video contravenes the act. Innocently or otherwise, Tobacco Promotion Advertising Sponsorship is banned in all forms,” the NBC said.