The National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has waded into the controversy that trailed the release of Falz the Bahd Guy’s latest video, ‘This is Nigeria’.
In the video, some girls wore the Muslim hijab and were dancing ‘Shaku-Shaku’.
This did not go down well with some section of the public.
Former Nigerian Idol contestant and US-based Nigerian performer, Adeniji Jemiriye faulted the new release, while Director, Center For Human Rectitude, Yusuf Jimoh Aweda, described the video in a post on his Facebook page as “completely disrespectful”.
In an interview with veteran entertainment journalist Rasheed Abubakar, the Director, Licensing Department of the NFVCB, Cornel Agim says Falz did not table his music video for licensing and rating before releasing it to the public.
Agim explains that unfortunately, the agency’s monitoring team has not reported the video to the Directorate, hence they cannot take action.
He noted that, though it is their job to censor and rate videos before they get to the public, they cannot be everywhere.
Members of the public affected by the visuals are expected to notify them. With that, Agim says they can carry out their investigation.
According to Agim:
“The agency do censorship and rating of music video before it gets to the general public. We ensure we do analysis of those videos. We also try as much as possible not to tamper with the creative intention of any artiste except they come with some obscenity, which we most time kick against.
“But Falz didn’t bring his music video for licensing before it gets to the public. As the Director of Licensing, I haven’t seen the video. Same as the agency. None of our monitoring team has brought it to my notice. Hence, we didn’t censor it before it gets to the public.”
‘We are handicapped’
“The truth is: most times we can’t reach out. We are handicapped because we are not everywhere and we cannot be everywhere. That is why people like you (journalists) should notify us once you see things like that. Bring them to our notice and we’ll investigate it and bring the perpetrators to book.
“Often time, we get complain from Nigerians, saying what’s the agency doing? We are trying our best, though our best might not be good enough. That’s why we need people like you to supply us with information about the affected song(s).”
‘Stakeholders not helping matters’
“The agency do organise sensitization programmes for filmmakers and music video makers. We held one recently in Bauchi, we called it Consultative Forum. But many of them didn’t come. You invite them, they won’t come. Some of them will even ask you for transportation fee.
“We also print out handouts containing guidelines. If you visit our website, there are relevant materials on licensing and rating. But are they visiting the site? Are they reading the uploaded materials? Despite our efforts in sanitizing the industry, some of them would prefer to break the rules,” the NFVCB official laments.
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