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FG Enforces Ban on Money Rituals and Smoking Scenes in Nollywood Films

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By Fasuyi Tolulope Samuel

The Federal Government has approved new regulations prohibiting money rituals and the glamorization of various vices in Nigerian films. This development was announced at a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu on Wednesday.

Shaibu Husseini, Executive Director and CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), revealed the new regulations at the event organized by the NFVCB and Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA). Attendees included movie producers, directors, actors from across the country, and leaders of various guilds and associations in the Nigerian film industry.

Husseini stated that the industry is facing an emergency requiring bold and ambitious actions from parents, guardians, and stakeholders. He highlighted that his predecessor had previously approached the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, about the need for subsidiary legislation to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies. This initiative has now been expanded to include the prohibition of money rituals, ritual killings, and the glamorization of other crimes.

“The Minister of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004, has approved the new regulations. These regulations include the Prohibition of Money Ritual, Ritual Killing, Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Nicotine Product Promotion, and Glamorization Display in Movies, Musical Videos, and Skits Regulations 2024,” Husseini announced.

The approved regulations have been forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Justice for gazetting. Husseini emphasized that the sensitization program aims to educate stakeholders about the dangers of smoking in Nigerian movies, citing the negative influence on teens and young adults who constitute the largest segment of Nigerian movie viewers.

To support the implementation of these regulations, the NFVCB plans to undertake detailed enlightenment programs in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, faith groups, and other institutions. Husseini reiterated the importance of the film industry in the entertainment and creative sector and stressed the need to prioritize its progress.

The NFVCB, in collaboration with CAPPA, decided to develop subsidiary regulations to address smoking in movies, as this aspect was not explicitly covered in the existing law. The board is committed to leading this initiative and has begun implementing innovative ways to achieve its mandate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NFVCB must register all film and video outlets across the country and maintain a register of such registered outlets, among other functions.

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