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FG Unveils Groundbreaking Ban on Smoking, Money Rituals, and Crimes Scenes in Nollywood Movies, NFVCB Announces

Enugu, Nigeria – In a groundbreaking move to promote positive messaging and protect the younger generation, the Nigerian government has banned smoking, money rituals, and the promotion of crimes in Nigerian movies.

The announcement was made by Shaibu Husseini, the executive director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), at a national stakeholders’ engagement on smoke-free Nollywood in Enugu on Wednesday.

Highlighting the harmful effects of smoking on health and its potential negative influence on the youth, Husseini emphasized the need for the film industry to play a responsible role. The ban was approved by Hannatu Musawa, the minister of arts, culture, and the creative economy, indicating the government’s commitment to fostering a healthier and more responsible film industry.

“The film industry occupies a central position in the entertainment and creative sector, and it is imperative that we continue to place the highest premium on its progress,” stated Husseini. “The NFVCB supports smoke-free movies and supports smoke-free Nollywood, and we therefore seek your collaboration to develop creative content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.”

The regulation to ban smoking, ritual killings, and the glamorization of other crimes will contribute to the sanitization of the film industry. Husseini explained that the introduction of this regulation was a result of discussions with the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, and their shared vision to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies. The inclusion of money rituals and other crimes aims to further enhance the industry’s integrity.

Addressing the gathering, Husseini proudly announced, “Today, I am delighted to announce that the Minister of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, has approved the regulation pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004. The minister has prohibited money rituals, ritual killings, tobacco and tobacco products, nicotine product promotion, and glamorization display in movies, musical videos, and skits.”

The event witnessed the presence of movie producers, directors, actors, and leaders from various guilds and associations in the Nigerian film industry. This collaborative effort aims to create a positive and responsible film industry that aligns with Nigeria’s cultural heritage while prioritizing the well-being and moral development of its citizens.

As the Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood, continues to soar to greater heights, this ban marks a significant step towards promoting healthier lifestyles, discouraging criminal activities, and fostering creative content that uplifts the nation.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
Multimedia Expert, Journalist, and Singer.


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