FG bans money ritual activities and smoking scenes in movies, musical videos, and skits

Federal Government has banned the display of money ritual, ritual killing, use of tobacco products, nicotine products, promotion and Glamorization display in Movies, Musical Videos and Skits.

The Executive Director/CEO  of  National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Shaibu Husseini disclosed this at a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu on Wednesday, May 22. 

Husseini said, “When my predecessor approached the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed on the need to make a subsidiary legislation to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies, he saw the need to include money rituals. Others included in the regulation are ritual killings and glamourizing other crimes in order to further sanitise the film industry.

Today, I am delighted to announce to you that the  Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu  Musawa, pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004, has approved the regulation.

The minister has approved the Prohibition of Money Ritual, Ritual Killing, Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Nicotine Product Promotion and Glamorisation display in Movies, Musical Videos and Skits” Regulations 2024.

We have also forwarded the approved copy to the Federal Ministry of Justice for Gazette” he said.

According to the executive director, besides the health implications,  glamourizing and smoking in movies poses a negative influence on teens and young adults who constitute the largest segment of Nigerian movie viewers.

He mentioned that the country is facing an industry emergency requiring bold and ambitious actions from all parents, guardians, and stakeholders.

He further stated that the board was set to undertake detailed enlightenment programs in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, faith groups, and other institutions.

“As you all know, 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 the progress of the film industry.

The NFVCB supports smoke-free movies and smoke-free Nollywood, and we therefore seek your collaboration to develop creative content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.

After series of engagements, the NFVCB in collaboration with the CAPPA decided to do a ‘subsidiary regulations’ to cater for smoking in movies since this aspect was not expressly spelt out in the extant Law.

The NFVCB is well prepared to take leadership in this regard and has planned and began implementing innovative ways to achieve its mandate,” he said