Nigeria: Federal Government Bans Songs By Olamide, Davido and 9ice

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  • Their songs have been declared not fit to be broadcast and banned from being aired on all local radio and TV stations. The songs are Olamide’s Wo and Wavy Level, Davido’s Fall and If (Remix) and 9ice’s Living Things.

How Rapper Olamide, Reacted to Government Banning of His Songs

Rapper Olamide Adedeji who goes by the stage name “Olamide” recently reacted to the reported ban on one of his song titled “Wo”.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) were reported to have banned Davido’s ‘If remix’, 9ice ‘Living things’ and another of Olamide’s song ‘Wavy Level’.

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) said Olaimide’s song was banned because it contravened the Tobacco control act of 2015.

The public is informed of the dangerous public health content & violation of 🇳🇬 Tobacco Ctrl Act 2015 in “Wo” by @olamide_YBNL#ClearTheAirpic.twitter.com/oVlUI976yJ

– Health Ministry NGR (@Fmohnigeria) August 18, 2017

In a series of tweets FMOH went on to explain it stance

The video promoting a dangerous habit encourages second-hand smoking. The risks include cancers, respiratory & cardiovascular diseases

– Health Ministry NGR (@Fmohnigeria) August 18, 2017

The content & video contains scenes that violates the ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion & Sponsorship provision of the act #ClearTheAir

– Health Ministry NGR (@Fmohnigeria) August 18, 2017

Reacting to the banned song Olamide said he loves Nigerians and had no intention of getting them killed.

No intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed, I love my people, I love my country, one love , one Nigeria #ClearTheAir 🇳🇬Oya Wo !

– Olamide Adedeji (@olamide_YBNL) August 22, 2017

Singer Eldee took a swipe at FMOH, He said “maybe we should ban videos that contain generators”.

I hope there are acts that capture the damage to health by all the electricity generators. Maybe we shd also ban videos that contain gens.😠

– eLDee (@eLDeeTheDon) August 21, 2017

However, It seems Olamide and FMOH reached an amicable resolution after a “good call” as the later said, while at the same time reeling out statistics of dangers of tobacco to health.

Thank you rapper Olamide for your response. We respect this heart for the health of the people and your fans. Responsibility! #ClearTheAirhttps://t.co/MsRTLiKNlZ

– Health Ministry NGR (@Fmohnigeria) August 22, 2017

We had a good call with rapper @olamide_YBNL who learnt that Tobacco kills 6 Million people yearly. He committed to making things right!

– Health Ministry NGR (@Fmohnigeria) August 22, 2017

This won’t be the first time Olamide songs gets banned by NBC as early this year his song ‘Shakiti bobo’ had a similar fate.

NBC Bans Songs By Olamide, Davido, 9ice

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has banned five songs by major Nigerian musicians — Olamide, Davido and 9ice — having considered them 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 corporation released the list Tuesday, saying it banned the five songs from being aired across the Nigerian airwaves, reported online news medium, Premium Times.

The Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet on Friday, said the video to Olamide’s “Wo” violated the Tobacco Control Act.

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 latest single.

“This is our position: the video contravenes the Act. Innocently or otherwise, Tobacco promotion advertising sponsorship is banned in all forms,” the NBC said.

It could not immediately be ascertained why the songs of the two other musicians were banned.

In June this year, the federal government, through the Ministry of Health, had launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places, including bus parks, shopping malls and health care centres.

The Health Ministry, in a communiqué, said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

Tweeting the information via its official Twitter handle, the ministry claimed that the video, which features ghetto scenes in which youths are seen smoking, encouraged second-hand smoking.

This is not the first time that an Olamide song will be banned by the regulatory agency.

In 2016, just a few months after the ban of one of his songs, “Shakiti Bobo,” NBC also banned “Don’t Stop”, a track from Olamide’s fifth studio album, Eyan Mayweather, for its vulgar lyrics.

Defending the decision at the time, the NBC said the song was banned from being played on the airwaves for its “obscenity, being indecent, vulgar language, lewd and profane expressions”.

Rapper Falz had also in June, criticised Nigerian musicians who glamourise fraud with their lyrics, a criticism fans took to be directed at 9ice for “Living Things”.

The actor and rapper stated that the recent trend of hailing internet fraudsters in music was not helping future generations, as young people were beginning to see this as a normal way of life.

He recalled the personal experience of the challenges faced by Nigerians in other countries as a result of cybercrime.