It’s illegal release skit, music video without NFVCB classification, says FG

Dr. Shaibu Husseini

The federal government has stated that it is an offence to release skits, films, or music videos without obtaining the appropriate classification from the National Films and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB).

Movie classification involves assigning age ratings and content advisories to films and other audiovisual content. This helps parents and families make informed choices about what is suitable for children to watch.

The NFVCB recently announced plans to expand its classification system to include content like skits and music videos, in addition to full-length films. Shaibu Husseini, the board's executive director, emphasized the need to strengthen content regulation in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Under the new regulations, it will be illegal to distribute any audiovisual content without first obtaining the necessary NFVCB classification and certification. This is part of the government's efforts to curb the depiction of harmful content such as money rituals, ritual killings, and the glamorization of smoking and other vices in Nigerian media.

In a statement, the executive director, Shaibu Husseini, said the NFVCB has initiated plans to create “a world-class classification centre.”

He warned content creators against putting out skits, films, or music videos without classification.

The NFVCB boss added that the board is collaborating with security agencies to track filmmakers found culpable.

“It is also an offence to distribute or exhibit any film or video content, including skits and musical videos on any platform without recourse to the National Film and Video Censors Board for classification,” he said.

“The board therefore wishes to state categorically that we are working with relevant security agencies to track the individuals and production companies involved, and will stop at nothing to make sure they face the full wrath of the law.”

The NFVCB also frowned at the promotion and distribution of same-sex content on social media.

“Filmmakers and content creators should be reminded that it is an offence to directly or indirectly make public show (exhibition) of same-sex relationship in Nigeria,” it added.

The NFVCB issues a certificate of censorship on all films and video works censored by its in-house committee.

The classification/rating for the film content or video is indicated in the certificate.

Some of its classification symbols and ratings include “G” to indicate general exhibition, “PG” to indicate content intended for children under parental guidance, and “C” for films intended particularly for children.

Others are “12” to indicate not recommended for children under 12 years and “12A” to state that no one under 12 may enter a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.

NFVCB also has the “15” to indicate that a film is not recommended for persons under 15 while “18” is to indicate that it is for mature audiences.
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