A radio station in Jos has found itself in trouble with The National Broadcasing Corporation (NBC) as the station has been fined N100,000 for playing Falz’s song “This is Nigeria”.
It was gathered that the NBC wrote a letter to the radio station informing them that Falz’s song titled “This is Nigeria” is “laced with Vulgar Lyrics” and for playing the song, they will be sanctioned.
The lyrics they pointed out that they had a problem with is the part that goes: “This is Nigeria, Look how we living now, everybody be criminal”.
Also the commission fined the station for playing Olamide’s song titled, ‘See Mary, See Jesus”. The letter says – Mary and Jesus are regarded as sacred by the Christian faith and as such contravenes section 4.3.1.
The station was also cautioned for playing Wande Coal’s ‘Iskaba’ with the lyrics “Girl You Dey Make Me Kolo, shaking the ass like Kolo” which NBC says is Vulgar.
NBC has asked the station to pay N100,000 within two weeks else they will be made to face stiffer sanctions.
Meanwhile, Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the NBC to immediately lift the recent ban on Jay FM 101.9 Jos and songs such as Falz’s, “This is Nigeria”, Wande Coal’s Iskaba and Olamide’s “See Mary See Jesus”.
The organisation said the action by the NBC “amounts to illegal restrictions on media freedom, the right to freedom of opinion and expression and free information and ideas”.
SERAP in a statement signed by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, last Sunday expressed “concern about the censorship of the media and songs deemed “Vulgar and indecent” by the NBC as such action risks undermining legitimate expression and independent voices.
The NBC must immediately lift the ban on the station and rescind the arbitrary fine”.
The organisation said the right to freedom of expression, information and ideas is applicable not only to comfortable in offensive or politically correct opinions, but also to ideas that offend and shock. The constant confrontation of ideas even controversial ones, is a stepping stone to achieving a vibrant democratic society, transparency accountability and respect for the rule of law.
“The NBC is adopting Vague rules, Vulgarity and indecency to undermine freedom of expression, right to information and opinion. By banning the radio station from playing the songs, the NBC is not only undermining and harmony the station, but also undermining everyone’s right to information, public participation and open and democratic governance.
“Article 19 of the international covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state partly includes the rights of individuals to criticize or openly and Publicly evaluate their governments without fear of interference or punishment.
“It is important for the NBC to strive to promote diversity of views and the media is importance as a platform for public debate about important matters of public interest and ideas. Censorship or impermissible restrictions in the exercise of media freedom and freedom of expression can restrict free circulation of ideas and opinion and impose obstacles to the free flow of information.
“Freedom of the press and other news media afford the public one of the best means of discovering and forming an opinion of the ideas on political and social issues and other issues of public interest.
Not only does the NBC have the task of ensuring that radio stations and other media organisations com function effectively to impact such information and ideas: the public also has a right to receive them”.
Why Women In Nollywood Have More Money Than Men – Linda Osifo
Ebony Nigerian actress, Linda Osifo has opened up on why women in the movie industry are more successful than their male counterparts.
When asked why women do better, have more cars than the men in the industry, Osifo, speaking during an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbing Minds, said there are so many more avenues for women to make money than men.
According to her, actresses have ambassadorial deals from wig brands, skin care, clothing brands, which is why some of them have more money than men and are able to acquire houses.
“As a woman compared to a man I have more options to get more jobs than a man.
“I can advertise hair, wigs, shoes and a wide range of clothes from brands which most men cannot. The ratio of men to women is 1:3 which makes the market wider for us.
“I’ve become a brand ambassador to skincare brands and that’s an industry that men don’t dominate and conquer so this is how women are more successful.
“Women have more opportunities to make money.”
The 29-year-old actress said the mentality of the society that a woman can’t make it on her own is the reason for the rumours that most actresses have illicit affairs.
“I’ve come to understand that society has the mindset that most women can’t succeed on their own. It’s a big problem because there are many women who are doing so much for themselves,” she added.
She noted that social media plays an important role in an actor’s career because we are in a digital world but talent sustains your success.
“The more people on social media platforms, the more you can market to them, but at the end of the day talent sustains success,” she said.
The Voice Nigeria 3: How Darey Pushed Esther To Victory
The Voice Nigeria Season three came to a crescendo last Saturday night when 23-year-old Esther Benyeogo emerged as the winner of the music reality TV show.
With Esther’s victory at the keenly contested competition, Darey Art Alade has engraved his name on the list of the Voice Nigeria coaches whose talent emerged winners.
The journey to victory for Esther began with a blind audition that had a total of 32 talents performing to get the attention of any coach in order to get a turnaround.
In the third week of the show, Esther made her first appearance at the blind auditions. Her rendition of Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’ erupted the first teary emotion on the show as coaches Darey, Waje and Falz turned to canvass for her acceptance into their teams. After her rendition of the song, Waje couldn’t hold back her tears as she got emotional and cried while heaping accolades and commendations on the graduate of the University of Benin.
Settling into Team Darey with Rachel, Ayomikun, Jeremiah, Blescene, and Dapo, Esther made no mistake of saving her powerful voice for the last round, she displayed her dexterity and brilliance from the knockouts where she was sent straight to the battles after her rendition of Westlife’s ‘Flying Without Wings.’
The Delta indigene didn’t settle for less as she conquered Jeremiah on the battlefield to qualify for the live show.
Her final performance at the grand finale elicited cheers and claps from the studio audience.
Though not new to winning singing competitions, Esther says, winning The Voice Nigeria 3 is special because she’s recognised for her singing abilities.
“I am grateful to The Voice Nigeria and my fans out there for this amazing experience. It has been my utmost joy to come on your screens every week and share my gift on such a huge platform. This win is even more special for me because it is one thing to know you have a gift, but it means everything to be recognised for that gift. I must however give thanks to God without whom I would not be here today and also appreciate my family and friends for their love, support, and prayers,” she stated.
With every of her step, Darey couldn’t help but shower accolades on Esther, who had won God’s Children Great Talent Season 7 contest in 2017 at age 19, after she emerged first runner-up in the Next Big Teen talent in 2012.
“Of course, I am thankful to my Coach, Coach Darey, for making my time here truly rewarding, and for equipping me with the skills to give this my best shot,” she said of her coach.
I Hope Nobody Else Dies Before PSquare Reconcile – Ayo Animashaun
Media entrepreneur, Ayo Animashaun, has urged former PSquare duo, Peter and Paul Okoye, to settle their differences and not wait until they lose another person.
The executive producer shared a photo of members of the defunct Plantashun Boyz, 2face Idibia, Blackface and Faze after they had made peace at the ‘Night of Tribute’ in honour of late Sound Sultan in Terra Kulture, Lagos State on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
The singers were at some point called upstage and urged to reconcile as a way to honour the late singer, who was their bosom friend and colleague.
They agreed, embraced peace and even performed their classic songs together on stage.
Holding photo of the Plantashun Boiz which he described as his ‘picture of the month’, Animashaun called on the Okoye twin brothers to follow suit while hoping they do not lose any life before they eventually do the needful.
He wrote: “My picture of the month….I hope we don’t lose another life before @iamkingrudy and @peterpsquare realise it’s their turn to bury the hatchet. @therealblackfacenaija @fazealone @official2baba.”
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