Censorship in Nigeria: Musical free expression in the shadow of Fela

Banning Eyre and Mark LeVine recently spent, between them, a month in Nigeria. LeVine as part of his ongoing research on music and history there, and Eyre, with LeVine’s assistance, to gather material for Hip Deep in Nigeria, a set of five radio programs for the Peabody Award-winning American public radio series Afropop Worldwide. Their […]

Nigeria: Singer arrested, out on bail for releasing uncensored song

Singer Sadiq Zazzabi (real name: Sadiq Usman Saleh) was released on bail on 6 March 2017 after having been detained since 1 March 2017 for allegedly releasing a song before receiving approval from the Kano State Censorship Board in the country’s north, reported Nigerian newspaper Premium Times on 6 March 2017. The newspaper reported on […]

Nigeria: Actress banned from film industry due to “immoral” performance

The Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) expelled Nigerian actress Rahama Sadau on 2 October 2016 for what it considers “immoral” actions as the actress played a character in a music video where she hugged, cuddled and held hands with the male artist, reported Nigerian media outlet Premium Times on 3 October 2016. In […]

Nigeria: Performance artists cleared of charges

The Ejigbo Magistrate Court cleared performance artist Jelili Atiku and five other artists on 18 July 2016 of all the criminal charges against them stemming from a public performance piece staged in Lagos in January 2016, reported civil society organisation Arterial Network on 22 July 2016. “We are very pleased to learn that the charges […]

Nigeria: Singer’s songs banned by DJ association after on-stage slap

The Nigerian Association of Deejays (DJAN) lifted its ban on Terry G’s songs after the singer publicly apologised for slapping DJ Phriz on stage at a show in a Lagos club on 5 June 2016, reported Nigerian online news source Pulse on 21 June 2016. On 8 June 2016, Pulse reported that DJAN, an association […]

Nigeria: Broadcast authority blacklists yet another one of rapper’s songs

Nigerian hip hop star Olamide has had a fourth song, ‘Don’t Stop’, placed on the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) blacklist in less than a year, reported The Net on 16 March 2016. In a statement, NBC said it banned the song from the country’s airwaves due to its “obscenity, being indecent, [and having] vulgar languages, […]

Nigeria: Filmmakers in court over “unauthorised” movie release

Three filmmakers were summoned to the Kano State Censorship Board’s mobile court on 6 April 2016 in north-western Nigeria for the “unauthorised” release of their latest film ‘Ana Wata Ga Wata’, which was earlier banned by the board, reported newspaper Daily Trust on 6 April 2016. The three filmmakers include the film’s director Ali Gumzak, […]

Nigeria: Performance artists face new, unexpected charges

Performance artist Jelili Atiku, along with five other artists, appeared in court on 7 March 2016 for their first hearing related to a public performance piece staged on 14 January 2016, which led to their arrest four days later. At the hearing, the original four-count charge was changed to seven counts, unbeknownst to the defendants […]

Nigeria: Award-winning poet imprisoned over defamation charges

The Nigerian poet, journalist and culture activist Nengi Josef Owei Ilagha was arrested on 14 December 2015 in Okirika, Rivers state, in Nigeria. He is held in detention over charges for contempt of court and defamation of character. A High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital of Rivers state, committed Nengi Ilagha to prison […]

Nigeria: Artists’ Village demolished

On 23 January 2016 the Artists’ Village at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos was demolished on the orders of the theatre’s management, reported news portal allAfrica.com. Artists said demolition began at around five o’clock in the morning under the supervision of the theatre’s general manager Kabiru Yusuf who was guarded by a team of […]

Nigeria: Artist arrested for political performance piece

Performance artist Jelili Atiku was arrested on 18 January 2016 for his performance entitled ‘Aragamago Will Rid this Land off Terrorism’, which he staged on 14 January 2016 in the Ejigbo area of Oshodi-Isolo in Lagos state, reported News 24 Nigeria. The artist and four others were arrested on a four-count charge of disturbing the […]

Nigeria: Singer detained for song critical of politician

Singer Baba Iyali was arrested on 9 January 2016 in the Adamawa state in north-eastern Nigeria for a song he recently released criticising the speaker of the Adamawa state house of assembly, Kabiru Mijinyawa. This was reported by the online news site The Whistle. The singer remains in detention in police headquarters in reportedly inhuman […]

Nigeria: Arrested anti-president singer freed, says ‘No regret’

Popular Kano political musician, Dauda Kahutu Rarara who was arrested over a song he composed on the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Kano State has been released from detention. Dauda Kahutu Rarara had allegedly been arrested and interviewed by the operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) in Kano for his music labelled ‘Mai […]

Nigeria: Popular musician arrested for song against president

A popular musician in Kano, Ahmed Audi Zarewa, has been reportedly arrested by the State Security Service, SSS, for recording a song to protest against President Goodluck Jonathan. The song was said to have been recorded by Ahmed to protest President Jonathan and his entourage’s singing and dancing rally the very morning that more than […]

Nigeria: Increase in number of music videos banned for erotic content

Michael Ugwu, the chief executive officer of Iroking, an online centre for afrobeat and Nigerian music, said there has been a large increase in the number of music videos being banned for broadcast in Nigeria. “Artists have begun releasing videos purely for the internet to get round the censors. I have seen the content of […]

Nigeria: Filmmakers protest ‘double-censorship’

Filmmakers in Nigeria’s capital Lagos protested on 30 August 2013 against what they called “double-layered censorship” following the establishment of the Lagos State Film and Video Censorship Board, which will now be censoring and classifying films already cleared by the national censorship board. The Lagos State authority said that the move was a result of […]

Artist Alert: August and September 2013 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 21 October 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has been curtailed and abused, and […]

Nigeria: Writers face censorship and repression | PEN

Nigerian writers and journalists are facing relentless attempts by state and non-state actors to suppress political criticism and to censor film and music productions, said PEN International as Nigeria’s human rights record comes under scrutiny at the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva. “Colonial era legislation and Shar’ia law are used to […]

 

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