6 Popular Nigerian Songs that Have Been Banned by the NBC

6 Popular Nigerian Songs that Have Been Banned by the NBC


Nigerian songs banned by NBC

‘To not be broadcast’ code identify NTBB is the label slapped on information deemed unfit for airplay by the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee, the NBC, for numerous causes which in response to previous rulings have ranged from vulgarity to mentions of exhausting medication, fraudulent acts and extra. Given the music trade’s fixed development and teeming inhabitants in addition to the liberalness of lots of the musical skills inside and it’s not exhausting to think about that the NTTB verdict has been slapped on plenty of songs. Described by many as a ‘ban,’ the top of the fee’s public affairs in 2018, Hajia Maimuna had acknowledged that they didn’t ban songs however moderately declare it unfit for broadcast, thereby proscribing them from airplay by native radio and TV stations. Satirically, this ruling appears to fetch the affected songs which for essentially the most half had been already common and even hits, extra recognition with the individuals, with their notoriety receiving a lift in addition to their circulation by way of different channels not inside the NBC’s management. To take a stroll down reminiscence lane, listed below are 5 common Nigerian songs which have been banned by the NBC:

1. That is Nigeria, Falz

A lawyer turned rapper, Falz by no means fails to dissect Nigeria’s many issues in his rap traces and likewise amplify them with visuals. He had finished equally whereas borrowing a leaf from Infantile Gambino’s observe on societal satire together with his model of That is America titled That is Nigeria with double the satire and likewise double the impact. Double the impact being the key phrase as a result of the tune, in addition to its video, had resulted in being banned on the thirteenth of August by the NBC who sent a notice to a radio station in Jos after taking part in it and stated the road, “That is Nigeria, look how we dwelling now, everyone be felony,” had been vulgar lyrics.

2. Iskaba, Wande Coal, DJ Tunez

Any fan of Wande Coal or a lover of Nigerian pop music will know that the singer loves his ladies thick and really curvy with ginormous backsides. The singer had documented this love on his report with DJ Tunez, Iskaba. However the NBC was not having any of that, particularly the traces that went “Oh no, oh no, woman you dey make me kolo, shaking that ass like kolo,” and by way of the identical memo to the Jos-based radio station on Falz’s report, had filed the tune of their ‘To not be Broadcast’ folder, banning it from being performed by way of TV and radio mediums they’d a say over. 

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One factor about Olamide, he can and can make a report about something and he proved this on DJ Kaywise’s See Mary, See Jesus the place he likened the lavish feats of his mates and his personal self to miracles. With traces like, “You no consider me you no consider Jesu” and the refrain “See Mary, see Jesus,” the NBC had acknowledged that the report was laced with informal use of those names which had been thought of sacred by Christians and as such had contravened a constitutional act. 

4. Science Scholar- Olamide

In August 2017, the NBC had put out a disclaimer by way of Twitter to let most of the people know that they’d not banned 9ice’s Residing Issues tune, Davido’s Fall and If in addition to Olamide’s Wo, which had been reported thus following an announcement made by a supply they claimed was fake. Wo by Olamide had then grown to be a large hit and in January 2018, he’d launched the divisive Science Scholar which in response to him advocated towards drug abuse. Given the contentious nature of the tune, Olamide had gone to lengths to make sure his intentions had been understood by many however the NBC didn’t purchase it and on the twenty ninth of January, they’d declared Science Scholar ‘unfit to be broadcast.’

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Launched because the promotional tune off Ric Hassani’s the Prince I Grew to become Album, Thunder Hearth You had been gathering mass and growing right into a smash hit when the singer had come on Twitter with the phrases, “So, the NBC has banned my tune ‘Thunder Hearth You’ and are fining radio stations that play it. Attention-grabbing.”

A tune the place he chronicled the ache of his heartbreak in a hilarious well-lyricised method together with his addition of the Nigerian expression, ‘thunder fireplace you,’ used to specific ache, most occasions good-naturedly, the sanction had introduced in its wake combined expressions with most individuals nevertheless being of the opinion that it was a innocent report and Ric Hassani ought to have been allowed room to clarify himself. 

6. Tiwa’s Vibe- Tiwa Savage

On the sixth of June 2018, an sad Tiwa Savage took to her Instastory to specific her displeasure after getting wind of the truth that her tune, Tiwa’s Vibe which was launched earlier on in Might had been banned by the NBC. She’d written on her story with a teary smiley saying, “Simply heard Tiwa’s Vibe is banned on native stations. As a result of I stated shayo (shrugging emoji) However alcohol is authorized proper? She’d requested whereas ending her put up. The ban of Tiwa’s Vibe was nevertheless neither denied nor confirmed by any representatives of the NBC but it appeared to have taken impact on the tune. 

Different common Nigerian songs which have been banned or deemed unfit for radio play embrace Phyno’s Yayo, Reminisce’s Tesojue, Wizkid’s In My Mattress, Davido’s Followers Mi and a number of other others which had been shared when radio persona Yaw had shared a photo of the list of songs acknowledged as unfit to be broadcast by the NBC in 12 months 2015.



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