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Nigeria: Radio station fined for playing “vulgar and indecent music”

10 August 2018
A Nigerian radio station has been fined by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for playing “vulgar and indecent” music.
Photo: This Is Nigeria / FalzVEVO YouTube

 

A Nigerian radio station has been fined by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for playing music with “vulgar and indecent” lyrics in July and August, reported Pulse.ng.

In a letter addressed to Jay FM 101.9 owners JODAJ Global Communications Ltd on 6 August 2018, NBC fined the station 100,000 Naira (240 euros) for breaching parts of its code by airing three songs—This is Nigeria by Falz, Iskaba by Wande Coal, and See Mary, See Jesus by Olamide.

“The Commission has observed with great concern the continuous airing of vulgar and indecent music lyrics inspite (sic) of warnings both verbal and written to the station,” the letter says.

“On 30th July, 2018 at about 9:56am, your station aired a song by Falz titled ‘This is Nigeria’ laced with vulgar lyrics: ‘This is Nigeria, look how we are living now, everybody be criminal’.”

Falz, whose song is a take on Childish Gambino’s This is America, shared the letter on Instagram, laughing at the claim his lyrics are vulgar.

The letter continues: “Also, on August 1st 2018, at about 3:50pm, you aired a song by Wande Coal titled ‘Iskaba’ with vulgar lyrics: ”Girl you de make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo” in contravention of Section 3.6.1 and 3.13.2.2c.”

“Furthermore, on 3rd August, 2018 at 2:25pm, you aired a song by Olamide titled ‘See Mary, See Jesus’ laced with casual use of the names of ‘Mary’ and ‘Jesus’ regarded as sacred by the Christian faith which contravenes Section 4.3.1e.”

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