Nigeria: Award-winning poet imprisoned over defamation charges

1 February 2016

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, …

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Nigeria: Artists’ Village demolished

28 January 2016

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 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 …

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Nigeria: Artist arrested for political performance piece

27 January 2016

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 …

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Nigeria: Singer detained for song critical of politician

13 January 2016

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 …

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Nigeria: New list of songs banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission

25 August 2015

The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission NBC has wielded its hammer on songs of Nigerian artists, which the body feels are not appropriate for the Nigerian airwaves. » The full list of 18 songs can be found here: » See also: UPDATE ON 19 SEPTEMBER Musician: “Ban makes little or no …

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

21 May 2014

Popular Kano political musician, Dauda Kahutu ‘Rarara’ (in previous reports often mistakenly referred to as Ahmed Audi Zarewa) 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 had allegedly been arrested and interviewed by …

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Nigeria: Popular musician arrested for song against president

1 May 2014

A popular musician in Kano, Dauda Kahutu ‘Rarara’ (in numerous reports mistakenly referred to as 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 Dauda Kahutu to …

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Nigeria: Filmmakers protest ‘double-censorship’

24 October 2013

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 …

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Artist Alert: August and September 2013 | Article 19

24 October 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on 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 …

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