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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: www.nigeriafilms.com » See also: www.nigerianbulletin.com 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 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 …

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Nigeria: Writers face censorship and repression | PEN

24 October 2013

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 …

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Nigeria: Banned Hausa rapper uses internet for alternative distribution

13 September 2010

Hausa rapper Ziriums satirical song ‘Girgiza Kai’ (Shake Your Head) was banned by the Kano State government. Instead, Ziriums uses online sites to distribute his songs, reported blogger Carmen McCain. Ziriums has released his album ‘This is Me’ online. During a July 2009 film interview, Ziriums talked about the album …

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