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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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Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board

12 April 2010

A three-night music festival at a cultural centre in Kano in northern Nigeria, KANFEST, was cancelled by the Kano State Censorship Board, reported AFP. The annual music festival is funded and organised by the French embassy in northern Nigeria. “We have banned the music festival for the reason that we …

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Nigeria: Banned Hausa rapper uses internet for alternative distribution

13 September 2009

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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Nigeria: Proceedings against composer of banned song

9 July 2009

A popular Hausa singer in Kano in Northern Nigeria, Ala (real name: Aminu Ladan Abubakar), was arrested in Kano on 4 July 2009 for publishing his song ‘Hasbunallahu’ — a song which was banned by a mobile court judge linked to the Kano State Censorship Board Ala’s song ‘Hasbunallahu’ is …

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Nigeria: Kuti’s nightclub in Lagos closed by authorities

10 June 2009

Presumably angered by the activism of the Femi Kuti, authorities have closed the legendary nightclub and concert hall in Lagos he runs together with his family. Anyone who enters it is “risking their life”, wrote The Independent on 5 June 2009. The first time the Nigerian authorities shut down Africa’s …

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Nigeria: Actor jailed for releasing an uncensored music video

9 April 2008

The actor Adam A. Zango was imprisoned for producing and releasing an uncensored hip-hop video. The incident was a part of the ongoing crisis within the Kannywood film industry in northern Nigeria. Article by: Kristina Funkeson, Freemuse   According to an article in Weekly Trust, Zango was the first actor …

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Nigeria: Banned song became duo’s break-through

15 November 2007

The debut song of the Nigerian duo Zule-Zoo was banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation when it came out in March 2006. Instead of silencing them, the ban actually helped promoting their new album, entitled ‘Banned In Nigeria’, which has become a nation-wide hit “It was a big shock to …

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Nigeria: Kano state bans all films from carrying music

6 November 2007

Kano state recently banned all films from carrying music, wrote Elizabeth Dickinson from Kaduna on 28 October 2007. According to an article by Elizabeth Dickinson about a theatre play which has been banned by what the calls ‘the Hisbah Commission’, this ban on the play and a following court case, as …

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Nigeria: Radio station restricted for playing song with political lyrics

3 April 2006

Playing a particular song with political lyrics appears to be the reason that the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission imposed a ban on the prime time broadcasting period of a radio station A “curfew” on the Kano-based private radio station Freedom Radio was issued on 27 March 2006 by the Nigerian government agency regulating broadcasting – the …

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