NFVCB kicks against smoking, money rituals scenes in Nollywood

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has kicked against movie scenes depicting the smoking of tobacco, criminal acts, ritual killings, money rituals and other vices in Nollywood.

The demand to eradicate such scenes was tabled to stakeholders in the industry on Tuesday by NFVCB’s Executive Director, Dr. Shaibu Husseini.

Husseini at the National Stakeholders’ Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu stressed the importance of movies in the society and how they easily influence the citizens.

The ED also commended the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) for putting up the event as part of its corporate social responsibility in Nigeria’s creative industry.

In his words, “We are facing an industry emergency requiring bold and ambitious actions from all parents, guardians and stakeholders.”

He enjoined the stakeholders in the public and private sectors “to see the gathering as an important platform to forge strategic partnership in order to mobilise scarce funding and create innovative models to assist in educating/sensitizing mothers, youth and the general public to combat the hydra-headed menace in the form of unapproved and unclassified content.”

Similarly, the Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi, urged stakeholders to consider the implications of smoking and end the vice in Nollywood scenes.

“We are at a point where we must stop the globalisation of smoking and instead promote a healthy lifestyle.

“There is a need to reverse the role movies and music videos play in painting smoking and tobacco use as a cool way of life,” Oluwafemi noted.