Connect with us


No More ‘50 Shades of Grey’ for Nigerians! Censors Board Takes Down Movie after Less Than a Week


 on only a week of being in Nigerian Cinemas, BellaNaija has learnt that the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has ordered a removal of the highly anticipated ’50 Shades of Grey’ movie from the list of movies showing at cinemas.

BN reached out to one of the cinemas in Lagos and we were informed that the movie listing has not only been taken off their online website, the movie itself has been taken out of the cinema and is no longer available.

This comes barely a week after the R18 movie premiered on Valentine’s Day.

The movie ’50 Shades of Grey’ has generated a lot of internet buzz since it was first announced that the book trilogy was being made into a movie.

The movie, which centers on Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), has been the most talked about movie in the past few months.

When asked why it was put up in the first place if it was in violation of the regulations of the Nigerian Censors Board, the staff member we spoke to had no answer to give.

Did you get a chance to see the movie?

Do you think it was in violation of the Nigerian Censors Board regulations in terms of explicit content?

Watch the trailer below.



    February 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Why was it approved in the first place? So no body in on the board screened it? Did they think BDSM was PG?

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! They probably didn’t even know what “BDSM” meant until some helpful “somebori” explained it to them. Kai, this headline and news item gave me a good laugh.

    • j0m3o

      February 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      I can understand censoring movies for kids, but for adults that’s crazy and insulting to their intellect.

    • Wale

      February 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Wo, I don’t blame the board jare, before Naija men will padlock their wives to the wall in the bedroom and quickly go to the house of their girlfriends to have fun, with the naija wife thinking it is part of the “new” oyibo sexiness.
      On a more serious note, we have the issue of spousal abuse to contend with, Naija men tend to be abusers, this will only give them more impetus.

    • Misan

      February 21, 2015 at 10:58 pm


  2. bruno

    February 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I heard the movie was terrible, poor acting and directing. another twilight. I heard it wasn’t even that explicit.

    I bought all the 3 books for 12,000 naira. i wanted to feel among and follow the 50 shades of grey craze ,what a waste of my money and time. I can’t even get pass part 1. the books are in my room packing dust.

    • yems

      February 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Exactly how i felt after reading a quarter of the book. I wont even waste my precious time hustling to watch the movie.

    • Dad

      February 20, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      omg Bruno…lmso @ bought book to fill among. I wanted to buy it just to see the what the craze was about but when I read the summary abi na preview on Barnes and Noble I just said nahhhh. I

    • Rahama

      February 20, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Exactly! An insult to a serious minded readers intelligence. You bought the whole books for say what? Sorry Bruno, I downloaded mine for free. The writing is rubbish, the storyline is cheesy. I couldn’t get past the first few pages. I refuse to take anyone who enjoyed the book seriously o. Anyway I write erotica and trust me my short stories are way better, news BN should I send some of my ‘steamy stories’ to you guys? Would I get paid? Would I just get a mention or a nod? Lol. Just kidding.

      Fyi if you only read 50SG last year please don’t deceive yourself you read anything last year, it doesn’t count!

    • MC

      February 20, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      That’s rather expensive. I paid less about £3 (with free delivery) from Amazon. However, I purchased it before the “craze”…maybe prices went up.

      Complete waste of money! Attempted a couple of times to get through the first chapter, epic fail!.

      Im not against watching the movie. Maybe the reverse will be the case and the film is better than the book.
      Enough really good books have been ruined by movies. Maybe karma does exist

    • MC

      February 20, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      I paid about*

    • o mase o

      February 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Me sef needed no prophetess to tell me to stop reading d book

    • Julie

      February 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

      I think you should see it first. I think the acting/directing was good.

    • Omo

      March 4, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      I know right!!!! Book dragged like mad! Don’t think I read part 1 halfway. Talk less of the remaining 2. Bloody waste

  3. Ngobeke

    February 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I laugh in French!!!

  4. Uju

    February 20, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    This same censors board that took over how many months to release Half of a yellow sun? Yet this was not reviewed prior to release? Africans do you see the hypocrisy in our ways? ok now

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 20, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Only in Nigeria, nwa nne m, that a board of movie censors will review the movie AFTER it has been released. Honestly 90% of Naija government workers need to have their job functions explained to them….

    • chukwukadibia

      February 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Seroiusly,i though so too when I watched the rubish movie on wednesday.i was soo mad and very embarrassed because I dragged my kid sister and herhobby to come see the stupid pornographic movie with me.i wish I knew.very yeye rubish movie…

  5. fiona

    February 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    i don’t understand the censor board will take the movie down. This people in authority sef, thinking that they can control the lives of Nigerians. Movie selection is a choice and this is a secular state i can watch whatever i choose to watch.. Awon Matrix peeps, be controlling people lives since time immemorial

    • mrs chidukane

      February 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      I don’t understand as well. Yes the movie is risqué from what I’ve heard but then label it 18+ and get on with it. Always trying to make Naija adults into children. They should kukuma turn us to North Korea, mtcheew.

  6. Thatgidigirl

    February 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    The buzz was too much, i finally saw the movie and was disappointed even though i had read the book. It was like a badly directed soft porn movie they were knacking from the beginning to the end of the movie, all that was missing was the usual mojo sound track. I felt a bit embarrassed looking at bress and yansh everywhere with several other people in the cinema….plus it was dark and late so i kept expecting someone to grab me from behind after building up so much conji in the theatre.

    • Taiwo

      February 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm


    • Rahama

      February 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Hahahahahhahahaha. Creepy stuff

    • imose

      February 20, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      My oh my!!! Hope you all didn’t get aroused?? Especially the male folks?? Hehehehe 😀
      Shout to to my MSA.. I am a huge fan now!! *mwahh**

    • gia

      February 21, 2015 at 3:10 am


    • bisi

      February 21, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      .lmaaaaooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahaahahahahahahaa! i watched the movie too! so awkward! i just felt ‘somehow’ honestly! so awkward.

  7. peace

    February 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    The movie wasn’t terrible at all…Did you watch it to know if they acted poorly? I watched it and i thought that it was really good…Acting, chemistry and all…Nigerians are so judgemental its terrible…It wasn’t even about sex at all…so i am still like why are they not showing it? I didnt read the book on purpose because i know the movie would be completely different.
    So my thing is, watch it for yourself and then you have the right to judge it.

    • D

      February 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      ok giving a movie a pass or fall is not negative or bad belle. It is done all over the world and not only in Nigeria. As for 50 shades most of the reviews I had heard here have been actually negative but that is to be expected most book turn movie don’t usually meet expectation. However, if based on your personal experience it did meet or maybe even exceeded expectation than that’s your own critic on the movie and we get that but it is not the same for everyone.

    • Someone Naughty

      February 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Clearly you don’t know much about love chemistry. Less than 10 minutes into the film, without building up the story, ‘chemistry’ was already worrying them. I wasn’t convinced by their supposed love or passion. It was an all round mediocre movie. I did enjoy my Baddie Bey on the soundtracks. It’s just the soundtrack of the movie that made it bearable.

    • MC

      February 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Hahahahahaha what should we believe?
      One person says it was like a porn movie, you say it wasn’t even about sex.

  8. Shirley

    February 20, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hypocrites… They are all aristos cheating on their wives. The movie is rated 18- for mature people who can make choices. smh

  9. jefka

    February 20, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    i started reading the book, and i skipped plenty of it till i finally gave up and wrapped it up, i later presented it to a frnd as birthday present last year november because i was broke at that time and she is one person who doesnt hear “i still owe u”………

    • June

      February 20, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Lol ! Thank you for your comment. My first little laugh for a stressed filled Friday.

  10. Drknite

    February 20, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Did they stop it because too many people were horny during the movie?


    February 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Oh no! And I’d wanted to see it last weekend but decided to put it off till this weekend. I’ve always known I need to stop procrastinating.

    • wagamama

      February 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Me too!! So, sad right now. smh for procrastination…………..Abeg who knows where i can buy it (in naija o!) or watch it for free online??

    • bisi

      February 21, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      wait a couple of weeks and u can watch it on

  12. Rose

    February 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Hahaha…. I knew it. I saw this coming.

  13. Nelly

    February 20, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I think 50 Shades is an assault of Christian core values as it graphically portrays sexual perversions that are both explicit and embarrassing.

    • MC

      February 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Okay that’s good!…then Christians shouldn’t go and watch it.
      Is it by force!?

    • Confuzzled

      February 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Help me ask them oooo!!!!

    • Drknite

      February 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      You sound like a tool and your wife/girlfriend is probable bored with that missionary position.

    • bluebell

      February 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm


    • chi-e-z

      February 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      @Nelly STFU like you know how you were conceived. Idiot award of the year goes to you.

    • Iris

      February 21, 2015 at 12:48 am

      Lol! Go and sit down please. Then allow ‘non-Christans’ to go and watch it. These people are not serious. In that case many Nigerian movies should be banned for the dumbass sex scenes they slide in unnecessarily. Put an age restriction on it if you must, but banning it? And last week after I heard they banned it in Kenya I was just saying how refreshing it was that Nigeria was allowing freedom. If they like let them ban it for Africa. Corrupt people will steal go to hell and the government closing your eyes for you so you cannot ‘see bad thing’ has not bought you heaven.

    • Iris

      February 21, 2015 at 12:50 am


    • Tee

      February 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

      I’m sorry, did they show it in your church or compel you from the pulpit to watch it.? How come you know about its explicit and embarrassing contents as a Christian with such “high core values”? Can Nigerians please stop this hypocritical way of life? Many people watch worse things in their houses and come here to form holier than thou. Nobody dragged anybody to the cinema,so please take a stadium full of back seats.

    • Sandra

      February 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Oh pleaaase! Take a seat!

  14. @edDREAMZ

    February 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I need to watch this movie though…..

  15. Alert!

    February 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    But I’ve not even seen it #crying!

  16. Bae

    February 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    OOh noooooooooo I want to watch.I hope our IBO friends have done a pirated copy,I will ask my movies

  17. mmmmmh

    February 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I saw it on the eve of valentine at Ikeja Mall. I practically loved it, got me thinking. God knows I can’t be with a man with such sexual fantasies. . I enjoyed the fun and comments by other people in the cinema hall. It was like comedy. One guy had to snap one of the gehn ghen scene with his phone Camera and everyone laughed at him. Another lady said she’s tried one of the bizarre sexual acts before. Just dat when the movie ended it was unexpected, we wanted more.

  18. Didi

    February 20, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    @Bellanaija…..isn’t it ironical that you still have the adverts up on your website for tickets (via to go see it at cinemas?

  19. BN lover

    February 20, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    HYPOCRITES HYPOCRITES HYPOCRITES….make we hear word….50 shades of gray na it bad pass werrin dis abuja men dey do under 16gurls 4 y***h??

  20. Sunshine

    February 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Fifty shades of hate. Hypocrites,they cannt handle the truth of the movie been too close to home.

  21. o mase o

    February 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Movie z bad,simple!!!!!,shimple!!!!!!……let us promote good tinz among ourselves,abeg…tchew,d movie nd d books makes me over-smh…abeg abeg,lets call a spade a spade!!!

  22. ms.b

    February 20, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    We have strip clubs in naija so y can’t adults be allowed to watch porn? Can sum1 have a strictly for adults only cinema in 9ja? For porn n erotic horror movies only. All ds hypocrites in naija making laws.

  23. Wifey

    February 20, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Weill it was interesting to me. I don’t know anyone that’s into sub/dom relationship. I was curious to see some of it and what goes on in the brains of people that like that type of stuff. lol … I want to see part two.

  24. chi-e-z

    February 20, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    wtf is Nigeria now China.. If you say children shouldn’t watch then ok. Just movie about sex wetin they think 50 shades of Grey was about before.

  25. fleur

    February 21, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Nigerians sef. the hypocrisy. Legislators and their illicit juvenile mistresses have painted the bedrooms of Dubai and MOnaco, and the offices of Nigeria in a richer scarlet shade. Also, all ya unmonitored children who are raising themselves while you chase money already watch porn on their expensive handsets with internet access. Puhleeeeeese.

  26. shanel

    February 21, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Watched the movie, twas overrated Abeg, tanks to d sound tracks and d aspiration to make more moneymoney.*sips tea*

  27. nyla

    February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I expected the Censor board to do this, so I saw the Movie on Monday…doesn’t make sense as Adults have the right to decide what they watch…

    Btw, reading the comments *smh*… folks are truly boring behind close doors…and they wonder why the men keep stepping out…

  28. nyla

    February 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I expected the Censor board to do this, so I saw the Movie on Monday…doesn’t make sense as Adults have the right to decide what they watch…

    Btw, reading the comments *smh*… folks are truly boring behind closed doors…and they wonder why the men keep stepping out…

  29. Anyim Patience

    February 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Now, this is good to hear. After watching it, all I could do was ‘hiss’. It’s really explicit and shouldn’t be approved. Imagine the hype and orders, at the cinema, from humans who I know are teenagers with fake IDS. Does this mean that all Nigerian teenagers are horny?

  30. bluebell

    February 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Bad rich boy meets poor virgin girl. The pair fall in love. Bad boy teaches good girl the art of f ing good sex. She experiences multi orgasms. They get married and have a kid in the end. I enjoyed the books. It’s a good easy read. And for most Nigerian house wives it would educate them on the reality of orgasms yes it really exists. Not a fairy tale.

  31. Tracy

    February 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Rubbish annoying movie , just bought the movie and entered the cinema, didn’t know anything about the book, was so annoying,regret that ticket. It should be banned very well. Our half of a yellow sun, they did nt allow us to watch, it’s this, thing, that is not even real, that they will show.

    • ada

      February 22, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Its really clear u didn’t read the book hence the reason it didn’t make sense to u…if u are bored n u gat time,pick it up n read then watch the movie again…it’d give u some perspective…don’t just sit there n call it rubbish n annoying…its originally annoying,rude n disrespectful to the writer of the book

  32. calmbae

    February 21, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    So true..ive the trilogy but struuuuuggling to read it! So unlike me…I love to read detective and espionage novels….not this piece of -!

    • tolu

      February 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      ????. You love detective and espionage novels but went ahead to purchase a trilogy of a well known romance series. Come o , Didn’t you bother to read the synopsis. You know before you get into a book there is a small section on the back which tells you all you need to know about what the book is about. You actually purchased the trilogy wow that just says a lot about you.

  33. Misan

    February 21, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    So I’ve read all three books and I’ll keep my opinion about it to myself (thank you). I’m not saying it is right for Censor Board to pull the movie but, this is Nigeria. I’ve read all comments and… full of fluff or not, the movie is pretty graphic. That the movie is rated 18 and above does not stop many impressionable kids from finding their way into the cinema to watch it and, itch to try out every scene.

  34. ada

    February 22, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Us Nigerians can be really hypocritical n childish about some things….u know before I went to see the movie,i thought..”ahhh people wint stop making out today in the cinema oo” then last wkend,i saw it at Silverbird in Accra mall n the whole crowd was laughing…it was just funny n people were actually acting like grown ups… I was so impressed…(one thing was clear though…more than half the crowd had read the book) so it brought it alive for us…
    My point,we are adults…no need to ban the movie..truth is,I’m sure most people have done worse at home…it moves beyond the sex into the romance…so the ban makes 0 sense.. They can just be strict about not letting underaged watch it…but for the adults…no need!

  35. bimpe

    February 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    What we are talking about here is human dignity. No matter what age or religion you profess is not the issue. What is bad is bad and shouldn’t be justified under any condition. There is already so much violence and sexual abuse going on. Even the wife of the lead actor said in an interview that she won’t watch the movie and then the lead actors said they felt strange and don’t want people to watch. This glorification of porn and violence is eroding our minds and values. Ever wondered why there is such an increase in rape and paedophilia. I don’t think all the people loving this movie and proclaiming freedom will want any violence of this sort to come to their relatives. In a cinema that showed it, a staff said to me without even realising some people after watching movie said they’ll be getting handcuffs and padlocks etc to try stuff out. Isn’t that scary? Porn , violence and the like debases any human being. Even animals have mating season. We humans have an intellect and will which animals don’t have but many times, we fail to use it.

    • bluebell

      February 22, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Gosh, really!!. What are you on about ?Have you actually read the books was choosing the movie potluck for you? Couldnt you follow the plot?It was all consensual. Do you understand what dat means. It wasn’t a snuff movie. The girl was moaning in orgasmic pleasure not pain, I am sure dat is an alien concept to you perhaps even a sin. miss Bimpe if you please, .do you really think every woman is laying flat on their back waiting to be poked? Do you live under a rock? You have the choice not to watch the movie or buy the books. Am sorry your preaching is pointless as if you are trying to police what people can or cannot do in their bedrooms. I hate to think what kinky stuff u get up to ,some mind blowing missionary styla .

  36. micheal

    February 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    For those who said the movie and book were rubbish , did they forced you to continuing reading the book and did they force u to watch the movie. Why did u get up and leave at the first sex scene? Pretenders with low sex lives.

  37. ONO

    February 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    LOL! You guys are funny. Even if you had not read the book, surely before the movie came out you all heard the hype about the explicit nature of it? You all heard the stories about the BDSM background? You all watched the trailer or heard from people that watched it? You all googled since you took your time to look at the reviews? Then some of you even went ahead to watch as quickly as it came out. Yet you sit behind your laptops and have the gall to spew trash about the pornographic nature, the ‘violence’, the un-Christian acts? Please behave yourselves before the Lord exercises His right to assist you in your own hypocritical flogging. Arrant rubbish.

  38. inibokun

    February 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Don’t mind them. Everyone wanting to belong. I’ve read the book indeed. Why struggle to read a book you do not like. Is it an exam?. Um? Na exam?. You have to read the whole book then run off to watch the fil verson and then decide you dont like it. Which kind retardation level delayed reaction bethat. Olodo grade one. Some of you just cherry picked the xrated bits and others cannot comprehend simple English. Stop exposing your Olodo level here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tangerine Africa

Star Features