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FG wants to stop production of Nigerian films & music abroad



The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Lai Mohammed has said that the federal government “has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria.

According to Vanguard, Mohammed made this known during his visit to Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) House in Lagos, on Saturday.

Decrying the situation in which the films and music meant for consumption in Nigeria are made in foreign countries, he said the government is determined to ensure that what is consumed in Nigeria, including films and music, must be made in Nigeria.

“We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria.

“The Broadcasting Code and the Advertising Code are very clear on this.

“For you to classify a product as a Nigerian product, it must have a certain percentage of Nigerian content,” the minister said.

He said Nigerian artistes fly out of the country to make their recordings adding that “when they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume.”

“It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine. As long as we are not able to implement our own code to ensure local production of Nigerian music and movies, our young talents will not get jobs.

It is Nigerians that pay for the consumption of these products and therefore they must be allowed and encouraged to participate in their production.

I am going to meet with the relevant stakeholders over this, to see that whatever amendment that is needed to be made to our Broadcasting Code in this regard, is done urgently,” he said.

The Minister said efforts are also being made to give the Creative Industry a pioneer status so it can qualify for such incentives as tax holidays and waivers, especially of customs duties on the equipment for film and music production, among others.


  1. Dude

    July 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    What a disgrace

    • truth

      July 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      What FG is trying to say is, power have tired APC they are begging Nigerians to sign their sack letter( pdp will never such a law)‎

    • Kaeto

      July 17, 2017 at 12:11 am

      I agree with you. The only thing left is for you to say, nobody is allowed to leave Nigeria. See this oh. Please I rather pay 30 thousand dollars a year for my tuition than to your corrupt and mismanaged schools. The same with the movie industry, the system is so corrupt too corrupt, something that will take a month to produce can take 12 months to even start, why? Please stop trying to force us to do your bidding start from yourselfves. You all take salaries for nothing from our own taxes. Biko this is not what you were elected for. Besides the fact we are Nigerian putting up content makes the product 100 % Naija whether we speak in Swahili or whatever. Oh and Nigerians that must benefit from the production are not the only fans in the world everybody in Canada I know loves most Nigerian artiste and they are even better appreciated here than at home. So yes we should benefit from their production in Canada after all we buy their products. Is about time we impeach this man or you go continue to loose correct citizens from this country. Yeye dey smell. See una government. Take 5.

    • Jade

      July 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      The government should patronize, lead by example. Buhari should stay in his country to use Nigerian hospital and equipments. England is not his country neither is he the president there.
      He’s wasting Nigerjan money, resources on the British doctors, nurses and pharmacists who attend to him there. So Buhari is no longer made in Nigeria. Therefore, he should resign and pack his loads and move to London.
      When I say Lai Mohammed is a fool, it’s an understatement. He’s not addressing the real issue why Nigerians go outside of the country to get things done.

  2. Ranyinudo

    July 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Story! The president should patronize Naina hospitals first. All ye politicians should also first stop stashing away your looted monies in foreign banks.

    • truth

      July 16, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      I have a problem with book ministers….people who like to follow follow what the white man thought them. You cannot use laws passed in UK in Nigeria, they are two different society. In a country where the minimum wage is 17k, the purchasing power will be low. Put a businessman in kemi position, he will compromise on some decision as far as he do not loose out totally. A fair deal is a deal where both party compromise. If you want people to pay tax in Nigeria, you will first understand Nigeria is not UK and does not have same minimum wage. So you will need to drop the 30 percent to 10 to 15 percent to encourage more people paying, bcos they practically have being using what should be their profit to generate light , security, roads, water..etc. Stop scaring and harassing people to pay tax, you only chasing them away. A businessman as a minister will compromise and pass law Base on the society he operate, but a book worm who has never had a successful business, will never. It is because they failed with loot recovery, they want to face the masses.

  3. Agu

    July 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I dont think demanding Nigerian music industry and Nigerian film industry not to shoot there movies and music videos abroad is the right way to approach it. rather the government should encourage them to shoot there music videos and nollywood films in Nigeria by giving them incentives like financial grants, tax breaks or encourage them to use certain locations in nigeria for free or help them build a nollywood movie studio like the have in Hollywood. thats how to approach it. i my self prefer every Nigerian music video and movies to be made in Nigeria, we have great locations all over the country from north to south from east to west. but Nigeria government need to create a good atmosphere for our entertainers to explore and use this locations.

    • tunmi

      July 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      He mentioned that. “The Minister said efforts are also being made to give the Creative Industry a pioneer status so it can qualify for such incentives as tax holidays and waivers, especially of customs duties on the equipment for film and music production, among others.”

      It’s a good plan. The word used was not good. Rather than mandating, simply say you would encourage and you plan to have incentives for it.
      Learn to woo people

  4. boumi

    July 16, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Maybe that is the reason why the music is good…. Because lets be clear, you cannot compare the quality of music and music videos with nollywood films. And unless it is Ay doing 30 days in Atlanta or Sun City or Jamaica, most Nollywod films are shot in Nigeria. And the quality is not improving. So instead of draconian laws, find out why people are shooting abroad. I bet you they will say it is skills and shoulder Our greatest assets!

    • Shandi

      July 17, 2017 at 4:55 am

      Thought I agree with what you said to a certain extent, and though I think this new (or about to be) law is ridiculous, Kunle Afolayan shoots his movies in Nigeria and they’re A+! The quality is out of this world. The lightening, makeup, everything. And just so you know, I’m not even Nigerian.

    • Shandi

      July 17, 2017 at 4:56 am

      By the way, 30 days in Atlanta or Sun City or Jamaica by AY, those movies don’t make sense. Storyline = ridiculous, acting = horrible! Wrong choice for an example.

    • Boumi

      July 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      @shandi Kunle Afolayan movies are not A+. Well could get on your scale as it depends on what you are comparing it to. Yes the camera work is good (that is the cameraman’s work not Kunle’s) but the execution of the story, acting all very subpar.

      And my original point is that Nigerian movies are largely shot in Nigeria. Music videos shoot abroad more but Nigerian music competes on an equal footing with any music anywhere. We cannot say the same for film yet.

  5. Funmi

    July 16, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Lets do whatever we can do to build our countryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Rome was not build in a day.

    • nnenne

      July 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      True Fumi. BUHARI and other leaders should patronize our hospitals and schools, more so they use public money to finance those.

  6. No Headaches Please

    July 16, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    You know that hot feeling you get in your head, when you read something so incredibly vapid and lacking in context and know that there is nothing you can do about it?

    I’m convinced that we are being led by a group of extra terrestrials, completely clueless about governance and totally disconnected from what it takes to actually live in this country.

    *God bless any soul who mentions ‘Change’ near me during the next election. ???

    • Tola

      July 17, 2017 at 7:29 am

      OMG. This is exactly how I feel. I don’t want to be ageist but I believe it also has something to do with the fact that Lie Mohammad and co and are of a certain age so they are clueless about what the next generation really need. Film and Music is ART. It should not be limited. What happens if I want to do a Nigerian story about a Nigerian living in south African. I should shoot it in Nigeria abi. Awon Ode

    • Boumi

      July 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      @tola I wish I could blame it on age alone. You would be surprised how many insecure younger people in Nollywood work around with a chip on their shoulders about abroad and people from abroad. And most of them have connections to govt. So they have probably been feeding their benefactors this rubbish.

  7. Moniker

    July 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Lai Mohammed… Anywhere he touches is lit. Charity begins from the presidency. They have no right to tell us what to do.

  8. Lily

    July 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    What a set of clueless clowns. This is the height of hypocrisy… Words fail me! #SomeAnimalsAreMoreEqualThanOthers

  9. Bolaji

    July 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I would like to request that all Nigerians who fall ill henceforth must be treated in Nigeria. Cough Cough, You take our diseases and our money to a foreign country and enrich their own health economy by paying their doctors and nurses instead. Now how do we pass that bill????

  10. The queen

    July 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Useless federal government. What have they done for this country?

    What if their president that’s in UK consuming it’s medical facilities? Fools! Gosh this country makes me so sick. Nothing works. We basically struggle for EVERYTHING we have.

    These people are foooooooooools. Old, stupid, Fools!!!!

  11. missnk

    July 17, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Our president should stop receiving treatment abroad. He cannot be receiving treatment in a foreign country with our tax payers money when he hasn’t made any effort to improve the hospitals he left back home. Bunch of confused idiots.

  12. Chinny

    July 17, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Agu thanks for your analysis. 90% or more of Nollywood movies are shot in Nigeria. It’s probably cos the few that were shot abroad are making so much waves.. they want to pass this useless law.
    Mr. MINISTER, those few that were shot abroad.. you see how goooood they were abi? Create the atmosphere, give them funds and see how willing theu will be to work here. I school abroad, will you ban us from F1 visa too? Create the schools and watch us return to school in nig. Build the hospitals and let Buhari return to get his medical care here. Do you know how shameful it is that the medical records/location of a President is right in the hands of another country? We’re lucky the Russians don’t care about us

    • Jay

      July 17, 2017 at 5:04 am

      This law is stupid but what are you on about? How many Nollywood movies produced by Nigerians, shot abroad are making waves? Majority of the Nollywood movies that are making waves or have made waves were shot IN Nigeria. 93 Days, Oloibiri, October 1, 76, The CEO, The Assasin’s Practice; just to list a few. If you’re talking about AYs outrageous movies, you can’t even compare them with any of the movies I’ve listed. This law is ridiculously senseless, your comment also about majority of Nigerian movies shot abroad making waves is totally wrong and very inaccurate. You must not know what you’re talking about.

  13. Sheri

    July 17, 2017 at 1:12 am

    So what happens to all the scripts and ideas people like myself have put time and effort into? Do we scrap those storylines? Whatever happened to broadening ones horizons? Bridging out? Bridging the gap? Look at the way they want to put a ban on our movement as if we’re producing chickens! I had to read over and over when I saw this news earlier. I first thought it was a joke. I swear to you if the high and mighty in the industry don’t at least “TRY” to battle this out, then I truly believe we are cowards with little or no love for this industry. This industry is my life and I won’t have these people play scrabble with it. Funnily enough, there’s a BIG creative event happening tomorrow with this LIAR LIAR MOHAMMED opening up the ceremony. Try me and see if I don’t raise my hand to ask a few questions. Ill be marching into that event centre with annoyance to start with. Let us start from there. Ori mi ti gbona!!!!

    • tunmi

      July 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      There shouldn’t be a ban. I hope there is no ban.

      And yes, question things

  14. Sheri

    July 17, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Omg. It just hit me. I’m beginning to think this has A LOT to do with the recent Big brother Naija shot in South Africa. Remembering that this same so called FG wanted to shut the show down when they heard it wasn’t being shot in Nigeria. Remembering that they were amazed by the popularity and money the show made. These dirty, thieving, clueless politicians. They have come. ?

    • Bola

      July 17, 2017 at 5:15 am

      While I think it’s bizarre that Big Brother Naija was shot in South Africa and The Voice Nigeria season 1 was shot in South Africa (The first Big Brother Naija was shot in Lagos, West African Idol also), this shouldn’t be what these leaders should be focusing on. It’s a very trivial issues and there are more pressing issues that need urgent attention. This government like other past governments is a JOKE.

    • Bola

      July 17, 2017 at 5:16 am

      It’s a very trivial issue*

  15. Question

    July 17, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Mine is a simple question. Why does it take BN such a long time to post a story.
    I read this news elsewhere. I have read the reactions of some artists. As a matter of fact some of the reactions are almost becoming stale news and it’s now that BN chose to post the first news. And they didn’t add anything as evidence of painstaking investigation and research that led to the delay.
    BN should change this approach because I can’t count how many times they have done it.
    Just making this comment because I like BN.

  16. Ada

    July 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Honestly, why does govt find ways to create more pain for struggling citizens? First, FG tax civil workers and business owners so much and now what to face the entertainment industry. Stopping production of movies abroad is not the problem in Nigeria. The Govt should face major issues affecting the country. This entertainment industry Create a lot of attraction to Nollywood and in the long run a lot of revenue for the country. So why this???

  17. Lanesra

    July 17, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Ironically, I am of the opinion that the proposed ban is the BEST policy from this Government. It’s sad that Nigerians spend Millions abroad to shoot 4 minute music videos. It makes more sense to keep the Millions of dollars at home and use it to develop our struggling economy. The Air tickets, hotel bills and the monies paid to make this videos would provide jobs for jobless Nigerians.
    While the quality of a video is important, what makes a video great is the concept(Timaya-Sanko). Besides we have quality equipment and locations in Nigeria. While the Government has obviously FAILED in providing an enabling environment and adequate support for the industry, most of the artists are just as guilty. Why can’t the artists themselves invest in the Industry. They show off exotic cars and houses to impress. What would be wrong with them coming together to invest in Studios and the industry generally. There is no denying the fact that it’s hypocritical for the President to be receiving treatment Abroad and for the same Government to be thinking of banning the shooting of videos Abroad.. We should however not be myopic and look beyond the longterm benefit of the ban. Our major challenge as Nigerians (Followers and Leaders) is that we don’t love ourselves enough. We can come together to develop our country and make it great again. LET’S PUT NIGERIA FIRST!

  18. duke05

    July 17, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Clear cut case of misplaced priority.
    Ndi Ara!

  19. VivaMaria

    July 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

    All this fuss bcos of Big Brother!

  20. Onyeka Don

    July 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

    The following are clear if we must move forward:
    1. Our government and particularly we, the led need to begin to pay attention to who occupies such key position as one that is required to sell and market Nigeria. We are quick to ask about the prophets, where are the youths?

    2. A working approach for such government intentions is where they provide enabling environment and incentives to drive not just local consumption but also local production. In this particular case, no communication plan, no implementation strategy and no creativity around the delivery…(dead on arrival).

    3. Our present leaders must come to terms with the fact that leadership by coercion has no place in the 21st century or among millennials; not even in Banana Island.

    4. our government must learn that example is better than precept. We must practice what we preach. No matter the amount of yam tubers we ship abroad, we can’t as a government continue to provide incentives for pilgrimages, showcase our children graduations from schools abroad, spend months on medical leave abroad and expect the led not to take cue.

    5. Enough of focus on such cheap projects like grass importation from Brazil, wrapping moi-moi with cellophane, yam export to Uk and now locations for movie production, This government should provide us with electricity, fuel at affordable rate, accessible road network, working airports, reliable security, affordable and available healthcare, jobs for the citizens and a sense of nationhood

  21. artklub

    July 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

    rise up the challenge. its not that hard. we are already doing it. find your creativity within your limitations thats what naijas excel at anyway…..

  22. Miracle

    July 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

    …but baba bubu can continue to go abroad for his treatment abi? We have seen the change.

  23. RMA

    July 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This is so sad. How on Earth can you come up with this? Maybe you should first impose that we must stop importing petro and start to refine our crude oil to get petrol and other imported energy fuel. After that, enforce it that no government official is allowed to travel out for medical treatments, holidays and vacations outside Nigeria, must only use Nigerian made cars, furniture, clothes, shoes, in fact, Starting from the minister of power and all other government officals, none of them should be allowed to use generators at home and everything they make use of must be made in Nigeria. Then and only then will I see this as a welcome development. Am sure this will even go along way to force them to do what is right to develop Nigeria.

    #lead by example and not by imposing or patronizing baseless policies that will do no good but to further make living difficult for the masses in Nigeria.

  24. Em

    July 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Misplaced priorities!! When there are more important things to tackle. This is what ourFG can come up with. What a disgrace!

  25. Ever Green

    July 17, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Bolaji you are a clown, you just make laugh soteyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  26. Boumi

    July 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Why am I getting moderated? Whose feathers did I ruffle? ?

  27. Will Warri IQ

    July 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Can we just all agree to send “Lai Mohammed” on exile! or something similar, gosh!

  28. Wow

    July 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    How very silly! They should start with Buhari first. SMH

  29. Ib

    July 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Lai Mohammed had a son in his late 30s who knows what’s up and how things work. He needs to run certain ideas past his son for validation and workability before embarrassing himself before the public. He sounds more stupid each time he opens his buccal cavity.

  30. Van

    July 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Very dumb idea.

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