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NBC bans “This Is Nigeria,” “See Mary, See Jesus,” “Iskaba” & Here’s Why



The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has banned at least three songs by top Nigerian singers – Olamide, Falz, and Wande Coal from being broadcast across the country.

The NBC, in a letter to a media station in Jos, fined the company JODAJ Communications Ltd N100,000 for airing the songs, saying they contain “vulgar and indecent music lyrics”. The letter added that the commission had repeatedly warned the station from airing the songs.

The songs include Falz’ “This Is Nigeria,” DJ Kaywise and Olamide’s “See Mary, See Jesus,” and Wande Coal’s “Iskaba”.

On the reason for the ban, the NBC, in their letter said “This Is Nigeria” is “laced with vulgar lyrics ‘This is Nigeria, look how we living now, everybody be criminal’“.

“See Mary, See Jesus” is “laced with casual mention of Mary and Jesus regarded as sacred by the Christian faith which contravenes Section 4.3.1.e”.

The line “Girl you dey make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo” in “Iskaba”is “vulgar,” the NBC said, adding that it “contravenes Section 3.6.1 and Section”.

See a copy of the letter below:

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  1. mrs pangolo

    August 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    They’re joking abi…this is how censorship begins. Kids can still enjoy their music online (youtube, Spotify) na wa o…wetin consign me, I’m a deep deeper life follower. everything is vulgar to me.

    • Cocoa

      August 10, 2018 at 10:16 am

      You are double minded. On one hand you dont agree with censorship on the other hand “youre a deep deeper life follower” (why is this your substitute to saying I’m a follower of Jesus Christ? and everything is vulgar to you.

      Pick a side Pangolo…pick a side.

  2. nwa nna

    August 9, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Nigeria never ceases to amaze with its cases of misplaced priorities.

  3. Tracy Edward

    August 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    You two above. Have you ask yourselves if the music is positiv for the Nation development or Nagative to the country and to our children. How can a musician sing any song about Jesus for fun. Look people of Nigeria, other Nation have problem big problem YET they flag the positive FLAG of their country, For example in Germany for almost 5 month there was no goverment , the elected goverment and his party was having problem, but there was not negative accusation abot their country in the media. So Nigerian build your country okay, look at s.Afric with their problem they are not over the internet sending and spreading fake new about their country so Nigeria people be positive abour your beautiful country okay!. God Bless Nigeria in Jesus Name Amen.

    • Alicia

      August 9, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      But they can air ‘Wild Thoughts’ by DJ Khaled ft Sister Rihanna. That song must have a positive impact on children and in the development of Nigeria our great COUNTRY??

    • nwa nna

      August 10, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      @Tracy Edwards, “This Is Nigeria” your reply is exactly what the song was talking about.

  4. Meya

    August 9, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    What are you complaining about? NBC are responsible for the content they allow stations to air in Nigeria. They set the rules so no misplaced priorities here.

  5. Cocoa

    August 10, 2018 at 10:09 am

    They are doing for you what you are meant to have done for yourselves and your family… which is snatch your minds back from the grip of the devil.

    Only children of darkness enjoy such and call it entertainment.

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