The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has banned Falz famed song ‘This is Nigeria.’
This was disclosed in a letter from the NBC dated 6th August 2018 and signed by its Zonal Director, Igomu Onoja.
According to NBC, a part of the song – “This is Nigeria; look how we living now everybody be criminal” has been tagged “vulgar” and the song is now declared “unfit for radio”.
The song is an adaptation of American rapper; Childish Gambino’s much talked about visual magnum opus dubbed ‘This Is America’.Just like Gambino, Falz’s addresses essential national issues ranging from; politics, religion, social vices and insecurity in the song.
The song starts with a voice over of his father the lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, discussing the consequences of rampant corruption and exploitation, before adding his own cutting criticism: “This is Nigeria, look how I’m living now, look how I’m living now. Everybody be criminal,”
Recall that Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),was angered by Falz’s ‘This Is Nigeria’ music video, saying the “video manifests ethnic bias against Fulanis while it ignored the criminal activities of ethnic militia of the Middle Belt who have also massacred Fulanis”.
Also banned from being aired was singer, Wande Cole’s song: ‘Iskaba’ alongside Olamide’s ‘See Mary, See Jesus’.
As at the time of filing this report, Falz was yet to react to the ban of the song.