Kanayo O. Kanayo Against ‘Money Rituals’ Ban


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Veteran Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo has joined other leading figures in Nigeria’s movie industry to voice strong opposition to the government’s new restrictions on portrayals of rituals and other content in films, music videos, and skits.


These new rules were introduced by the Minister of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa.

According to Section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004, the regulations ban the depiction and promotion of money rituals, ritual killings, and the glamorization of tobacco and nicotine products in movies, music videos, and skits.

Kanayo O. Kanayo sharply criticized the policy, calling it “arrant nonsense.” He questioned Minister Musawa’s rationale for endorsing such restrictions, expressing disbelief at her decision.


Kanayo O Kanayo / Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria

Kanayo’s exact words were, “Arrant nonsense. This minister has no work, just like lair Mohammed,” showing his strong disapproval and frustration.

In addition, veteran musician Mike Okri also voiced his concerns about the government’s intentions.

He suggested that the ban might be an attempt to weaken the film industry, indicating a suspicion of ulterior motives behind the new regulations.

This collective pushback from prominent industry figures highlights the tension between the government and creative professionals over the new content restrictions.


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