Is Falz 's 'This Is Nigeria' A Vulgar Song?
The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission has allegedly banned the controversial conscious record ‘This is Nigeria’
The regulatory body asked radio stations in the country to discontinue airing by Nigerian rapper and law graduate ‘Falz Tha Bahd Guy’.
The content of the song, which is a spinoff of the popular ‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino, was met with cheers and criticism.
Recently Falz seemed to have been focused on social conscious songs after he released the video of 'This Is Nigeria' and followed it up with 'Child Of The World' which talks about victims of rape.
While many commended the rapper for using his situational music to talk about burning issues in Nigeria, members of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) complained that the video was a spite to the Islamic religion and promoted violence.
Popular Nigerian OAP, Folaranmi Folayan, shared the notice sent in by the commission on the ban on Twitter, and concluded that it could be the reason why many talented Nigerian artistes avoid making conscious music.
“Apparently Falz's line "this is Nigeria; look how we are living now. everybody be criminal" has been flagged "vulgar" and the song is now declared "unfit for radio". See why sometimes I can't blame our musicians if they choose to give social commentary a wide berth?” She tweeted.
Though the ban does not affect channels on cable TV, Bounce News reached out to Falz’s camp to get a reaction.
"This would only increase the popularity of the song. When people hear that the song has been banned, they would want to go and listen to it.
"The song only talks about things happening in the country, this is something that everybody knows" said a representative of the rapper and actor.
Music promoter, Alex Ozone, who recently returned to Nigeria from taking Mavin Records musician, Reekado Banks on a music tour of Europe, did not hide his anger at the ban.
“NBC do not have time to listen to any of the content that they ban. Falz was just telling the truth, and unfortunately most Nigerians do not like hearing the truth.
"You can only ban what you regulate, all this thing their doing is eye service, there is no structure, how much have they invested in the music industry that they are banning it.
"They can only ban it on some platforms, but not everywhere. The ban is helping to promote the song” he explained to Bounce News.
Unfortunately a radio station in Jos has been the first 'victim' of the ban and according to the statement released by the body would have to pay 100,000 Naira as fine.
You can listen to the song below
"Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family."