Nigerian censors board approves 43 movies for public viewing

Only one movie made it to the PG classification.

The National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, said on Wednesday that it approved 43 movies for public viewing in April.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Acting Head of Corporate Affairs, Caesar Kagho.

Mr. Kagho said 19 of the films were produced in English, 14 in Yoruba, seven in Hausa, two in Ibibio, and one in Bini language.

He said only one of the movies, “The Return of Baby Oku in America’’, qualified to be placed under the Parental Guidance, PG, category.

Sixteen of the movies, Mr. Kagho said, were classified for viewers 15 years and above as they had contents filled with strong language and violence. These include: Pretty Liar (English), A Thousand Kisses (English), First Cause (English), Woli Agba (Yoruba), Bebi Pu Lofa (Yoruba), Ijoba Osekan (Yoruba).

Others are, Ruwan Zuma (Hausa), Bugun Abuja (Hausa), Da kaizan Gana (Hausa), and Ebun Akoko (Yoruba).

Mr. Kagho said the remaining 26 of the movies had to be classified “18’’ as there were numerous ritual, imitable techniques, fetish practices, strong language and drug abuse contents in the movies.

The movies classified 18 include: Anwo Ino (Ibibio), Anwo Ino 2 (Ibibio), Baba Babi (Yoruba), and Baba Were (Yoruba).

Others are Asake Oni Bread (Yoruba), Baba Rana (Hausa), Badurwa (Hausa), Har Da mijina (Hausa) and Egbo-Eziza (Bini).

The rest are Spirits and dogs (English), Kubayashi (Yoruba), Ojokoja (Yoruba), United Apart (English), The Harvest Season (English), Jaiye Ogo (Yoruba), and Discussion Continues’(English).

The NFVCB said that the classification categories for all movies range from Parental Guide (PG) to 18 years of age.

The statement was silent on the fate of Half of a Yellow Sun, the movie adaptation of the novel by Chimamanda Adiche.

The censors’ board had said it was still reviewing the movie and was yet to approve it for viewing in Nigerian cinemas.


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