Some days ago it was said that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) banned Olamide, Davido and 9ice’s song. News of the the NBC banning the songs has been widespread on social Media.
Soon after, Olamide react to the ban of his song saying that he loves his people and has no intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed.
Currently, the National Broadcasting commission (NBC) proves false the report by the media which state that they have banned the songs of Olamide, Davido and 9ice.
Nevertheless, in fast reaction to the news, Idachaba Armstrong, the Director of Broadcast monitoring, NBC, in an interview said that the ban notice on ‘Wo’ and ‘Wavy Level’ by Olamide, ‘Fall’ by Davido and ‘Living Things’ by 9ice did not came from the commission.
He said: “To begin with, NBC is a commission, not a corporation. Nobody at NBC issued a report about that. We can’t be issuing a statement on every album released in this country. The newscasters have the responsibility to do the needful. NBC does not prohibit songs. We don’t have any business with the artists. It is left for NBC to tell stations to ensure the songs and videos are fit for broadcast before putting them on air. It is the duty of newscasters to ensure they don’t come on air. They are expected to do what is called gate-keeping and they should have editorial control over their content but presenters now carelessly air songs without exercising that editorial discretion. They abdicate that responsibility and then expect us to start chasing them.
He added: “The songs are actually offensive” “I have unfailingly gathered that some of those songs are actually offensive, concerning the words. Some of these songs are for clubs. These stations that should apply self-regulation are indolent and unprofessional in their conduct.” “We will execute the necessary sanctions on the stations. If the stations break any of the broadcast code, they will be fined. Once NBC picks it up, we will call the stations to order and impose the necessary fine. First, we caution you, and then impose a fine afterward, which can be amid 50-100k but if they are disobey; it can rise to 500k.”