In a bid to promote a positive and healthy lifestyle, the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has directed filmmakers to avoid depicting smoking scenes in Nigerian movies, including Nollywood.
The board has also instructed filmmakers to stop depicting money rituals in their movies, as it promotes negative cultural practices and could have a negative influence on the youth.
The NFVCB’s decision is a welcome development that aligns with our values and the aspirations of many Nigerians. The agency recognizes the power of the film industry to shape public perception and influence cultural values.
The decision is also in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) campaign to reduce tobacco consumption, which causes many health problems.
This directive by the NFVCB has been met with mixed reactions from the film industry. Some have applauded the decision, noting that it will promote positive social change, while others have criticized it, claiming that it infringes on their artistic freedom.
The NFVCB has assured filmmakers that the directive is not intended to infringe on their creative freedom, but rather to encourage them to produce movies that promote positive cultural values, social harmony, and a healthy lifestyle. The board has also noted that filmmakers are free to portray smoking scenes in their movies, as long as it is critical to the plot.
The ban on money rituals is also a welcome development. It will help curb the promotion of negative cultural practices and deter people from engaging in illegal and dangerous activities. This decision aligns with the Nigerian government’s efforts to promote a positive image of the country and its people.
In conclusion, the NFVCB’s decision to ban smoking scenes and money rituals in Nollywood movies is a positive step towards promoting positive cultural values, social harmony, and a healthy lifestyle in Nigeria. As a company that values the well-being of our audience, we fully support this decision and encourage filmmakers to comply with the NFVCB’s directive.