Filmmakers have been ordered by the federal government to remove money ritual content from their films.
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed confirmed the new policy during a media visit to Abuja, according to Daily Trust.
The federal Government should sanitize social media in light of some of the confessions of suspected ritual killers who have been arrested, according to the minister.
“Many have also blamed Nollywood for featuring money rituals in some of its films, saying this has negatively affected the vulnerable youth,” he said. This is why I have ordered the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board to take this issue into account when censoring and classifying films and videos in order to mitigate this problem.
As well, I’ve instructed the NFVCB to reach out to various film industry stakeholders to express government and Nigerian concerns about the need to avoid depictions of money rituals in films.
The NFVCB recently passed a non-smoking law for Nollywood movies, making it illegal to smoke in movies.
Adedayo Thomas, the board’s director, explained that the decision was based on evidence that the entertainment industry has a significant impact on tobacco use and public health. According to Adedayo, as the board moves to enforce the non-classification of Nollywood films depicting tobacco use, it will increase awareness among film stakeholders.