Nigeria’s information minister has warned against the production of music videos and films outside the country.
Lai Mohammed said over the weekend that the government cannot allow Nigerians to produce local content in foreign countries which inversely affects the local job market.
“This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said during a visit to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).
“We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria … It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine,” he added.
We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films ... It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine.
The minister remarked that the action of artistes is a breach of the country’s broadcasting code that classifies content to be Nigerian when a percentage is produced in the country.
He advised that if the content is produced locally, Nigerians will get jobs and the money spent in foreign economies will remain locally to develop the country.
Lai Mohammed indicated that there will be an amendment to the broadcasting code to stop the phenomenon, while the government prepares a proposal to promote the creative industry.
Nigerian artistes and the public have expressed strong reactions towards the minister’s pronouncement.
Peter Okoye, one half of the popular Nigerian music duo P-Square said he is sometimes “ashamed to be a Nigerian”.
He tweeted in Nigerian pidgin that the entertainers “cover the shame” of the government which has been “failing the people since 1960”.
Dear FG, for your information! All the Shame way una dey bring for dis our country na we dey entertainers dey cover una Nash! Ndi ala #SMH— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) July 16, 2017
Sometimes am ashamed to be called a Nigerian because this people😏 Tufia kwa👎🏽 Another Nationality Loading…… 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇬🇭🇮🇪🇩🇪🇨🇭🇨🇩🇦🇴🇹🇿 #shame— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) July 16, 2017
Below are some reactions from the Nigerian public.
Dear Lai Mohammed, do not start a fight you cannot win.— #TheVoiceNigeria (@Onos147) July 17, 2017
Stay on your lane and leave Nigerian musicians alone. pic.twitter.com/8z6LXxx2Ls
“Minister Face Your Work” – Ruggedman tells Lai Mohammed as he reacts to FG's plan to ban production of Nigerian music & movies abroad pic.twitter.com/Xul6qdf40A— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) July 17, 2017
9ja Music Videos, Films Must Be Made in 9ja”-Lai Mohammed BT his #MCM can travel abroad 4 treatment. Dis man has added RUBBISH to his LIES— Iyá Làjé Of Lagos (@newscantell) July 17, 2017
— Reno Omokri (renoomokri) July 16, 2017
GEJonathangave Nollywood a grant of $200 million and wasn't a London resident. Lai Mohammed, think of this before threatening Nollywood!
Lai Mohammed will go down as one of the worst ministers in the history of Nigeria. Daily, he rubbishes what it means to be an elder.— Ross Alabo-George (@imaginasion1) July 15, 2017
IMO if the govt had put all the basic infrastructure in place: light, water, functional roads & rail systems, they'd shoot videos locally— Precious Nwanganga (@Pmoney_Talks) July 16, 2017
even Hollywood shoot in other countries don't they sell. Furious 8 was filmed in over 5 countries I think, how was it??— masta mich (@slimsilvacent) July 17, 2017