National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has declared prohibition on movies with stories that support and exalt villains.
CEO of the board, Adedayo Thomas disclosed this in a statement on Monday September 6, 2021, at a five-day capacity building workshop on censorship and classification for selected University of Calabar students.
Adebayo said, ”Nigerian films and movies should depict reality but also give out moral lessons at the end. Our films should identify a societal problem, go into action and at the end of the day, show what happens to perpetrators of evil in the film.”
He further said that celebrating villain without punishment is unacceptable by the board.
“But when you produce a particular film and you glamourise or celebrate someone who has done terrible things against the culture or humanity without punishment, we don’t approve such films,” he added.
Adebayo revealed that while collaborating with the Buhari-led administration’s drive to detect hate speech on the internet, the board is also monitoring movie content released on platforms like YouTube and Google.
“Even though we are aware that some defaulters still produce movies without passing through NFVCB, we want to make students understand the activities of the board so that it becomes part of them.”
He also stated that the government will make sure movie producers make morally virtuous films with the aim of safeguarding the children of the nation from societal menaces.