Federal Government Enforces Ban on Depicting Money Rituals, Smoking, and Other Vices in Nollywood Productions

By Milcah Tanimu

In a recent announcement, the Federal Government has taken a decisive step to prohibit the portrayal of money rituals and the glorification of negative behaviors in Nollywood films. Shaibu Husseini, the Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), made this declaration during a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu State.

Husseini emphasized that scenes depicting money rituals, ritual killings, tobacco, tobacco products, promotion of nicotine products, and glamorization of vices in movies, music videos, and skits have been banned. Efforts are underway to educate stakeholders about these new regulations.

Addressing attendees at the event organized by NFVCB and Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Husseini underscored the importance of taking bold steps to safeguard viewers and other stakeholders.

He recalled that the initiative to curb smoking in Nigerian films, initiated by his predecessor, led to discussions with the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, which ultimately expanded to include bans on money rituals and other crimes to enhance the integrity of the film industry.

Husseini proudly announced that the Minister of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, has approved the regulations pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004. These regulations, titled the “Prohibition of Money Ritual, Ritual Killing, Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Nicotine Product Promotion, and Glamorization Display in Movies, Musical Videos, and Skits” Regulations 2024, have been forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Justice for gazetting.

Furthermore, Husseini stressed the imperative of educating stakeholders about the risks associated with the portrayal of smoking in Nigerian movies. He highlighted not only the health hazards but also the negative influence on teenagers and young adults, the primary audience of Nigerian cinema.

The NFVCB plans to conduct comprehensive awareness programs in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, faith groups, and other institutions. Recognizing the pivotal role of the film industry in the entertainment sector, Husseini called for collaboration to produce content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.

To address the gap in the existing law regarding smoking in movies, NFVCB, in collaboration with CAPPA, has undertaken subsidiary regulations. These efforts signify NFVCB’s commitment to leadership and innovation in fulfilling its mandate to regulate and promote the Nigerian film industry.


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