‘Half of a Yellow Sun Was Not Banned’-NFVCB Clears Air

By on June 22, 2014

The National Film & Videos Censors Board (NFVCB), in a statement signed by Caesar O. Kagho, Acting Head, Corporate Affairs, NFVCB, the Board announced that it has become imperative to clear the air on the status of Half of A Yellow Sun. Disagreeing to media statements, the Board maintained that at no point was Half Of A yellow Sun banned.

“The NFVCB reaffirms its position that Half Of A Yellow Sun was not banned as supposed. Instead, the Board compliantly exercised due thoroughness, in agreement with section 36 (1) (b) of NFVCB Enabling Law ACT 1993, CAP N40 LFN 2004, which states that ‘a decision on a film shall ensure that such a film is not likely to undermine national security.’

“The Board has appropriately corresponded with the exhibitor of the movie in a letter dated May 27, 2014, explaining the status of the film and requiring the distributor to expunge/edit some clearly stated disagreeable parts of the movie,” the statement read adding that once the areas highlighted are resolved, the NFVCB shall give a rating of the film.

The statement explaned that the actions of the Board are a standard procedure not specific to any production but primarily taken within the scope of the law, buttressed by the ultimate reason of protecting overall public interest.

However, the statement added that since the correspondence from the Board to the exhibitor, a response is yet to be received.



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