If you missed it, back in August, the Nigerian Broadcast Commission (NBC) released a list of songs that were to be banned from radio and TV airplay due to various reasons ranging from violence, vulgar lyrics, indecent exposure and more. Songs like Olamide’s Bobo, Naeto C’s Tony Montana, and Reminisce’s Tesojue were on that list (Full List).
Reminisce in an interview with Saturday Beat had this to say about his song being removed from airplay:
The ban on my song, Tesojue, actually makes little or no difference. The song was released last year and it enjoyed airplay towards the end of last year and early this year. I am not someone who often goes to a radio station with my songs, so the effect is very minimal.
Although it is very disappointing, it has little or no effect on my career or creative flow. There are songs that I make and do not give to radio stations. When you get famous to a certain extent, presenters go out of their way to download your song and play it on their shows.
I really appreciate those that do that because they do it out of love. But whenever I submit my songs to radio stations, I make sure they are clean. For those that are not clean, I make sure I re-record them and edit the vulgar part for public consumption on the radio.
I think NBC should try to hire people that understand the industry because abroad, they also have these laws but once the radio version is clean, they do not disturb the artistes. They should create a screening board that would check our works and inform us of the ones they feel are not for public consumption.
It is not fair that they make us go through the process of creating a hit song, and shooting the video with millions and they later tell us the song is banned. What have they been doing since? They should consider us too because we spend a lot of money putting these works together.
Reminisce isn’t the first one to come out an openly bash NBC for their actions. Naeto C also had some words for them, and comedia Alibaba questioned the timing of the ban.