King Wadada wants FG to intervene in negative musical content


Nigerian reggae musician, Austin Peter,  popularly known as ‘King Wadada’ on Thursday called on the Federal Government to wade into the negative musical contents ravaging the entertainment industry.
Peter said in Lagos that the government should  look into the activities of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).
NFVCB is the regulatory body that evaluates  films, music and videos before they are released to the market or can be aired on the electronic media.
The musician  said that it was part of the statutory responsibilities of the NFVCB  to censor musical contents.
He said through that , they woukd be able to determine whether such works of art  were good for public cobsumption before they could be released to the market by the producers or the  marketers.
He alleged that the NFVCB seemed to  have abdicated its responsibilities, adding, that  had made all sorts of lurid musical contents to flood the market.
“NFVCB is expected to ensure that  it properly censored musical videos and movies before  they are released to the public in order to salvage the future of the Nigerian youths,’’ the musician said.
He added, “Circulation of music laced with  vague languages, obscene movies and musical videos have negatively affected the youth, making them get derailed morally,’’ the musician said.
Wadada also said that  the media had its own blame  for promoting  obscene, provocative movies and musical videos through their  stations.
“Government has a lot to do as regards obscene views and negative musical contents because it is obvious both  media owners  and the  NFVCB are not doing enough.
“The future of our youths is at stake here.
“They are being exposed to social vices prematurely and these are  beginning to  send wrong signals to them as they  want to practise whatever they see on the screens.
“Some of the content providers on entertainment television channels are projecting more of obscene musical videos, the media should also be checked,” he said.
The musician commended some of  the contemporary musicians for working tirelessly to ensure  that the sector continues to thrive despite the various challenges confronting it.
He urged  up-and-coming musicians who are secretly involved in internet fraud to desist from such illegal means of acquiring wealth.
He said such illegality could ruin their musical careers.
He said that musicians ought to be good role models for the youth and be able to use their music to correct societal ills.
“The up-and-coming musicians are trying their best in contributing their quota to  the development of the entertainment industry.
“They must be mindful of the messages they pass across to their fans and desist from internet fraud and cybercrimes.
“Musicians should not take internet fraud as a lifestyle.
“Music is the most powerful means of communication; as musicians, we should use that medium positively to bring about positive change in the society and the individuals,” he said.
Wadada also urged Nigerian youths to be cautious of the musicians they emulate as role models.


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