by Ifreke Inyang
In a controversial move, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, has banned D’banj’s new single,’ Oliver Twist’. According to an early morning tweet from the Mo’Hits’ boss and producer of the track, Don Jazzy, the new viral hit song has been banned by the NBC for containing lyrics the body categorizes as ‘Lewd”.
“LEWD LYRICS???,” Don Jazzy twitted. “Na this our 10-10 kobo A 4 apple, B for ball lyrics dem take big grammar ban sha. Lol!,” the reminder of the tweet reads.
NBC has effectively issued a circular to all media houses to stop playing the song on radio or TV stations with immediate effect. Subsequently, fans continue to react to the ban and have been expressing their views via their various twitter accounts.
User @Flozillionaire opined the regulatory body is focusing on minor issues at the expense of the real trouble plaguing the industry.
“NBC, una no find how to solve piracy issues. Dey there dey ban correct tunez.. Using panadol for AIDS.. smh for u all..” @Flozillionaire tweeted. “Hello NBC, I’m listening to @iamdbanj Oliver Twist. Oya, come and arrest me, Good work by @DONJAZZY,” another user, @deandiran, teased.
Don Jazzy however followed his earlier tweet with another calling for calm.“Tweeps, pls worry not about the banning of Oliver o. E dey happen. We’re kinda used to it ow. Ijebu garri no dey do advert but e dey sell.”
The ban is not expected to affect the Oliver Twist competition which is ongoing though.