Monday, September 15, 2008

Interesting piece on Kannywood

and the censors, here.


aronke,  2:32 pm  

Why on earth do our leaders insist on focusing on these 'moral' issues when there are several more important things to focus on? Madam Ekaette with her dress code, the AG of Niger arresting don juan with 86 wives and now this! Why do they feel they have to protect us from our immoral selves? Is it not my choice to pig out on porn if i so desire? I just don't get it. If you don't like it, don't watch it, that's what the ratings board is there for!

Meanwhile, of all the hypocrisies, after all the noise about BBA 2, i can bet that just about every household sent a text to DSTV asking to have their decoders unlocked! I'm sure all the bloody buffoons in the senate or was it house of reps did too and don't miss shower hour every morning and evening!

CodLiverOil 3:22 pm  

What is wrong with the authorities of Kano state? What are they trying to prove with these heavy-handed draconian actions?

Every society has the right to protect it's cultural/religious values, but these people are going overboard.

I was saddened to read that an artist was imprisoned, not even fined, but imprisoned for 3 months for producing releasing a collection of videos during a ban on film making in Kano. That is ridiculous, in my opinion.

What was the subject matter? To quote

"...a series of six music videos satirising corrupt old men, lamenting fickle girlfriends, and featuring dancing Hausa girls..."

I'm sure the majority of film-makers, artists etc are in touch with contemporary Hausa culture, and have no intention of transgressing the religious or cultural laws that exist and for those that do laws should be implemented.

But what is going on there is to completely muzzle the film-makers and song writers and stifle their creativity thus sucking the life of what is a very promising venture.

Why can't the Kano State Censors Board, treat their adult subjects like adults and allow them to make up their own minds. Do they not trust them to reason for themselves? Do they want to micro-manage every thought of theirs and reduce their populace to mindless drones? The Kano public are practising Muslims, they know what is right from wrong why not allow them to make up their own minds.

I'm glad that the artists are fighting back and hopefully good sense will prevail, and some sort of balance will be restored

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