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NFVCB trains youths, warns against sharing hate speeches, videos on social media

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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Thursday conducted training on film Censoring and classification for youths in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government of Lagos State and advised them against sharing hate speeches, photos and inciting videos on social media platforms.

The event, tagged “Media Literacy and Empowerment for Youths” was held at Oshodi, headquarters of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Council and had in attendance youths, stakeholders in the creative industry and officials of the NFVCB.

The participants were taught basic dynamics of films and videos censorship and classification codes and the preservation of Nigeria’s cultural heritage through films.

Alh. Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of  NFVCB  said the programme was in furtherance of the board’s  nationwide Media Literacy and Mentorship initiatives  launched for upcoming industry players, youths and students.

According to him, there is urgent need to caution young Nigerians against the dangers of generating and sharing fake news and provocative motion pictures for the interest of national peace and unity.

“We live in an age where technology and ICT transcend every aspect of our existence, as we no longer need to be in the cinema, buy or rent a DVD to watch films, because they are now streamed online and one can access them with smartphones, tablet or the PC via the social media.

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“The youths need protection from harmful media contents, because  these days we have influx of harmful and unsubstantiated contents ranging from fake news/hate speech to unwholesome film/video circulating on online channels and social media.

“It is therefore desirable for everyone to be intentionally critical of media contents he is exposed to in order not to be caught in the web of harmful and destructive materials.

“These underscore the need for the youths to be equipped with the knowledge which will aid them to think right, deep and at the end make informed choices about media contents they are exposed to,” he said.

The Executive Director noted that the trend of people receiving and forwarding hate speeches and harmful contents without verifying the authenticity was on the increase.

He added that since the spread of news on social media could not be restricted, there was need for people to be educated on the implication of such news on society before spreading them.

According to him, “ the NFVCB has developed capacity over the years in this regard such that it is acknowledged  and commended by both the UNESCO and Google for its Media Literacy programmes.

“Due to sustained concern for the youths, especially in the area of saving them from harmful and unwholesome media contents, the NFVCB engages in this same programme in the six geo-political zones of the country which includes Lagos as one of the states in the South-West.

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Highpoint of the programme was the presentation of start-up packs to the youths entrepreneurs involved in acting and other vocations in the sector.

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Baba Fryo Hints on New Single Release

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Veteran musician, Friday Igwe, popularly known as “Baba Fryo”, on Tuesday said his new single titled, “Show Love”, would be released before the end of the year.

Igwe, who disclosed this while speaking in Lagos, said he was off the music scene for 20 years until his resumption in 2021.

He said considering the series of killings in the nation, individual’s wickedness to one another, activities of bandits and terrorists, it was high time Nigerians understood the power of love.

According to him, his new single tries to enlighten Nigerians on the essence of exhibiting love to one another.

“I will be releasing my new single before the end of the year, I want to make Nigerians realise that we need to cultivate the habit of showing love to one another even with the cases of increased killings in the country.

“The situation in the country is terrible, we need to preach love more often, if the bandits and terrorists can show love, there would be no problem in the society,” he said.

Igwe said that his kind of music was referred to as Afro-reggae-beats, a fussion of Afrobeats and Reggae music.

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He said he was aspiring to be like the late Fela Anikulapo-kuti and Bob Marley who were known as freedom fighters.

“I have been away from the music scene for 20 years now but I came back in 2021 with the release of a single, “Dey Your Dey”, I am trying to follow-up with another single now “Show Love”.

“Dey Your Dey” tells individuals to desist from being sycophants, parasitic or hypocritical, but ensure to present their true identity and behaviour,” he said.

Fondly remembered for his eye patch, Baba Fryo was the Denge Pose master that ruled the airwaves in the 1990s.

His song, “Dem go dey pose”, was sung with gusto by both the young and old alike.

Straight from the ghetto of Ajegunle, Lagos, Baba Fryo had the right attitude for his kind of music. (NAN)

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Comedian Mr Macaroni Clears Air on Wedding Photos with ‘Mummy wa’

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Nigerian comedian, Debo Adedayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has cleared the air on the wedding-themed photos he earlier shared with fellow skit maker, Kemi Ikuseedun, also known as Mummy Wa.

Mr Macaroni had on April 23 and 24, shared wedding-themed pictures of himself and Mummy wa, who always acted as his wife in his skits.

The pictures, however, caused a lot of uncertainties among his fans, as they wondered if it was a real wedding or a skit.

But in a tweet on Tuesday, which is also Mr Macaroni’s birthday, the comedian noted that he wasn’t married to Mummy wa.

The comedian who just turned 29 said this while thanking his fans for their wishes.

He wrote, “Thank you all for your kind messages. 29 feels good! Confession: I’m not married ooo.”

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‘May God Judge You both’, Yul Edochie’s Wife Reacts as Husband Shares Photos of Son from 2nd Wife

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The wife of Nollywood actor, producer and director, Yul Edochie has reacted to a post the husband made on his verified Instagram page on Wednesday announcing the birth of his son by Nollywood actress, Judy Austin, who he also confirmed as his second wife.


Vanguard reports that Yul Edochie who is married to May Edochie with 4 lovely kids welcomed a bouncing baby with his colleague turned baby mama, Judith Austin in 2021.

Announcing the birth of his son, Yul wrote: “It’s time for the world to meet my son.

“His name is STAR DIKE MUNACHIMSO YUL-EDOCHIE. Born by my second wife @JudyAustin and I love him so much, just as much as I love my other children.”

May Edochie who commented on the post minutes after wrote:

“May God judge you both.”

This has attracted comments from concerned followers who feel it could be a stunt of reality.

Meanwhile, going through May Edochie’s Instagram page, she had shared a cryptic post hours before Yul made public the birth of his son.

The post reads: “People reveal themselves through their actions. Life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about…..joy will definitely come in the morning.”

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