Name: Kano State Censorship Board in Nigeria bans 11 Hausa songs for being immoral, obscene and confrontational

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Africa

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion , Language


Artist: Musicians Adam A. Zango, Billy O., Ibro

Confronting Bodies: Kano State Censorship Board, Chief magistrate Muhtari Ahmed

Date of Action: June 6, 2009

Specific Location: Kano, Nigeria

Description of Artwork: The songs, while labeled as obscene, actually subtly and metaphorically critique government policies, more specifically the Kato State's censorship board and government.

Description of Incident: The court announced that anyone found circulating the songs, selling, playing and downloading them would be proscecuted.

Results of Incident: Now these 11 songs are declared illegal property.


Submitted By: Maeve McCoy

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