The Executive Director/CEO, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Mr. Adedayo Thomas, says the board received and censored 280 movies produced by the Nigerian film industry in the first quarter of the year.
The NFVCB boss, in a statement, says the figure was provided by the Department of Film Censorship and Classification of the board in its first quarter report for the year, capturing all films submitted to the board from across the country.
The report is intended as input for the compilation of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter. It shows an eighteen percent decrease in the number of movies produced from 340 in the fourth quarter 0f 2022, down to 280 in the first quarter of 2023.
According to the statement, 106 films came in from the Lagos censorship centre of the board, representing the chunk of the movies produced during the period under review, followed by Abuja with 99 movies. Onitsha ranks third with 32 films, Abeokuta submitted 3 films while Kano sent in 15.
The analysis by censorship location further shows that Jos recorded 14 films, Port Harcourt 8, while Ibadan and Kaduna recorded 1 film each.
The Video and Censors Board CEO says there is no doubt that the film industry is a key contributor to the national economy as the films being produced are a clear reflection of the direct and indirect jobs the sector is creating. He added that the NFVCB as a Federal Government agency, is committed to providing an enabling environment for filmmakers, and he urged them to cooperate with the board by ensuring that films are submitted for classification.