The National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB) has said that it censored over 2000 Nigerian films in 2021.
Executive director of NFVCB, Adedayo Thomas, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that the figure was made possible mainly by the online submission of films adopted amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Thomas stated that the Board could censor many films during the pandemic due to online submissions, noting that Nigeria did not produce most of the films.
“If you ask Nigeria to submit 1,000 content, they probably would because they are always ready and have probably been working on it since they are always on the field.”
“When the online submissions opened, people jumped right in and kept our products’ momentum going throughout the world.”
“We continued to watch TV and other forms of media, although the production section was affected because individuals found it difficult to travel to a location, but was made possible because the industry utilised new technology,” Thomas explained.
He claimed that film has progressed beyond “act for artists” to include a “vibrant and robust economic aspect.”
Similarly, the NFVCB announced last week that in the fourth quarter of 2021, it received and censored 382 films made by the Nigerian film industry.
Mr Thomas said in a statement that the data was calculated by the Board’s Film Censorship and Classification Department and included in the fourth-quarter report of 2021.
The report, according to Thomas, was compiled from a list of all the films submitted to the Board from across the country.
Lagos State produced the most movies throughout the period, with 181, followed by Onitsha with 96 and Abuja with 87.
Thomas concluded that Nollywood holds the global edge in content production while contributing marginally to Nigeria’s GDP.