By Umar Salam.
The Kano State government has banned two popular Drama TV series — Kwana Casa’in and Gidan Badamasi from showing on Arewa24, a satellite TV channel based in the state.
This was contained in a letter issued to the TV channel by the State Censorship Board led by its Executive Director, Alhaji Ismai’la Na’abba Afakallah.
The directive, which ordered Arewa24 to suspend the drama series within 24 hours, noted that they violated the Board’s laws by “debasing cherished cultural values and norms of the people of the state.”
According to Afakallah, some of the episodes in the series promoted values capable of corrupting morals of the vulnerable groups of viewers especially children.
The letter read in part: “Section 100(2) that a person shall not be allowed to exhibit a film, a video work or audio visual cassette or publications without censorship board certificate.
“Furthermore, section 102(2) of the Kano state censorship board law (2001) stated thus: The board shall not approve a film video work or an indecent, obscene or likely to be injurious to morality (c) undesirable in the public interest.
“It was from the forgoing provisions of the law that we are drawing your attention to a recent episode in a tricycle and in Sahad stores showing a lady being held by men which is against our norms, values, religion and culture.
“It is also on record that another TV series being shown by your TV station called Gidan Badamasi is uncensored and unlicensed film which is an offence contrary to the Kano state censorship board laws (2001).
“It is against the above background that we are giving your TV station 48hours from the receipt of this letter to stop showing Kwana Casa’in and Gidan Badamasi for not complying with the laws mandating all films shown in Kano to pass through censorship board.”
Reacting to the ban, fans of the drama series appealed to the state government to renege on its decision in view of the stay-at-home directive imposed on residents of the state to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Although, some viewers identified flaws in the series, they, however, urged the State Censorship Board to dialogue with the producers for possible resolution of the issue rather than an outright ban.
It was learnt that Kwana Casa’in and Gidan Badamasi have been showing on Arewa24 for over 3 years.