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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has disclosed that the ban of the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, from Nigerian cinemas is for the benefit of public interest.
In a statement released at the weekend, through the Nation newspaper, the NFVCB further reaffirmed its resolve to attend to submitted movies with utmost dispatch and the display of due diligence in its role as the industry gatekeeper.
According to the agency, a total of 23 movies were approved in December, 2014 and January, 2015.
It explained that out of the movies approved for home viewership in December, 2014, English Language productions topped the list with five films while Bini Language films were four, followed by two Yoruba films and one Hausa Language film. Three of the combined NFVCB approvals were rated “15” while the rest got the “18” rating.
In January, 2015, English Language movies were 10 out of the 11 approved movies, leaving one for Yoruba Language category. Three of the films were rated '15' while the rest had '18' classification.
Fifty Shades of Grey, which had earlier started showing in Nigeria, has also been outlawed by the movie regulatory agency of Kenya.