The Executive Director/CEO of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, said it received and censored 541 movies produced by the Nigerian film industry at the end of Q2, 2023 when compared to 280 received in Q1 of 2023.
Speaking through a statement made available to BusinessToday Online, in Abuja that the movie increased by 93.21%.
He disclosed that 287 of the films came in from Abuja censorship centre of the board, representing the chunk of the movies produced during the period under review, and is followed by Lagos with 155 movies.
While Onitsha censorship centre is next with 82 films, Kano centre raked in 12 films, Port Harcourt three, while Abeokuta and Kaduna centres got one film each.
“The remarkable increase in output is an indication of the increased contribution of the film industry to economic growth in terms of direct and indirect jobs in the entire value chain in filmmaking,” the statement said.
“ This undoubtedly reiterate the fact that our film industry remains a key contributor to national economy as the films being produced is a clear reflection of the direct and indirect jobs the sector is creating.
“Our cordial relationship with the recognized guilds/associations in the industry has also played important role, and we urge them to ensure that their members submit their films for censorship and approval.
“NFVCB as Federal Government agency is committed to providing enabling environment for filmmakers.”
The figure, according to him was made available by the department of Film Censorship and Classification of the board in its second quarter report for the year.
He added that the report is for onward submission to the relevant Federal Government agency as an input for the compilation of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter (Q2, 2023).