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Peter and Jude Okoye Slam FG Over Plans to Ban Artistes From Making Music Abroad


Peter Okoye and his brother Jude have both reacted to the plans by the Federal Government to ban artistes from making music abroad.

In case you missed all the drama, information minister, Lai Mohammed, revealed plans by the FG to ban artistes from producing their works abroad. Speaking at the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) yesterday, the minister said that production of films, reality TV and music abroad has negatively affected the economy.

“This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said. “We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria.”

He continued, “The Broadcasting Code and the Advertising Code are very clear on this. For you to classify a product as a Nigerian product, it must have a certain percentage of Nigerian content.”

The minister zeroed in on the music industry, saying that artistes are flown out abroad to produce their work which are then imported into the country.

“When they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume. It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine,” he said. “As long as we are not able to implement our own code to ensure local production of Nigerian music and movies, , our young talents will not get jobs.

“It is Nigerians that pay for the consumption of these products and therefore they must be allowed and encouraged to participate in their production. I am going to meet with the relevant stakeholders over this, to see that whatever amendment that is needed to be made to our Broadcasting Code in this regard, is done urgently,” he added.

Well, this development has pissed off P-Square’s Peter Okoye and his older brother Jude Okoye. Writing on their social media, both brothers accused same government of hampering the nations’ growth, especially the health sector.

“Let all of you stop running to abroad when you are sick as na naija money una dey use patronize oyibo hospital dem,” Jude Okoye fired back on his Instagram.

“You people are the ones refusing to fix our health facilities so u travel out when mosquito bite una. So why tell us where to record when u can’t provide uninterrupted power here in Nigeria. Sometime I wonder how we got it all wrong. Una children when dey sch for abroad na which money una dey use patronize them? Abeg stfu!”


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