22 Nigerian Songs That Have Been Banned From Being Aired on Television And Radio Stations

There are songs you may have noticed stopped airing on television and radio stations. This is because the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation banned these songs. Some of them were hit songs and had already circulated before it was banned.


Some of these songs were banned by NBC because of several reasons ranging from vulgar words, violent scenes, nudity, drugs use, and promotion of fraud. The songs banned are not restricted to only Nigerian songs, few foreign songs were also included.


NBC requested that media houses should stop playing these songs or face the penalty if their order is disobeyed. In 2009, the following Nigerian songs were banned by NBC for displaying vulgarity and indecency.

Maga Don Pay – Kelly Handsome

New Baby – Flavours

Enter the place – 2face Idibia


Rigirigi – Flavours

Dance for me – Duncan Mighty

Suddenly – D’banj

I wanna be close to you – D’banj


Also, Africa Independent Television (AIT) banned the song Shayo by Bigiano from being played on its airwaves. In 2015 the following songs were also banned by Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation from airing in the Nigerian airways.


Davido- Fans mi

Nicki Minaj- Anaconda

Wizkid- In my bed

May D- Ibadi

Yayo- Phyno

Tesojue – Reminisce


Iyanya ft Don Jazzy- GIfts

Olamide – Indomie

Olamide- Bobo

Olamide- Failla Ketan

Jhibo – Lomo

Naeto c ft Dbanj -Tony Montana

Dr. Sid FT Tiwa Savage – Oyari

Omarion ft Chris Brown – Post to be

Lil Kesh – Gbesere


Olamide’s hit single “Wo” was also banned by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) days after the video was released. Shakti bobo, don’t stop, and may weather were also prohibited by The Federal Ministry of Health. They tweeted that the video violated the Tobacco Control Act 2015. If and Fall from Davido was also banned.