Top 11 Music Videos That Were Banned In African Countries For Various Reasons

Some African musicians have had their music videos banned by their government and/or critics for promoting various vices such as nudity, violence, obscenity among others.

In this article, it is evident that Tanzania’s laws against raunchy images on social media are quite stringent. It is perhaps the only country in Africa that is keen on the nature of content creatives put out.

Here are 10+1 music videos that were banned in Africa:

1. Hallelujah

Hallelujah by Diamond Platnumz was banned for its vulgar lyrical content.

 

2. Ibadi

The Federal Government of Nigeria banned the visuals of Mr. May D’s Ibadi for containing obscene and indecent exposure.

 

3. Fans Mi

Davido’s project with American rapper Meek Mill was banned following the promotion of illicit drugs in the video. The video showed viewers the supposed processes involved in making cocaine.

 

4. Yayo

Phyno’s Yayo video was banned in Nigeria after authorities said the video contained obscene materials and promoted violence.

 

5. Ancilla

The Rwandan authorities thought ‘Ancilla’ by music duo Urban Boyz was promoting too much westernisation in the music video. They had it pulled from the country’s television stations to protect Rwanda’s heritage.

 

6. Zigo

Tanzanian authorities banned ‘Zigo’ from showing on in the media for its raunchy images.

 

7. Same Love

Same Love was banned in Kenya for promoting homosexuality — a very sensitive topic on that side of town. The rap group, Art Attack said they lived in fear after the video was released.

 

8. Ensolo Yange

Ugandan musician Panadol was caught up with the law which almost put her behind bars for 10 years after President Museveni had just signed an anti-pornographic bill into law. The then-21-year-old released a racy video that got banned for its pornographic undertones.

 

9. Chura

Tanzanian laws banned this music video for sexual connotations.

 

10. Nishike

Kenya banned Nishike by Sauti Sol for nudity.

 

11. Awurama

The much-talked-about music video in 2017 from Ghana was reported by the masses and had it banned a few hours after it was premiered. The artiste responsible, Lord Paper got the scolding of his life from pundits men of God on several talk shows.

lord paper awurama

 

Despite being banned from mainstream media, the videos have been able to rack up quite some numbers on YouTube over the years with the exception of Lord Paper’s Awurama which is taken down by the platform due to violation of community guidelines.

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