A Nollywood filmmaker, Emmanuel Manulu has served the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) a pre-action notice following the board’s refusal to censor his films.
Emmanuel Manulu reportedly said that the board denied his two films, ‘Devious Fate’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me’ preview and censorship because he did not belong to an association.
According to the pre-action notice, Emmanuel Manulu solicitors reportedly said that they studied the National Film and Video Censors Board Act Cap N40, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 with its amendment in the year 2016 but could not find membership or forced membership of an association as a preview or censorship criteria.
Emmanuel Manulu reportedly claimed that the board is demanding an additional N5000 for censorship fee as opposed to the statutory N25,200 charge.
According to Manulu, the board alleges that the additional N5,000 was to aid the board with an internet service subscription to download the films.
Emmanuel Manulu reportedly said that the board reached out to him informing him of the new policy stating that a film’s producer and director must be members of a registered guild before their films can be censored.
Emmanuel Manulu reportedly said that his films were rejected two weeks before the purported announcement of the board’s new policy by the Executive Director, Alhaji Adebayo Thomas in a meeting with Nollywood guild leaders on March 17, 2021.
The Executive Director, Alhaji Adebayo Thomas reportedly stated in the meeting that actors and filmmakers must compulsorily belong to any of the 13 recognized professional bodies to get their films censored.
The filmmaker is now claiming loss of profit and an infringement of his fundamental human right to freedom of association.