What Tha Fu★★ Shoki’s Banned

Gather up Nigerians, one of the hit songs of
last year, Shoki (remix) will no longer be
played during the daylight hours in Lagos
The song by Lil Kesh , which has always been
on the radar of the Nigerian Broadcasting
Commission (NBC) with an earlier issue last
year, has been restricted by the regulatory
body for regular playing time on radio. The
song will now be limited to airplay during
‘watershed’ time, that is, between 10pm and
This was communicated in a release by the
NBC dating Wednesday, January 7, 2014, and
signed by the Director of Lagos Zone, Ifeoma
Theo-Obodo .
“I have been directed to involve all radio
stations under Lagos zone that the above
named musical, “Shoki” by Lil Kesh featuring
Davido and Olamide contains some
connotations of foul impressions.” The letter
read . “This makes it highly suggestive of
obscene representation and could corrupt the
sensibilities of the impressionable and
“In view of the above, the musical in question
can only be allowed on air during watershed
period, that is between 10.00pm and 5.00am.
Stations are advised to adhere strictly to this
provision of the Code and ensure strict
compliance please.”
It can be recalled that towards the end of last
year, this particular song was reported to have
been banned by NBC for lewdness. This led to
widespread protests especially across social
The media adviser of the NBC who spoke at a
press briefing then, said, “the song ‘Shoki’
which is a Yoruba slang for ‘quickie’ has
spread to other African countries and
everybody is singing what they don’t
understand, even my two year old daughter
came to my room and just started muttering
‘ahh shoki’, it’s a scary experience, so we
banned it”.
However, hours after, NBC released a press
statement, denying placing a ban on the song,
and stressing that they only sanctioned a
radio station for playing the song during
“family time”.
“We at the National Broadcasting Commission
can confirm there was no such ban. A club
version of the song cannot be played on radio.
The club version contains vulgar lyrics, which
was played around 9am, which is considered
as ‘family time’. There is a broadcast code to
follow by every broadcast station and this
station failed to comply. This said station has
been sanctioned for playing a club version
during family time. We at the NBC did not ban
‘Shoki’- by Lil Kesh. We simply asked the
suitable broadcast version to be played on the



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