Nigeria bans MultiChoice TV mini-series on transgender

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has banned MultiChoice, the owner of satellite DSTV, from airing a programme accused of promoting homosexuality.
Titled ‘I am Jazz’, it is a mini-series about a transgender child.
Director of Public Affairs at NBC Awwalu Salihu said in Abuja Tuesday that the programme would corrupt the youth and that it was also at variance with Nigerian law.
Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria and attracts a minimum sentence if 14 years imprisonment.
“The attention of the NBC has been drawn to the concern raised by some members of the public about some alleged plans by the TLC Channel on DSTV to begin airing a programme, ‘I am Jazz’, which is about a transgender child.
“The commission has drawn the attention of the service provider to this concern and has received firm assurances that it will investigate (the)oncerns that the programme is indeed promoting undesirable ideas that will offend the Nigerian public,” Mr Salihu said.
Online protest
MultiChoice Nigeria has since said it will comply with the NBC directive not to air the controversial mini-series.
A statement from the organisation said it was aware of the concerns raised by Nigerian viewers across various platforms about the programme.
“After careful consideration and wide consultations with various stakeholders, MultiChoice informs its esteemed subscribers that the mini-series, ‘I am Jazz’, has been pulled off the schedule.
“We regularly assess the impact our content have on our customers and we reassure them that their interests are always considered,” the statement said.
The company however added that “we take comfort in knowing that our decoders are encrypted with the parental control feature that empowers parents with ultimate control over what their children view.”
Nigerians had on Sunday taken to various social media platforms to protest the airing of the mini-series.
“Please let’s stand up to protect our children and the moral fibre of this country,” read one typical online message.