The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, has ordered cinemas to stop screening the recently released movie, ‘Sugar Rush.’
The decision has stirred outrage in the Nigerian social media circles, with people hinting that the decision might be connected with the film’s portrayal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as incompetent and ineffective.
Sugar Rush was released on the 25th of December, 2019, and has gone on to gross about 157 million Niara in the Nigerian box office so far; showing its wide acceptance among Nigerian cinema lovers.
The movie plot revolves around three sisters who discover the whopping sum of 800,000 dollars in the house of a corrupt man and the subsequent failed attempts of the EFCC officials to retrieve the money.
Reacting to outrage surrounding Sugar Rush’s suspension, the board of the NFVCB released a statement to clarify existing issues. The statement contained in part:
“It has come to our notice that #BringBackSugarRush is currently gaining momentum on Twitter with many speculating a ban on the movie ‘Sugar Rush’ and presuming the supposed action as a sign of government’s intention to stifle creativity.
“The movie has not just significantly increased box office revenues within a short period but has improved our cinematic culture which is sine qua non for attracting the investment we so much desire as a nation.”
Meanwhile, Banky W has assured that he and his team are working towards the reversal of the suspension of the movie by the Federal Government.
The actor took to his Instagram page to give fans and ‘Sugar Rush’ lovers update on the suspension of the movie from cinemas.
According to him, ‘Sugar Rush’ was suspended due to issues beyond control but assured fans and movie lovers that his team is working tirelessly to ensure that the movie is brought back soon to cinemas.
“If you saw @sugarrushmovie and loved it, or if you planned to, please read our statements…
“We are very hopeful and optimistic that the film will be back on screens in a few days, so please don’t give up on us, and please stay optimistic with us.
“Your love and support means the world to us. Thank you to @nfvcb for helping us rectify any issues…
“Pls stay tuned, by God’s grace you will see our film again VERY SOON. Pls stay positive people!! Love you all.”
See Banky’s Instagram post below:
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If you saw @sugarrushmovie and loved it, or if you planned to, please read our statements… We are very hopeful and optimistic that the film will be back on screens in a few days, so please don't give up on us, and please stay optimistic with us. Your love and support means the world to us. Thank you to @nfvcb for helping us rectify any issues… Pls stay tuned, by God's grace you will see our film again VERY SOON. Pls stay positive people!! Love you all. #BringSugarRushMovieBack