The Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua has come out to condemn the current viral hit song Utawezana by Femi One and Mejja which is trending at number 1 in Kenya and at Tanzania and Uganda with over 2.5 million views.
In a Facebook post seen by Newszaleo.co.ke , Ezekiel Mutua wrote:
” Our artistes must not glorify immorality in the guise of creativity. The Okonkwo utawezana nonsense is a shallow, bizarre sexual perversion.
There’s absolutely nothing creative there. That lady would be ashamed to sing such crap before her mother. While comic relief is an integral part of art, it doesn’t have to be dirty or sexualized to be entertaining.
That content lacks rigour and defies common decency. At a time of a national crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, our artistes should focus on creating content that inspires hope and helps society to deal with the current challenges.
The Board will take stern measures against artistes who misuse digital technology to promote immorality by creating, broadcasting, distributing or exhibiting immorality and unpalatable content.
Such people should not be considered as artistes but enemies of society and a threat to the well being of our children. They should not benefit from any Government funds.
The Board will blacklist these kinds of perverts and share their names with the relevant ministries and Government agencies to ensure that they are never engaged by Government.
Right now kids are at home and have access to technology as an essential tool for their studies. It’s wrong to have content that can ruin their morals being circulated with wanton abandon.
It’s worse when mainstream media begins to glorify such dirty content by giving the creators airtime on TV or Radio.”
“There’s a lot of good content being created, especially under the aegis of the Permanent Presidential Music Commission headed by Dr. Donald Otoyo. I have seen a lot of edifying stuff that our media houses should be promoting. The content by PPMC is suitable for family viewing and listening. It’s inspiring and gives tips on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I have seen clips on YouTube by independent content creators that are hilarious and palatable. Some are in vernacular but pass very inspiring and educative messages about washing hands, social distancing etc. I have seen some musicians who have composed inspiring songs about the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the artistes who should benefit from Government funds. Not perverts who think that content has to be dirty or sexualized to be entertaining. The Board is monitoring this content and will give our advisory to the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Heritage to ensure that unpalatable content is not rewarded. Art should serve the wider good of society and should promote sovietal values and aspirations. I commend PPMC and the Ministry of Sports, Arts snd Heritage as well as the Ministry of ICT, Youth and Innovation for the great work being done to promote suitable content during the COVID-19 pandemic. We shall work together to appreciate such creativity.”
“The perverts who are creating such obscenity like “Nikikupea utawezana” should be ashamed of themselves. Media houses promoting such crap too are a disgrace. Artistes should be creating inspiring content to help combat COVID-19 pandemic, not promoting sexual perversion.”
Do you share the same views as the KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua?