July 24, 2019

‘I’m not promoting tobacco to get people killed’ – Olamide responds to health ministry

Last week, the Federal Ministry of Health led by honourabe Minister Isaac Adewole said Olamide‘s new street anthem ‘WO’ is in violation of Tobacco Control Act 2015.

Not long after, NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) also banned the song form getting airplay and now Olamide has responded.


The rapper tweeted saying he has no intention of promoting tobacco to get people killed with his music.

READ: Why it’s wrong for the Ministry of Health to declare Olamide’s ‘WO’ video a public health hazard

The Federal Ministry of Health then responded to his tweet saying they spoke with the rapper via a telephone call – and how they’ve made him understand that tobacco claims millions of lives yearly.

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According to the 2015 Tobacco Control Act, it is prohibited to promote or advertise tobacco or tobacco products except between a manufacturer, retailer and consenting persons above 18 years of age.

“No person shall promote or advertise tobacco or tobacco products in any form,” it reads.

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“No person shall engage or participate in any tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship as a media or event organizer, celebrity or other participant.”

According to the 2015 law, anyone who violates the law faces the risk of a fine and jail term of not more than one year.

Olamide however, is committed to making things right.


Kenneth Atisele

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