Nigeria Has Banned Cough Syrup With Codeine To Fight Addiction

Widespread abuse of codeine has led to a ban in Nigeria.

Nigeria has just announced a ban on the importation and production of cough syrup containing codeine, BBC reports.

This was after the BBC ran a documentary ran a documentary investigating the abuse of codeine. The documentary looks at codeine addiction and how it affects Nigerians (mostly young).


The Ministry of Health's assistant director of information, Olajide Oshundun, said the ban was months in the making. "Those that want to import the substance, it has been banned now. It is completely banned," he emphasized.

Nigeria's first lady Aisha Buhari expressed her concerns about drug addiction in the country. "I have noted with alarm the exponential rise of drug abuse in our country, especially in the North," she wrote in an Instagram post yesterday. "As a parent, I am deeply saddened by this fact, it is important that we interrupt the trend and encourage our children to stay drug free."

Codeine is not an unpopular drug among young people worldwide. You might have heard your favorite rappers—from Future to Lil Wayne, and other African rappers such as Emtee and A-Reece, among others—rapping about it.

According to the BBC, Nigeria's drug enforcement agency recently seized 24,000 bottles of codeine syrup from a lorry in Katsina.

While banning codeine to try fight addiction may be a good gesture, one wonders how effective it will be. A lot of illegal substances are being abused all over the world, thanks to the black market.

Some people on Twitter have weighed in on the ban, and present some interesting views.



Senegalese-American Actress Anna Diop Set to Join Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke In Jordan Peele's 'Us'

The rising actress will star alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the upcoming social thriller.

In May, it was announced that Black Panther costars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke would star in Us, the highly-anticipated follow-up to director, writer and comedian Jordan Peele's follow-up to Get Out.

Now, we've learned more exciting news about the casting for the upcoming social thriller. Deadline reports that Senegalese-American actress, Anna Diop has also signed on to star in the film. The actress wrote that she was "beyond words and beyond excited," about the news in an Instagram post.

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We catch up with the artist, poet and filmmaker to get the scoop on his film in development, 'Neptune Frost.'

MartyrLoserKing is Saul Williams' overarching multimedia project that he began 5 years ago, consisting of a graphic novel, three albums and a musical.

The musical arm of the project—Neptune Frost—has been in development, where Williams shot the trailer in Rwanda and launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to begin production of the full-length film, which he hopes to begin in 2019.

Neptune Frost is set in a Burundian village made of recycled computer parts. This village is also home to what the synopsis calls, "the world's most subversive hacking collective." The sci-fi film tells the love story between an intersex runaway and a coltan miner.

The plot continues:

While Western intelligence looks to the usual suspects, a Dogon avatar whispers through a dream to reveal the coded mysteries of Sirius and the stars to an escaped coltan miner and an intersex runaway seeking refuge from a binary norm, revealing her divine circuitry as the eye of the storm. When their connection sparks the MartyrLoserKing is born.

MartyrLoserKing, the elusive African hacker whose team of "losers" and outcasts ignite the imagination of the world's most "connected" generation through deep space, deep web penetration. A virtual hero for a world caught in perpetual analogue exploitation. Neptune Frost is the MartyrLoserKing.

Watch the trailer below.

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Falz Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault In His New Video 'Child of the World'

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In "Child of the World," Falz addresses the pervasiveness of sexual abuse against women and the harmful effects it can have on a victim's life.

In the music video, which stars Nigerian actors Toyin Abraham and BamBam—who play mother and daughter respectivelyFalz tells the story of a young woman who was on a promising career path, which gets rocked when she is suddenly raped by an authoritative male figure. She eventually contracts HIV/AIDS, and she considers suicide as a result. Thankfully, the young woman is able to put herself back on the road to recovery, and she goes on to help educate others about HIV/AIDS and suicide prevention.

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