Tanzanian Film Board finally lifts the ban on Wema Sepetu.
Award-winning Bongo actress Wema Sepetu is finally free to make films and act once after the Tanzania Film Board lifted a ban that was effective from October 2018.
The elated former beauty queen posted the good news on her Instagram page thanking the board for giving her another chance to do what she loves.
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Miezi sita haijawahi kuwa kipindi kirefu katika maisha yangu kama kipindi hiki nilichokuwa kwenye kifungo nilichopewa na Bodi ya Filamu Tanzania… . . . I am acknowledging The Almighty first maana bila yeye nisingekuwa hapa… Pia napenda kuishukuru serikali yangu ya Awamu ya Tano ya Rais John Pombe Magufuli kupitia Wizara yake ya Sanaa na Michezo pamoja na Bodi ya Filamu kwa kuweza kunipa nafasi nyingine kwenye tasnia yangu niipendayo kwa dhati na moyo mmoja…. Hakika nimejifunza mengi sana… @tanzania_film_board . . . Wanasema Yaliopita si ndwele tugange yajayo… Sitokaa na kukumbuka yaliopita maana yameniumiza kwa kiasi kikubwa, nitakachofanya ni kujipanga upya na kuwa imara zaidi… Sina mengi ya kusema kwakweli maana nina furaha iliokithiri… . . . Napenda Kuwashkuru wapenzi wangu wote kwa ujumla… Mliokuwa mkiniombea nivuke hiki kipindi… nimepitia challenges nyingi sana kipindi hiki jamani… Cant wait to Get back in Action… . . . Ladies & Gentlemen, Let the Voting Begin upyaaaaa kabisa… Msinichoke na post zinazokuja jamani… Maana nilifungiwa mpaka kupost chochote kuhusu Sanaa… . . . LESSON LEARNT…!!! Aluta Continua . . . Baba umejua kunifurahisha… 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
The ban was implemented after she posted a racy video of her and her then ‘boyfriend’ on Instagram which went viral on social media, a move termed by the board as a disgrace.
The actress was banned from making any films within the country and even though she issued an apology, it was not heeded by the board.
According to a statement that the board posted on their Instagram page, the ban was lifted on the basis of an agreement between them and the actress and that she had satisfied 75% of the requirements they had put out. The requirements including not engaging in acting activities, not posting explicit content and having sessions with fans and critics in order to get a sense of how people perceive her. The action of the board serves as a warning to other artists not to share sexual or explicit content on social media or face stern action.
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This is not the first time that a Tanzanian board has taken action against artists under President Magufuli’s rule. Last year Bongo artists Diamond Platinumz and Rayvanny were banned by Tanzania’s music regulatory board, BASATA from making any music and from performing in and out of Tanzania after they defied a directive of not performing their explicit “Mwanza” song.
The actress has a case in court over the same explicit video and she is due back in court on February 22nd.