Nigeria banned the film “District 9” from its movie theaters because of what it considers a poor portrayal of Nigerians. The country’s information minister, Dora Akunyili[1] has asked movie houses in Abuja, the nation’s capital, to stop showing the movie because she feels it depicts Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals. Akunyili explained, "We feel very bad about this because the film clearly denigrated Nigeria's image by portraying us as if we are cannibals, we are criminals." She was referring to the scene where Eugene Khumbanyiwa's main gangster character, Obesandjo, tries to cut off and eat the arm of Wikus in an attempt to gain his supernatural powers, among others. The minister also mentioned that the name of the major baddie is very similar to that of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo. "The name our former president was clearly spelt out as the head of the criminal gang and our ladies shown like prostitutes sleeping with extra-terrestrial beings," she added.


1. Vanguard Nigeria  report and quota about banning the movie "District 9"