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Advertising regulatory council bans foreign voice-over artists, models

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The Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has banned the use of foreign voice-over artists and models effective Saturday, 1 October 2022.

In a statement, ARCON Director General, Dr Olalekan Fadolapo said the ban was in line with the Federal Government’s policy to develop local talent and inclusive economic growth for sectors of the country, including advertising.

“ARCON, being the apex advertising, advertisement and marketing communications’ regulatory agency of the Federal Government, has in accordance with its statutory mandates, responsibilities and powers as conveyed by the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria Act No. 23 of 2022 bans the use of foreign models and voice-over artists on any advertisement targeted of exposed on the Nigerian advertising space with effect from Ist October 2022″, Fadolapo said.

He added that all advertisements and marketing communications materials are to make use of only Nigerian artists and models.

Fadolapo explained that ongoing advertising and marketing campaigns are permitted to run out of their duration after which the ban will be enforced

“However, subsequent applications for revalidation for continued exposure of such materials will not be granted by the Advertising Standards Panel (ASP)”, he said

ARCON urged all advertisers, advertising agencies, media houses, advertising communities and the general public to take note of the ban.

About a month ago, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the ARCON law, which repealed the  Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Registration, etc.) Act, Cap. A7, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

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