By Ibrahim Umar Bello
Sometimes something happened and you are like Oh! That just remind me of someone I used to know. That person could be your brother, sister or a friend. They may be dead or you just haven’t seen them for a very long time that you’ve forgotten about them.
Yesterday, my friend came in to my room and played an old hausa song from his phone. The song is from the movie “KUSHU’I” Did you remember the movie? I did, especially the song -performed by Baballe Hayatu and Sa’ima Muhammad- because it was one of my favorites. Upon hearing the song, a thought crossed my mind and I asked my self, where is Sa’ima Muhd and all those actors/actresses that have gone missing in action for quite sometimes now? So, below I discuss some of the forgotten ones.
ISHAQ SIDI ISHAQ- He is one of Kannywood’s movers and shakers. May be not any more. Film maker, actor and a prolific director, Ishaq Sidi Ishaq’s been missing from the industry for quite sometimes now. Has he retired or he is just on break? Would love to ask him that If I can get hold of him.
UBALE IBRAHIM- Popularly known as “Wanke Wanke” from the movie DAHAM. Ubale came to the industry through 2 Effects Empire. Most of the film he did somehow associated with them. His absence could be due to the fact that 2 Effects Empire have not been producing too many films like they did before.
ABBA (RUDA) EL-MUSTAPHA- Dausayi, Qamshi, Makamashi are some of his good movies that come to mind whenever someone mentioned his name. Can’t remember the last time Jaga World produced a movie. Do you?
SA’IMA MUH’D- Ibrahim Mandawari used to call her Sa’ima International. One of Kannywood’s most beautiful actresses is missing for a while. However, Sa’ima is making a comback in FKD Production’s new movie ZURI’A. I’ve watched the trailer. Can’t wait.
UMMI NUHU- Often controversial. Ummi Nuhu is a very good actress. Ali Nuhu recognized that, no wonder she appeared in some of FKD’s biggest films like FIL AZAL, GAMBIZA and ZOMU ZAUNA. She appeared in the latter on crutches and didn’t put a foot wrong. This attractive actress is also missing from action for quite a while. Would love to see her make a comeback.
ZAINAB BOOTH- Her family is the most represented in the industry. They’re the Kannywood’s equivalent of Mukherjee-Samarth Devagn family or any of the Kapoor’s family in Bollywood. Zainab and her children, Maryam, Mahmud and Ramadhan are all active in Kannywood industry. She also has a daughter who’s married to the Kannywood’s prolific singer and director Yakubu Muhammad. I don’t know whether or not she decided to leave the stage for her children but Zainab Both is also missing in action recently.
There are others like Ibrahim Mandawari, Fati Baffa Fagge, Hussaini Sule Koki etc. Can you think of a reason why they’ve all gone missing or not consistently active as before? Or are they missing largely due to the emergence of new actors and the film makers no longer consider them worthy anymore?