Crossing the T’s: Relationships 

No matter how hard celebrities try to keep their romance low key, they would always be under public scrutiny. While we don’t have the paparazzi to follow their every move in  Kannywood and Nigeria in general, there are gossip columns that bring these stories to the media. Why celebs shy away from  questions concerning their love lives even in an interview isn’t a mystery, understandable even. But I do believe that everything comes with a price and that of being famous is sacrificing one’s own privacy.

It isn’t any different in Kannywood. Some actresses are trying to keep their relationships under the wraps, others don’t really care. 

Actress Halima Atete, once in an interview
with Kannywoodscene, revealed that she is not one of those actors that hide their relationships. She even went further and mentioned his name. It’s no news that Maryam Booth dated Adam for quite sometime a long time ago. However, few people know that Rahma Sadau had a fling with Kannywood Heartthrob, Sadiq Sani Sadiq, and another one before joining the industry with Director Kamal S Alkali, one could have said that she’s one of those that manage to mask their romance.

Nafisa’s love life has always been the one the media’s focused on. Lots of people would be surprised to learn that Fati Washa also had a fling with Adam A Zango or that Ibrahim Shehu dated Hadiza Gabon and Jamila Nagudu before Nafi Abdullahi. Apparently, the age difference doesn’t mean anything to him as each of the three of them is at least, three years his senior.

Like any other relationship, these relationships may or may not work out. Although some of them  materialize into marriages, like that of TY Shaba and Samira Ahmad (albeit not for long) among others. Others just fizzle out with time- Adams Zango and Nafi Abdullahi’s long-term relationship is a prime example.

After the break ups or the divorce, the actors as well as the actresses have to deal with bizarre questions from the public and interviewers. Being constantly asked about your relationship status can be frustrating, but it’s simply part of the package of being a celebrity. 




Hafsah Lalo is a writer hailed from Jos, Plateau State. She is Currently a student of Information Technology at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. You can follow her on twitter: @Grtsunnist

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Crossing the T’s: Talking Business 

​Kannywood actresses, like actresses of other ‘woods’ often step outside the screen to create and (or) manage their business empires. There are so many reasons as to why actors engage in other businesses outside the film industry. 

These reasons include the fear of being blown away within the blink of an eye in showbiz. Kannywood actresses like Fati Muhammad and Rukayya Dawayya could have been probably forgotten if the had completely relied on the film business alone. One could say, these actresses and their likes obviously inspired the younger ones to follow their routes. 

Aside from her breathtaking ability to get right into the heart of a story, Nafisa Abdullahi is also a successful entrepreneur. Founder and CEO of Watch Tower Productions; actress Nafisa is a poultry farmer as well as an interior designer. She also runs a classy boutique in Kaduna and has a passion for photography which she is also trying to develop into a big business in no time.

As an actress, model, producer and an activist, Rahma Sadau uses her fame as a platform to promote her side businesses. She runs her own production company, SadauPictures and which they are about to release their maiden movie. Besides being a producer, the actress also runs a boutique and a beauty salon. 

Hadiza Gabon and Maryam Booth, among other actresses, are also involved in side business. Booth, recently had her company; MBooth’s Parlour and collections, which deals with both import and export of all types of cosmetics and make-up artists, etc registered with the Corporate Affairs Commissions. Hadiza Gabon, an activist and a philanthropist, doesn’t have a production house yet, but she just opened her own beauty salon. 

Being involved in business no matter how small, is always a plus to women in general. Actresses in particular, could have it as an alternative source of income and a distraction as well, whenever they decide to take a break from the spotlight, take a backseat to allow upcoming talents shine or when they’re married. After all, who wants to belong to the kitchen and the other room only, in the 21st century?  And you know what? These actresses don’t even have to pay for adverts. 

Hafsah Lalo is a writer hailed from Jos, Plateau State. She is Currently a student of Information Technology at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. You can follow her on twitter: @Grtsunnist
 

Crossing the T’s: Rahama Sadau Is Back 

My Crossing the T’s pieces on the activities of female Kannywood actors are slated to be a weekly/monthly series, but with the revelation of Rahma Sadau’s unofficial return to acting in the industry, this column has to find out the circumstances of her return. 

Last year, the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, MOPPAN, expelled actress Rahma Sadau from appearing in a Kannywood film ever, after featuring in a romantic music video with singer ClassiQ, which the association termed “indecent”. The expulsion had garnered criticisms both from within and outside the industry-especially on social media, as many people believed the punishment was too harsh on the actress. 
However, Kannywoodscene confirmed the actress’ unofficial return on stage yesterday. 

If we could recall, MOPPAN had promised to let Rahma finish ongoing projects when they expelled her indefinitely. After contacting our sources, we understand that the producers, who were in the middle of work with the actress before the expulsion have submitted list of their projects to the association. After receiving no response from MOPPAN, these producers ‘decided’ on their own, to bring her back. 

Similarly, Sadau was casted in a Television series which MOPPAN tried to stop too but the producer ignored them saying his project is going to be aired on TV, unlike other Kannywood films. So, we learned that the association, under pressure from the producers and powerful external forces representing the actress, is said to be in a dilemma lately on how to denounce the actress’ expulsion. 

As we await MOPPAN’s official report on this now, her fans would be excited to hear that the star actress is set to announce the next film she is going to produce. Welcome back the Sizzling Siren. 

Hafsah Lalo is a writer hailed from Jos, Plateau State. Currently a student of Information Technology at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. You can follow her on twitter: @Grtsunnist

Crossing the T’s: Hadiza Gabon and Being Humane 

Crossing the T’s is a weekly/monthly column by the impressive Hafsah Lalo on the activities of Kannywood female actors (individual or general)  the media may or may not have been reporting. Enjoy. 




For decades, celebrities all over the world have been known for using their star powers, fame and wealth in creating awareness, advocating and (or) doing great humanitarian works. 
There has always been debates as to what their motivation really is; whether it is really for humanity or for publicity. Whatever it is, the fact that they have indeed done well for humanity can’t be ignored. Kannywood actresses in particular, are not left behind. Here, is an insight of what one of them has been doing for humanity. 

Heartbreakingly lovely, Hadiza Gabon is not only a great looker, but has also touched the lives of many with her charitable causes. Founder of HAG Foundation,  Gabon visited Gofidna and Birnin Yaro Primary schools in Abuja and Kano State, where she gave out books and other learning materials to the pupils. 

A member of Sure Start Women Empowerment Initiative, she participated in a workshop on Women’s Menstrual Hygiene and there, she donated sanitary pads to young girls. 

The actress took her humanitarian work to a special school in Tudun Dan Maliki, Kano state as well as the IDPs’ camp and had left lasting marks in the hearts of many internally displaced persons. However, all these her philanthropies didn’t go unrecognized. Apart from being hailed by her thousands of fans for her contribution to humanity, Kano State Secondary Schools Management Board has given her a certificate of Appreciation while Billy Charity Care gave her an award of excellence. 

A Kannywood artist extraordinaire, we’ve all seen Gabon shines in movies with her superb performances; from Babbar Yarinya to Basaja to Indon Kauye. She didn’t only win the MTN Kannywood Awards but also won the best supporting actress in African films Awards in London.  And of course,  I am not the only one that saw her pictures taking acting classes in Los Angeles.

Hafsah Lalo is a writer hailed from Jos, Plateau State. Currently a student of Information Technology at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. You can follow her on twitter: @Grtsunnist
 

 

Movie Review – Sirrin DaKe Raina

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FKD Productions is among the very few production banners in  Kannywood, with the confidence of releasing a film without having more than 80% of Kannywood viewers to watch the trailer, and yet the movie sold a lot. This is a success!!

Production: FKD Productions

Producer: Mustee Junior

Writer: Yusuf Nahuce Marafa

Screenplay: Jamil Nafseen

Director: Ali Nuhu

Cast; Ali Nuhu, Nafisa Abdullahi, Rahma Sadau, Lawal Ahmad and others.

Sirrin Dake Raina is, in my opinion, a unique and gripping story of these genres. Though not like FKD’s recent releases; the film has in way or the other failed to reach the expectations of the audience. But I think we all shouldn’t have expected something more than what the director has given us as Sirrin Dake Raina is more or less an entertainment film. The game between the two actresses was what makes the film thrilling.

Fahad (Ali Nuhu) returned home after many years of studying abroad very keen to meet his fiancee, Yasmeen (Nafisa Abdullahi). But Yasmeen seemed to have no time  for love as her total concentration was on her studies. On seeing this, Fahad talked to her friend, Ramaisa (Rahma Sadau) about this and they both thought that the only way to bring on the attention of Yasmeen to Fahad was for them to pretend to be lovers in the presence of Yasmeen and others, but deep inside their hearts, they both knew that this wasn’t true. Rumaisa, who initially had a love at-first-sight for Fahad,  revealed her true feelings for him and this was how the battle began….

While watching the film, I kept asking myself, what were they studying in the university? Why would Yasmeen have to dress like that? If she must wear those clothes to school, because of our society today, what about those they wore in the songs, especially the last one? I think sometimes our Kannywood actors used to forget the cultural group they represent. Similarly, Rumaisa’s parents were not even for once shown on the screen. She was always seen lying on a three-seater chair crying with nobody to confront her.

Nevertheless, the sound and picture of the film were okay. The songs and dance routine were stylish, the locations and costumes, outstanding. The performances of the lead figures were excellent. The screen chemistry between the two of Nafisat Abdullahi and Rahma Sadau was just Okay. They were established as best friends in the film but to be candid, their relationship as best friends was too shallow. Initially, I feared that Rahma Sadau would be over-shadowed by Nafisa Abdullahi, but she wasn’t. They both played their parts very well. Kudos to the director for putting that into concentration.

However, while Sai Wata Rana, Adamsy, Madubin Dubawa and Ni Da Ke Mun Dace all mesmerized the viewers with amazing songs, Sirrin Dake Raina didn’t. The film has very good but not exceptional songs.

The songs, concept, locations, of the film were all average compared to that of other FKD movies. All in all, Sirrin Dake Raina is recommendable, but like most Kannywood movies these days, can’t say this one is out of the ‘ordinary’ bracket.

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Reviewed by: Hafsat Lalo
Twitter: GrtSunnist

Best 5ive Actresses in 2014.

After the successful presentation of best five figures of 2014, here comes another birds eye view of top five actresses in 2014.

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Hadiza Aliyu Gabon: Gabon seems to have overshadowed all the actresses with her array of blockbusters; Basaja Takun Farko, Tsumagiya, early in the year, Daga Ni Sai Ke and recently Ali Gaga Ali. Her performance in Daga Ni Sai Ke earned her best actress statue and stands taller than others in FimHausa’s poll. Remember she won the best actress (jurors) in the just concluded MTN/KannyAwards. Therefore, Hadiza Gabon is the overall best actress in 2014.

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Nafisat Abdullahi: The only good movies I could see Nafisa featured in last year were Munafukin Mata and ‘Ya Daga Allah. Nevertheless, her tremendous performances kept her ball rolling within the circle of best actresses in Kannywood. In the year 2014 Nafisat Abdullahi signed an ambassadorship contract with MTN, started her production and grabbed the popular choice award for best actress MTN/KannyAwards.

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Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya: It is obvious that Tsamiya’s performance throughout 2014 was highly tremendous. Movies like Ranar Baiko, Hanyar Kano, Dakin Amarya, Haihuwa and etc. Miss Aliyu won the best actress award in the fifth City People Entertainment Awards.  Moreover, she hit the jackpot by signing ambassadorship contract with MTN.

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Rahma Sadau: With her outstanding performance and dancing skills, Rahma won the best new actress award in the fifth City People Awards. It is not easy to compete with other veterans, but Rahma is the most sought after actress in the industry.

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Halima Atete: Her performance in Dakin Amarya, Daga Murna, Dan Malam etc cannot be disregarded. Atete was honored with the best supporting actress in the City People Awards.

It is my singular honor to say your performances and achievements are worth counting. Looking forward seeing the best in you this year.

Written by: Hafsat Lalo
Twitter @Grtsunnist.

Kannywood Stars and the Social Media

Social media is now considered as the only and easiest way through which artistes interact with their fans, promote their career, showcase their talents, and reach a large audience. It has become a huge part of our everyday lives these past few years, especially with celebrities.

It is obvious that our Kannywood actors and film makers are left behind when it comes to social media, especially Twitter. Few of them have accounts, and fewer are active while a large number of them don’t have accounts at all. As a result of this, some of their fans take advantage of their absence and open accounts with their names in order to gain followers. Some of them even went ahead posting illegal pictures which I think can destroy the image of that particular actor, or kannywood in general.

Search for @nafisaAbdulla17 and you will agree with me. The account is being managed by a guy. I personally talked to him through WhatsApp and later reported him to her fans’ page. There are so many of that fake accounts. Now, come to think of Adam A Zango, a household name for Kannywood viewers and a great talent but lack an active account on twitter. He constantly changes his handle, @princeazango, @Adam_a_zango, @Adam_zango. I always get confuse.

It’s easy to see that Ali Nuhu is the most followed Kannywood actor on Twitter. Despite his tight schedules, he always makes sure he keeps his fans updated with his career activities. A trend other actors should follow, instead some of them resort to copying and pasting quotes that we are all tired of reading. For example, Maryam Booth is the most followed Kannywood actress and she’s active. However, unlike Ali Nuhu, her tweets are in no way related to her career. The only hint showing that she’s an actor is her bio. She only chart with her close friends and barely retweet or reply her fans. Same goes to most actors. Sani Danja is the other active account that use twitter to effectively promote his movies and or music.

If I were to give credit to kannywood actors based on their activities on twitter, I would say Rahma Sadau is the most consistent Kannywood actor on twitter now. She’s famous and has an excellent relationship with her fans. She has a great fan base because of that. General BMB is also very active and some even consider as the most humble kannywood actor on twitter because he follows back and you don’t need to ask for a follow back. Yaseen Auwal is someone who’s under-followed by Kannywood fans but uses it very well to promote his movies. You might say Hadiza Gabon top it all in terms of fans interaction, she created a forum “Dandalina” for her fans and other Kannywood followers. Because you need a long process of signing up in to forums, you could argue that twitter is more easier to interact with fans.

Generally, Kannywood actors on twitter can be classified into three categories based on their activities. The first category consist of Ali Nuhu, Sani Danja, Rahma Sadau, Aminu Saira, General BMB, Maryam Booth, Hadiza Gabon, Yakubu Muhammad, Baballe Hayatu… The second category may include Adam Zango, Kamal S Alkali, Nafisa Abdullahi, Fati Washa, Sadiq Sani Sadiq, Gwangwazo, Nuhu Abdullahi Ramadan Booth and not forgeting the just-introduced Abdul M Shariff all fall under this category. While the third category is for those with dormant accounts, Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya, Lawal Ahmad, and Al-Ameen Buhari.

Social media has given endless possibilities to people all around the world, like the ability to make yourself known and promote what you do. Social media has allowed celebrities to communicate through Facebook and Twitter about their upcoming events, tours, albums or movies reaching a wide number of people. It also gives their dedicated fans an opportunity to connect with their favourite celebrity in terms of asking questions and getting an answer.

I urge all Kannywood actors to create accounts on twitter, and provide a short, but powerful bio, listing their trainings, as it is the only way your fans can send you messages of encouragement and kindness. Be sure to create a public page, be active on your accounts and promote what you do, it is incredibly rewarding!!

Written By: Hafsat Muhammad Lalo
Twitter: @Grtsunnist
hafsatlalo@yahoo.com