(128): Gidan Badamasi: A Short Review of the Hausa Sitcom

Gidan Badamasi: A Short Review of the Hausa SitcomPremiered in 2019, the defining criterion for the popular sitcom, Gidan Badamasi, is comedy. However, it tells much more such as several socio-moral lessons. That is not a surprise as Kannywood, the film industry whose members wrote, produced, directed and acted in Gidan Badamasi, are known for promoting such causes. An oft-repeated raison dêtre of Kannywood, some of its members argue, is to teach morality, promote Hausa culture and Islam, among other related goals. Whether or not they do that is debatable and, of course, outside the scope of this short review.The title, Gidan Badamasi [Badamasi’s House], implies where the drama takes place – the house of Alhaji Badamasi. He is a wealthy, wheelchair-bound businessman who had multiple marriages from which he got several children. As he ages, becomes more frail and sickly, he asks most of them – he doesn’t know all of them – to come for a crucial meeting. After their arrival from all cor…

(127): Review of Isma’il Bala’s Line of Sight | by Abubakar Isah Baba

Title: Line of Sight, Author: Ismail Bala, Pages: 114, Publisher: Praxis Magazine, Reviewer: Abubakar Isah BabaIntroductionAs a genre of literature, poetry is the most intensely focused one. Often, writers choose it as their transmitter of inward messages. Line of Sight in its first appearance establishes that poetry is a carrier of experiences and a painter of life. Ismail Bala’s personal experiences are apparent in his collection of eighty-one poems. His blending of layered themes: arts, love, politics, friendship, mundanity and Eurocentrism will continue to define poetry as both elusive and straightforward. And this is what gives the collection a startling flavour. It is not the intention of this piece to review every poem but rather to discuss some. The book’s title displays the most famous painting of George Seurat called Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. It depicts the poet’s high level of exposure to the western arts, as the title Line of Sight showcases his wat…

(126): Re: New Horizon: Dadin Kowa and the Restorative Representation of the "Other" in Nigerian Films

By Abubakar Isah BabaThe article named above was written by Muhsin Ibrahim, and published in the 2019/2020 edition of KAKAKI: Journal of English and Literary Studies; (11) 81 - 98.The first time I watched the drama Dadin KowaI felt at ease, for it is highly natural, exciting and yet unusual. The soap opera displays the quintessence of Hausa cultural mores; the fictional town of Dadin Kowa reveales the typical, densely populated urban area, mainly crowded with dirty, run-down housing, poverty and social disarray of the Hausa people.Thereyouwatchactorsasifinreality,minglewiththestrayofgoats,sheepand chickens. All these are what make the soap opera attractive for it brings the truth before oureyes.
Dadin Kowais enriched with compelling and relevant topics that are within the present condition of its setting, such as insurgency, drug abuse, domestic violence, Almajirci, girl-child education, to name but a few. This is, perhaps, what diverts the people from watching the boring films of Kann…

(125): Rape: Blaming the Victim as the Perpetrator

By Amina Haruna and Muhsin IbrahimSexual violence and rape occur worldwide. Some rape incidents defy any logic, while others may be associated with sadism, paedophilia, other types of paraphilia (i.e. sexual disorders). Consequently, throughout history, people weaponize sex. Women, including underage, are mostly the victims. Soldiers raped numerous women during and in the aftermath of World War II. Years later, more soldiers and militias raped women in the Yugoslav Wars of the early 1990s. Most recently, in 2015, French peacekeepers were charged for sexually abusing children in the Central African Republic in exchange for food and money. The stories are similar during several civil wars in other parts of Africa and beyond. Rape happens in peacetime, too. Now and again, news of rape springs up in countries, particularly India. In a widely watched documentary, in 2013, the BBC World Services described India as the most dangerous place to be a woman. While there are rape cases in Nigeria…

(124): Kannywood Movie Review: Kar Ki Manta Da Ni

No film was released this Eid for obvious reasons, of course! Last year’s Eid saw the release of the Hausa film KARKI MANTA DA NI. This is my short review of the film.The movie, Kar Ki Manta Da Ni is an intense love story presented in the style of the Indian romantic drama films. This is not a surprise, looking at the career of the film’s director, Ali Nuhu, who is well known for making Indianized Hausa films. Like in one of the ‘whiz kid’ director’s previous flicks, particularly Ni Da Ke Mun Dace, the male lead of this film is a musician who sings, plays instruments and always carries a guitar on his back. This is a typical romantic hero portrayal in Indian cinema. The storyline focuses on Nasir (Shamsu Dan’iya) and his love, Fatima (Maryam Booth). They are genuinely in love with each other, but as Nasir doesn’t have enough to get married, he loses her to a wealthy scion Isma’il (Umar M. Sharif). Consequently, Nasir resorts to drugs, turning his highly promising life into a hopeless o…

(123): Kannywood Movie Review: Mati a Zazzau

Director:         Yaseen Auwal Producer:       Rahama Sadau & Sadiq Sani Sadiq Language:      Hausa Year:               2020 Company:      Sadau Pictures and Asmasan Pictures Cast:            Sadiq Sani Sadiq,Tahir I. Tahir, Rabi’u Rikadawa, Adam A. Zango, Rahama Sadau, Hadiza Blell, Umar Gombe, etc.
So far, only very few successful titles in Kannywood have become a franchise. Beside Adam A. Zango’s Basaja, I can only mention Yaseen Auwal’s Mati character. While the former deals with financial rickety in an urban, techno-scientific set, the latter is a social drama in a rural setting in the past. The chronicle of Mati began with Wani Gari and then Mati da Lado and now Mati a Zazzau. Had the filmmaker foreseen where the film could go, I guess the first of the series would have “Mati” in its title. Now, the character has become a commodity as he acts in short films and others imitate him elsewhere. At the risk of jumping the gun, I can confirm that Mati a Zazzau has a sequel. So, fans of…

(122): Karamin Sani Movie: A Kannywood Fantasy Like No Other

For about three decades, cinemagoers, especially in the northern parts of Nigeria, are familiar with Hausa Film Industry popularly known as Kannywood. Though there has been debate on a different genre of movies by section of producers and directors that say 70% of Kannywood filmmakers go for romantic melodrama and musical extravaganza while the rest of the percentage has comedy, action and epic storyline. Be it as it may, the giant industry lacks fantasy movies in its library.
Falalu A Dorayi, undoubtedly one of the few directors who believe in game-changing and twisting story background to please his followers and fans, who established himself as a successful filmmaker in the history of Kannywood has finally come with a sensational fantasy flick entitled Karamin Sani.
Karamin Sani, an upcoming movie set to hit screens on Friday, 17 January 2020, in Filmhouse Cinema Kano and KFA Cinemas Kaduna simultaneously, was produced by S & B Production and directed by the versatile Falalu A. D…