(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…

(121): Kannywood Film Review: Uwata ce

Director: Falalu A. Dorayi Producer: Isah A. Isah Language:Hausa Year: 2018 Company: TJ Multipurpose Concept Cast:Isah A. Isah, Sadiq Sani Sadiq, Abba El-Mustapha, Amude Booth, Maryam CTV, Maryam Gidado, etc.

At the time when most Kannywood films are either an overblown rehash of the industry's previous or impoverished replication of Indian movies, comes a determined film with a squarely original story from the same industry entitled Uwata ce. The film shows quite an extraordinary, scandalous saga between a mother and her grown-up children.
Hajiya (Maryam CTV) is an older widow with two sons and two daughters all of whom are married, leaving her together with her stepson, a 22-year-old Salim (Amude Booth) whose mother is no more. The film begins with Hajiya and her servant having a chat in her room when one of her sons, a short-tempered young man, Khaleed (Sadik Sani Sadik) blows in. He is extremely displeased with Hajiya and the servant in isolation. Hajiya is a rather dubious woman. Sh…

(120): Top 10 Kannywood Films of 2019

Muhsin Ibrahim
University of Cologne
The article was written for, and published by, the BBC Hausa service. Here is a link to a slightly different Hausa version published on their webpage: Fina-finan Kannywood 10 da suka shahara a 2019.
The Hausa film industry alias Kannywood is still alive and, well, kicking. Perhaps known to many people, the industry’s survival is against many odds. Now and again, Kannywood is caught up in scandals. Prominent among them this year include the way politics divided it and brought sharp disunity among its members. Then, two leading actresses fought and the clip of the fight went viral; the arrest of a celebrated director, the sartorial choice of two more actresses invited them condemnations, insults and curses, among other incidents.
Admittedly, I did not watch some films that might be among the top 10 of 2019. I don’t live in Nigeria to go to the only functional cinema in Kano where Kannywood films are premiered. Therefore, the follo…

(119): Kannywood Movie Review: YANAYI

Director: Sunusi Oscar 442 Producer: Naziru Dan Hajiya Year: 2019 Company: A & Y Kanemi Film Production Cast:               Zainab Indomie, Ali Nuhu, Adam A. Zango, Nuhu Abdullahi, Fati Washa, Abdul M. Sharif, Salsi S. Fulani, others.
The movie Yanayi is a multi-starrer, featuring the trio: Ali Nuhu, Adam Zango and Zainab Indomie who delivered Gari Yai Zafi, a massive blockbuster of the last decade, alongside other stars such as Fati Washa, Nuhu Abdullahi, Maryam Isah, Abdul M. Shareef, Lilisco, Salisu S. Fulani and more.
Unlike in Gari Yai Zafi, where they are all in leading roles, Ali Nuhu and Adam Zango's role in Yanayi is very negligible. The remaining actors also are all supporting the leading character Zainab Indomie.

Produced by Naziru Dan Hajiya and directed by Sunusi Oscar 442, the film revolves around the life of a highly salacious lady, Hajiya Shafa'atu (Zainab Indomie) whose husband, an elderly gentleman (Ali Nuhu) gets hypertension for struggling to satisfy her inten…

(118): Kannywood Movie Review: Uwar Bari

Director: Hafizu Bello Producer: Hamisu Lamido Iyantama Story:Hamisu Lamido Iyantama Language:Hausa Year: 2018 Company: Iyan-Tama Multimedia Limited Cast:Sadiq Sani Sadiq, Hamisu Lamido Iyantama, Wasila Ibrahim, Sadiya Lawan, Halima Atete, others.
An old saw has it that old is gold. I said the same when writing about Iyantama Multimedia before for it’s one of the few among the oldest, reputable film production companies that are still functioning in Kano. Thus, thousands of Kannywood’s au courant audiences will expect nothing less than a high-quality product from them. But the industry struggles to stay afloat, thanks to numerous socio-cultural and economic challenges. Consequently, it’s getting harder and riskier to produce high-budgeted films. A prominent executive producer once told us, at an event, that she was bankrupt following an expensive production. She didn’t only fail to profit from the film but also struggle to recoup the money she invested in making it. It is amidst all these un…

(117): Robert Mugabe: A Brief Obituary

The death of Robert Mugabe marks the end of an era in the history of Africa. He’s, perhaps, the last of his kind on this wealthy but poorly governed continent. Most of his contemporaries were long gone and, some, even forgotten. However, Mugabe will be remembered forever. His name and that of his country, Zimbabwe, are somewhat synonymous.  I am convinced that the deceased meant well for his country and Africa at large. Doubtless, he overstayed his welcome and, of course, he was brutal in his handling of opposition and the white farmers. All could be forgiven, though. Many African leaders of his generation were no less harsh and autocratic. His, nonetheless, stood out because he doggedly fought the West and their imperialistic ideologies and policies. He also lasted in power way longer than the lots.
Mugabe, Julius Nyerere (Tanzania), Jomo Kenyatta (Kenya), Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), among other post-independence African leaders stood against the colonial brut…

(116): Kannywood Movie Review: Hauwa Kulu

Production Company: Maishadda Global Resources Nig. Ltd Producer: Abubakar Bashir Maishadda Director: Ali Nuhu Release: 2019 Cast: Ali Nuhu, Abba El-Mustapha, Baballe Hayatu, Hassana Muhammad, Hadiza Gabon, Hajara Usman, etc.

The eponymous movie Hauwa Kulu is a masterpiece, one of the best films to come out of the Hausa film industry, aka Kannywood. It is a tragic, melodramatic social drama that addresses the issue of rape, which is a boiling issue in our society today. It is also a film that has attracted critical attention, especially from ‘feminists’, NGOs, other critics for its dramatic exposéof the complex politics involved in rape cases and its possible impact on the Nigerian cinema.

The extraordinary plot, which is the driving force of this movie, narrates the story of a beautiful village girl, Hauwa Kulu (Hassana Muhammad), whose blind father (Abba El-Mustapha) wanted her to be well educated.He later decided to marry her off to avoid the plan of the lecherous Village Head, Maigari (…