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(120): Top 10 Kannywood Films of 2019

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By
Muhsin Ibrahim muhsin2008@gmail.com
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

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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…