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How Indo-Hausa Films Kill Kannywood - Blueprint

IBRAHIM RAMALAN records the reactions of Kannywood producers and directors over the recent infiltration of Indian movies translated into the Hausa language into the industry which they believe is silently killing the Hausa movie industry. In unison, stakeholders believe that the act is being hamstrung by piracy and dishonest traders.

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How Bollywood Is Helping Fight Indian Illiteracy

Perhaps as subtitles/translations and the overall quality of Hausa movies improves, this can also be said about Kannywood helping Hausa people fight illiteracy.



These before-and-after shots demonstrate the incredible power of visual effects on screen.



One sector of the Nigerian entertainment industry that boasts of talented actors is Kannywood. Not only are they talented, they are also good-looking, and they are favourites of Northern babes. BUNMI OKOTIE unveils these glamorous actors in Kannywood ladies are crazy about.

Tall, handsome and light in complexion, Yakubu Mohammed makes more impact in directing. But recently, he succumbed to the call of his fans especially his female fans to venture into acting, and in a few months already, he has starred in many and more keeps coming as Producers now knock on his door to book him for their jobs. Yakubu, who is the part owner of 2 effect production outfit, is no doubt the new face of kannywood. He is a power dresser and no doubt influential in the Hausa entertainment sector.

A Zango as he is called by his fans is kannywood talented and controversial actor and singer. Aside being one of the richest kannywood actors, he is also one of the best dressed. Adamu is married to two pretty ladies.

He is wildly known as the king of entertainment in the North. Sani is very successful both in the music and movie industry and this has earned him an admirable feat as the President’s favourite artiste. He is also the first Hausa act to appear on the world street journal. Sani is charming, stylish and generous and one actor ladies will do anything to get his attention.

Ali is one of the biggest boys in the industry. Aside his numerous endorsement deals, he is also part of most big budget movies that pay him handsomely. Ali is dark, handsome and a good dresser who spends a lot to stand out, he is referred to as Kannywood ambassador. Any movie location with Ali Nuhu in the fray is always jamparked with array of babes.

Deeni boy, as he is popularly called, who grew under Ali Nuhu production outfit also makes the list. The down to earth and multiple award-winning actor is one of the big boys in the industry ladies will do anything to spend an evening with. Last year, he married a shuwa Arab beauty queen in Kano.

He is one of the established movie stars in the industry. First thing one is likely to notice about Abba is his good looks, and his enchanting charisma has made him every ladies dream.

He is one of the guys making waves in the industry right now. Sadiq keeps redefining himself each passing day and has won admiration of movie fans up north especially the babes. He is married to the younger sister of Governor Shema of Katsina State.

Abdullah Boda is one of the hottest and best Hausa musicians today in the industry. Recently, he ventured into acting, a development that has made him more popular among many female fans.

He may not be a face you see on screen all the time but he is sure one of the wavemaking actors, singer and event anchor, in the industry. Last year, he took a Kannywood super actress as wife number 2 in a lavish wedding.

The eloquent director, Aminu Saira is undoubtedly the best movie director right now in Kannywood. The multiple award winner is a performer who does not blow his trumpet. However, his profile keeps growing because of his urge to see the industry attain a greater height. He has a good number of fans both in and outside the industry.

He is a Kano based Hausa hip hop musician known for his many Jingles in Hausa films. His first album titled JITA in 2009 made him a main stay in the music sector in kannywood. The dark handsome and power dresser is a ladies’ delight.

Sidi is a classroom teacher-turned actor and model, who has over the years, become one of the wave making guys in the industry. He is well loved.

He got into the industry in 2001 and he made his acting debut with FKD production Outfit. His ability to impersonate the character of cruelty, wickedness, and crime keeps endearing him to many viewers.

Abba is an actor, model and master of ceremony. The Accounting graduate from the University of Jos made his star appearance in the Hausa movie industry in a hit move titled TURNA in 1998 and ever since then, his profile has been on the rise. The MTN ambassador possesses rare qualities and charisma that makes ladies go crazy for him.

He is one of the famous actors making waves in the Hausa movie industry. He is from the popular Maishunku Family in Kano; Ibrahim is very mature with great sense of humility and humor.

He is known to be humble, jovial and down to earth. He is a businessman, an actor and producer. The 23 year old is the biggest movie producer of Hausa movies in Kaduna State.

The talented and highly sought-after actor who acknowledges Ali Nuhu as his mentor, is one of the glamorous actors rocking Kannywood.


Incredible write-up about Hausa films and language!

So, some filmmakers in this effort to widen their audience that definitely now traverses tribes in the country and beyond choose to subtitle their films in English, as a universal language. But the construction of the English used is, in many instances, crassly poor; the grammar is murdered, and the spellings so error-ridden. This eventually kills the good intention that motivated the deployment of the subtitle and makes it an extremely jocular, nay, mind-numbing something.


"I think umm, really though, the future… the commercial model needs to be the same but the physical model of distributing DVDs is not really the future and we need cell phone networks to basically to play ball and price data correctly and enable billing at better rates in order to really unleash that kind of entrepreneurial spirit that is clearly evident in African films."

Craig Kelly on why Tanzanian swahili movies are much better than Nollywood.


Google na kokarin kawo wa kowa Intanet a Africa… Allah ba da sa’a!



Ku saurari wannan shirin na @BBCHausa da ke gabatar da gasar fina-finan Africa da yadda ta shafi Hausa films.



A Gateway into Kano

This documentary follows the story of a Kano monument as it undergoes over 200 years of renovations. As the monument changes, so too does the city. This story brings to light the reality of modernization in this African city. Some challenges have been overcome; some have led to failure. The real-life stories shared by these citizens push us to ask the hard questions regarding change, culture, and community.

via African Unchained

Wow, what a great find. Beautiful subtitles and translations!



Foreign Films can make money at the box office!


In the last ten years more International films, even with subtitles are doing well at the box office.   American movie goers are expanding their idea of a good film. Need I say we are getting more sophisticated?

mich1jpg1359692613342-data crouching tiger1.” Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,”  2000, Taiwan, directed by Ang Lee

The film is known to be the best box office success of an International film in US history.

The story is of a female worrior, that surprises men with her incredible strategy and strength.

“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” has exquisite footage and amazing martial arts tricks that create a fantastical quality to the film. Warriors fly through the air and flip gracefully over one another. A very entertaining film visually.  ”Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”  is  an ancient story of love, betrayal and loyalty.  The film is a magical experience.

 2. “Nouvo Cinema Paradiso/Cinema Paradiso,” 1988 Italy, director by Giuseppe Tornatore

“Cinema Paradiso “is one of my favorite films.  It is enchanting to watch.  The story is so engrossing and transport you into a different word.  It is the world of a small boy who finds the joy of film and it’s power to ability for your imagination to travel without leaving the cinema.  ”Cinema Paradiso  is about dreams, visual escape and love.  If you wish to get lost in a character’s journey this is the film to watch.

3.”The Untouchable, “ 2012, France, directed by Olivier NakacheEric Toledano

A touching film that unveils the relationship between a millionaire and an unlikely caregiver. The story is both funny and sad.  It is rewarding to watch the characters discovery their common bond of being disadvantage. It documents the unlikely relationship between a very cold Caucasians rich man and an African man, who enters the wealthy man’s life who is physically disabled.  This film was another great hit at the box office.  It was based on a true story that was skillfully recreated. It is very poignant.

4. “Dus Boot,” 1981 Germany, director by Wolfgang Petersen

“Dus Boot” is the direct opposite of “Untouchables”.   It is not heart warming in any shape or form. It illustrates the terror of war.  Some parts of the film are disturbing film to watch and unsettling. This film takes place on a German submarine during WWII.  The struggles  the men face on the submarine are not only tragic, but brutal.  The soldiers face fear, lack of oxygen, witnessing death of enemies and their own.  It is clear their whole beings changes and their minds will never be the same.  It is well written, shot and edited, so worth watching, especially if you are intrigued by war.

5. “Wings of Desire,” 1987 German, directed by Wim Wenders

This film is full of philosophical questions and the reality of a war torn Berlin.  The black and white footage represents the world of angels.  The film is full of color when an angel Wings of Desireexperiences a human feeling.  Peter Faulk plays an interesting role that fits him like a glove.  He guides the angels to understand the human condition.  The film’s narrative is the angels hearing the thoughts of individuals who are scared and haunted by their lives.  The angels attempt to comfort these humans.  One angel falls in love with a human and decides to leave his world and experience human emotions.

I throughly enjoyed this thought provoking and meaningful film.  I highly recommend it,  plus Peter Faulk’s humor is an added plus.  A must see. It also won a great deal of awards, including best director at The Cannes Film Festival.

6. “Franny and Alexandra” 1982 Swedish,  directed by Ingmar Bergman

This Ingmar Bergman film is an incredible tale of two children who lives drastically change when their father dies of a stroke.  Their mother and father were involved in theater and incredible warm parents.  Their mother remarries to a cold strict clergyman, whom she thought would warm up after they married. Unfortunately the children’s creativity is squashed by his inability to develop warmth.  The  children are banished to their rooms and their now pregnant mother tries to flee.

The film winds the viewer through many twist and turns as their mother plans how to escape her clergy husband.  Bergman is a genius in creating characters with great depth, who are constantly challenged to define their true reality.

It takes place in Sweden at turn-of-the-century.  It is film is shot through the eyes of Franny and Alexander.  Off course it is gorgeously filmed and won numerous awards.  I was in High School when I saw it and was very WOWED!

7. ”Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”/ American “Amelie”  2001,directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet,

Amelie was nominated for 5 Academy Awards was another international film that did very well in the United States. It premiere at the Cannes FIlm Festival. This very sweet story demonstrated how one person can make a difference. She lost her mom at 8 years old and her father was not available.

After Princess Diana dies she decides that life is fleeting and it is important to dedicate herself to improving the the lives of others. Slowly she falls in love while enriching others lives in need. “Amelie” is a cute and entertaining movie.

8. “My life as a dog” Sweden 1985,  director: Lasse Hallström

Similar to “Amelie” this film is a story of hope.  This film is very moving and funny as well. The story of two brothers who are separated when their mother becomes very sick. Even in times of great sadness the oldest boy dins humor. He is relocated to his Uncle’s house in a small village where he finds comfort and a sense of belonging. He has the usual experiences of a twelve year old boy.  The Swedish director Lasse Hallström was nominated for an Oscar. The movie also did well at the box office.


9. “A Separation” 2012 Irandirected by Asghar Farhad

Iran wins it’s first Oscar for “A Separation” in 2012, Iran is a Muslim country where women are second class citizens. This film takes a close look at a divorce in a society that does not regard women equal to men.  This film was made under scrutiny and censorship.

A very brave film that exposes the challenges of women who want to be independent  and improve their lives and their children’s.

A film that did well in the US as well as all over the world. A huge accomplish for those Iranians who wish for a different  society in their country.

10. “Knife in Water” 1962 Polish , directed byRoman Polanski

” Knife in Water” is Roman Polanski first film and Oscar Nomination. Some critics feel this film is Polanski’s best work. The story is a thriller that is not only creeps into your skin with violences, but the emotional manipulation too. An older couple decides to take a hitchhiker along for a weekend trip on their yacht. It a chilling film that touches on how men are not that far from wild instincts to fight for a mate. May the best man win.

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via TheFilmSchool

Some day Kanny/Nollywood, some day in sha Allah!


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