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I was victim of sex-for-role, but … –Amina Yola

February 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kannywood Actress, Amina Yola, has dozens of films to her credit. She has travelled round the country courtesy of film-making. Aside acting, Amina has her private business concern. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, she speaks on her life as an actress, marriage and sundry issues.   You have been in Kannywood for close to 10 years, but still seem Read More

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‘Marrying man with 3 wives like settling for expired commodity’

February 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

Aisha Abubakar Usman is only one year old in Kannywood; however, the 24-year-old actress has featured in more than 30 hit movies like Blackberry; Achuci Maza; and Ibro Maciji. Aisha, who obtained a Diploma in Civil law from college of Islamic and legal studies, Kano, before venturing into acting, speaks to ALIYU ASKIRA on marriage, acting and challenges in the Read More

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Mansurah Isah: Reaching out to less privileged

February 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Mansurah Isah, one of the old-time Kannywood actresses, is a mother of four. She was recently appointed alongside other famous actors and actresses as ambassadors of National Open University of Nigeria. Mansurah now runs an NGO called TODAY LIFE FOUNDATION in order to help orphans and the less-privilaged. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, Mansurah talks about her NGO, Read More

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A producer asked me to sleep with him for a role–Suwaiba Makauniya

January 6, 2018 Blueprint 0

Suwaiba Abubakar alias, Makauniya joined Kannywood in 2008 with a very strong desire to be a successful actress but unfortunately it was the year that the Maryam Hiyana sex scandal hit the industry and this discaouraged her as she quietly went back to her Katsina state of origin. The 34 year old actress who is a divorcee, confessed that her former Read More

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I suffered for 7 years before I became celebrity—Fatima Teema Yola

December 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

Fatima Isah Muhammad popularly known as Fatima Teema Yola joined Kannywood about seven years ago but only came to limelight when she featured in Ali Nuhu’s hit movie, Mansoor, she insists instantly opened many doors of opportunities for her. In this interview with Aliyu Asikra, the beautiful Fulani actress speaks on her experience in the industry among others. What is Read More

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I don’t know why my marriage crashed ­­­­­­­-Maryam Isah

December 9, 2017 Blueprint 0

Maryam Isah is a half-sister to Kannywood Actress, Mansura Isah, who is the wife of Actor and Producer, Sani Danja. She joined the movie industry about a year ago and has featured in a number of movies. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, she speaks on the movies she has featured in, crashed turned down offers to feature in some Read More

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No serious man in my life —Zulaihat

November 4, 2017 Blueprint 0

Zulaihat Umar is one of the upcoming stars in Kannywood with close to 20 films to her credit. The friendly and soft-spoken actress, who hails from Kano, in this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA opened up on how she joined the movie industry, why her marriage failed and challenges she faced when she started acting. What else do you do aside Read More

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Days of CDs, VCDs ‘ll soon be over – Producer

November 4, 2017 Blueprint 0

Sani Sule Katsina is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Rite Time Multi Media Ltd, a recording company that produces television series and other film production services in Kano. Aside TV series, the company has also successful produced films like: Ibro Ya Aure Baturiya, Matar Mutum Labarinsa and host of others. A retired NDLEA officer, Alhaji Sani registered Read More

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We’ve decent, indecent people in Kannywood – Khadija Mustapha

September 4, 2017 Blueprint 0

Mustapha is not a new face in the Kannywoood fi lm industry. Born in the 90s, Khadija hails from Maiduguri. She joined the industry a few years ago. Her fi rst appearance was in a fi lm called ‘Ni da Matata’ which was produced by Abba Miko Yakasai, and has since been getting series of off ers from directors and producers to feature Read More

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Kannywood fans should stop celebrating our marital crisis – Hauwa Katanga

August 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

Hauwa Musa Katanga joined Kannywood in 2002 and left in 2006 when she got married in Daura, Katsina State. Some of the successful fi lms she featured include ‘Katanga’, her fi rst fi lm where she got her nickname, ‘Sarauta’, ‘Matar Bahaushe’, ‘Basaja’, ‘Sarki Jatau’ and host of others. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Kano, Katanga, who recently Read More

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Why Kannywood members support Governor Ganduje – Nura Hussaini

April 17, 2017 Blueprint 0

Nura Hussaini (Yasayyadi), is a pioneer member of the Kannywood film industry. Highly religious, well exposed and a no-nonsense producer, actor and a family man, Hussaini, in this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Kano, says because Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has done a lot to members of the industry, more than any governor in the history of Kano state, members Read More

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Kannywood costumes, storylines must reflect our cultures – Isa Ja

February 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

Isa Bello Ja is a Kano-born veteran Kannywood actor and grassroots politician. He started acting in television drama series about 41 years ago. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Kano, the 65-year-old politician-cum-actor who has lost count of films he featured makes case for Kannywood restructuring in terms of costume, storylines and more. Sir, being that you are still Read More

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Top 5 controversies that rocked Kannywood last year

January 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

As Kannywood reflects on the giant strides of 2016, it is also worth looking back at some of the major controversies that rocked the industry. Here, we break down Kannywood’s 5 biggest controversies of 2016. 1. Rahama Sadau’s expulsion from Kannywood After an emergency meeting on October 2, The Motion pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, MOPPAN, expelled Kannywood hit actress, Read More

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Why I start producing Kannywood films in English – Jammaje

January 9, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Aliyu Askira The desire to give northerner entertainment industry a voice and to correct the erroneous impressions people outside the country hold against the region and the country as a whole has pushed the proprietor of Jamaje Academy, Kano, Mal. Kabiru Musa Jamaje to start producing Kannywood films in English. The proprietor said that having visited several countries in Read More

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Ex-Kannywood star, Rahama Hassan ties the knot tomorrow

January 5, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Aliyu Askira and Ibrahim Ramalan The popular Kannywood actress, Rahama Hassan will be tieing the marital knot with Peace Ambassador Othman Sani El-Kudan tomorrow Friday, and Governor of Gombe state, Alhaji Hassan Dankwanbo, his counterpart, Darius Ishaku of Taraba and other prominent politicians are expected to attend the wedding ceremony. Similarly, former state governors including Alhaji Sule Lamido of Read More

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Crowning me Queen of Kannywood my greatest achievement – Halima

December 12, 2016 Blueprint 0

Halima Atete is one of the popular Kannywood actresses and producers nominated by Stakeholders in Hausa Film Industry in collaboration with Zamfara state Emirate Council as the Queen of Kannywood, Sarauniyar Kannywood. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Kano, Atete talks about her career, money and challenges of the profession The last time I interviewed you was five years Read More

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If you’re looking for decent wife, come to Kannywood – Twin actresses

November 28, 2016 Blueprint 0

Hassana and Hussaina Musa Abdullahi are 23-year-old Kano-born Hausa-Fulani Kannywood actresses. They joined the industry about two years ago and have so far featured in a popular musical video that was shot in Port-Harcourt by Sadik Zazzabi. They have also featured in another musical video on Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso which was shot in Abuja. In this interview with ALIYU Read More

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Rahama Sadau: Kannywood’s off-screen drama

November 3, 2016 Blueprint 0

When an individual’s morality and personal preferences trended in a region more than a tragedy that killed its people on the very day, you know there’s a problem. It’s even more so when this is discussed as though the subject of controversy, Hausa actress Rahama Sadau, owes the critics a certain responsibility for her perceived transgressions. I didn’t know Ms. Read More

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Producers’ focus on select artists won’t help Kannywood – Zainab

October 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

Zainab Muhammad Sani is a 25 year old actress from Gombe state.  She joined Kannywood around 2013 and has featured in over 10 successful films. Some of the films include, ‘Barauniya’ and ‘Ba’asi’. Along the line, Zainab registered her film production outfit and an NGO through which she intends to assist the less privilege children in the society. In this Read More

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No amount of blackmail can pull Kannywood down – Nura

August 29, 2016 Blueprint 1

Alhaji Nura Hussein, who was born in 1978 in Yakasai quarters, Kano Municipal Area, attended both primary and secondary schools in the state and later proceeded to Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies but left before he completed his course. Today, Nura who is popularly referred to as Yasayyadi is a successful Kannywood actor and producer, married with Read More

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I went through hell in Kannywood – Aisha Faraga

August 1, 2016 Blueprint 1

Aisha Abubakar Magaji Faraga is a 23-year-old Fulani girl who hails from Keffi, Nasarawa State. She joined Hausa film industry about five years ago and since then she has been active in several films and other projects related to film production, but along the line this beautiful Fulani actress ran into several problems, some of which she narrates in this Read More

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Film village: Between Kannywood and film-haram advocates

July 26, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ali Abubakar Sadiq The Hausa film industry, popularly known as Kannywood, is one of the major youths employer in northern Nigeria. From the moment a writer puts pen on a paper, that power of the pen creates a cascading chain of jobs for artists, technicians, translators, editors, cinematographers, transporters, hoteliers, tailors and even married women that rent out costumes Read More