Hussaina and Hassana are twins and are 28 years old. After their primary school at Gwange Primary School in Maiduguri, they proceeded to Federal Government College, Maiduguri, and later obtained a diploma in social welfare from the University of Maiduguri, before they relocated to Kano state. ALIYU ASKIRA engaged them recently and brought excerpts.
Your background please
We are from Borno state, Fulani by tribe, and we joined Kannywood about six years ago (Hussaina speaking). So far, we have featured in several films which include: Kudiri, Sainayi Kudi, and Talatu Numba Daya with the king of Kannywood Ali Nuhu as the lead actor. The film was suspended when Ali Nuhu collapsed on location and had to be hospitalised. Hassana is also featuring in Dadinkowa television series for Arewa 24.
How do your boyfriends differentiate you? How do they know which one of you is Hassana or Hussaina?
Well, like I told you earlier we are 28 years old; we have never gone out separately. One day Hassana’s boyfriend came visiting, but she was busy, so she asked me to go and attend to him and to pretend that I was the one he is dating. I did it successfully, but we promised never to play that act again. To differentiate us, I am fatter than Hassana and she also talks much more than I do, and now she is also featuring in a Dadinkowa television programme for Arewa 24. So, those that want to differentiate us can visit her during office hours when she is alone, even though I always wait for her to finish her work so that we can go home together. That is all I can say about that.
When and how did you join Kannywood?
We joined Kannywood about six years ago through a family friend, one Alhaji Dalhatu. After that we met Falalu Dorayi, Sadiq Mafia and now Muhammed Salisu. And because of Boko Haram our parents now live in Kano. We did not join Kannywood because of money, but whenever we receive our pay we are always happy. We are here to educate people especially women on human values so that the rate at which marriages break up these days would reduce. This is because marriage is a life project; we don’t want men to marry us because we are celebrities, rather we want to be married because we are loved and when you are broke we will stay with you. We have seen successful marriages in Kannywood, like those of Mansurah Isah and Sani Danja, Zainab Idris, and Muhibbat Abdulsalam.
Can you marry twins?
Yes, that is our answer; the truth is that if we get decent people that will marry us, we are ready to settle down without further delay, but none of us will marry before each other. We want to marry on the same day. We have never quarrelled; we know each other’s secrets. If you want to date one of us we must screen you to know that you have not come just to deceive us. Some ladies join Kannywood to expose their bodies and make cheap money; these are the characters that make people look at us as if we are cheap. We have class, but we are not arrogant; we are from a good family, that is why we are ready to get married anytime the opportunity comes.
What is this black spot on your forehead?
We want to enter paradise; what you see on our forehead is occasioned by constant midnight prayers, during the wee hours of the night; it is not ordinary. We are deeply religious, I am sure one may ask why are we into this profession instead of going to an Islamiyya school since we want to enter paradise, but since we came here nobody has asked us to zip down for him. So, we are happy with what we are doing, but in recent times, we have scaled down our acting activities because we are interested in settling down very soon, and even the industry has fewer programmes these days.