I’ll Never Dump The Film Indusrtry- General BMB

Since the last month, the media has been enthralled with news of entertainers declaring political ambitions. The trend continues as Bello Muhammad Bello became the most recent actor from Kannywood to join the bandwagon. He has declared his intention to contest for a seat in the Federal House of Representatives, representing Bassa/Jos North.

BMB, as he’s widely known in the entertainment industry is considered by many Kannywood fans as arguably the most humbled actor in the industry. A man of the people, not only that he’s an actor, but also a screen writer and a director. This shows how versatile he is. I started by asking him whether he will be quitting acting now that he’s ventured in to politics, he said: “I will never dump the film industry.” BMB said that his people need a positive change from the situation they are in and that’s his main objective. “My main objective is change and I’m struggling for the emancipation of the common man.”

Born and raised in Jos, the multi-talented actor emphasized on the importance of peace to his people and to Plateau State in general. “We want to reclaim what is rightfully belong to us, what we are being deprived of, and that’s peace. With peace anything is attainable.” And as an activist for good governance, he isn’t afraid of voicing his frustration at some of the happenings in this country. “We are tired of watching our fundamental human rights being trampled upon. Political offices are not meant for inheritance.”

BMB said that since the inception of democracy, Nigeria have witnessed series of ethno-religious crisis and people are tired of the regular blood letting and so that has to change for the better.

On his colleague in the film industry, BMB said: “I urge my colleagues to aspire to Inspire before they expire.” Suggesting that change cannot come, if we all sit back in the shadows complaining silently. “We are not going to sit down and watch the fun that’s why we should stepped up.” And he appreciates the support from his fans. To them he said: “For my fans, they should expect more positive developments from me. We want to leave a good legacy for the generation and the generation unborn.”

Written By:Ibrahim Umar Bello
Email: iubello50@gmail.com

Farewell to Kannywood- Fati Ladan

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It’s obvious that Fati Ladan is the most prolific and well-mannered actress in kannywood, a 28 year old actress who was born, raised and studied in Kaduna state shared her acting experience as well as farewell message to all her acting contemporaries and fans with kannywoodscene during an interview with Nura Abubakar. The conversation goes like this:

Everyone knows that she (Fati Ladan) was in her tremendous form before she got married, some of the actresses if not all would not marry at this juncture, rather they’ll of course use this stardom prospect to be on top of the world, they may married when they malformed. “Why did you choose to marry at this stardom stage?”

Ladan’s respond was quite amazing, considering the fact that all the actors/actresses are subsequent to popularity and huge projects to their credits. I was agape when she said: “Well, not all the actresses would do what I did, opinion differs, likewise people. The time I realised that am at my pinnacle, the issue of marriage and starting a new life began to blend with my thinking. I hastily prayed for the best and my heart goes for marriage.”

The actress did not personally unveil who her husband is, when I asked her who is the lucky man and what is he doing for a living?

“Hmmm… someone ahh and a civil servant… laugh” was her answer, but later on we realized from steadfast source that she’s married to Yerima Shettima, a human right activist.

Fati Ladan is a great actress, she is the type of actress that doesn’t just sympathise with the feelings of the character she plays, but she empathize it, gets into it and become the role. She has some sense of vanity which drives her to continue to improve and excels at craft. She always shows commitment and confidence, take a look at movies like ADAMSY, JARUMIN MAZA, MATAR HAMZA, NI DAKE MUN DACE and the likes. Definitely the industry and the fans will miss such a great actress. For all these reasons I asked her “how the industry and probably the fans would cope-up without you?”

The respond was a bit clever, she just played around claimed that it’s not a big deal as there are so many upcoming actors, so nothing will change the industry or the massive support of the fans/viewers. “Both the directors, producers, actors, other filmmakers and fans, we’ll surely miss one another, we are like family we love and support each other. It’s very hard to make such a sudden leave without feeling the sort of breaks in the bond. Nevertheless, there are upcoming actors/actresses to replace us. Laugh…. That’s the truth; the industry will remain unshakable even without me.”

There is this believe that ‘behind every successful woman there must be a man’ when I asked Fati Ladan who is that man behind all her success in her acting career. She didn’t hesitate to say “Ali Nuhu, I enjoyed working under him, he’s a father, a brother, a friend, and in fact he’s such a darling and kind hearted person. He’s always willing to help me develop my career. May Allah reward him for that” Not only him, she also mentioned someone, a director and a gentleman. “Kamal S Alkali also played a vital role in my career; I have nothing to say to them but a big thank you all!”

Most of the actresses quit acting when they get married and later on venture into something related to filmmaking, like producing, scripting or any other related functions. Contrary to this, Ladan stated that; “if I leave the industry now, I will never ever return again. I will not do anything related to film. My intention is to take a very good care of my husband and may be to set a domestic business like selling of ladies wears, jewelleries and the likes. Honestly I have no intention of doing any other thing related to film in my matrimonial home.”

Many people consider filmmakers or actresses in particular as rotten tomatoes, considering the fact that Ladan’s husband is not a filmmaker or any entertainment related professionally. Therefore, I asked her how does his friends and family’s perception towards her- as an actress?

“Well, you know in every institution be it academic, religious or even entertainment there must be good ones as well as the bad ones. Here in kannywood will never be an exception, therefore I strongly believe we’ve all the categories I mentioned, and you can’t dismiss the fact that the bad ones spoiled everything and made people perceived as if there is no single decent person here. Let me tell you, my husband watched my movies and fell in love with me without seeing me face to face. When we met, he was impressed with my characters, his parents, his friends, his wife and kids like me as I am. What I want you to understand is, if I’m a bad person what do you think will happen? Is he going to introduced me to his parents or wife? Therefore the answer is clear, if you know yourself you can stand tall everywhere and people will see it in you.”

Fati Ladan like all other human being, she has some dreams and unfulfilled desires. “Human beings died without fulfilling their desires, I am not an exceptional. Although I can say I achieved the major one which is getting married. At this juncture, I prayed for a decent husband, God so kind here comes, Mr. Right and I’m grateful to Allah (SWA) for answering my prayer. That’s all abi?”

It’s hardly for a star actress like Fati Ladan to leave without missing some essential aesthetic atmosphere, events or moments she had during her stay in the industry. “Actually, I will miss a lot especially the whole kannywood crews; I enjoyed working with them throughout my career. I will also miss some moments like award receiving moments, you know in 2012 I was the best actress (Hausa) BON AWARDS, likewise the 2013 best supporting actress for same award. I will miss the ambassadorship title too; I was an mtn ambassador recently. But marriage is better than all! Despite the fact that I will miss all these, I’m sure marriage life is better than all as I said earlier.”

Finally to her fans this is what she said; “ I thank you for all the support and love shown to me during my time, I’ll remember you for these and I thank you ones again, without you my name will never be written where it was written now.”

Interviewed/translated by: Nura Abubakar
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I Always Feel Like A Star- Rahma Sadau

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Touted by many as the next big thing. The future looks bright and shiny for the young Rahma Sadau. Interviewing her was more like having a conversation with a friend. Rahma is what one wishes every celebrity was- friendly and down to earth. Dubbed the sizzling siren, Rahma’s been notching up hits as if she were picking up flowers in a garden. We catch up with her for a quick chat, and this is how it went:

Q. Tell us about Rahma Sadau..

Rahama Ibrahim Sadau is my name. But I’m using Rahma Sadau and I’m popularly known as Priyanka. I was born in Kaduna and that is where I live. I’m currently a student of Business Administration at Kaduna Polytechnic.

Q. How did you find yourself in Kannywood?

Acting has been my dream for a very long time, but I didn’t have the opportunity until I met Ali Nuhu who shaped my skeptism and showed me a way, and here I am.

Q. You’ve been the lead actress already in some of the movies you did, what’s the secret?

(Laughs) I think that’s my destiny to start leading films, not from the minor roles.

Q. Some actors go through a lot of difficulties before landing such big roles. That wasn’t the case with you, should it be attributed to your talent?

They (producers) have their reasons for giving me those roles. Some of them wanted a new face and some believed I was fit for the roles. Either way, it is my destiny to have a strong start.

Q. How is acting alongside Ali Nuhu?

Oh! It’s a dream come true. I almost cried the first day I acted alongside him. I was thinking, is this really me acting alongside Ali Nuhu? Subhanallah! It was a great feeling and he was very supportive and helpful: he showed me how to compose my self… Its great acting alongside him. I hardly slept that day.

Q. How would you describe your first day on shoot?

I was through a strong emotional ride, I was devastated by the confidence and expectation most people placed on me: would I justify it or disappoint them? What if I wasn’t as good as they thought? I was overwhelmed by fear that subsided on realization that I was actually fit to deliver.

Q. What makes you think you can do it?

The feeling that if some people have done this, I could also do it. I watch a lot movies, which make me feel I can do even the things I’m not good at.

Q. What should people expect from your movies when they start coming out?

I won’t disappoint them insha Allah.

Q. What changes in your life after becoming an actress

So many things have changed really: I don’t hang out and talk with half of the people I used to know; new people come in to my life: time becomes very limited and I hardly go out the way I used to. Things have changed that I wonder sometimes if this is really me.

Q. Do you feel like a star already?

(Laugh) I always feel like a star. I have been carrying this ambition and I believed I would achieve stardom one day. I use to see actors like Priyanka and Angelina as my equals. I always see my self as a star.

Q. You are tutored by some as Kannywood’s next biggest actress

(Giggles) That’s a new one. There are bigger actors ahead of me. But you know, that’s what I’m hoping for insha Allah.

Q. We’ve heard you speaking Hindi fluently, have you ever been there?

I have never been to India. I speak the language because I watch a lot of Bollywood movies. I also communicate a lot with some people in Hindi

Q. Why do people call you Priyanka?

Because of that bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. When people saw the way I love her, they decided to call me Priyanka. I didn’t ask them to. Now you just have to say ‘Priyanka’ if you are really looking for me.

Q. What do you want to achieve as an actress?

Well, I have been thirsty for long. All I want is to act, to quench my thirst and I will get married eventually inshaAllah

Q. …..So marriage plans are imminent I reckon

(Laugh) I wouldn’t say ‘imminent’. Though it’s everyone’s plan. I will marry when the time comes.

Q. Are you single?

Yes. I am single.

Q. So you’re saying Rahma Sadau doesn’t have a boyfriend?

Rahma Sadau doesn’t have a boyfriend. Infact, Rahma is afraid of merging her career with love. Although someday it would happen. The point is, there bound to be problems if I am to merge my career with love. My boyfriend may not even believe me when I say I’m going to a shoot or when he saw me acting a love scene in the movies. We would end up fighting all the time and it would affect my career. Being in a relationship is not a priority at this point. I’d rather focus on my work right now.

Q. What’s the most important lesson that you’ve learnt about love?

I think love has that ability of influencing your life in to something. I’ve learnt a lot. Love has taught me how to talk, how to be myself and how live with people.

Q. Can you call yourself fashionable?

Well, I’d let people to decide.

Q. Which kind of clothing do you prefer?

I love wearing native Hausa dress, English wears and Indian dresses. I prefer the native Hausa dress.

Q. What would I find in Rahama’s fridge?

(Giggles) Water

Interview By: Ibrahim Umar Bello
Email: iubello50@gmail.com
Twitter: @aaramz

I’m not violent but naturally jealous- Halima Atete

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Halima Atee is one of the best up-coming female actors in Kannywood right now. She became more notable perhaps after appearing as ‘Tantiriya’ in Aminu Saira’s KONA GARI. Atete is very passionate about acting. In a chat with Kannywoodscene recently, the beautiful actress spoke to Nura Abubakar about her career and many other topics.

Tell us about Halima Atete

Ok, like you said, Halima Yusuf Atete is my name. But porpularly known as Halima Atete or Atete. Yusuf is my father’s name and Atete is my grandfather. Iam from Maiduguri, I attended primary and secondary school there. I have a diploma in Shari’a and Civil law before I started acting.

How did find your self in kannywood

I was in a drama club in my secondary school and I realized then acting is the only thing I want to do in my life. I want it so bad that I didn’t want to go to college after my secondary school. I did that diploma because there’s nothing I could do and I had no idea how to tell my father. So after sometime, when my brother got an accident and start writing a story I told my self may be this was the break I was looking for. I decided with my brother that we should start producing films because that was the only way out. I told him we should invite the actors to Maiduguri since we’ve never been to Kano. So we made enquiries and have someone talked to some of the artiste like Shu’aibu Lawan (Kumurci), Saratu Gidado (Daso), Bashir Nayay, Kabiru Nakwango etc.
The shoot started, and because everything was provided from our house I had to tell my father that we were just helping them but the movie wasn’t ours. We even took some of my father’s bags which Kabiru Nakwango used during the shoot. But at last I told my father that it was our film, I felt I must tell him because I had to go to Kano for editing and eventually he would know. Luckily, he agreed and I left for Kano. At Kano if my father called and asked me why did I stay that long I always told him that they were still editing the movie. After sometime, I told him that the movie was in the market and I still had to stay and collect my money. That’s the time I did KONA GARI and MAZA DA MATA. They (home) had no idea that I was acting until WATA HUTU was released because my father in particular doesn’t watch movies. You know they won’t just agree with it at first, but after we talked about it with my father, he understands, blessed me and wished me all the best. That’s how I find my self acting.

Of all the films you did, which do you like the most?

Of all the films I did so far…. I think I like WATA HUDU the most. Because everything is perfect and I know deep inside myself that I was outstanding and lots of people acknowledge that fact.

Do you have any particular actors that you like working with most?

Actually, before I even started acting Ali Nuhu is my favourite actor, and still today I prefer him to anyone. This is more because of the way we sit and analyze a script together and kind of pre-perform our characters so that we’ll know how to balance ourselves before going on a camera. That’s why I love working with him. I don’t have any preference when it comes the female actors. I enjoy working with all of them.

Are you really that violent as we saw in Dakin Amarya?

If one could critically analyse my performance on that role in Dakin Amarya would understand there is a woman inside that character that get wild when her man is showing slightest interest in another woman. I am not violent but jealous, it’s my nature and there’s no stopping that.

You’ve been appearing in so many movies recently. What’s the secret?

(Smiles) Wallahi I don’t know, that’s what people are saying but I can’t specifically tell you why……..

….Do you think it has to do with the way you act?

Well, what I noticed is that, some directors always say Atete is more fitting at playing villain roles or someone very fashionable.

If you are to choose the best film of all time, which one would you choose?

I think I would choose DAN MARAYAN ZAKI

Have you ever been in love with someone within the industry?

(Laugh…) Eh?

(Smile..) Yeah, I was, once, but we are separated now.

Your fans may wish to know him…

Well, I don’t know if people know him or not. But I was in love with someone withing the industry.

Atete still didn’t make revelation

No to me there’s nothing to hide because everyone knows we are not together anymore and as of now, I don’t have a boyfriend withing the industry.

Ok, what’s his name?

Sani Real love. He’s a producer and now The secretary of The Arewa Film Makers Association of Nigeria.

Can you marry someone withing the industry?

Why not? I can marry an actor or a film maker. Why shouldn’t I? We are doing the same job and as you can see right now on a shoot, the male and female (actors) have different apartments right? Beside, people differ in their behaviours, same goes to people who aren’t actors. There are people outside the industry that are doing (bad) things. Yes I can marry someone withing the industry.

Ok, who can we say possess Atete’s heart right now?

(Laugh..) Wallahi no body now. I do have good friends, colleagues but none is my boyfriend. You may hear rumours that I am dating this director or that producer, none is true. I have told you about my jealousy before, I think that won’t even let me date anyone from the industry now.

what do you think will define your career as a successful one?

When I finished this (acting career) without any serious misunderstanding with anyone

Can you see yourself doing any other thing beside acting

No, I love acting. I won’t leave this profession until I die. I’ll become a producer when I get married.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well, I am not hoping to see myself acting in the next 6 month or one year insha Allah.

Oh, so I guess Atete is getting married soon…

No I didn’t arrange anything but in my heart that’s how I feel.

Any message to your fans?

I would like to say a big thanks to my fans. Alhamdulillah I have a lot of them. I really appreciate the way they love us. Also they should understand that the roles we act isn’t our behaviour but roles given to us to portray. If an actor appears as a governor that doesn’t automatically make him one. When I am cast to be an easily pissed off character, that doesn’t make me. Whoever is close to me knows me to be cool tempered but naturally jealous. And if you are not so close to me, you won’t even spot my jealousy.

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Saira Aminu

When it comes to kannywood movie directing, Aminu Saira is arguably the biggest name you’d mention now. This is because his movies are vividly and movingly expressive that they become popular among kannywood followers so much so that a movie directed by Aminu Saira is a must watch. Ibrahim Umar Bello caught up with him during the shoot of TUFKA DA WARWARA and the eloquent director talks about the kannywood industry, his struggles, pre and post Hiyana saga, the art of directing and many more in this epic interview. The man has the best interest of the industry in his heart.

KS: Assalamualaikum, kannywoodscene is saying good day sir.

Aminu Saira: Wa’alaikumussalam.

KS: We would like to know who is Aminu Saira.
AminuSaira: my name is Aminu Muhammad Ahmad, generally known as Aminu Saira, I was born in kano, Gwammaja Qrts, Dala LGA. I attended my primary school at Mahrathul Islamiyya in Gwammaja, I finished my primary school at Masaka and I attended Tahfizul Qur’an at Ringim. Again, Taariqil Abadiya Jigawa, I attended Kwakwali for my senior secondary school and later on moved to Aminu Kano Islamic Legal Studies where I obtained my Diploma. And now I ventured in to movie Industry. (Kannywood).

KS: What inspired you into movie making?

Aminu Saira: I have a friend – Mahmud Uba Leader, long time ago we were watching an American movie titled Devil’s Advocate the content of the movie annoyed us, because it’s like a blasphemy and it contradicts Islam. There and then I started thinking why our film makers are not showing the teaching of our great religion (Islam) and the beauty of our tradition (Hausa)? So this is where my interest began, so I picked up my noble Qur’an and searched for a story (qissa) which can suit in a movie that will enlighten people. From there we kept on the move with friends, we ventured into the industry through Sarauniya Film Production headed by Auwal Sabo and Aminu Sabo, through them I gained a lot of experience on the business and how to be successful as well.

KS: People are saying acting will suit you best, but why do you choose directing?

Aminu Saira: I have no interest in acting, I only have interest in creating something that will be a challenge or competitive in nature. For instance, I created something and somebody created another thing different or better than mine or vice-versa and let it be like that continuously. At the same time I have the interest of promoting my religion, customs and tradition of Hausa, so I consider it as my best area of interest.

KS: After Maryam Hiyana’s scandal, you were the only person who re-suscitate the industry. How did you achieve this victory?

Aminu Saira: It’s better if you said we were many or I lead the rest to the work, because that time we have a team that consist Nazifi Asnanic, Kamal S. Alkali, Ali Gumzak, Nasir M. Gwangwazo, Umar UK and my myself, to mention but few. Whenever we met, what we discussed was we- don’t have good film makers, we have no qualitative movies and we were like nothing in the industry that time, because there are those on top. The movies of that time were just a collection of too many actors; they sing and danced without conveying any message. This always hurt us as team. Therefore, we decided to form a group and called ourselves G-TOP at that time we were growing rapidly all of a sudden the Hiyana saga pop up, everyone withdrawn and everything shattered. I said to my colleagues if we give-up the fight the whole kannywood industry would collapse, despite all the lost we recorded we (G-TOP) reinvest with the little money we have, yet we encountered another problem with the state censorship board and the state government. We were harassed, insulted and terrorised. But now the business is back again, better than ever before.

KS; How can you explain the qualities of the current movies and those of “pre- Maryam Hiyana Scandal” any difference?

Aminu Saira: Actually we can say there are a lot of differences, we can understand through social network and media on how people are commenting on our movies and you can understand how possessive people are by our movies. Some people said they can’t watch our movies with their family before, but now they can, even in the presence of anybody. And our Nollywood counterparts want us to merge and work together on some projects like what we did in Karangiya and during the promo of Dan MarayanZaki one of the film makers of Nollywood saw it and shown his interest to market and distribute it. This is a clear indication that Kannywood is reaching its target and is a great achievement. For your counterpart to wish to join you and work together it means you attained some level. If you are looking for a film industry that captured audience in West Africa is Kannywood, we have great men who promised to help us improve our movies, some are professors, doctors, chiefs and many more. You see if people like these would sit and watch our movies, is a sign of great achievement. So these are the kind of things that we looked at and say yes this industry is growing and by the grace of God we’ll get there!

KS: Can you please tell us the process of making a movie in brief?

Aminu Saira: Is a long process, because it’s a field of its own. To explain it even in brief would take a long time.But the only thing I can say is whoever has an interest in making films/movies should visit one of the websites, online Nigerian sites or foreign. It really needs a lot of explanation because movie making is a course of study itself in Universities or Polytechnics.
But if you are an executive producer and you want to finance a movie, I will advise you to find a producer, any film that you’d watch and you are satisfied with the quality of the movie, you can work with the producer, he will surely guide you, tell you this is how it should be done.
First step in making a film is script/story, but producer is the one to tell you that so-so-so script/story is marketable or not. For instance there are critical films which are not purposely for commercial, or a festival movies and sort of. In short if a person want to be a film maker firstly let him find a good producer.

KS: How can you explain a work of director?

Aminu Saira: The work of a director is like fleshing a skeleton (script) and bringing it back to life. The challenges of a director are the script he would work on, the producer, as well as the artistes. From the beginning, the director, the scriptwriter and the producer are to work together, but at the end they will drop the scriptwriter, then the work will continue between the director and the producer, they share ideas on whom to cast, who should be the D.O.P, production and set designers etc. so when the shooting of the film starts then everybody is under director. When the shooting ended, then the film is taking to the studio and after it has been edited then the director became part of the audience. The only person who is more involved than the director is the producer, because producer is working from script to market, although the director is responsible for making a film to be good or otherwise.

KS: What about actors, who is choosing them, producer or director?

Aminu Saira: Should be director, because he knows who can play the type of character he wants. But I have told you, film is a team work, producer can give his director a 100% chance to pick his actors or they can pick them together or in some cases they can employ a casting director whose work is when he read a script he knows who fits to be casted or they can even employ artistic director in case of audition. You can understand, it is a team work.

KS: What do you think is the challenge of Kannywood film makers?

Aminu Saira: The main challenge that we are facing now is the issue of piracy. Our dream is to make the standard of our movies to be like that of Hollywood or Bollywood and if you look at three years back, we technically improved, if you watched our movies you can see the sound pictures, the artistes performances and the quality of the movies. In fact if we have enough capital, we will be competing with the big movie industries in the world, because we have all it takes. If you look at the business as a whole government are not supportive, politicians and elite too, you can’t mention ten people among those categories I mentioned and tell how or to what extent they help Kannywood. We start the business with less than a hundred thousand and now we are dealing with more than fifty million naira. You see the way it’s growing if the government and the rich people are investing in the industry, it would have been better than it is now. Yet we are paying tax to the state and federal government as well as copy right commission but they are not protecting our interest, they all knew about piracy and it is increasing in geometric progression and none of them is taking any action, it’s unfair! We alone cannot fight piracy, because it is a law only government can fight it. Whenever we caught a pirate and handed him to the law makers they later releases him on bail without any sanction or fine, it’s disgusting!
Now, we are not lacking capital or technical facilities, our main problems are the issue of piracy, this is our greatest challenge. You know if Kannywood collapse it will backfire on the government, because we have more than two million people working under this very industry, if they lose their jobs they would be a liability to the government, but if government help and invest the beneficiaries will double to about five million people employed. And I am sure in Kano state government there is no any organisation that is paying tax 100% apart from Kannywood. And lastly I would like to call the attention of government to reconsider this piracy law in this time of constitution amendments, because piracy can even drag the economy backward. We have about 150 million viewers, if 50 people would use one CD plate a lot of copies would be sold but this piracy hindered our selling’s, we have more quality movies but, are not profitable as expected.

KS- Now that people believed you are the best director in Kannywood what do you want to achieve after that in the future?

Aminu Saira – if to say I am among the best directors I will agree with you. In terms of directing I think I had achieved my dream, my dream is fulfilled, and that is to have a sizeable audience that are following me, markets to be waiting for my movies and whenever people see me they can identify me, you see through this way one can instil whatever kind of message he wants to these people. But if you ask me what is my dream on Kannywood or what I want Kannywood to become in the future? That is my biggest dream in the world. And that dream is as how Bollywood dominates Asia, Hollywood dominates Europe and America, I want Kannywood to dominate Africa. I don’t have any dream better than this. That is why I am calling on everybody who got talent to please come and join us. Government, elites, scholars should please help us.
If you look at the world now the reigning aspect of life currently is entertainment. Like football, movies and music. To compare them all you will see that football has no any meaningful message in it, music has it message for a certain time but if you take a movie you will see that the viewers would sometimes cry because of it connection with the people, it sometimes co-incide with the story of a person if it’s bad he will understand the consequences and he might change and begin to feel guilty of his wrong doings or he will feel safe and be encourage about his good deeds. With all these you can see movie making is above all other forms of entertainment. If a lot of effort would be vested on film making a lot of success would be recorded for the society.
There is a movie I did recently, though is not yet out the title of the movie is ASHABUL KHAFI we conducted a kind of festival that has to do with old religion, the people we invited for the festival were far in isolated region, they’ve no contacts with NGOs or Preachers but to my surprise they knew almost all the film makers including people like me (directors). In fact someone talked to me, he called my name, when I asked him how did he knew that I am Aminu Saira? He said he watched my movies so he knew me through my work as a director. You see these are the kind of people that can stay for hours stairing at Ali Nihu, Sani Danja, Nafisa Abdullahi or any other actor. You see through film making if we like we can advocate our religion more than you can ever imagine. Therefore I call on all our Islamic scholars to give us a helping hand in promoting our religion before other people hijack it from us, let us purify it and make it presentable, we alone cannot do it but with you (Islamic Scholars) we can make it. My fear is, there would come a time when this very industry (Kannywood) will grow bigger than you can ever imagine, that time if we are not careful other foreigners would be in control and at the end of the day they would destroy our cultural values and religion. Therefore, is our greatest challenge to stand up and work together for a better future.

KS: what advise can you give to aspiring film makers?

Aminu saira: My only advice is no matter what and no matter how, have ambitions, be focus toward your dream. If you don’t have ambition you will not go anywhere in life. We GTOP as a case study, we struggle, fluctuated and face a lot of challenges before reaching where we are now. The reason for our success is we have the same goals, we invented GTOP multimedia therefore all the success behind it is as a result of these common goals we have. We go with the best idea especially when we disagree. Our major concern is the industry to be source of moral discipline not decadence. Also to make sure all the films produced are of good standard, relevant to our societal issues. And to u coming artist all i want them to know is ever one was born alone and will surely die alone and buried alone. All you did here will reflects hereafter. Therefore we both shall fear Allah. Prophet PBUH said whoever planted something good he will benefit from it even after his death. With this I will say in your movie if you teach how to pray and someone learns from it you will surely have the reward likewise if you teach otherwise.

KS: why is it that your movies even if it’s ordinary you always make it extra ordinary and exciting at the same time, what is the secret behind it?

Aminu Saira: You know everyone has his own unique gift, I encountered this kind of question severally,. There was a movie I directed FISABILILLAHI one of our producer watched it and said it is a challenge to him because it’s a simple idea but when the script turned in to screen the viewers were satisfied. One thing with me is if I go through a script and not satisfied with the story or the screenplay, i don’t work on it, period. So all these kind of things has to do with being strong and believing what you want not what actors want, be the director not actor. Whatever you want the actor to do, don’t let them go without doing what you want. My next movie is Daga Ni Sai Ke, I have been talking to the actors of the movies about what I want them to do, I put a lot of logics and zeal in their mindset just to let them be familiar with their roles in the movie. You see before even the movie starts all of them are familiar with the script/story. As in FISABILILLAHI we have discussed a lot with Ali Nuhu and Nafisa before they get the script, likewise in MALIKA.

KS: which of the actors or actress you enjoy working with the most?

Aminu Saira: actually I enjoy working with both the actors and actresses, be it young or of aged. If you hear anything about a particular actor casted for a particular movie but substituted with another one along the line, this has to do with time factor, may be the person has some unfinished work as a result we substituted him/her with someone who is free or less busy. Beside I don’t have problem with anyone. We respect each other, and sometimes we create competition among actors and actresses, for instance in Daga Ni Sai Ke I created competition between Sadiq Sani Sadiq, Sadiq Ahmad and Zahraddeen Sani. Everyone wants to beat the other and the crew too. There was a movie, after the post production, we watched it all together, at the end I said the script writer of the story did a better job than anyone, the producer became shocked and ask why? I said the sequential arrangement of the story is perfectly done, everything revolves around it, therefore the scriptwriter did his homework well, and that’s all. You see Ali Nuhu and I shared this same ideology, this is why you will see our crew and our artist are always competing, everyone is trying to give out the best out of him.

KS: Which of your movie do you like the most?

Aminu Saira: Uhmmm the movie I like most is WALIJAM and GA DUHU GA HASKE. Yes, WALIJAM the story spent five years in my possession before I gave it out for screenplay, while GA DUHU GA HASKE spent nine years too. That’s my early days in the industry, I invented the stories myself. These are the reasons why I always thank Allah Almighty because I faced a lot of challenges and discouragement from people around me, whenever I said I wanted to work on the above mentioned scripts, people appealed to me that I should hold on as the movies on religion are not marketable bla-bla-bla. And because of the message involved in both the two scripts I want everybody to watch especially the targeted audience. If you look at WALIJAM it is more or less a domestic/local issues, this has to do with our immediate environment or society, the rich doesn’t help the needy or in enlightening the people over current issues be it of diseases or technological development. While, if you look at GA DUHU GA HASKE is a global issue. The world link terrorism with Islam, how do you enlighten non-Muslims about Islam? Things like that. There is a movie titled MARYAM DIYANA I did it long ago but it was not marketable, I recorded lost, so it arose fear in me. This is why I kept stories like this aside. Like DAN MARAYAN ZAKI also spent nine years or so with me. I was discouraged on movies that advocate religion or culture, people like love stories. When I watched one of the movies that advocated religion, I realized that there are some fault, fault in the sense that the entertainment in it is less, or none at all and if you want people to watch your movies you must create something that would keep them glued to their screen. For instance if you give me a movie and I realized that it’s full of Hadith and verses from the Qur’an, I would feel like why not find a greatest sheik like Sheik Ja’afar or Sheik Tahir Bauchi and listen to their Tafseer or Ta’aleemat. But, since you want to pass a mesaage to people, therefore you have to build it on entertainment. Starting with love you know, along the line something different to be inserted, all your perception would be change as a result of the new insertion; you see this is how we do it.
I can remember vividly, someone called me long ago and said he watched GA DUHU GA HASKE at his friend’s house, when he got home he asked his family ‘which month the first revelation of The Qur’an took place?’ none of them answer, he rushed and bought the movie and let them watched it. Then later on his kids said; “Ohh Daddy is that the reason why you asked us? Again someone called me from Abuja just to informed me that his colleague, (a lady) accepted Islam after she watched GA DUHU GA HASKE. A lot of people called me from Katsina, Zaria and many more asserting that some Jumaat mosques pray for us as someone watched GA DUHU GA HASKE and accepted Islam. In fact these are the reasons why I still love those movies among others.

KS: Which of you movies would you consider as the most challenging one?

Aminu Saira: Actually the most challenging movie I ever recorded is DAN MARAYAN ZAKI because it came with some natural challenges which we’ve never encountered before. We spent the longest time ever shooting the movie. We spent a month for the interior shoots alone, and we went on break for seventy days, then later on we moved to Niger Republic and Daura as well for some scenes. Again we constructed a lot of houses and sketches for the movie. You see it is not easy, yet again the final DVD production was made in China, and we spent a lot of time waiting for it to be finalized. They protected it with some security passwords, if you are not using original DVD player it won’t work and most of the DVD players we use here in Nigeria are sub-standard, some people felt as if we cheated on them. People put a lot of pressure on us because they want to watch it. Thank God at the end of the day people appreciated it and we were happy too as the movie reached its possible target.

KS: What can you finally say to your fans and world wishers?

Aminu Saira: Smiles…. I am highly grateful, I thank you so much my fans! If one would have world wishers and fans just because of something he’s doing and they are appreciating it by loving him, I must say it’s a great achievement to me. I thank you so much and I wish you Allah’s guidance and protection in all what you are doing. I am urging you, don’t let your love for me to blindfolded your eyes from seeing my mistakes, we are humans, we are not above mistakes, no one is perfect. If you see my mistake or anything that is not right please let me know, we’ll listen to you and we’ll accept corrections.
I want to use this medium to call on the attention of all kannywood fans and followers that we received all your messages, all your social media messages too, but it’s not that we don’t care about you, we do! Just that our schedules are too tied. Therefore I urge you to send all your questions, comments, observation, corrections as well as recommendations to @kannywoodscene insha Allah we’ll get back to you with responds when we are less busy. What I am trying to say is let Kannywoodscene be a kind of link between us. Thank you for your love once again. I love you too, bye!