Kannywood Stars Share New Year Resolution 

It’s 2017,  and as a common New Year traditions, most people make make vows to accomplish one or two goals or resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior in their lives. We’ve asked Kannywood stars to tell us their new year resolution…. 

Ali Nuhu… “Boosting the marketing wings of FKD Productions”

Nafisat Abdullahi… “Marriage….. ”

Yakubu Muhammad… ” I’ll stop thinking too much and avoid anything that will keep me away from positivity ”


Rahama Sadau…“Spend more time with people that matter, doing what matters.” 



Nuhu Abdullahi…” Overcome a fear, be sincere about punctuality and commitments”

Baballe Hayatu… “May peace and happiness be with everybody. May peace reign and recession be a thing of the past in Nigeria. May Kannywood business boom in 2017.

By: Ibrahim Umar Bello 

Twitter :@aaramz

Call For Entries To The 2016 AMMA Awards Season 4

The organizers of AMMA Awards,  CEMS Nigeria, is annoucing the call for entries in to the Amma Awards 2016.
Organized each year since 2013, The Arewa Music and Movie Awards is aimed at celebrating the outstanding achievements of Arewa talent in movie, music, TV and Radio.

New awards  like the Best Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay and Short Film were introduced under the movie category in the fourth season of the award to comply with the International standard. Rookie artist of the year, Music Producer roots and contemporary are the new awards under the music category. 

The fourth season will award artist in 45 categories, 24 categories for movie, 13 for music and 8 people’s choice category meant for online vote.

Awards will also be given to the best entertaining programs on television and radio as well as media stations who offered great support to AMMA from from it’s inception  in 2016.

Entries in movies,  music or any project must be original or professionally adopted. Production companies, Artist and producers wishes to participate  should pick their entry forms at Aisha Discounted Electronics,  No. 4 Zoo Road, Opposite First Bank, Kano. 

Ali Nuhu – Rahma’s Ban Was Too Harsh 

In an interview with the Daily Trust, the King of Kannywood said that MOPPAN’s decision to expelled Rahama Sadau from the industry was too harsh. 

He said that Rahama violated Kannywood’s codes of conduct by holding ClassiQ’s hands and falling on his back in the music video but adviced that a lesser punishment would have sufficed. 

“I don’t think she should be banned. Maybe a suspension. There are situations where people create big things out of small ones. That is why before deciding to do something, one needs to think. I would advise that in the future when things like this happen, they deliberate amongst themselves and maybe call in a few others in the industry before making it public. People do things in an organization and are suspended or given queries, but these organizations won’t go to the media and announced it. It was blown out of proportion,” Ali Nuhu added. 

He also said that MOPPAN are not biased, those pictures people are sharing on social media are from his old Nollywood films long before the code of conduct came in to light. 

AMMA Awards 2014 – List of Nominees

Arewa Music and Movie Awards season 2 is back. Here’s the list of nominees.

BEST ACTOR CATEGORY

  • SADIQ SANI SADIQ for KISAN GILLA
  • ALI NUHU for SAI A LAHIRA
  • YAKUBU MOHAMMAD for WANI ZAMAN
  • ADAM A ZANGO for BASAJA TAKUN FARKO
  • ZAHARADDEEN SANI for DAGA NI SAI KE

BEST ACTRESS CATEGORY

  • JAMILA UMAR NAGUDU for MAI CIKI
  • NAFISAT ABDULLAHI for ‘YA DAGA ALLAH
  • RAHAMA SADAU for DOGON ZAMANI
  • HALIMA. Y. ATETE for DAKIN AMARYA
  • AISHA ALIYU TSAMIYA for GUDAN JINI
  • HADIZA ALIYU GABON for ACI BULUS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR CATEGORY

  • RABIU RIKADAWA for UWAR MUGU
  • ZAHARADDEEN SANI for DAGA NI SAI KE
  • NUHU ABDULLAHI for KARKARA
  • MUSTAPHA MUSTY for ABBAN SIYAMA
  • MUSTAPHA NABURUSKA for BASAJA TAKON FARKO

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS CATEGORY

  • MARYAM GIDADO for TSAKANI NA DAKE
  • UMMI EL-ABDUL for DAUKAR AMARYA
  • SALIMA AHMAD for UWAR MUGU
  • RASHEEDA AHMAD for HALWA
  • FATI ABDULLAHI WASHA for YA’ DAGA ALLAH

BEST UPCOMING ACTOR CATEGORY

  • NUHU ABDULLAHI for WANI MUTUM
  • ISAH ADAM (FEROUS KHAN) for ZEE ZEE

BEST UPCOMING ACTRESS CATEGORY

  • RAHAMA SADAU for DOGON ZAMANI
  • KHADIJA MUSTAPHA for BUTULCI
  • SALIMA AHMAD for UWAR MUGU
  • UMMI EL-ABDUL for DAUKAR AMARYA
  • HAUWA MUKHTAR for SO ALJANNAR DUNIYA

BEST VILLAIN: MALE CATEGORY

  • ZAHARADDEEN SANI for DAKIN AMARYA
  • RABIU RIKADAWA for TUFKA DA WARWARA
  • ISAH FEROUS KHAN for BINCIKE
  • BASIRU DANMAGORI for KARKARA

BEST VILLAIN: FEMALE CATEGORY

  • AISHA DAN KANO for ZAWARAWA
  • LADIDI FAGGE for KARKARA
  • HALIMA YUSUF ATETE for DAGA MURNA

COMIC ACTOR CATEGORY

  • MUSTAPHA NABURUSKA for ANDAMALI
  • RABILU MUSA IBRO for ATIKU
  • SULEIMAN YAHAYA BOSHO for MAI FARIN JINI
  • RABIU IBRAHIM DAUSHE for DIREBAN MAHAUKATA
  • YUSUF HARUNA BABAN CHINEDU for HASSANA DA HUSSAINA

BEST DIRECTOR CATEGORY

  • ALI GUMZAK for DOGON ZAMANI
  • YASEEN AUWAL for SAI A LAHIRA
  • AMINU SAIRA for ALI YAGA ALI
  • HAFIZU BELLO for BINCIKE
  • ALI NUHU for NI DAKE MUN DACE
  • KAMAL .S. ALKALI for ZEE ZEE
  • FALALU .A. DORAYI for MAI CIKI

BEST UPCOMING DIRECTOR CATEGORY

  • NASIR ALI KOKI for UWAR MUGU
  • AUWAL .D. YAKASAI for HASSANA DA HUSSAINA
  • IBRAHIM EL-MU’AZAM for DAUKAR AMARYA
  • KAMAL .S. ALKALI for ZEE ZEE

BEST PRODUCER CATEGORY

  • UMAR .S. KOFAR MAZUGAL for SAI A LAHIRA
  • NAZIR DAN HAJIYA for MAI CIKI
  • UMAR ISAH (BUT CUT) for DOGON ZAMANI
  • ABDULAZIZ DAN SMALL for ZAWARAWA
  • ABUBAKAR BASHIR MAISHADDA for BINCIKE
  • NAZIFI ASNANIC for DAGA NI SAI KE
  • USMAN MU’AZU for DAKIN AMARYA
  • TAHIR .I. TAHIR for BASAJA TAKUN FARKO

BEST DEBUT/PROMISING PRODUCER

  • NAZIR DAN HAJIYA for HANYAR KANO
  • YAKUBU INUWA KARI for TSAKANI NA DAKE
  • ABUBAKAR BASHIR MAI SHADDA for HAR DA MIJINA

BEST MOVIE: CONTEMPORARY

  • TSAKANI NA DAKE
  • BINCIKE
  • WANI ZAMA
  • ALI YAGA ALI
  • DOGON ZAMANI
  • DAGA NI SAI KE
  • BASAJA TAKUN FARKO
  • MAI CIKI
  • SO ALJANNAR DUNIYA

BEST MOVIE: EPIC

  • SARKIN JATAU
  • HINDU
  • AS HABUL KHAFI

BEST EDITOR CATEGORY

  • SULEIMAN ABUBAKAR for SO ALJANNAR DUNIYA
  • DIMEJI SUNDAY VICTOR for ATIKU
  • ABUBAKAR BABAWO for DAGA NI SAI KE
  • ALI ARTWORK for KANIN AJALI
  • YAKUBU USMAN for GADAR ZARE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY CATEGORY

  • DIMEJI SUNDAY VICTOR for DAGA NI SAI KE
  • AUWAL DANLAMI JOS for ACI BULUS
  • MURTALA BALALA for ‘YA DAGA ALLAH
  • ISMA’IL .M. ISMA’IL for BASAJA TAKUN FARKO
  • UMAR GOTIP for KANIN AJALI

BEST STORY CATEGORY

  • DOGON ZAMANI
  • SAI A LAHIRA
  • SABUWAR SANGAYA
  • WANI ZAMA
  • ALI YAGA ALI
  • BINCIKE
  • HAWAN DARE
  • ACI BULUS
  • MAI CIKI
  • YA’ DAGA ALLAH

BEST DIALOGUE/LINE DIRECTOR CATEGORY

  • HAFIZU BELLO for BINCIKE
  • KAMAL .S. ALKALI for ZEE ZEE
  • ALI GUMZAK for DOGON ZAMANI

BEST SCREENPLAY CATEGORY

  • SAI A LAHIRA
  • ALI YAGA ALI
  • NI DAKE MUN DACE
  • ACI BULUS
  • HAWAN DARE
  • BASAJA TAKUN FARKO
  • ‘YA DAGA ALLAH
  • DAGA NI SAI KE

BEST MUSIC SOUND ENGINEERING CATEGORY

  • ISAH GOMBE
  • BELLO VOCAL
  • SULEIMAN SANI SONICMAN
    KAST

BEST UPCOMING/PROMISING HIP HOP CATEGORY

  • RICQY ULTRA
  • EL-CYRUS
  • YOUNG SAMMY
  • NASIIM

BEST CULTURE/TRADITIONAL CATEGORY

  • NASIBI SARKIN WAKA
  • AMINA AZAN
  • YUSUF .I. KARKASARA

BEST COMEDY MUSIC CATEGORY

  • BOBBY HAI

BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECT CATEGORY

  • ALI ISAH JITA
  • YAKUBU MOHAMMAD
  • SANI DANJA
  • ADAM .A. ZANGO
  • AMINU ABBA UMAR NOMIIS G

BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR CATEGORY

  • ADAM .A. ZANGO
  • SANUSI OSCAR
  • DIMEJI SUNDAY VICTOR
  • IBRAHIM MOHAMMED KAST

BEST MUSIC VIDEO CATEGORY

  • AMINU ABBA NOMIIS G
  • ADAM .A. ZANGO
  • ALI ISAH JITA
  • YAKUBU MOHAMMAD

BEST R & B CATEGORY

  • BUZO DANFILLO
  • SONICMAN
  • NASIIM

BEST HIP HOP CATEGORY

  • MIXTER BASH
  • EL- CYRUS
  • MIC FLAMER
  • LIL TEA
  • NOMIIS G

BEST MUSIC NAME

  • ALI ISAH JITA
  • YAKUBU MOHAMMAD
  • ADAMU HASSAN NAGUDU
  • ADAM .A. ZANGO
  • NOMIIS G

BEST ALBUM

  • NURA .M. INUWA
  • ADAMU HASSAN NAGUDU
  • USAINI DANKO

BEST HIP HOP REVELATION CATEGORY

  • MIXTER BASH
  • HAZY .D. STAR
  • LIKITAN WAKA
  • MIC FLAMER

Insanity In Kannywood: A Way Out!

Movie stars are accustomed to polite rivalry for coveted film roles, this is not unusual. It is generally known to have been happening in almost all the movie industries in the world, it can be tolerated to a reasonable level. In Hausa movie industry, rivalry took an awkward dimension by transcending to a level of insanity. Some actor(s), even believe that award glories are taking sides in an increasingly bitter dispute, thereby displaying rampage in their social media accounts. Making reference to the recent MTN award night, and the expression of Adam A Zango in his instagram account, the misconduct by his group (white house family) whom were busy chanting “sai buharin kannywood” at the award venue, their reactions after the award on social media accounts like instagram, are just too unbecoming; because there are matured ways for doing everything.

All that happened was a deliberate attempt, to taunt some actor(s). That a promising actor, who gave an immense contribution to the industry, will pay the supreme price for grooming and paving ways to other grown up actors, is nothing but a sad commentary. There is no question of searching for scapegoat in a horrendous misadventure for someone who lost an award. Losing an award is not an end to actor’s career, one can eventually win in future.

The unfortunate circumstance can be aligned to two major problems: The under performance or lack of doing anything by the governing bodies in the industry; where by any body can decide to jump in at any point in time without being screened or registered. Similarly, everybody is at liberty to do what ever he feels like, without any fear of punishment. Because the punishment mostly is only restricted to ladies, it is only an actress that can be subjected to punishment when she mistakenly stepped on somebody’s toe. For instance, the case of Nafisat Abdullahi and AFMAN, the recent case of Rahama Sadau and MOPPAN, following a threat by Adam A Zango to MOPPAN to deal with Rahama. These are few instances out of many!

And secondly, the high leveled illiteracy at some nooks and crannies of the industry: Fact to realize is, there are some errand boys whom have been poor, war mongering savages for years because they dislike anything concerning education. A medieval hate ideology perpetrated by few ill-mannered artist, who flew around on a ‘winged’ donkey, and had no control at all of their bestial urges, desires and distorted ego.

The misbehavior is intended to put words in Ali Nuhu’s mouth, the numerous attacks on instagram, the interview gave by Adam A Zango full of unguarded and unbecoming statements, yet, Ali Nuhu kept mute. This is quite exemplary show of maturity. Unlike the army of cyber intellectuals who invariably ridicule people on their friends list, threatening to block or unfollow dissenters, scorning well intentioned commenters for expressing their disappointment, or hurt on a particular point of view. Frankly, the up coming actors have got a lot to learn from the elderly, else public intellectuals will soon surpass them in arrogance and un-intellectual behaviour!

Scenarios like this should call for a reconciliation, the governing bodies should note this: No doubt that in any group setting, sooner or later, you will encounter conflict. It’s a challenge that comes with the territory.

The governing bodies should be serious, actors should be serious and stakeholders should also be serious. Reconciliation cannot walk in as a miracle, it has to start somewhere and things will work out. In the same vain, here is an urge for those who misbehave and enjoy misbehaving to change their mind setting, be civilized and act wise. They should how ever engage themselves in academics, there are lot number of schools between Kano and Kaduna. This will at least help matters, following the straight path makes one tolerant, balanced, patient, kind and humble. It also keeps you far from blind fanaticism and extremism. Remember, ideas can do more good than harm.!

Written by: Muhammad Mu’azu
Twitter: @ya_muhammad

Hafizu Bello’s BINCIKE won AMVCA 2015 Award

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The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015, was held in Lagos on March 7, 2015 at the Eko Hotels and Suites. Categories for best indigenous films in Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Swahili were provided.

From Kannywood, Hafizu Bello and Abubakar Bashir Mai Shadda were nominated for Best Indigenous Language in Hausa category with Bincike. Other nominations are: Abba Miko Yakasai for both Maja and Ni Da Matata; Uzee Concept with Mai Farin Jini and Andrew Ohio Ohiorenoya with Shagun – Doka.

Hafizu Bello and Abubakar Bashir Mai Shadda emerged winners. The movie Bincike starred Ali Nuhu as the main lead, with Fati Washa and Isah Feroz Khan etc.

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GTop Disagrees With MOPPAN on Rahma’s Suspension.

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We all thought and hoped that everything that happened between Rahma Sadau, Ali Artwork and Adam A Zango has became part of kannywood history after Rahma Sadau apologized to Adam A Zango on phone and in public through her instagram account. Ali Artwork also did the same to Ali Nuhu for insulting him. While Adam A  Zango ends everything and cut-ties with his friend and master that is Ali Nuhu.

It doesn’t just end there, on Wednesday Rahma Sadau received a letter of suspension for six month from Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN)

Reacting to the ban when Kannywoodscene contacted him, director Aminu Saira described the ban as flawed and MOPPAN should have considered Rahma Sadau’s apology and put the matter to rest. “If Allah encourages us to repent, why should MOPPAN discourage this; why shouldn’t Rahma’s apology be considered”?

Saira also said that banning Rahma is an indirect punishment to the producers currently working with her. He added that they only saw the news of Rahma’s ban on social and if MOPPAN were really protecting the interest of Kannywod atleast one of her producers would’ve been contacted about the issue. On the allegation that none of the elders from the industry cautioned Rahma about what she did Saira said: “14 minutes after Rahma’s post on Instgram I called Ali Nuhu, who isn’t aware of it and told him to ask her to remove that post and Ali Nuhu didn’t only asked Rahma to remove it, but made her write an apology via same platform.”

Umar Kofar Mazugal is one of Rahma’s producers and chief producer of one of Kannywood’s biggest banners; UK Entertainments. Commenting on the ban, Umar described MOPPAN as “ignorant, biased and baseless organization that contributes nothing to the development of the industry.” He added that Rahma was slated to star in his next gigantic project KASA TA and MOPPAN ban won’t stop him from casting her.

Director Yaseen Auwal rejected the suspension too, describing it as “one-sided” penalty. His reason was, if Rahma will be suspended what becomes of Ali Artwork who committed same crime? “If Rahma’s apology is not accepted for disrespecting Adam Zango then Adam has to be punished for disrespecting Ali Nuhu too” He added

Kannywoodscene contacted one of the MOPPAN elders Falalu Dorayi to shed more light on the issue, he told us that he isn’t aware of the ban. The news is just media fabrications and rumours from the industry. However, he gave us the number of the chairman of the panel, Afakallah.

The chairman confirm to us that Rahma was indeed suspended for six month. When asked whether Rahma still deserve the ban after she aplogized he said: “This is not the first time she breaks the law of this Association. We warned her before, she disrespected the panel and misbehaved during hearing. We are not happy with her responses. So that’s the verdict, she got what she deserved.” On their decision to pardoned Ali Artwork, Afakallah said: “This is the first time we find him with at fault and he behaved well before the panel committee, he admitted his mistake, so we asked him to write an apology letter to Ali Nuhu, MOPPAN and other parties.”

Afakallah also said; whoever has pending contract with Rahma should write to the Association, they would come up with professional solution. He added that it would be of no use for any producer to casts Rahma within this six months. Everything is written and filed to censorship board, should she acted in your movie within the time frame your movie won’t be released!

On the question, why the association only ban females actors in the industry while ignoring so many cases of misconduct from male counterparts, he said: “That’s not true, if you go through history you will find that we penalized a lot of male artist including Adam Zango and he respect the judgment and served his punishment.”

To tell how rejected the MOPPAN decision was in the eyes of other filmmakers, last night during the dinner party celebration of Sadiq Sani Sadiq’s recent success in MTN kannywood award. G-TOP spokesperson Yaseen Auwal officially declares  “non-compliance with the suspension of Rahma sadau since MOPPAN decisions are not just.” He said that: “G-TOP as the mother company of Saira Movies, Kabugawa Productions, Asnanic Movietone, UK Entertainment etc will continue to work with Rahma Sadau.”

Written by:
Usman Muhammad Manga
Twitter: @nuruzamaan
Email: usmanmanga2@gmail.com