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Aunty Husnaa, Haka na karanta a last edition na Magazine nasu na "yan film, har suka bada hint as to who was involved in the film-making. Allah ya wadaran naka ya lalace, Allah Ubangiji ya shirya su damu gaba ki daya Amin.


Nigerian outrage over nude video
Nigerian video cover
Nollywood films are popular across West Africa
A video showing a northern Nigerian film actress in a sex scene has caused a public outcry in the Muslim north.

The outraged Kano State Filmmakers Association has expelled the actress and her lover, along with 17 others.

The 17 were not connected to the video but were thought to be involved in "immoral acts" such as drunkenness and fornication, a local newspaper says.

The un-named actress is now in hiding after the eight-minute mobile phone clip was circulated across the north.

"This was the first time such exposure involving Hausa-Fulani persons was witnessed in the country," reports the Leadership newspaper.

The Hausa-Fulani are the dominant ethnic groups in the predominantly conservative Muslim north.


Muslim clerics have condemned the video clip, while radio programmes have been full of complaints about immorality in Nigeria's film industry.

Nollywood, Nigeria's hugely successful home video industry, is mostly based in the country's less conservative Christian south.

In the past few years a Hausa language home video industry, known as Kannywood, has sprung up in the largest northern city, Kano.

Hausa is the most widely spoken language across northern Nigeria.

Kano is among 12 northern states that began enforcing Islamic Sharia law in 2000, increasing tensions between the Muslim majority and sizeable Christian minorities all over the north.

Thousands died in religious and ethnic violence across the region.
From BBC News


--- Quote from: HUSNAA on August 14, 2007, 04:14:02 PM ---Yan Hausa film dinnan za su baiwa mutum kunya. Ni dai ina kare su ina basu suke bata al'ada ba kuma   gashinan za su je suyi wani abin da zai kashe wa mutum baki har abada. Wai naji a BBC yau an ce akwai wa'yansu da sukai pornographic hausa film da ya ke yawo a mobile phone. Yanzu an sa musu haddi a kan kowannen su kuma sun shiga buya.
Ni dai ban taba tsammanin akwai tsageru a cikin 'yan wasan kwaikwayon ba da za su iya samun karfin halin da zasu yi wannan abin alfasha din ba. Tir. Allah Ya Kiyaye mu.

--- End quote ---

Husna, ai kunya ma yanzu a ka fara jin ta. I am sure you are aware of the current furor generated by a private video of a famous Hausa video film star, Maryam Hiyana (after her starring role in the film, Hiyana) in sexually explicit pornographic mobile video film with another man. This video clip -- not a "film" really -- is as bad as it gets. The link to the story, and forum comments are here

It is very important to note that this woman did this to represent her desire. Her behavior should not be seen as reflecting the film industry. If every miscreant is seen to represent the professional group they belong to, then there would be nothing left to morality. In every strata of occupational category, you have weirdos and saints.

That said, however, it must be acknowledged that the film industry contributed to this stage in the following ways. First by encouraging nude-sexuality-tight dresses mantra in Hausa films -- what we have been talking about here. It got to a stage where unless a Hausa film has girls with tight dresses, singing and dancing suggestively, it won't sell, and filmmakers have been defending this by insisting that they are in the business to make money, not art. One of them -- one of the biggest among -- even told us bluntly, "to hell with Hausa culture; I am a filmmaker and I want to make money, if you people want a cultural film, do it with your own money". This was circa 2003. This marketing mantra led to more song and dance routines with girls dressed in tight clothes, shaking their body suggestively, EVEN IF THE STORY DOES NOT WARRANT A DANCE! The target was to titillate the audience.

This onscreen behavior of the girls was in fact what made a currency dealer, Bobo,  in Lagos, BET his friends that he could sleep with any of the girls in the Hausa video film industry because, as he unathoratively quoted, "kararuwai ne su". He bet that he could have any of them for N50,000.  They selected Maryam Hiyana for the bet. He lured Maryam with this money and recorded their sex act -- and those who watched it said was explicit penetrative sexual act in full video -- with the video camera of his  handset. He then showed it to his friends to prove that he could do it; one friend downloaded it on his own phone via bluetooth -- and the next thing, the video had started making rounds. I am sure now more than 50,000 might have seen it.

Secondly, WE the audience contributed to this state of affairs. WE buy these films and REFUSE to buy films that are artistic and had a focus on cultural interpretation. Thus WE encourage them to produce more films that titillate.

Finally, the MARKETERS are probably the biggest culprits because they provide the raw cash needed to produce the films -- the more sexually titillating the film is, the higher the marketers will pay to a producer. When we talked to them about this, they also ignored us.

We have been against emphasis on sexuality in Hausa films because if not only it is un-Islamic, it also degrades women. That is the whole essence of my contribution on this topic in this board. Again let us be mindful of the fact that many people have probably recorded as much as such lurid scenes privately with their own phones. I know for a fact that in Kano boys often send pictures of themselves naked to girls via text messages. What makes Maryam's case different is the fact that she belongs to an industry that is seen as representing cultural norms of a certain group of people through her art. It is always the case that those in public could not escape a close scrutnity of their lives. See the case of Pee-Wee Herman, a famous children's actor who was arrested for a personal sexual behavior, and almost ruined his career. Full story at Of course we are also mindful of the case of Michael Jackson -- he was tried by the public (and prosecution) not because of his inability to produce good music, but because of his behavior towards children which was considered indecent.

As the English saying goes, "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen". Those in media are seen as role models, more especially in Hausa societies. Their behaviors are seen as imitatable and copyable by generations of young. The Islamicate environment therefore places high premium on their behavior -- both on and off public. This is a common paradigm in any entertainment industry, not just Hausa societies. The moralists have been sounding alarm bells about the increasing use of erotica in the Hausa films for  along time. The argument given by the film industry is that "this is how your daughters behave". They are sending the wrong message, and it has started backfiring.

The latest update about the current sex scandal in Kannywood  that I call Badakalar Hiyana is that the Hausa filmmakers associations have banned the following actors from engaging in any Hausa film making for some time:

1.   Ummi Nuhu
2.   Ummi Ibrahim (Zee Zee)
3.   Kubura Dhacko
4.   Muhibbat Abdulsalam
5.   Sadiya Yarari
6.   Shamsiyya Habib (Kansakali)
7.   Maijidda Abbas 8. Farida Jalal
9.   Hannatu Umar
10. Ismuha
11. Hajiya Zainab
12. Safiya Musa
13. Zahiyya Ibrahim
14. Hauwa Rafin Dadi
15. Fati Slow
16. Mahe Ibarahim
17. Auwalu Isah West
18. Abba AlMustapha
19. Hassan Gigs
20. Baba Karami
21. Ibrahim Bauni

This decision taken by Filmmakers (and the Kano State Government has banned Maryam Hiyana from appearing in any film for five years) seems to be alittle too late. The LEADERS of the industry are in ALL the films made by these actors. What did the leaders do to prevent these actors from making the song and dance sexuality films almost all the critical establishment is against? I mean an industry Leader will happily appear as a "father" to an actress in one scene, while in the next scene she will be dancing in a tight jeans, and he will claim that "it is not my scene". Do you notice the contradition? Kasimu Yero was more choosy in his films -- which is why everyone keeps seeing his as the quintessential Hausa film hero.

If you read the July edition of FIM magazine, you will read the accounts of how proudly some of these actresses were relating how they have been having explicit sex with a boyfriend (they are fighting over the boyfriend, with each girl claiming she "had" him better) who is a Honda mechanic at Tal'udu in Kano (Nigeria).

I don't think it is fair to judge the Hausa film industry based on the behaviors of some of them. But it must be accepted that they have created contexts and situations where people see the girls as wayward, of loose morals and ready to do anything for money -- whether it is in the artistic potrayal of a  prostitute in a film, or being paid for sex in real life. Allah Ya shirye mu gaba daya.


I think, following this scandal that Prof. called Badakalar Hiyana, Hausa film should be banned at all. If this couldn't be done easily, as I suspect for it'll creat some more chaos, it should rightly be re-shaped. We need people like you Prof. to support such effort, so it can be achieved. What do you think about that people?

Off topic: (please my people, am sorry to talk about something like this.)

Prof. Abdallah, I've been to your office for a time morethan count, to show my computer paper printed novel that we've been discussing about in Chit-Chat. Hope things are allright with you. Are you please in the city or on trip?

Ikon Allah, ni kam har naji kunya, wallahi i have
been expecting this story for a very long time.
Muhsin, i hear you talk about banning hausa film!
its impossible, duk wanda yake son ya yada sharri
in these days, its as simple as ABCD, you have seen
how in particular has been very
useful and the internet in general, all sorts of videos
you can find them easily, no charge for posting and
no charge for downloading.

As I have been always advicing, let everyone get
hold of his family, train your children according to
the dictates of Islam and through this, we can have
a pure society.  Let us not forget that, Iblis can
transform into the shape of Dan-Adam and do a
lot of things so that he will get followers.

Makin film is all about making money and nothing
else! so these producers can go to whatever height
to sell their products according to the dictates of
the market force.  The higher the demand the
higher the supply also.

Allah sarki, ina su -
Kasimu Yaro
Dan Wanzam
Yar Mai Albasa
Ba Hausa
Boka mai gani har hanji
Mai Aya
Mutuwa Dole
Ba'are (Malam Mamman)
Mai Unguwa
Na kande
and lots of them, we appreciate you the more.

Prof. has said it, the fault is mainly from us, because
we dont patronise other hausa home videos where
cultural heritage is being displayed. 

Allah sarki duniya, where are;

Kasimu Yaro
Dan Wanzam
Yar Mai Albasa
Ba Hausa
Waziri (Magana Jarice 1, 2 & 3)
Mutuwa Dole
Kabani Kabaka
Boka mai gani har hanji
Malam Mamman (Ba'are)
and lots more.........


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