Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Hausa Film Turmoil

Editorial in the Leadership, Abuja, on Tuesday, August 21.

Early last week, a secret video recording showing a popular Hausa actress and her boyfriend having sex hit the northern part of this country like a typhoon. The 8-min. video clip was recorded in a Lagos hotel room by the duo, using the man’s cell phone camera. For most stakeholders in the Hausa movie industry, it was the wrong time for such a spectacle to appear. The industry had been repeatedly criticised in recent times for promoting immorality through the films and the activities of its largely young participants.

The recent scandal has embarrassed not only industry leaders but the society in general. But this could be the spur needed by anyone interested in correcting the ills of the industry to begin serious work. Though we are against an outright ban on the film trade, which employs thousands, we would recommend a suspension of the industry for twelve months during which the Kano State government and trade associations could find lasting solutions to the industry’s problems. Our teeming youths should be gainfully employed and our leisure time well served, but not at the expense of our good morals and cultural values. The ‘Hiyana affair,’ as the subsisting scandal is known, is a wake-up call on all parties concerned.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ibrahim,

My name is Minika Kingsley and i work for a Nollywood magazine based in London. I have read a few of your blogs, articles etc on Hausa films and you seem to have a good knowlege on Hause films, actors, directors and producers involved in the industry.
Our magazine is aimed at showcasing nigerian movies and its stars. I'll like to speak with you with regards to our on going projects, speacially on Hausa movies.
You can contact me by email mimikings@hotmail.com or by phone on 07931202783.


Many Thanks

myabubakar said...

Haba Sheme. How can you recommend a suspension of Kannywood for one year? Such a draconian measure will simply push them to go underground. And judging by the way the Hiana clip is spreading, an underground Kannywood could easily seek to satisfy that market. And this is not to mention what your own magazine will lose.
No Sheme. Kannywood should be allowed to continue as usual but with a caution that they watch it. The 17 expelled should also be brought back to the fold and also warned to shape up.
I dont know what your recommendation is for Hiana and Bobo. I hope its not stoning like Kano Hizba is rumoured to be pressing for. God forbid bad thing!

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Kimberly said...

I think this Hausa actress and her boyfriend should have been more careful because many people know them, and now even better. A friend of mine saw the video and told me that the guy took viagra online