Before now, with just N.5million budget, you could produce a first class Hausa film. Actors and actresses did not collect more than N20, 000 per flick. But the emergence of Ali Nuhu and Sani Danja on the Hausa movie scene has changed the fortunes of Hausa film stars. Today, the likes of Nuhu, Danja, Rasheedat Abdullahi, Fati Usman KK, Jamila Umar, Zainab Indomie charge between N.5million to N1million per flick.
However, with their new fortunes, some of them now take drugs and alcohol among other vices that are not synonymous with the life style of northern Muslim. In fact, a particular star was banned from acting for five years when tales of her sexual escapades with her boyfriend found its way into the internet. Worried by the activities of these stars whose life styles contradict Sharia tenets, the Kano State Government set up a Censors Board under Alhaji Rabo. Sometime ago, through its ethics committee, the board suspended many stars due largely to consumption of alcohol, sexual scandals and drug addiction.
Consequently, Danja who is married to another Kannywood star, Mansura Isa relocated to Abuja.
Nuhu, another top actor in Kannywood left Kano and relocated to Lagos where he is now a hotcake in Nollywood.
However, Stardom checks revealed that his admirers in the North are not happy that he now kisses and romances female actresses on screen, which they consider anti – Islam.
Stardom can reveal that behind the scenes, Hausa Stars do worse.
Ali Usman Jita, who had a love affair with Fati Niger, an actress based in Kano State spoke with Stardom.
How is Kannywood? Are you still planning to marry Fati Niger?
Kannywood is fine even though there is need for improvement. We are doing fine. As for Fati, she has just travelled to her country, Niger Republic. The truth is I had a serious relationship with her but I will not marry her or any other Kannywood actress. In fact, I am married to one Nafisat and we have one kid, Usman. I was almost used by her but its okay now.
Has the fortune of stars in the industry improved?
I think so. As you can see, my office is an improvement. I live in a 3-bedroom flat and have two cars not to talk of the thousands of fans I have all over the country. It makes me happy.
In Kannywood, actors and actresses don’t kiss or even touch each other. Why?
We are Muslims. We are praying for Ali Nuhu who now acts in Nollywood to stop and come back home. His admirers are not happy with him.