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Hausa Movie Industry

Discussion in 'Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa Movies' started by Obariba, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. Obariba

    Obariba Koininonia

    Between Critics, Folklore and Hausa Films
    By Abdulrahman Alfa


    The elegance and development of Hausa home video popularly known as Hausa films in Nigeria started about three decades ago with films such as Shehu Umar and other televised Hausa drama series. But the type of Hausa films we are giving our votes to, started by early l990s with peculiar characteristics such as professionalism, mass production of films for commercial distribution and consumption as well as innovations for the sake of attraction. They also have classifications either content - or age-based.

    Our votes have been necessitated due to the unfortunate criticisms of the Hausa film industry by some people, Hausas and non - Hausas alike, who are regrettably exhibiting their lack of respect and appreciation for indigenous creativity and talent. These people are always criticizing not because they are seeking for improvement of the Hausa film industry but its ultimate destruction. While we would not want to single out any Hausa film for mentioning, we want to say that our write-up is a thumb-up and another favourable vote for Hausa films.

    We have had the opportunity and rare privilege of traversing most parts of Nigeria particularly the Northern part of the country and coupled with our interest in observing the diversities of people's ways of life across the county, we have thus been strengthened to cast our vote of support for Hausa films.

    Every keen and optimistic observer of the Hausa entertainment industry must have acknowledged the spontaneous emergence, development and consolidation of the Hausa film sub-sector in recent years.

    The roles of Kano and Kaduna as Hausa films' Hollywood are worthy of appreciation in this regard. The sub-sector's contributions to the socio-economic growth of Northerners in terms of employment generation and specialization in areas of film acting and production are better imagined.

    Today, we have professionals such as film actors, actresses, producers, directors, poets, lyric writers and host of others who are gainfully employed. This is aside from the gradual adoption and development of science and technological equipment in Hausa films.

    The creativity in Hausa films, we observed, has been as a result of positive precedents set out by foreign and Nigerian English films. This has made the uniqueness of Hausa films a special one. Unfortunately we are living in a society that does not respect any indigenous creativity except those imported from foreign lands and cultures regardless of how stupid such foreign creativity is.

    A variety of attractions have been added to Hausa film acting and production, thus making it thick and attractive even to non-Hausa speaking population across the country and even beyond. The large market potentials enjoyed and exploited by Hausa films even in some of the remotest part of Nigeria is due to decline in the viewership of American, Indian, Chinese and even Nigerian English home video in this part of the country. This has resulted in the ever-increasing steep rise in patronage for the Hausa films, which in our opinion, is a good development. It is a trend that means generation and development of our talents and recycling of our human resources for the development of our country.

    There is this aspect of Hausa films that critics are always citing as perhaps the worst thing that ever happened to Hausa film - musical entertainment or interlude. But we have a different view about this, because even the Indians that have such interlude don't do that in real life. We should also appreciate the fact that such Indian films' musical interlude endeared such films in the minds of our people especially the Hausas. In that case, one may ask what is wrong in adopting an amoral act like that just for the purposes of entertainment and colourful attraction of the Hausa film industry?

    Again, one may ask what is wrong in developing our age-old songs and indigenous folk lore using modern instruments, especially considering the absence of Hausa music by indigenous Hausa musicians using modern indigenous folklore using modern instruments? Except for the emergence of Hausa films, Hausa indigenous musicians could be described as ultra-conservative for their refusal to use modern instruments, which is not bad in itself. While even the neighbouring Niger Republic could boast of musical artist using modern instruments such as Sa'adou Bori, hardly the same could be said of Nigerian indigenous Hausa musicians. This is very glaring because musicians like Bala Miller and Zaaki Adzee are only Hausa speakers-out to fill the vacuum in Hausa music using modern instruments.

    The need to preserve our cherished culture and religion is one area that is bringing Hausa films into a thorough scrutiny. there is certainly nothing wrong in preserving our culture and religion, after all there are precedents already for Hausa films. We strongly believe that Hausa films could serve as a medium of correcting some misinformation and misrepresentation about Islam in Nigeria.

    We are happy to note that Hausa films are about 95% lslamic compliant. Whereas no culture can survive in isolation, thus making cultural diffusion a necessary ingredient of human life, we must strive in preserving our value-laden and most cherished part of our culture.

    Another important dimension to the Hausa film industry is the emergence of specialized interest magazines specifically covering all aspects of the industry. The magazines such as Fim, Tauraruwa and others are not only gaining wider publicity and readership, but are also spot lighting individual actors and actresses in the same manner the Indian Star Dust was doing. This aspect is not only a plus to the Hausa literature but also to the film industry.

    Regardless of the seemingly shortcomings of Hausa films, we can conveniently say that for now the industry is an infant one and with the numerous challenges facing it, the industry is bound to grow very fast. Even the quality of recent productions and the expertise brought to bear on them are pointers to this fact.

    While arm-chair critics of Hausa films or those who pretend to be so easily point at what they call "faulty story line or film theme" in criticising our films, they do so while deliberately forgetting that most of these story lines or themes are adopted from anciently cherished Hausa folklores and some other commonly shared true-life experiences. In fact, some of the story lines are derived from abundantly rich Hausa literature of both pre - and post - Imam's era. After all, the story lines must not necessary be the same because some them are purely scientific, comedy, adventure, thriller, drama, fiction and even tragedy or a mixture of some of them.

    To us and many Hausa films optimists of our time, the Hausa Home Video is a big plus to the development of Hausa language and culture and most importantly the "exportation" of same to non Hausa speaking areas both within and outside Nigeria. For instance, during, our recent visits to Lapai, Agaie, Baddegi, Bida, Mokwa, Kutigi, Doko, Patigi and Lafiagi (all typically Nupe indigenous speaking population) Hausa songs, ostensibly from Hausa films, and actors seem to be very popular among the local people there. A typical cultural diffusion you may say. The introduction of English sub-titled version of Hausa films is also a pointer to this "cultural exportation".

    Whereas one can say without fear of contradiction that there is still room for improvement in all aspects of Hausa film industry, for now we are quite appreciative and satisfied with the growth and development of the sector as well as its contributions to the socio - economic growth of our people and country. For us, Hausa Home Video deserves another vote of support, encouragement and appreciation and that exactly is what we are out to do here. For we must learn to appreciate what is truly ours, if not nobody will do that on our behalf and we will have no reference to self determination and/or actualization. Therefore, this is our vote for Hausa films regardless of what anybody thinks of them.

  2. Joi

    Joi Code Cracker

  3. zenke

    zenke New Member

    No comment!
  4. Joi

    Joi Code Cracker

    Why na?

  5. zenke

    zenke New Member

    yaro mai amfani

    Sweetheart dis one pass me now! wetin u want make i yarn now?:happy024:
  6. Joi

    Joi Code Cracker

    no shakin grinning:

  7. zenke

    zenke New Member

    yaro mai amfani

    I believe u:biggrinsa

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