Monthly Archives: March 2010

Bayero University’s Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu awarded at BOB-TV for his contribution to Kannywood

 On the Finafinan Hausa listserve, Nasiru Bappah Muhammad reports that Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of Bayero University (in the Department of Education and the Department of Mass Communications) has won an award at the ongoing “Best of the Best” film and broadcast expo in Abuja, BOB-TV

With great joy, I wish to announce to you that Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu has, yesterday represented by Malam Habibu Sani, received an award at the on-going 7th African Film and Television Programmes Expo (BOBTV) in Abuja, alongside Mr. Steve Ojo (Broadcaster), Chief Zeb Ejiro (Producer), Opa Williams (Producer/A Nite of a Thousand Laughs) Emem Isong (Filmmaker), and Sam Dede (Actor/Lecturer).

 The award (Best of the Best Honours) was given to Prof Abdalla in Special Recognition of his immense contribution to the development of Kannywood-as Scholar and Critic who helped in charting a course for Kannywood, organized/coordinated seminars/trainings/conferences, and created an online forum, Dandalin Finafinan Hausa, for general discussions, reviews and promotions of Hausa Films.

Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu’s award marks the second BOB TV award for faculty in Bayero University’s Department of Mass Communications. Current Head of Department, Dr. Umar Faruk Jibril, recieved an award last year, 2009.

Kano State Censorship Film Board Law Annotated

The Hausa Home Video Resource Centre was recently asked to provide information on the Kano State Censorship law. While the entire law can be accessed in the Library of the History and Culture Bureau in Kano, there is an abbreviated portion of the law copied in the sourcebook compiled and edited by Philip Ostien: Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006: Volume III: Sanitizing Society, published by Spectrum Books in 2007. The online version of the shari’a sourcebooks can be found here, and the downloadable pdf of this section will be easier to read than the photos of the pages we’ve included below.

For more information on the Kano State Censorship Board, you can visit their official site at this link.

Uploaded here are photos of the section dealing with the Kano State Censorship law. Click on the photos or this link to be taken to the Picasa album, where you can zoom into the photos:

KSCB law p222-223

Hausa Home Video Resource Centre starts a blog

The Hausa Home Video Resource Centre is an initiative of the Department of Mass Communication at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. It was founded with the aim to provide access to information about the Hausa film industry for researchers, journalists, and the general public and to provide useful resources for practitioners in the industry. It is currently being coordinated by Carmen McCain, a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a visiting scholar in the Department of Mass Communications at Bayero University

We have started this blog to help us in reaching the general public. In the next few months, we hope to provide access to archived newspaper articles about the Hausa film industry, updates on resources for Hausa film practitioners, and summaries of Hausa films for the general public. You can access photos and documents we’ve started uploading at our picasa site:

You can contact the Hausa Home Video Resource Centre at hausahomevideoresource @ We welcome any feedback or suggestions on how we can improve the site or the centre.