Monthly Archives: November 2012

DATE CHANGE for Malumfashi@50 event at Kaduna State University, now Saturday 8 December 2012


Due to unforeseen Kaduna State Government event taking place on 2nd December 2012, the organizers have shifted the event to now take place on the 8th December 2012. All other activities remain the same. We are sorry for any inconvenience this change may cause you!

For more information about the Hausa literary event, please see this link.


Campus End of the Year Party and Awards with Sani Danja and others, 30 November, Mozida Lounge, Kano

Malumfashi @ 50: Celebrating 85 Years of Hausa Prose Fiction, 8 December, Kaduna State University


Due to unforeseen Kaduna State Government event taking place on 2nd December 2012, the organizers have shifted the event to now take place on the 8th December 2012. All other activities remain the same. We are sorry for any inconvenience this change may cause you!



VENUE: Science Lecture Theatre, Kaduna State University, Kaduna

DATE: 8 December 2012

Chief Host:
• Professor William Barnabas Qurix

Vice Chancellor Kaduna State University, Kaduna
Host: • Head of Department, Nigerian Languages and Linguistics Kaduna State University, Kaduna
Special Guest of Honour: • Professor Dalhatu Muhammad, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
2nd December, 2012
9 AM– 11AM
POETRY FAIR (Organised By Ibrahim Malumfashi’s Students) Artists Expected at the Event • Aminu ALA • Ahmed Yariman Waka
11 AM-1 PM
Chairman of the Occasion: Professor Sa’idu Muhammad Gusau Bayero University, Kano
1st Presentation: Professor Abdullah Uba Adamu (Tafiyayya, Rubutatta: Labaran Hausa Bisa Faifan Nazari An Overview of the Development of Hausa Prose Fiction).
2nd Presentation: Dr. Balbasatu Ibrahim (Mata Marubuta A Kasar Hausa Jiya Da Yau: Hausa Women Writers: Yesterday and today).
3rd Presentation: Professor Yusuf Adamu (Ruwan Saman Marubuta A Kasar Hausa: Daga Daminar 1980 zuwa 2012: The deluge of Hausa Prose Fiction Writers from 1980 to Date).
4th Presentation: Ibrahim Sheme (Gudunmuwar da Tattaunawa Da Nazartar Labarin Hausa A Cikin Jaridu Da Mujallu Suka Bayar Ga Ci Gaban Harkar): The Contribution of debates and analyses on Hausa Prose Fiction in the Print Media in the Further Development of the Genre
5th Presentation: Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino: (Me Ya Sa Muke Rubutu? Wace Irin Gudunmuwa Muke Bukata?: Why do We Write What We Write? What Kind of Support Do We need?)
6th Presentation: Hafsat Abdulwaheed: (Yadda Aka Soma, Yadda Ake Yanzu, Ina Za A Dosa? The Beginning, the present and future over view)
Vote of Thanks: Professor Ibrahim Malumfashi: (Kurungus Kan Kusu Ba Don Gizo Ba Da……: The End….We are Just Writers of Fiction)
2 PM – 5 PM
Chairman of the Day: Dr. Bukar Usman, OON
Special Guest of Honour: Hajiya Bilkisu Bashir Karaye
Rahma Majid and Mace Mutum
Ibrahim Sheme and ‘Yartsana
Balaraba Ramat Yakubu and Ina Son Sa Haka
Ado Gidan Dabino and Inda So Da Kauna
8 PM – 10 PM Chairmen of the Occasion: Professor Munir Mamman Katsina and Dr. Bala Muhammad
Dinner, Award Night, Brainstorming and the formation of National Association of Hausa Writers

“Yoruba Movies: Creating Indelible Authentic Identity”: First International Conference of Yoruba Films, Adeleke University Ede, Abstract Deadline 1 February 2013


The development of the film enterprise in Nigeria cannot be complete
without stating the fact that the Yoruba were among the front runners in
its development. With the shifting of emphasis from the Colonial Film Unit
to Nigerian Film Corporation, the fact remains that some Yoruba, the likes
of Alade Aromire and Adebayo Salami broke the monopoly of film making from
the celluloid stock to video technology with the introduction of the
Structural Adjustment Programme. Many film artists rose after this
experience, just as more opportunities were opened for young talents. This
however, is after Chief Hubert Ogunde, Ola Balogun, Moses Ola-iya, Ademola
Afolayan, Ojeleke Ajangila (the masquerade drama guru) and a host of other
leading Yoruba artists have opened up great opportunities through their
ventures in celluloid films and their theatricality. With the setting up
of the Nigerian Film Corporation, post production that was always done in
London was shifted to Nigeria.  It will not be outrageous to say that the
Yoruba opened up the technological investment opportunities the genre can
offer in Nigeria, though they may not be seen as defining the genre
outside the shores of Nigeria.

Attempts therefore need to be made to explore some unique features of
Yoruba films and compare it with what obtains within and outside Africa.
Thus, it is important to give real and specific academic attentions to it
because of the latest modern developments of identity accolades. This is
necessary, because while some other Nigerian groups have readily keyed
into the wood identity, and some have suggested Oduwood from the Oduduwa
progenitor, the Yoruba film makers would rather prefer to be classified
under the Association of Nigeria Theatre Artists Practitioners, (ANTP) and
their productions simply identified as YORUBA FILMS or Naija Films
(Ogunleye 2012). Thus, because no world acclaimed identity has been
created for it, Yoruba films have had to grudgingly feature under the
Nollywood identity, and thereby had to play the second fiddle.
This is why the Mass Communication Department of Adeleke University Ede,
Nigeria is inaugurating a yearly International conference on Yoruba Films,
with the intent of not only opening up research into the genre, but
restoring the lost glories and identity created by the pioneering Yoruba
Film makers, but also an avenue to showcase Yoruba films, promote upcoming
artists, and open a library for Yoruba films in the University.
This conference is therefore organised for academics of Yoruba and
non-Yoruba extractions, within and outside Nigeria to present scholarly
papers and, Yoruba movie artists and producers to showcase their films.

Theme: Yoruba Movies: Creating Indelible Authentic Identity

Sub-theme: Abstracts are invited from any of the sub-themes below:
1.    Theatre Practice from the Alarinjo, Ajangila set up to the Screen.
2.    Contributions of Yoruba doyens of modern and traditional Theatre to
film developments in Nigeria.
3.    Contributions of Yoruba Movies to film development in Nigeria.
4.    Yoruba Films and global identity.
5.    Yoruba films, technology, quality, distribution and marketing.
6.     Unique features of Yoruba Films- scripting, dialogue and production
acting styles.
7.     The ANTP and movie ethics and morality in Nigeria
8.    And any other relevant ideas.

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words which should contain personal and
organisational details of the scholar should be sent to:

and copy:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st February, 2013.
Submission of full papers: February 15th, 2013.

Guest Speaker:  Prof Ayo Akinwale- Department of Theatre and Performing
Arts, University of Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria.
Royal Guests: Yoruba Obas that have been involved in Theatre practise.
Date: March 12th to 14th 2013.
Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Adeleke University, Ede Osun State Nigeria.

For more details, Yoruba movie producers and other interested scholars who
wish to display their films at the conference venue can contact:
Dr. Kayode Animasaun: Head, Mass Communication Department.
Tel: +2348073787551
Margaret Ayansola: Secretary, Conference Planning Committee.
Tel: +2348136903086

Press Release from Film Contact: Developing Films within the Film Community


Developing films within the Film Community has just announced the launch of Film Projects, an innovative way to develop films by harnessing the collective talents of professional filmmakers to move projects forward as a community.

read the full press release at

Lilian Baksalevowicz, the founder of, says that this fresh concept is based on the trend of crowd sourcing and aims to get the film industry involved to offer their services at a discounted rate that will take new projects to the level where completion finance can be attained from traditional channels.

Filmmakers can add their film project to the system and specify the crew, equipment and services they need. In turn members can show their interest to the project with their offer of a special deal.

Another source of income is product placement, where the project creator can specify which products in the film can be branded. For example, if a scene requires a hotel, establishments in the area of the shoot can invest in turn for brand exposure. “The embedded advertising possibilities are endless,” says Lilian. “The project creator just has to look through their script and every product can be bartered for fees or a film credit.”

To view new projects, continue to

This original concept fulfills the need to keep production levels stable in a slowing economy and at the same time bring new projects to the forefront with the professional support from the industry.

“ has been the industry source for news and jobs for over eight years and we have the largest database of professional South African filmmakers to pull the resources together,” says Lilian. “We intend to promote the system on an international scale. We are most excited by the industry’s response in the last couple of days and look forward to bringing this collaboration as an innovative way to make films.”

To add a new project, just login to and ‘Add my Project’ for immediate exposure and awareness to the industry.

Nollywood Up training, Lagos, Application Deadline 20 November 2012

We apologize for the late posting of this, but it was just brought to our attention. Here is an opportunity to attend a free one week film training workshop in Lagos, with Nollywood UP. You can focus on directing, cinematography, the business of film, sound, scriptwriting, production design, editing (one day intensive workshop) or acting (one day intensive workshop). To apply online, click on this link. Note that there are two application essays so best not to wait until the last minute to apply.

Nollywood UP Training

The Nollywood UP Training is the first phase of the Nollywood UP, a partnership between Lagos State Government, Nollywood Workshops and the Coalition of Nollywood Guilds and Associations. Our team will provide cutting-edge film training to professional Nigerian filmmakers in the interest of building capacity industry-wide.

Filmmakers will be selected to participate through a competitive and transparent application process that considers their experience, skills and willingness to train others.

Professional filmmakers and instructors from the Nollywood Workshops training staff will facilitate intensive Master Classes in the areas of Cinematography, Directing, Sound, The Business of Film and Distribution, Screenwriting, Editing and Acting. The Nollywood UP Training team includes seasoned Hollywood and Nollywood filmmakers and film educators, including Director Tunde Kelani, Cinematographer Ed Gutentag (War of the Worlds, Austin Powers, Forrest Gump), Director Kunle Afolayon, Actor Ekpenyong “Kepy” Bassey-Inyang, Screenwriter Lee Zlotoff (MacGyver), and Producer Robert Caputo (National Geographic) among others.

Training Information

The Nollywood UP Training will take place in Lagos Monday, December 3rd – Friday, December 7th, from 9am to 5pm. Applications close November 20, 2012.

This training is free for all attendees. Lunch and snacks will be served, materials will be provided. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!