Category Archives: Hausa film

Sani Danja “New Guy in Town” Album launch, Kaduna, Gamji Hall, Friday, 25 November 2011


Kannywood star Sani Danja will be launching his new music album “New Guy in Town” featuring Soul E, Anita Joseph, Mista Yax, Slim T, Kt40, this coming Friday, 25 November, at Gamji Hall in Kaduna.

In his Facebook message about the event, Danja says:

 ‎3 more days to go Kaduna album launch comes up on the 25th friday Nov 2011 @Gamji hall New Guy in town featuring Soul E, Anita Joseph, Mista Yax, Slim T, Kt40 lots of gift to be won buy ticket get one of my audio cd free…. jersey diffrt club motor cycle flat screen tv and lots of gift to be won gate 500 vip 1000

For more information about Sani Danja, he has two public facebook fan pages (one old one for Sani Musa Danja, and a new one for Sani Danja), and a reverbnation page.

Click the following link to listen to his new track: Have you seen Danja?

And the promo for his album “New Guy in Town”

Arterial Network and DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. Submission deadline: 31 October 2011


The Arterial Network and the DOEN foundation announce a Mobile Phone Competition.

The Arterial Network started as a dynamic, continent-wide network of non-government organisations, creative industry companies, festivals and individual artists engaged in the African creative sector at a conference – Revitalising Africa’s Cultural Assets – on Goree Island, March 2007.

The Arterial network is administered with a secretariate in Capetown, South Africa, and has an East African regional secretariate in Kenya, with other secretariates around the continent planned.

Competition

SUMMARY
The Arterial Network and the DOEN Foundation call for submissions of short films shot on cell phones for its first Mobile Phone Film Competition. The films will be evaluated by experts in various fields and public awareness and participation will be increased by on-line voting. So, anyone with a cell phone will now be able to become a filmmaker in the Arterial Network/DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. The festival aims at providing an opportunity to anyone to create and capture images to tell a story using mobile phones, the most accessible technology on the African continent.

Prizes for winners are as follows:
First Prize: 1000 Euros
Second Prize: 500 Euros
Third Prize: 250 Euros
Audience Choice Award: 150 Euros

Other prizes such as filmmaking training opportunities for the winners are currently being negotiated.

OTHER INFORMATION

General Submission Guidelines

1.Films may be on any theme but they must be original and tell a story (no documentaries or citizen journalism pieces will be accepted at this stage).
2.All films must be shot by cell phone to be viewed on a cellphone or computer screen.
3.Film may be submitted in French, English, Swahili, Arabic or Portuguese.
4.The running time for films may vary in length from 60 seconds to a maximum of 300 seconds (5 minutes).
5.Only work created by Africans living on the African continent will be considered.
6.Work submitted without a submission form will not be considered.
7.Films may only be in a Quicktime or Windows Media Player format.
8.File size must not exceed 10MB
9.Screen dimensions must be: Width = 320 pixels, Height = 240 pixels

Submissions must reach Arterial Network on or before 31 October 2011. Films may only be submitted electronically.
Download the Film Competition Application Form from here

Arterial Network reserves the right to select the best 10-25 films submitted and compile a collection for the purpose of promoting African filmmaking – and the winning entries in particular – on the African continent and internationally at film festivals and other distribution outlets. To this end, the copyright of the film will remain with the copyright holder/creator but Arterial Network may use the work for non-commercial purposes.

Arterial Network may disqualify entrants who go against the stipulated guidelines and the terms outlined above

Deadline for submission of abstract extended to 10 October for the Women in Northern Nigerian Literature and Film Conference at Kwara State University


Kwara State University has extended their call for abstracts deadline until 10 October 2011, for the Women in Literature and Film in Northern Nigeria Conference, that is to be held 29 November to 2 December 2011. This from the conference organizers.

The abstract deadline has been extended. One page abstracts are invited from interested participants on any aspect of the conference theme and sub-themes, to reach the organizers immediately but not later than October 10th, 2011, the extended submission deadline.

For more details on the conference theme, call for papers, and location, see the original post about the conference.

Call for Films: Nollywood Film Festival, India to be held 1-10 October 2011. Film Submission Deadline 25 September 2011


From Film Afrique.  Blues and Hills has clarified, upon inquiry, that the submission deadline for films is 25 September. The festival will hold October 1-10.

Nollywood goes to Bollywood

New Delhi, the capital of India, is set to host Nollywood filmmakers this October in celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day. The Nollywood Film Festival-India will be a celebration of film, music and arts festival for new talents from Nigeria. It will feature Nigerian film practitioners, fashion designers and musicians.

Co-director of Nollywood Film Festival and CEO of Big Hitz Records, Henry Money Samuel, comments from his Delhi base: “There is a large community of Africans, especially West Africans living in Delhi alone, which is where we are taking the festival to, for the first time. We hope to organize exhibitions; workshops and cultural tours that will make them connect with their roots.”

Films will be submitted for screening and discussions. The final night is an awards night, where winning films will be recognized and celebrated. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films. Send an email and trailer to Dera Igwe at info@bluesandhills.com.

Nollywood Film Festival is organized by Blues & Hills Consultancy and supported by FilmAfrique.com and Big Hitz Records.

Call for Papers: “Nollywood and the Global South” a Special Issue of The Global South, Deadline for abstracts 4 November 2011


CFP: The Global South 6.2 (Fall 2012)
Nollywood and the Global South

The Global South is an interdisciplinary journal, published semiannually by Indiana University Press. The journal focuses on how world literatures and cultures respond to globalization. Its premise is that the various Souths苯rom the North American South to the European South, Latin and Central America, Africa, Asia, and Australia貞hare comparable experiences that differentiate them from mainstream and hegemonic cultures in their locations. Since many of these Souths share not necessarily a common wealth, but various issues of marginalization and inadequate access to means of production and amenities under globalization, TGS is concerned with the intersections among their experiences. The journal is interested in how authors, writers, and critics respond to issues of the environment; poverty; immigration; gender; race; hybridity; cultural formation and transformation; colonialism and postcolonialism; modernity and postmodernity; transatlantic encounters, homes, and diasporas; resistance and counter discourse; among others under the superordinate umbrella of globalization. This Call for Papers is for a special issue on Nollywood and the Global South.

Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, is one of the fastest growing movie industries in the world. In terms of creativity and inventiveness, Nollywood movies provide a good example of Africans consuming what they produce. The responses of people of African descent in the Diaspora and in the Global South as well as those of people all over the world to the phenomenon of Nollywood raise critical social, economic, literary, and cultural questions about globalization and interculturalism. In this issue of The Global South, we invite essays from scholars working in all areas of African and film studies on all aspects of Nollywood, globalization, and the global south, including essays on the history and emergence of Nollywood, how Nollywood acts as an agent of globalization and how it contests globalization by promoting local discourses, how Nollywood functions as an alternative means of cultural representation, counter-discourse, and cultural renaissance, as well as articles on theory and aesthetics. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

History of Nollywood
The Future of Nollywood
Reality in/and Nollywood
Karma and Nollywood
African Morality and Nollywood
Nollywood and Auto/biography
Nollywood and Cultural Renaissance
Nollywood and Tradition
Nollywood and Religion
Nollywood and Race
Nollywood and Gender
Nollywood and Class
Nollywood and Ethnicity
Nollywood and Globalization
Nollywood and the Nigerian Music Industry
Nollywood and Aesthetics
Nollywood and Nigerian Politics
Nollywood and the African Diaspora
Nollywood, Hollywood, and Bollywood
Nollywood and Language
Nollywood and Orality
Nollywood and Madness
Nollywood and Cultural Conflict
Nollywood and Marriage
Nollywood and Crime
Nollywood and Reflections on Africa

This special issue of The Global South (co-edited by Adetayo Alabi, Ifeanyi Ezeonu, and Kolawole Olaiya) is scheduled for publication in Fall 2012. Please submit abstracts and a short bio by November 4, 2011, final drafts of essays by March 4, 2011, and inquiries to Adetayo Alabi, aalabi@olemiss.edu. Essays should be 25-35 double-spaced pages long and should follow the MLA style.

You can read more about The Global South at http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=globalsouth

“NOLLYWOOD AND THEATRE FOR DEVELOPMENT (TFD)” a Conference at Ahmadu Bello University, 14-18 November 2011


SONTA 2011 CONFERENCE

AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

 DATE
- NOVEMBER 14th – 18th, 2011

VENUE:
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA

THEME: NOLLYWOOD AND THEATRE FOR DEVELOPMENT (TFD):
EXPLORING THE BRIDGES OF INTERACTION

Context

By November 2011, Nigeria would hopefully be in the sixth month after another successful transition from one government to another. This would be the third in the series since the return to democratic rule in 1999. However, the burning issues will remain how well this journey has been. Some of the crucial issues that
will dominate discussions will be the conduct of the elections, the state of
Nigeria’s democracy so far, and this would be measured by the extent to which citizens are benefiting from the democratic dispensation. Also, some of the issues that will continue to remain in the front burner for many Nigerians would be how democracy translates into good governance, accountability and how to tackle corruption. For democracy itself means nothing if it cannot translate to better and improved livelihood for the citizens. Questions on the how corruption has become a key aspect of patronage system and the dominant trait of our politics, and the overall corrosive effect on national development as it undermines state capacity and efficient delivery of public services and goods are matters of concern.

Therefore, dominating national debates will be the effect of corruption and how it may destabilize and discredit the democratic project in the short and long run. The net effect of all these on livelihoods and well-being of the citizens are issues from which no one can run.

It is also of importance to ask what platforms to enlist in these national debates. Outside of the National Assemblies where politicians harangue each other, we believe that the academe is a critical site for these debates to be prosecuted – for
analysis, for enlightenment and to offer suggestions because we must continue
to take a political position either not to ‘siddon look’ (do nothing) or to
implicate ourselves in the action of building the nation called Nigeria. At
this point in our national debate two platforms that do offer avenues for
debate are silver screen and the rusty and dusty arenas in urban and rural
communities across Nigeria. These two platforms are Nollywood and Theatre for
Development (TfD).

The conference is interested in exploring the interactions between these platforms. Hence the theme ‘Nollywood and Theatre for Development (TfD): Exploring the Bridges of Interaction.’ This theme captures our thinking that there are issues that both forms can address. It is possible therefore that points of convergence exist between the two in issues and in methodologies. We hope that the 2011 conference will go beyond the debate focusing on difference, of arguments whether Nollywood has invalidated TfD, or whether one has more relevance in certain locations than the other. Beyond the arguments on confrontation, we should also be exploring bridges of interaction as we confront Nigeria’s journey to realizing its full potentials.

Sub Themes:

  • Nollywood and Political Awareness
  • The Aesthetics and Semiotics of Nigerian Home Movies
  • Nollywood and Nigerian Culture
  • Globalization and Imperialism of Nigerian Home Movies
  • Nollywood and Representation of Gender Issues
  • New Trends in TfD Practice
  • TfD and Nigerian Political Elite/Awareness
  • TfD and Exploration of Gender Issues
  • TfD and Cultural Development
  • Language of TfD and Nollywood
  • Music in TfD and Nollywood
  • Dance in TfD and Nollywood
  • The Political Economy of TfD and Nollywood
  • The Dynamics of Numemclature: Nollywood Vs Home movies
  • The Sociology of Nollywood and TfD production

ü  Conversation
Between Nollywood and TfD (Special Round Table)

Onokome Okome (Lead Presenter to set the tone), Tunde Kelani, Jonathan Haynes,  Abdallah Uba, Mahmood Ali Balogun, Ayo Akinwale, Dave Awam Ankpa, Steve Oga Abah, John Illah, Foluke Ogunleye, Adagbada, Zulu Adigwe, Obi Okoli

First Call for Abstract June 30th 2011

Second and Final Call for Abstract 30th August 2011

Final date for accepted full papers 15th October 2011

Registration: Local Participants N5, 000 Conference Fee, N5, 000 Membership (N10, 000) Total for Members whose Departments are registered

Departmental Registration: N10, 000

Foreign Participants: $100 Dollars Each

Local Participants can pay into the following account

Name of Account: Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists

Account Number: 2501250494120

Bank: Unity BankNig.Plc

Send abstracts
to sakafewo@yahoo.com, Sakafewo@gmail.com, oga.abah@googlemail.com, Ogaabah@yahoo.com, aba.ogah@gmail.com

Note: There will be no proxy presentations. Unlisted papers will also not be allowed for presentation

UPDATE: 14 September 2011 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS:

SONTA ANNUAL
CONFERENCE

2011 (NOV. 14 – 17)

A.B.U. ZARIA

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

NOV. 14TH                                                            ARRIVAL/REGISTRATION

NOV. 15TH

9.-00  – 12.00                                       OPENING CEREMONY

Chair:

8.30am                                 -
Participants are seated

9.00am                                 -              invited guest/special guests are seated

9.30am                                 -              Principal officers of the university, HRH, the   Lead Presenters

9.35am                                 –              National Anthem

9.40am                                 -              Introduction

9.45am                                 -              Remarks by the chairman of the occasion

9.50am                                 -              Welcome by LOC chairman: Professor O S Abah

9.55am                                 –              Address by SONTA President: Professor Emman S Dandaura

10.00am                               -              Address by the VC, ABU: Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha

10.05am                               -              Introduction of Lead Paper Presenters: 30 Minutes each.

1.Mr Michael Etherton:  (TfD)

2.ProfessorOnokomeOkome:(Nollywood)Why teach Nollywood?

11.05 am                              -
Launching of Music album and Video Films by Theatre & Perf. Arts Dept

11.10am                               –              Vote of thanks by the Convener Professor S A Kafewo

11.05am – 12.30am         -              Refreshment,  Socializing leading to Lunch break

2.30 – 5.30PM                                    ROUND TABLE SESSION

Moderator Professor John E S Illah

TfD
Team

a)      Professor Oga S Abah

b)      Professor J Z Okwori

c)       Dr Torbalav Iorapuu

d)      Professor Dave Awam Ankpa

e)      Ross Kidd

f)       David Kerr

 

Nollywood Team

a)      Mr Emeka Mba

b)      Mr Segun Oyekunle

c)       Mr Mahmood Ali-Balogun

d)      Ms Zainab Bewell

e)      Professor Abdallah Uba

f)       Mr Sadiq Balewa

Rapporteur                                         a)Dr Charles Nwadigwe

b) Dr Doki A Gowon

NOV. 16TH

7.00 – 8.00AM                   Breakfast

1st
session     -      8.00 – 10.00

Theme:
TfD and Cultural Development

Chairman                                           Professor
Musa Dauda

  1. JanePlastow:                                     Towards a radical Philosophy for Theatre forDevelopment
  2. Aondawose Boh:                             Theatre for Development, Culture and the National Question
  3. Komolafe A. Michael:                     Social Development and Government Reluctance: TFD to the rescue
  4. Hussaini U. Tsaku                             TfD and Cultural Development
  5. Onogu Williams Sunday:               Challenges of Theatre for Development (TfD) and the Need for Conceptual and methodological Adjustments.
  6. Uwawah, Allero:                              Virtual Communities as Space for Theatre for Development   (TfD)
  7. Sylanvus P. Dangoji:                        Ajiko Shrine as an Instance of Nollywood’s Commentary on Nigerian Political Culture.

Rapporteur                                                         a) Diran Ademiju-Bepo

b) Adakole Oklobia Jnr

2nd
Session          10.00 – 12.00noon

Chairman               Professor Dapo Adelugba

  1. Steve Daniel:       Ahmadu Bello University Theatre Experiments, Greenbelt  Environment Initiative and Community groups: Case Study of the SECODA  Initiative
  2. Festus O. Idoko:        Development without Participation and or participation without Development: Interrogating the crisis of development in Kushe Community (near Kuru) Using the theatre for Development Approach as a Possible Panacea.
  3. James Luper Sokpo:  The Practice of community Theatre in Nigeria:
    A  Methodological Discourse.
  4. Nasir Taofiq Olaide:    Drama as Exploratory Paradigm in Lock-up Institutions; A Case Study of the Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro, Abeokuta.
  5. Uzoji, Emmanuel Ebere:   Theatre and Peace building in Africa: The A-Mashish Street Theatre’s Panacea to Conflict Resolution in Darfur.
  6. Mbachaga, Desen Jonathan:        Theatre for Development Participatory Monitoring and Feedback:  The Example of Ikyaan Amua Communities in Benue State.
  7. Umar-Buratai, M. I.   Confrontation or Cooption: Reflections on the Tendencies and Dilemma of TfD as a Development Strategy

Rapporteur                                         a) Jamilah Aliyu Mohammed

b)Festus Idoko

3rd  Session12.00noon – 2pm

Theme:  Nollywood Vs. Theatre for Development

Chairman       Professor Ayo Akinwale

  1. Obaje Umolo Gabriel:                    Harmonizing
    the concepts of Nollywood with those of Theatre  for
    Development:  the Existentialist Perspective.
  2. Martins Adegbe Ayegba:     Alternative Futures:  Developing Theatre for Development (TfD)  Strategies for Nollywood in the New Dispensation.
    1. Israel Memriomame Wekpe& Ms. Owens Patricia ONI-EDIGIN: Of Nollywood’s Reality Vs Theatre for Development (TfD) Reality:  A Site Performance of Nigeria’s Reality.
    2. Shaibu Jummah Umar:    A dramatic means that builds bridges of interaction:  A Study of   Nollywood
      and Theatre for Development (TfD).
    3. Bode Ojoniyi:  Between Myth, Ideology and Intentionality in Nigerian Home Vidoeo
      and its implications for the future of TFD.
    4. Charles Okwuowulu:   The Aesthetics of Iconographic Visual Effects in Nollywood: The Nonlinear
      Editor’s Technique
    5. Adagbada Olufadekemi:  Seeking Interplay between Nollywood and Stage: Political                                                              Awarenessin Yoruba Films as a Study case.

Rapporteur                                                         a) Elisha Rwang

b) Abdulrasheed Adeoye

Launch break 2.00 –2.30pm

 4th Session         2.30 – 4.30pm

Theme: Nollywood and Representation of Gender
Issues

            Chairman:    Professor VS Dugga

  1. Oludolapo Ojediran:   Singing in different Tunes:  Nollywood’s Reflection on Gender, Language and Culture.
  2. Rasheedah Liman:    Re-thinking the role of Home Video and Women Battering in Nigeria.
  3. Jamila A. Mohammed:           Misrepresentation of Women in Nollywood.
  4. Gwar,E. Terngu:   TFD and Exploration of Gender Issues; Implication for Policy Development and Practice
  5. Barclays, Foubiri Ayakoroma,  Nollywood and Cultural Development: Milestones and Prospects for a Journey of the Future

6. Rasheed, Olaitan Lateef. & Kunle Abogunjoko    The Concept of “Deux-Ex-Machina” in Conflict Resolution in Selected Nollywood Movies

7. Ameh Dennis Akoh & Mary Okocha: No, I Don’t Watch Nigerian Films: Reception and Popularity of Nollywood Films among Select Nigerian University Students

Rapporteur                                                         a)Emmanuel Uzoji

b) Charles Okwuowulu

5th Session: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

  • Theme: The Dynamics of Nomenclature: Nollywood Vs Home movies

Chairman       Professor Augustine Ufua Enahoro

  1. Iloma. Richard:    The Arts of Editing and its impacts on film production in Nigeria: Case study of a selected Nollywood films.
  2. Okeke, Tochukwu, J.   Culture and Societal change:  Implications for
    the Sustained Growth of Nollywood
  3. Edum S. and Obire Dennis:   Nollywood and the Leadership Question: A Study of Selected Nigerian Video Films.
  4. Joy Anurika Udeh:  Nollywood Themes and Development.
  5. Ben Due Iyav:  Nollywood as a tool for the Promotion of Nigerian Culture:  A  Review of Challenges.
  6. Christine Odi:  Nollywood and the Nigerian Reality: (Culture in Action?) A Study   of Selected Nigerian Home Videos.
  7. Onyekaba Cornelius E.  Home Video and Multiculturalism in Nigeria: A Study of the  Impact of Nollywood films in Nigerian
    youth.

Rapporteur                                                 a) S Y Daniel

b) Ali Sule Ako

DAY THREE – 17/11/2011

Session 1:  8.00 – 10.00

  • Theme: The Political Economy of TfD and Nollywood

Chairman    Professor S A Kafewo

  1. Oladipo Kalejaiye: Soyinka’s Theatre of Revolution: A Political Lesson for  Nollywood
  2. Hammed Olutoba Lawal:  Political Sensitization in Bolaji Amusan’s Baba Gomina
  3. Ernest-Samuel, Gloria C.  Political Discourse through Nollywoods evolving Popular Arts. Uche Ogbuagu’s Okudi-over in Focus.
  4. Gowon Ama Doki  Political Control representing Nigerian Politics and Politicians on  the Screen.
  5. Emmanuel Uzoji: theatre, Terrorism and Genocide in Nigeria: An Examination of  Theatre for Transformative Peace and conflicts in Plateau State.
  6. Nwagbo Nnenyelike:  Towards
    theatre criticism of Nigerian Film: A Study of Barclay’s Ayakoroma’s
    Nollywood critical standpoint.

Rapporteur                                                         a) Ben Iyav Due

b)S M Bappa

Session 2  10.00 - 12.00

Theme:  Sociology of Nollywood and TfD production

Chairman    Professor E S Dandaura

  1. James L. S. and Lilian Y. I.  Theatre for Development(TFD) A Practice or a Strategy?
  2. Ali Sule Ako: Our Men Are too Hungry for power.  Adopting
    the Theatre for development (TFD)  approach to re-evaluate the
    challenges and prospects of the 35% affirmative Action.
  3. Law Ikay Ezeh: Nollywood: has it represented, promoted, propagated and developed Nigerian Culture”
  4. Onyekaba Cornelius: Image Management and the Portrayal of the
    Nigeria Police in  selected Popular Nigerian  home videos.
  5. Victor S. Dugga: Upping the Ante:  Creating a Centre for
    Exellence in Multimedia                                                                           Technology and Cinematography for Nigeria Higher Education.
  6. Igaba Ogbu Sunday:Towards Participatory Video for Community
    Health  communication.
  7. Adeisa Peter Bello:   Music, Dance and Ebira TFD: “Ataba and
    Mattaga” Plays in Focus.
  8. Rwang, Elisha D.  Development Agencies and the Quest for
    Development:  An Appraisal of Strategies of UNICEF assisted projects in Nigeria.

Rapporteur
a)Williams Onogu

b) Christine Odi

Session  3: 12.00 – 2.00pm

Theme: The Aesthetics and Semiotics of Nigerian Home Movies

  1. Egwemi O. P and Illah:    The Rise of Igala Home Video
  2. Ibrahim, D. Music and Dance in the Domestic Hausa Film
  3. Abubakar A. Liman:  Democracy, cultural Hegemony and the war
    against Hausa  Video films.
  4. Muhammad R. Isah:  Nuances of Interaction between Samaru Project Drama and the                                                                              Dan-Ibro Hausa film
  5. Ayo Akinwale:  Remunerations and Nigeria Actor in Yoruba Home Video productions
  6. Mohammed Inuwa U.   Nigeria Home Video Movies:  the Boom and the crisis/dilemma of content and social Relevance.
  7. Ellison Domkap:   Semiology and Aesthetics of Sound:  Interpreting
    History in JETA Amata’s The Amazing Grace.
  8. Abaya, A. Samson: A Critical Discourse analysis of Sawaroide, A Yoruba Play.

6-8pm AGM

Day 4 18th November Departure

Mexican Film Festival, Silverbird Cinemas, Abuja, 16-17 September 2011 (Isyaku Jalingo’s Hausa film Ciki Daya will be shown on 17 September 2011)


The Embassy of Mexico in Nigeria in Collaboration with the Nigerian Film Corporation presents the Maiden Edition of the Mexican Film Festival 16-17 September 2011, at Silverbird Cinemas,  behind Yar’adua Centre, Abuja.

Two Nigerian films will also be shown. Mak Kusare’s film Duty on 16 September and Isyaka Jalingo’s film Ciki Daya (which won Best Nigerian Language film at the Zuma Film Festival 2010) on 17 September 2011. For the full schedule, see below:

Schedule:

16 September 2011

Opening Ceremony Cocktail 6pm

Film Screening 7-10:30pm

Macario (Mexican)

Duty (Nigerian)

Enamorada (Mexican)

17 September 2011: Film Screening 4-11pm

El Estudiante (Mexican)

Ahi Esta El Detalle (Mexican_

Ciki Daya (Hausa)

Espiral (Mexican)

Conference: Women in Literature and Films in Northern Nigeria. Abstract Deadline: 10 October 2011


Conference to be held at Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State, 29 November to 2 December 2011

UPDATE (22 September 2011): The abstract deadline has been extended. One page abstracts are invited from interested participants on any aspect of the conference theme and sub-themes, to reach the organizers immediately but not later than October 10th, 2011, the extended submission deadline.

THEME: WOMEN IN LITERATURE AND FILMS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA

In continuation of the Literature in Northern Nigeria Conference tradition started in 1989 by Bayero University Kano, it has been resolved that henceforth future conferences will be jointly organized by Bayero University, Kano and Kwara State University, Malete, and the venue shall be rotated between the two universities. This year’s edition being the 6th will be hosted by the Kwara State University, Malete. The collaboration is intended to:

a)      Enhance the position of the conference as a major intellectual and scholarly destination in Nigeria
b)      Aim at helping to achieve intellectual excellence through the high level academic standard of discourse.

This year’s theme shall be on the issue of women, gender, and sexuality and will form the basis of the academic scholarship for this year’s conference. Women as creative writers and as characters in northern Nigeria and their constraints as individuals within a religious and socially conservative society will also be examined in relation to the representations of women issues in the literature and films of contemporary Northern Nigeria. Critical evaluation is expected to be made of the choice of genres, and how writers have applied individual imaginative and instructive emphasis to the treatment of such chosen and selected creative genre by the women creative writers. Furthermore, the role of religion in gender groupings, in the identification of themes and the understanding of characterization in the creative works, will be subjects of discourse by interested scholars. “kannywood” (Kano) movie industry which is predominantly of Hausa content, context, and of northern Nigerian thematic preoccupation inline with the portrayal of women will also be examined. The presentation of women as symbols of the stories and characters or as ‘caricatures’ in the films within northern sociological norms will also be examined.  Other themes in the works of the women writers, traditional singers and performers, themes in the works in which women are portrayed such assaranrhya, ‘victimhood in popular culture’, love themes and violence within domestic situations, women in rural communities, politics and women, rural women and global perspectives, women as ethnic, religious and cultural stereotypes and their acceptability by both the reading and viewing audience, will also be discussed.

Subthemes are:

  • Women images in popular culture
  • Psychology of gendered behaviours in literary works
  • Language in northern Nigerian women literature
  • Northern Nigerian women literature and political awareness
  • Women writers and images of women
  • The works of Zaynab Alkali
  • Islam, women, literature and films in Northern Nigeria
  • Portrayal of women in northern Nigerian Literature
  • Imaging of women in northern Nigerian films
  • Kannywood and representation of gender issues.
  • Women as sexual symbols in northern Nigerian literature
  • Women singers and performers
  • Women film makers and actresses.
  • Women, dance and music in northern Nigeria dramatic performance
  • Women themes in traditional oral performances
  • Women and religion in northern Nigerian films or literature
  • The influence of Western Education on northern Nigerian literature

Scholars who will speak at the conference include:

Professor Abiola Irele, Provost, College of Humanities, Management and Social sciences, Kwara State UniversityProfessor Abiola Irele, Provost, College of Humanities, Management and Social sciences, Kwara State University. He is a renowned critic from Harvard University with strong view on women and literature.


Professor Zainab Alkali, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University Professor Zainab Alkali, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University. A powerful female writer and activist on the position of women in Northern Nigeria. Her works form a sub-theme of the conference.


 Professor Mary Kolawole, HOD, Language and Literary Studies, KWASUProfessor Mary Kolawole, HOD, Language and Literary Studies, KWASU. A strong believer and teacher of gender studies.


Dr. Halimat Sikula Dr. Halimat Sikula, She is on sabatical at Kwara State University where she teaches literature of the 20th century, a young, vibrant, radical novelist and poet whose up and coming voice would be a major addition to the discuss of the conference

The abstract deadline listed on the website was 30 June 2011, but to request further information, contact information is listed here. To book a hotel reservation for the conference, click on this link.

Invitation to Screening of Sandar Kiwo in Niamey/Gayyata Zuwa Kannon Fim Din Sandar Kiwo a Yamai


A screening of Sandar Kiwo, a film by Gidan Dabino International, directed by Falalu A. Dorayi, will be showing at Radio Alternative in Niamey, Niger, on 8 July 2011, at 8pm. The film, a family drama on betrayal and a mother’s love, has also been screened in the U.K., Germany, Poland, and India. The producer Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino,  one of the founders of the Hausa film industry, is the best selling author of In Da So da Kauna and actor in the movie by the same name, as well as the  2009 winner of the Engineer Mohammad Bashir Karaye Prize in Hausa Literature for his play Malam ZalimuSandar Kiwo is in Hausa and is subtitled in English and in French.

Starring: Rahama Hassan, Shehu Hassan Kano, Aminu Shariff Momo, Jamila Haruna (deceased), Jamila Umar Nagudu, Ummi Aminu, Rukayya Isa, Fati K.K. and Sani Idris Moda.

Une projection de Sandar KIWO, un film de Gidan Dabino internationale, dirigée par A. Falalu Dorayi, sera diffusée à Radio Alternative à Niamey, au Niger, le 8 Juillet 2011, à 20 heures. Le film, un drame familial sur la trahison et l’amour d’une mère, a fait des tournées en Angleterre, en Poland, en India, et en Allemagne. Le producteur Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino, l’un des fondateurs de l’industrie cinématographique haoussa, est l’auteur du best-seller In Da So da Kauna et acteur dans le film du même nom, il est aussi le lauréat 2009 du prix de l’ ingénieur Mohammad Bashir Karaye en littérature haoussa pour son jeu Malam Zalimu. Sandar KIWO est en haoussa et sous-titré en anglais et en français.

Vedettes: Rahama Hassan, Hassan Shehu Kano, Aminu Shariff Momo, Jamila Haruna (décédé), Jamila Umar Nagudu, Ummi Aminu, Rukayya Isa, Fati KK et Sani Idris Moda

The original invitation in Hausa is below:

GAYYATA ZUWA KALLON FIM DIN SANDAR KIWO
A ranar juma’a 8/7/2011 da misalign karfe 8:00 na dare za a nuna fim din SANDAR KIWU ga mutanen kasar Nijar da makotansu, a gidan rediyon Alternative da ke birnin Yamai, jamhuriyyar Nijar. Don haka ana gayyatar kowa da kowa. Sai kun zo.

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Film Reviews in Hausa by Yusuf Ubale: Halak Malak


Yusuf Ubale, film reviewer

Yusuf Ubale is a Hausa film critic, whose Hausa-language blog Fahimta ta Kan Al’Amura (Reviews and Views by Yusuf Ubale) is largely devoted to reviewing Hausa films. He recently posted a review of the film Halak Malak, produced by TY Shaban and Directed by I.M.A. El-Muazzam, for Effect Crew Family and Sef Jamil Studioz. 

In the past Malam Yusuf has also reviewed the Hausa films: Fassara 1 &2, Al-AmeenKudi ne!,    Hafsah, Sarkin 10 Zamani 10, Rikoh, and Nakiyar Kan Kashi . To read his review of Halak Malak, click here.

To watch the song sequence for Halak Malak (unfortunately Malam Yusuf did not identify the composer or the singers in his review), see the embedded video below.