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!

Haraka! a contest for fictional short film projects made by african film makers under 40 years old, Application Deadline: 15 October 2012

CFI Press Release:


Supporting new talents in short African films

For 23 years, Canal France International (CFI) has supported media development and modernisation in southern countries. In Africa, in addition to its historical role with TV channels, CFI takes part in the structuring and reinforcement of the programme industry through a strategy of increased support: purchasing and pre-purchasing of rights, distribution of over 250 hours´ worth of programmes produced in Africa to state and commercial TV channels across the continent and technical and artistic training programmes aimed at production teams.

Haraka! mobilizes the energy of a new generation of directors. In this context, CFI is now launching Haraka!  a contest for fictional short film projects, with the aim of mobilizing the energies of a new generation of directors who are determined to film at all costs. By providing the means to young directors under 35 years old (associate producer must be under 40 years old)  within sub-Saharan Africa, who have already acquired the basics of the job, to enhance their experience, CFI hopes to spot new talents and contribute to the injection of more dynamism to the sector.

Haraka! would like to be an alternative to the classic support mechanisms for production implemented by sponsors from the North, on which the procedures and time limits often slow down the momentum of the creators they intend to help. Between the frantic pace of Nollywood and the never-ending wait for windows and subsidies, there is room for a new approach adapted to the economy and dynamics of Africa, in which digital technology, small budgets, swift execution and individual energy is combined.

That´s the gamble for Haraka! Quick!

12 short films on the theme of life in Africa today

Haraka! takes into account fiction film projects of between 5 and 15 minutes and of which the screenplay is inspired by the theme Living in Africa today. In total, 12 projects will be selected in 2012 and CFI will allocate an even sum of 10,000 euros. In order to facilitate a wide circulation of the selected works , the short films will be broadcast on African television channels. The selection jury will be made up of audiovisual professionals. The candidates must send their application file before the 15th October 2012.

The terms of registration to the competition can be downloaded from the website

Download the registration form and eligibility criteria here: Haraka_term_registration

About Canal France International (CFI)

As a subsidiary of France Télévisions funded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, CFI has acted for the past 20 years as the French operator in media development aid for 150 partners in Africa, Arab world, Balkans, Caucasus, Asia. Its method: to mobilize the best expertise and know-how from professionals in the French media to the service of media modernization of these Countries, through initiatives of advice and training, audits and studies

Contact: CFI–Pierre Jalladeau / 00 33 1 40 62 32 52 /

7th Conference on Literature in Northern Nigeria, Bayero University, Kano, 3-6 December 2012. Abstract Deadline: 19 October 2012


Bayero   University, Kano

(Kano State, Nigeria)


In conjunction with

Kwara State University, Malete

(Kwara State, Nigeria)






DATE: December 3-6, 2012

VENUE: Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria




  • Literature and historical identity in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and history in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and historical figures in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and the female identity in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and indigenous languages in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and pre-colonial history in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and colonial resistance in Northern Nigeria
  • Style and identity in Northern Nigerian Literature
  • Theatre and identity in Northern Nigeria literature
  • Film and identity in Northern Nigeria literature
  • Poetry and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Prose and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Religion and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Popular culture and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Globalization and identity in Northern Nigerian literature

Date line for submission of abstracts: Friday October 19, 2012

Full papers to be submitted on or before November 20, 2012

Hotel Reservation: November 5, 2012 (BUK Guest House 08034564432, Mambayya House 08031817915, Royal Tropicana 064639352, Grand Central Hotel 08024203311, Prince Hotel 064200601-3, Ni’ima Guest Palace 08064823060)

Registration/Conference fees: N10,000/ International Participants: $100

Send Abstracts to:




Prof Mohammed Omowunmi Bhadmus                                        

Dept of English and French                                                              




Maikudi Abubakar Zukogi

 08035190772, 08037014761  

The Global Film Initiative Announces Summer 2012 Feature Film Production Grants: Application Deadline 16 July 2012

The Global Film Initiative Announces Feature Film Production Grants on their website. Fortunately, Nigeria and many other African countries are eligible for the grant.


In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Summer 2012 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants program. Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 through July 16, 2012, and granting decisions are announced in October 2012.* APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2012 *For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit:


About the Granting Program The Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems. Since the Initiative’s founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 122 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:

  • BEATRIZ’S WAR (A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ), dir. Bety Reis, East Timor  First locally produced and directed narrative feature film from East Timor. GFI grant awarded in 2011.
  • THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, dir. Kamila Andini, Indonesia Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
  • MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). GFI grant awarded in 2010.
  • LA RUTA DE LA LUNA, dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama World Premiere at the 2012 International Film Festival Panama. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.

For more information about the Granting Program, please visit:

Questions about our Granting Program? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)page.

Grant Guidelines:



Definition of Grants Pre-Sale Option Application Instructions Eligibility Requirements Materials to be Submitted With Application Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles Mailing Address

Definition of Grants:

  • The Global Film Initiative awards up to ten (10) Production and/or Honorable Mention grants per funding cycle (Winter and Summer).
  • Grants are awarded to film projects in pre-production, production and post-production
  • Each Production Grant is in the amount of USD $10,000 with a pre-sale option.
  • Each Honorable Mention award is in the amount of USD $1,000.
  • Grants are not awarded to documentary and short film projects.

Pre-Sale Option:

  • Each applicant may request to be considered for a pre-sale option for U.S. and Canadian distribution.
  • Applicants who elect the pre-sale option may be offered a distribution contract for all U.S. and Canadian distribution rights if awarded a grant; the finished film will be included in the Initiative’s Global Lens film series for distribution.

Application Instructions

  1. Determine project eligibility
  2. If project is eligible, complete and send two (2) copies of application form with two (2) copies of all supporting materials to The Global Film Initiative before application deadline (projects submitted without required application and supporting materials will not be accepted)
  3. All applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Announcement of grant awards will be made in October 2012. For a timeline of the Global Film Initiative granting cycles, please click here.
Eligibility Requirements In order to be considered for a Global Film Initiative grant, a project must meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • Application is for narrative, feature-length film project from DAC nation (more than 65 min.; no documentary or short films accepted)
  • Project is in pre-production, production or post-production stage (no projects in development accepted)
  • Production occurs in same nation of application (DAC nation)
  • Director was born in and is citizen of same nation of application (DAC nation)*
  • 50% or more of project’s total production funding secured/received
  • International, world and/or regional premiere(s) scheduled to occur after Sept. 30, 2012

*exceptions regarding citizenship may apply to applications from territories and/or regions without recognized sovereign governments

Materials to be Submitted With Application:  Two (2) copies of each of the following English-translated materials must be included (incomplete applications will not be processed):

  1. Completed application form
  2. Finished English-translated screenplay/script
  3. Rushes/dailies, selected scenes or rough cut/final cut (if available)
  4. Complete production budget
  5. Finance plan
  6. Copies of agreements with production financiers
  7. Complete production schedule
  8. Synopsis and logline
  9. Director’s statement
  10. Biographies of key production personnel
  11. Previous film(s) of filmmaker(s) (if available)


    • The Global Film Initiative does not fund documentary or short films.
    • Applications must be submitted by mail or courier — electronic or faxed applications will not be accepted.
    • Submission materials will not be returned to applicant.
    • All grant amounts are at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.
    • Applications can be rejected at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.

Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles

Winter Cycle November 15, 2011 – Application period open for Winter cycle January 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Winter cycle April 2012 – Winter cycle grant awards announced

Summer Cycle May 15, 2011 – Application period open for Summer cycle July 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Summer cycle October 2012 – Summer cycle grant awards announced

Mailing Address  Send applications and supporting materials to:

The Global Film Initiative – Granting Program 145 Ninth Street, Suite #105 San Francisco, CA 94103, USA             +1(415) 934-9500


Please note: all applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.