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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.

Making Research on Hausa Films available online: Ali Liman Abubakar’s MA thesis: Storyline Structure in Hausa Home Videos: An Analysis of Mai Kudi, Sanafahna and Albashi


One of our goals here at the Hausa Home Video Resource Centre is to make as much scholarly information about Hausa films as possible available to researchers.  We have created a working bibliography with a list of publications, theses, and ongoing work to assist researchers, which can be accessed at the above link. (This is still very incomplete, so we welcome contributions from and collaboration with other institutions who would like to provide us with lists of theses available at their institutions or from scholars who would like to fill in the missing holes in the publications bibliography.)
 
We also hope scholars will help us make their work available either as a hard copy to keep on file here at Bayero University or online at this website. We welcome book donations (to keep  on file at the centre), pdf files of articles, or PhD, MA, and BA theses.  We hope to provide some amount of correction to global inequalities in access to literature by providing online access to the work of those doing scholarship in Nigeria, which often is available only in an institutional library, as well as access to available research for Nigerians and others doing research in locations without access to massive libraries and expensive scholarly journal sites.
 
Ali Liman Abubakar, who completed his MA thesis: Storyline Structure in the Hausa Home Videos: An Analysis of Mai Kudi, Sanafahna, and Albashi, in the Department of Mass Communications at Bayero University is the first to agree to allow us to upload his MA thesis here. The MA thesis can be accessed at this link: Liman–MA thesis 2006–BUK–Hausa film PDF.
 
In the working bibliography, we have also tried to provide links to other works that are available online. If other scholars would like to follow suit or already have their scholarly work online and would like us to link to it, please send us an email at hausahomevideoresource[at]gmail.com. We welcome peer-reviewed scholarly material on any aspect of Nigerian or African popular culture, but particularly film.

 

 Storyline Structure in the Hausa Home Videos: An Analysis of Mai Kudi, Sanafahna, and Albashi by Ali Liman Abubakar

Abstract:

 This study analyzes storyline structure in three Hausa home videos;

Mai Kudi (The Rich Man), Sanafahna (with time truth shall dawn) and Albashi (Salary). The study measures storyline structure in these films against a Hollywood film industry model of story writing “the Hero’s Journey”. It uses narrative analysis as its analytical tool, and narrative theory as its framework. After analyzing these videos, the study found that the major elements of storyline structure in Vogler’s model formed the framework of the storyline structure in Hausa home videos analyzed. However, in spite of the preponderance of these elements within the storyline structure, there are significant variations to Vogler’s model. Specifically, Vogler’s model has some twelve stages spread on the universal structure of storytelling, i.e. beginning, middle and end. Few of these stages were found to exist in Hausa narrative structure, perhaps due to cultural differences between Western, Indian and Hausa cultures. The study therefore recommends screenwriters and producers to be aware of the existence of standard models of scriptwriting. It also recommends more training for script writers in the Hausa film industry.

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