The Executive Director of Kano state Censorship Board, Alhaji Isma’ila Muhammad Na’abba has spoken about why the board pardoned Rahama Sadau, a Kannywood actress.
Na’abba also known as Afakallah disclosed this in an interview with Daily Trust in Kano. The Board is an agency of the state government that regulates the movie making industry.
Afakallah who was the first chairman of Arewa Film Makers Association of Nigeria, Kano chapter and former image maker for Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN), Kano chapter said, “I want people to understand that censorship boards are not after personalities or individuals, we are after the content of what is there in your film.”
He said what happened was that there was an order that any person that wants to do a film anywhere not only in Nigeria has to know that he is representing Hausa culture, he is going back to his people and that person has to be a good ambassador of the people.
“I know they drew that line so that any person that violated it before that one has passed but when they drew the line, Rahama Sadau violated that law,” he explained.
He said Rahama went ahead to Jos and shot her film and she banned by the movie producers association as the movie was against the culture.
“The association took the decision for banning Rahama Sadau and we (board) supported it because we observed that it was for the good of the people of Kano state,” he noted.
He said the actress apologised for the action last year and that she wrote a letter to that effect.
“We don’t have any reason not to forgive her. We showed her mistakes and she realized and went to the media and apologized as a star, now it is left for the association to decide its way of disciplining her, but on our part we have forgiven her and we are ready to censor her films,” he said.
On movie productions in Hausa language meeting the cultural demands, he said, “I may come with my own personal thinking but there are judges who would assess your movie to see if it meets the taste of the public, if it does not contain aspects that may offend people’s sensibilities. The board was created to protect the norms and values of the people of Kano state.”
Source: Daily Trust