Thursday, 20 October 2011

Gyada: Abar Alfaharin mu.

Ban yi Hangen cewar abubuwa za su tabarbare kamar haka ba, lalacewar da idan kai ba dan wani bane karatu zai zo ya gagari dalibi a kasarsa ta haihuwa. Halin ko in kula da son kai da wadanda ke rike da matakan iko ke yi wa ilimi, ya kai wani munzali da babu alamar tausayin talaka.
Sama’ila da Abubakar ‘yan uwan juna ne, iyalai sama da mutum goma sha takwas (18) mahaifinsu ya rasu ya bari shekara biyu da suka wuce. A yanzu, suna karkashin kulawar mahaifiyarsu tare da taimakon kakanninsu.
“Ni shekarata goma sha bakwai (17), shi kuma yana bi na da sha shida (16)”- a cewar Sama’ila babban cikinsu.
Wadannan yara, a duk sati suna baro kauyensu wanda yake da tazarar 40km tsakaninsa da Kano, sau biyu domin shigowa yin talla. Me suke sayarwa? Gyada!
“Daga Garko muke zuwa, mu kan taho daga karfe takwas na safe mu koma gida karfe bakwai na yamma”. Wannan hanya ta su kuwa, ta yi kaurin suna wajen manyan hadduran mota sakamakon kasancewarta babbar hanya ta shigowa Kano daga wasu birane. Matsalolin wannan hanya ta Maiduguri da sauran gurare sun hada da: hannun dayan titin, gangancin masu manyan motoci, rashin iya tukin masu ababen hawa da ke bin hanyar da kuma karya dokar hanya wanda ba wani sabon abu bane ga mai bin manyan hanyoyi a kasarnan. A wannan yanayi, wadannan yara wadanda ya kamata a ce suna marantunsu domin daukar darasi, ke tangaliliya da rayuwarsu.
“Mu kan biya naira dari da ashirin (N120) kowanne mu a matsayin kudin mota duk lokacin da za mu taho. Mu kan dauko tallar gyadar dubu biyu(N2000) kowannemu, idan da kasuwa mu kan sayar da har ta dubu da dari biyar(N1500). Kowanne kulli naira hamsin (N50) mu ke sayarwa”. Shin a wanne yanayi suke gudanar da tallar? Waje daya suke zama ko kuwa yawo suke?
“Daga nan inda mota ta sauke mu, daga nan za mu fara tallarmu. Wasu lokatanma, tun daga cikin mota za mu fara cin kasuwarmu. Babu wani takamaiman waje da za mu ce muna zama, duk inda ta kama tafiya muke- kama daga bakin hanya, bakin shaguna, kasuwa, unguwanni kai ko’ina”.
Dubban yara kamar wadannan na nan na yawo kwararo-kwararo a cikin birnin Kano da kwaryarta, za mu iya cewa Sama’ila da Abubakar sun yi dace da samun sana’ar yi, wasu sa’anninsu da yawa ba sana’ar sai shaye-shaye da zaman banza. Haka dai lamarin ke ci gaba da kasancewa a kullum, wanda kuma ba wani muhimmin kokarin gyara kan wannan annoba. Rayuwar  manyan gobe na cikin garari.....
“muna zuwa makarantar Islamiyya, amma akan hada mana da karatun boko. Dalibai a ajinmu guda dari da sittin  (160) ne.  Ina aji uku (3) shi kuma yana aji biyu (2)”.
Akwai son karatu sosai a wajen wadannan yara, amma yanayi da suka samu kansu ciki shi ya hana cikar burinsu. Wannan kuwa ba zai wuce nasaba da halin rashin babu ko talauci ba. Karajin da mahukunta ke yi na kokarin tabbatar da ilimi kyauta a saukake ga yara ya zamanto tatsuniya.
Duk dubban ko miliyoyin da gwamnati ta kance ta ‘ware kan ilimi’, hakar ba ta cimma ruwa ba. Makarantu na nan babu malaman kirki, ajujuwan babu rufi, ba kujerun zama balle wani cikakken tsari na tafiyar da bada ilimin kansa. A wasu guraben ma babu makarantun kwata-kwata, balle yaran su sami damar koyon.
A yanayi irin wannan, a iya cewa rayuwar da akwai ban tsoro a ciki. Ingattaciyar rayuwa ba ta samuwa cikin jahilci. Ya zama tilas a kawar da tallace-tallace a tsakanin yaranmu, a mayar da su makarantu, a ba su kyakkawan tarbiyya a kuma dora su kan tafarki wanda za su dogara da kansu idan sun girma. Wannan hakki ne da ya rataya akan kowa ba gwamnati kadai ba.
“Mu kanmu ba ma tunanin rayuwarmu za ta dore a talla, amma ba yadda za mu yi. Dole mu ci abinci, mu rayu mu kuma taimakawa mahaifiyarmu”. In ji Sama’ila.
Fata na kenan, haka zalika fatan duk wani mai tausayi da son ci gaba kenan. Zai fi kyau a ce yau tallar takardar shaidar ilimi ake yawo da ita kurfa-kurfa ba gyada ba. Burinsu a yanzu, su sami ilimi ko da na sanin dabarun yadda za a fitar da mai daga gyadar domin yin girki.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

My Kannywood: The Undefine Journey

Every morning I wake up from my bed I pray a lot to almight Allah; not only thanking Him for His blessing on us and the oppurtunity to witness another shining morning but also for my lucrative yet un organized movie industry called Kannywood.

My Kannywood, like any other movie industry is not new to intrigues; from rumours to betrayal, from ignorance to lack of structure, from supremacy to battle of leadership and other obstacles that hinders its progress and development. It is for this, we seek divine intervation and salvation.

For years since its innovation, the industry remain stagnant despite all efforts and sacrifice. We have witness the contributions given out after it was conceived from patriotic people like; late Matt Dizie, late USA Galadima, late Tijjani Ibrahim, Saddiq Balewa, Ibrahim Buba, Abdulkareem Muhammad, Proff. Abdallah Uba Adamu, Dr. Umar Farouk Jibril, Mallam Inuwa Hassan, Mallam Abba Daneji (Mai unguwa), Sani Mu'azu, Dan'azumi Baba & Hamiso Lamido Iyan- Tama, Ado Ahmad G/Dabino, late Aminu Hassan Yakasai, Bashir Mudi Yakasai, Ibrahim Mandawari and many more unsung hereos that were not listed.

Some of these people (not all) met together as team. They shared their hard earned knowledge and experience for a dream 'Kannywood'. They evicts the difference between them (culturally and religously). They walked tirelessly unprofitable from one corner to the other; yearning for recognition from local to international (govt & agencies), unveiling ways to promotes the profession, aligning the places that needs adjustment and paving path for a smooth talent showcasing right in front of our neighbourhood.

But, what happened after? Has the industry been rolling as created? Why do the industry turns into a mess? Do these people lack professionalism to design? Is there any selfishness in its architecture? Is there any rules governing the practice that was set aside? Or is it the failure of the new generation executioners? Indeed, some of these disgusting errors the industry has encountered, and still facing today can directly be linked to them (pioneers) wilst others was as a result of the curse that befalls on it.


I 've been in the industry for more than one and half decade. At that time, I found it a place where real talents are converging in pride; where dreams are realised (thou still waiting for my turn); where goals are achieved; where career moves in progress; where hopes are unveiled; where small capital can be utilised; where investment yield profits; where jobs are created and where bond of brotherhood prevailed.

ARTIST:

The genenal audience in no time bought the idea of the indeginous movies which resulted in making the little number of producers at that time to compete amongst themselves.Within shortest time, production companies start to manifest one after the other. What about the characters? Mostly they came from Drama groups that normally plays on stage (publically) or at soap operas produced by local televisions. To participate in a movie, you MUST be a member of those drama groups! So it goes on up the time when outside people who have talents of acting start to show interest on the profession. Then, the idea of forming Association arises, which gives these kind of people the chance they look for and also brings other characters together under one umbrella body Artist Council.

Even though, Artist council was formed, but mother drama groups continue to function as usual. As a new cormer, you have to attach yourself to a drama group of your interest, which in return it will submit your name for registration to the association. One can also directly register with the council on individual basis. In fact, I am one of the beneficiaries of such gesture been not a member of any drama club. Later, some members of drama groups start to disengage themselves with their groups, accusing leaders of selfishness, corruption and bias when it comes to in-house activities, management and casting of artist. They rather prefer to stay on their toes than keeps been 'incarcerated'. (Oopps! problem started)

Some of the victims alleged that their superiors are dancing on their sweat, blocking their chances to become 'stars' by intentionally selecting people of their own choice and imposing them to producers when it comes to casting for a movie. I can still recall some reasons that resulted to this mass exodus by the aspiring artist, which includes:
1. Non payment of fees after performance on stage or off stage.
2. Lack of efforts by the clubs to secure a movie for them.
3. Tension of been dependant.
4. Keen to appear on the screen.

"I have to leave them, they dont like me any more because I appeared on the movie without their consent" a friend of mine told me ten years ago.

In a nutshell, Activities at that time goes normal. There's discipline, unity, respect for elders, laid rules, association and procedures for one to follow in order to found self on the screen. But, today the atmosphere regarding artist was different. What went wrong? How sudden such rules were not been comprehended any more?
why does this behavior of bias and cheatings still exist? what favor has to do with talent showcase? why leaders continue to take followers for granted? what brings indiscipline into the system? why do we accept everyone without due screening like before? why are we not valuing ourselves? what brings division and hatred amongt us? why are we politicizing the profession? why do still godfatherism exist? why can't we be good ambassadors? why are we validating other cultures and rejecting our dear one? and it keeps going..........


To be continue...

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Keya Ce: A Perfect Movie.

We gathered around 9am at our meeting point that very day,Friday 22nd, fixed by the organisers for us to travel to Abuja for a movie premiere 'Keya Ce'.

The movie was shot in Kaduna, Abuja and Kano. Produced by Hajara Yusuf, MD of Alsram Ink Communication, Abuja. An able charismatic jovial staff of BBC Trust, Amina Aminu directed the movie. In fact, most of the crew members were women. Uhmn.. A lady's affair. This notion, caught the attention of several film critics especially the male.

After a four hours drive, we were warmly received by talented, legendary, hard working Al-amin I. Hassan, who happens to be the Co-director and also one of the premiere co'ordinator. He ushered us to our respective rooms and ordered food as well as refreshment to be served to us immediately.

An hour later, we gathered again at the restaurant. Looking at the smile on our faces, I got the feeling of amusement, happiness and contentment each one of us had. We ate our food; from Pounded yam with egusi to Fried rice and chicken and lots of other delicacies.

After lunch, we met with the producer. We exchanged pleasantries. She introduced us to Mena Amata, sister to the known family of Amatas. Hajara briefed us about the schedules and also programme of events. We bid our goodbyes at about 11pm, and all retired to our rooms for a pleasant night rest.(and I must say, I had a sound sleep so with the rest of my colleagues judging by the I saw them looking bright and hearty)

Interestly, security was tighted at the venue (Silverbird galleria). We arrived right on time, wisked in and walked graciously onto the red carpet where so many flicks of paparazzi dazzled us. Fans kept on cheering, delighted to see us, requesting autographs and so it was… LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

The premiere of the movie went well, audience really enjoyed it. Famous star of Nollywood Lilian bach commented about the movie very well. Legendary Saddiq Balewa (an icon film maker) also graced the occassion. Zack Amata was also present.

We granted interviews to press. Lastly, the event came to an end with photo session.

Keya Ce features Aisha Dankano, Bashir Nayaya, Aisha Mahuta, Kabiru Nakwango, Hafsat Sharada, Aminu Shariff, Fauziyya Sani, Isma'l Koli and Zainab Idris.

As for me, I was really impressed. As for you, log on to the market and get a copy.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Boko Haram: A Weep For My Relatives

I was about to say good bye to a dear friend i visited at the weekend, when suddely she appeared to our sight weeping hard in tears. She looks confused, even though she dressed elegantly but does'nt know where she's heading to.

Out of our curiousity, we attemped to stop her but she declined and keeps moving in tears. To me, personally i'am afraid of such scenarior considering the implications associated with such drama.

The girl probably was within the range of 16-18yrs of age, in fact she's a tennager. In my society, seeing somebody associating self at that particular time (10.00pm) is a taboo.

My very friend turns back a little bit, while i developed a courage by confronting her once again. This time she answered "Nothing happens". "What happen?, where are you going?" i asked her again. But she keeps giving me the previous answer, but craying.

From there, i made a decision with my mind. Help this little girl OUT! I offered her for a drive to her destination after she told me where she's going, which she accepted reluctantly.

On our way, she told me the terrable news. "Some one just called us from Maiduguri, my relatives were killed" narrating the sad story with tears keeps coming down to her cheek. "I lost control, does'nt know my route, i was in total devastation" she said. "How many are they?" i asked her. "They are five, two male and three women all student of UniMaid".

As the authourity of the university announced the closure of the institution some weeks back, hundreds of students remains stranded in there. Some are trying to get the chance of the cease fire people are yearning before they carry their luggages out, but some had already taken the risk of penetrating through the battle field.

But, as for this unlucky relatives, luck was not on their side. As they accidentally came out (as she narrated) from the university, they were shot dead. Reasons still unknown.

There's no honourable way to kill. They are just students not Boko haramites. This kind of actions are horrific. The dreams of these students was shattered just for uncalled reasons. Civilian casualties is growing in high number, yet no any sign of consideration from both parties.

As i made my u-turn (mission accompolished), i left her infront of their house standing still. I can still vividly see her through my mirror, though i forgot to ask her name. Leaving with a remorse heart, but i can see her weeping for her lost Relatives.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Has The Change Really Happened?

High number of so-called masses that are dying in absolute poverty, hunger and humiliation in Nigeria. In my area, the northern part of Nigeria, millions are living below the poverty line; that's less than a dollar per day. In this recent election, they rised their eyebrows to the highest level yearning for change. People keeps saying "It's now our time to dealt with them". But that motives was never realised.
A long journey to embark on once again.....