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I’m proud to be in Kannywood, says lawyer turned actress

No doubt, Asabe Madaki, is a Kannywood actress to watch. She has impressive credentials as far as law is concerned. However, she is making her mark in acting in the Hausa film industry. Asabe, in this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Kano, speaks on her decision to combine law and acting.

Who is Asabe Madaki?

I am a devout Christian from Jama’a Local Government Area, Southern Kaduna. Before proceeding to the university, I attended Command Children School, Kaduna, and later Federal Government Girls College, Gusau, where I finished my secondary school in flying colours.

I am a Masters Degree holder in Law. I did my first Degree in Law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from 2002 to 2007 and later proceeded to Scotland for my second Degree in Law.

Besides acting, I am also a part-time lecturer in Law.


You are a Lawyer by profession, what are you doing in Kannywood, besides you don’t speak Hausa fluently?

I am in Kannywood to pursue a career, period. However, it is also true my diction is not fluent, though I am improving.

In fact, it almost affected my roles in films like Gwaska and Sarauniya, which I am the lead actress. But above all, let me use this medium to say that since I am well accepted in the industry, it means that Kannywood is out to promote tribal and religious harmony.


Did your family background influence your level of education?

Well, I went to some the best schools and now I am a Barrister with Masters Degree in Law.

But as far as I am concerned, it is destiny, even if I am from poor or rich family, if I wasn’t serious with my studies, I would have ended up failure.

I have intention to set up a film production company and a Law Chamber with, competent lawyers that will handle some cases bordering on human rights free of charge.

I believe in one North, one people and Freedom of Religion. As a Barrister, I will not judge people based on their religion, that is why where ever I go, I always play down the issue of religion.

More so, it always humbles me when I am selected to appear in Hausa films, even as lead actress, by producers, who are people of complete Hausa background, even though there are actresses that can speak Hausa better than me. I am greatly honoured.


Do you have plans to pursue a career in Nollywood?

I have no immediate plan for that because already the Chairman of Jammaje production, Kabiru Musa Jammaje, has settled that issue. He has decided to be producing Hausa related films in English.

So far, he has produced three films: Light and Darkness, This is the Way and There is a way.

The intention is to show to the world differences between the North and South in terms of culture and religion. I am sure you watch Nollywood films, look at the content of their films and the three films produced by Jammaje productions in English.

In our own case, we don’t even touch each other, let alone kissing or hugging each other. So, I am very happy to be part of Jammaje productions because, we will continue to produce quality films that will continue to educate people about culture and tradition.


Do you have plans to get married any time soon?

God created man and woman to be husband and wife. So, we are created to marry and multiply even in democracy, majority carries the day.

As such, Asabe Madaki is ready to get married any time God destined that she will get married.






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