Hauwa Musa Katanga joined Kannywood in 2002 and left in 2006 when she got married in Daura, Katsina State. Some of the successful fi lms she featured include ‘Katanga’, her fi rst fi lm where she got her nickname, ‘Sarauta’, ‘Matar Bahaushe’, ‘Basaja’, ‘Sarki Jatau’ and host of others. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Kano, Katanga, who recently returned to the industry, advises Kannywood fans to pray for them rather than celebrating their challenges.
Could you tell us when you joined Kannywood and how it happened? Well, I joined Kannywood in 2002 and I left in 2006 when I got married in Daura, Katsina state. When I made up my mind to be a Hausa actress the fi rst person I met was Ali Nuhu. Ali had to very with my parents whether t I got their approval to start acting. It did not happen easily though, because my father warned me that if I do anything that will bring shame to our family he will never forgive me.
I agreed and up to the time I got married I did not run into any trouble. Your fi rst fi lm was ‘Katanga’ and you played the lead-role. As a fi rsttimer then, could you tell us how it happened? With prayers everything i
possible. I think the producer might had wanted a face that would sell his fi lm. But above all, I am grateful for playing the lead role and today if you are asking of Hauwa Musa, you will not get me unless you said Hauwa Musa Katanga. Have you ever dated in Kannywood, probably because of your beauty some guys in the industry may want to date you? Unfortunately, that did not happen. I am not saying that some of my colleagues did not try to take me out or have relationship with me. But, I have never dated anybody in Kannywood, either for fun or marriage. You see that is why today after my marriage crashed I returned to the Industry because I left in peace and return in peace. My father also approved of my second coming into the industry. Hauwa Musa Katanga joined Kannywood in 2002 and left in 2006 when she got married in Daura, Katsina State. Some of the successful fi lms she featured include ‘Katanga’, her fi rst fi lm where she got her nickname, ‘Sarauta’, ‘Matar Bahaushe’, ‘Basaja’, ‘Sarki Jatau’ and host of others. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA in Kano, Katanga, who recently returned to the industry, advises Kannywood fans to pray for them rather than celebrating their challenges. Do you have role models in the industry? Well we have good female and male artists even those who joined the industry before or after us are doing wonderful jobs. Ali Nuhu is my role model. I cherish watching him in fi lms. What! Ali Nuhu is my mentor, my godfather. He brought me into the industry and always gives me quality advise. I am very close to his family, I don’t think Ali himself has ever thought along that line. Next to him is Mustapha Musty. As for ladies, I like watching fi lms that feature Jamila Nagudu. People alledge that most of Kannywood female artists once they settle down and things begin to be a bit diffi cult for them, instead of enduring, they prefer to end the marriage, why? Hmm. Th at is what the society is thinking. But how many marriages are collapsing on daily basis in diff erent societies? Why is ours always of concern to people? I think its because once we are off the screen people will know that we are married and when we return people will also know. Th at is why they would start shouting many of our artists hardly make success of their marriages. People should pray for us and not always celebrate when our marriage pack up. Would you marry within the industry if the opportunity presents itself? And will you allow your children to act? Why not? I told you we have decent people here. I can marry within the industry. You also asked if I will allow my children to act, why won’t I if their father is not against it. Could you tell us how the industry benefi tted you fi nancially? If I m not benefi ting, I will not be here. All the fi lms I featured in fi lms like ‘Matar Bahaushe’, ‘Katanga’, ‘Basaja’, ‘Sarki Jatau’ and host of others payed me well and I am not complaining. Also, acting made me popular. I made many friends and also got material things. Most of you always said you do act to educate and create awareness. People are asking this question: is dancing and singing and wearing fi tted dresses that expose body shapes part of creating awareness? Look, what you see on stage is not real. Everything is stage-managed. We use singing and dancing to educate the society. You don’t see us going out of our way to misbehave like what our colleagues in the south do. We are muslims, we have limitations. Because our parent do watch our fi lms, we cannot aff ord to play dirty roles. How did your marriage crash, because rumours have it that you were a divorcee before joining Kannywood? Th at is why sometimes I prefer to mind my business. How I met my husband, how my marriage crashed and my plans to marry again are all private to me. Th ey are not for public consumption. My fi rst marriage lasted for three years, although there was no issue involved up to when the relationship crashed. Th erefore, accept me the way I am I cannot change, that is what God destined for me in this part of life. Allow me to give you good fi lms to entertain the society. What do you hate in life? I hate insult. I am not prepared to take insult from anybody. I also hate fake people, I prefer somebody who will come to me in his true colour because in the end when the truth manifests, it will create problems. Are you sending a message or speaking from experience? I am not sending any message. Tell us your dream man? Look, anybody that God destined to be my husband, he will be tall, black, fair poor or rich. Once he is a Muslim, even if he has more than one wife, if God destine that he is my husband I will marry him. Who tell you that I am expensive? In fact, my best food is not chicken but Tuwon Shinkafa da Miyan Kuka. What changes have you noticed when you return to Kannywood? Yes, we are moving away from originality. I want us to produce pure Hausa fi lms that will portray our culture. Before now, Indians didn’t write sub-titles yet people watch their fi lms without complaining. Let us do pure traditional Hausa fi lms and stop copying others.