Nafisa Macen Sirri in this interview shares her journey and aspirations with IBRAHIM HAMISU, revealing that gained popularity through her remarkable performances, particularly in the movie, Macen Sirri, in which she portrayed the lead character, Sarauniya.
I was born and raised in Kano city, although my parents are originally from Kogi state. I completed my primary and secondary education at Excellence Classic College in the Hotoro neighborhood. After completing my secondary education, I developed a keen interest in the film industry and sought permission from my parents to pursue my dreams.
Who helped you enter Kannywood?
Ali Gumzak played a significant role in introducing me to the Kannywood industry. We connected through Facebook and I expressed my desire to join the industry to him. With his guidance and support, I successfully made my entry in 2017.
What challenges did you face when you first entered the industry?
(Laughter) Well, I must admit that I encountered people who tried to seduce me. However, as someone that was new to the business, I tactfully declined their advances without insulting them.
The Kannywood industry has seen a shift towards producing series films. Do you enjoy working on these projects?
Yes, I truly enjoy working on series films. Many of my fans know me as the lead character in the movie, Macen Sirri, in which I portrayed the role of Sarauniya. The opportunity to be a part of such projects is both exciting and fulfilling.
Being a woman in the movie industry, society often holds different perceptions. Have you experienced any challenges related to this?
I won’t say I haven’t faced any challenges, but fortunately, I haven’t experienced such problems myself. In fact, wherever I go, people recognise and refer to me as Macen Sirri or Sarauniya. Though it’s not overwhelming yet, I’m beginning to understand the pressures and expectations that come with being a celebrity.
What’s your marital status?
No, I am not married and I have never been. However, I do aspire to get married in the future, God-willing.
Apart from your work in the film industry, do you have any other businesses or talents?
Indeed, I am skilled in hairdressing and sewing which I inherited from my mother. These talents allow me to pursue other interests and provide additional avenues for creative expression.
Is there something else you would like to share with our readers?
Absolutely; I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my mentor, Maje El-Hajeej Hotoro, who not only brought me into the industry, but also taught me about journalism. He casted me in the movie, Macen Sirri, despite the jealousy and envy of others who claimed I wasn’t fit for the industry. My mentor has always treated me like a sister, never showing any intention to take advantage of me. Through his guidance, I have had the opportunity to meet many incredible people and explore unimaginable heights in my career. Lastly, I wish my fans all the best and encourage emerging actors like me to respect their seniors in the industry. Rudeness is never a virtue.