Tinubu’s inauguration and Kannywood exclusion

The attempt to exclude members of the giant entertainment industry in Northern Nigeria, Kannywood, from the President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu transition committee is unfortunate.

The stakeholders and practitioners of the entertainment industry in the North expressed their dismay, and roundly criticised the selection which favours members of Nollywood against their northern members, especially the notable A-list celebrities of Kannywood like Mansura Isah, Ali Nuhu, Abdul Amart, Jamila Nagudu and others, who from inception put in their best in the campaign train for the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Nigeria.

Reports said that these celebrities of the Hausa movie industry engaged in grassroots campaigns for the Tinubu candidacy even before the party’s convention. Celebrities like Mansura Isah have already written their names in gold, campaigning for ‘Jagaban’ even before his formal declaration as the flag bearer of APC.

Please can someone please help us to ask the Asiwaju Transition Committee why it was formed without any single Kannywood celebrity on the list? Most of the Nollywood celebs that were included in the list did not even show their faces during the campaign activities and elections.

The Kannywood entertainers are worried that some persons were drafted into the selection committee in order to sideline its members.

Al-Amin Ciroma,