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FG Cancels Plan to Build N3.76bn Film Village in Kano as Islamic Clerics Reportedly Kicked Against Project



Kano Film VillageThe $10 million (N3.76 billion using current black market rate) film village project has been cancelled by the Federal government following  social media outcry and opposition from Muslim clerics, BBC reports.

The promoter of the project Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin representing Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency had earlier said that the 20-hectare centre would be equipped with state-of-art facilities and equipment for film-making.

It was part of the government’s efforts to improve the Hausa language film industry known as Kannywood.

Reports say Muslims clerics argued that the project would promote immorality.

According to BBC, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said that the president has listened to the people’s concerns.

Photo Credit: BBC


  1. flip23

    July 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    abeg bring it to the South. The North won’t develop even if it is force fed . Just imagine the amount of jobs this would have brought to the state.

    • Damilola

      July 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Buhari, and his funny nepotism games. He wants to bring everything to the North when he knows it’s the least stable area. And he knows northerners don’t like any type of advanced development, it will eventually be destroyed. They have the most stolen government funds, most corrupted but ever wonder why the North is the least developed. Their Religion and backward beliefs won’t allow such western advancement.

      The only place worth developing in the north is Abuja.
      It’s no brainer. Film village should be built in the East or south area.

    • nnenne

      July 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Bring it to the south East! !!

  2. Oma

    July 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Nonsense! Why was Kano even the choice state in the first instance? Because it is the home of films? Because it is a central state? or because the people are very accommodating of others? Please someone justify this choice. Anyway, the backward people don’t even want it! ntor! But don’t tank the project o, find a state in the south to put it up biko!

  3. AHausaChickInToronto

    July 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    This should have been done in akwa Ibom or cross river, why did they even think of taking it to the north ?

    • Confuzzled

      July 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Actually Asaba would be a better location. A good volume of Nollywood movies are already shot there anyway… Shoutout to Queen Nwokoye & co (old Nollywood)

    • Mr. Egghead

      July 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Exactly! Asaba is the hub of a lot of Nollywood production but they won’t take it there.

      Instead they want to help those that don’t want to be helped.

  4. Sultana

    July 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Wetin carry them go Kano in the first place? Oya straight to abeokuta only because Lagos is saturated

  5. nwaoma

    July 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    @ [email protected] confuzzled walahi your head dey there, chop kiss jare

  6. nwa nna

    July 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Good… Let them remain on their moral high horses while the rest of the country develops..
    But then, $10 millions dollars could be used to empower a lot Nigerian youths with micro-finance loans that could be parlayed into various micro businesses which in turn will help drive entrepreneurship which is what Nigeria needs to be focusing on at this juncture

  7. Cindy

    July 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Abeg bring am come Kogi. My people need to develop biko. When you hear ‘ota ile’, this is what they’re talking about. Enemies of progress. Chai! E pain me for them sha ???

  8. Pearl

    July 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    You guys forget easily. Remember when Kannywood actors and actresses took pictures with Buhari while he was campaigning remember, I think they campaigned for him so this is their reward. Smh because why else on earth in the lists of allllllllllll the other cities that deserves this will they take it to Kano, mchew.

    • artklub

      July 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      as in – e go pain the kannywood people o, lol!! oh well….am sure more story will unfold soonest…

  9. Ethio

    July 25, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    if there is such need to develop Nigerian entertainment industry with such humongous amount why not develop tinapa studios or better still move it to a tourist hub (akwa ibom, calabar, abeokuta, ife, enugu, asaba) buhari’s sentimental government is really sickening, leave sentiment and be forward minded for once joor. move NIGERIA forward not just the north… as if they even want western immoral development

  10. This, too, will END.

    July 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    “”According to BBC, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said that the president has listened to the people’s concerns.””

    If only that statement was referring to the fulani herdsmen terrorists/murderers; if only it was referring to all the religious killings of Christians and Southerners and burning of churches, etc; if only it was referring to the appointment of northern muslims (northern excluding middle belt) to every position of significance, power, influence, authority in and by this government.

    No; it is about MUSLIM CLERICS (not even the government or people of Kano) saying they do not want something and so, as always, he bows to them and rushes to grant their request.. His religion’s wish is Buhari’s command.

  11. Californiabawlar

    July 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    They would have burned it down sooner than later anyways so I guess it’s good radiance?
    This is the specific type of ‘oshiko’ (nuisance) that buys pepper but no salt.

  12. nunulicious

    July 26, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Is Nigeria a secular state or a religious state?
    The north is bigger than muslim clerics or the Islamic religion. There are Christians, Aesthetes and traditional worshippers in the North. they want to progress and move forward but are overwhelmed by religious zealots.

  13. nnenne

    July 26, 2016 at 12:39 am

    This is a typical case of marginalization!
    How could you site a film village in the North?
    This is a great example of why Nigeria is not getting to its potentials.
    There are things that will do very well in the North. Example, if you were building a milk factory, the North would be best place to site it.
    What exactly is the reason for siting a film village in the North?
    1) Because of manpower?
    2) Because Nollywood was developed by the North?
    3) Because majority of our producers and actors are from the North?
    4).. Because most marketers are in the North?
    5). Because of political stability?
    We all know what happened with the beauty contest that was supposed to take place in the North.

    Nigeria cannot move forward as long as Nepotism, marginalization is the order of the day.
    Any president of Nigeria should realize that the whole of the country is his/ her constituency.
    Otherwise , one Nigeria is nothing but a Mirage!

  14. 3ples

    July 26, 2016 at 11:50 am

    “The promoter of the project Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin representing Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency had earlier said that the 20-hectare centre would be equipped with state-of-art facilities and equipment for film-making.”

    Someone raised it for his constituency…. what are your reps doing? Don’t be too quick to jump on Buhari cos it has to do with a northern state. You can chew me out or whatever… I’m not pro-buhari…just an objective Nigerian

  15. Tru

    July 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    A film village??? so they could not think of projects that are more “acceptable” to foster development??? o ma ga o.

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