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BN Hot Topic: Was Rahama Sadau Rightly Banned from ‘Kannywood’?




A few days ago, the Internet was awash with the news of the expulsion of 22 year old Nigerian actress Rahama Sadau from ‘Kannywood’ – the northern sub-sect of the Nigerian film industry, Nollyood. According to the news reports, the young actress was sanctioned by the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria for being featured in a music video for the song ‘I Love You’ by musician, ClassiQ

Watch the video here to find out where all of this started from.

Of course every time we hear news like this, we’re forced to really think about the issues that affect our growth and development as a people. Nigeria is a country deeply steeped in appearances of religious morals. We are well known to be a people who uphold the sanctity of our ‘national’ religions – Islam & Christianity.

So are we in good faith surprised that an actress from Northern Nigeria was banned from a professional body based on perceived immorality? This is Nigeria and the shock value of things is greatly eroded.

But, outside of all of that, was the body of actors right for banning Rahama Sadau? There’s a well known saying that if you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Islam places high premium on decency amongst female adherents of the faith, and if an actress practices the religion outwardly, it may not be quite far-fetched to see that she is weighed and measured by the standards of the religion.

The other side of the argument is that work is work and faith is faith. Did Ms. Sadau, in the pursuit of her professional endeavours as an entertainer do wrong by agreeing to be featured in the video?

Ms. Sadau has since released a statement apologising to those who may have been offended by her appearance in the music videos.Rahama Sadau

Is the advancement and progress of the entertainment industry being stunted in Northern Nigeria because of things like this?

There’s nothing being said about ClassiQ, the artist behind the music video; neither are there any sanctions being meted out to him. In fact, his music is getting more views on YouTube as a result of the controversy surrounding Rahama Sadau. This is very sexist and further propagates gender inequality in Nigeria.

Where do we draw the line? Or is this perceived immorality in the entertainment industry only permitted in the south western part of Nigeria? What is the effect of the this position on the economic potential in Northern Nigeria?

Please share your thoughts.


  1. Lailatu

    October 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Of course not! Her treatment by the committee is sexist,hypocritical and unjust. I hope she gets absorbed into Nollywood!

  2. Prince

    October 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Your final question got me rolling on the floor. Economic Potential in the North you asked. Do they have any? Their billionaires know where they make their money and truth be told nothing comes from their people. They’re so backward than the times of Moses in the wilderness.

    Meanwhile, those idiots are hypocrites They watch those music videos and yet banning someone that appears in it. No one watch pornography than them in this country. I live in the northern part of Nigeria and i see their lies and hypocrisy. They’re the highest patronisers of prostitutes and hard drugs. Foolish people dragging themselves backward.

  3. Mr. Egghead

    October 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Kannywood had rules
    She knew the rules
    She broke the rules.
    She was punished for breaking the rules
    She has apologized for breaking said rules.

    There is no banter about whether it is fair or not. Rules are rules. When you break them, you face consequences. Maybe they should have shown her mercy; maybe they didn’t want to offend the imams. Who knows? That’s the way, the region/religion has decided to bake its cookies.

    If there are issues with the rules, then those behind the rules should be vilified . . or educated . . .or hung upside down

    As for ClassiQ, leave the homeboy alone abeg, he didn’t break no rules . . . besides who wants to punish one of the best rappers in the region ?

    • EE

      October 4, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      See, I’m tired. The logic here apparently is a grown woman, carried her two legs go and shoot a music video. Said grown woman suffers consequences for her action but because a man wasn’t punished its now sexism.

      When I get burnt playing with fire, I don’t go looking for people to blame.

    • ughugh

      October 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      lmao…so if it isn’t sexism when the man is not punished and the woman is, then what is it? logiiiccc

    • CovertNigerian

      October 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Actually the body that punished the actress has ZERO jurisdiction over the rapper and cannot punish him even if they wanted to.

    • Nahum

      October 4, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Wow!! Common sense is truly lacking in this country. It is sexist because they are both muslims who were BOTH featured a a music video together and there fore should BOTH be sanctioned. But I get you, as a typical Nigerian male/ male apologist (a typical 9ja woman), from your point of view a man can do no wrong. Explaining sexism to a Nigerian man/apologist is like banging your head against a brick wall. It’s of no use.

    • EE

      October 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      @Nahum and @ughugh

      Its rather simple, both are first of all adults. Right, nobody was coerced here. She knowing fully well the possible repercussions of her action made a decision. By requesting male punishment, you both imply that an adult woman’s decision is suspect.

      Keeping it within my playing with fire context, letting fire burn is a choice. They are literally dozens of methods to play with fire and not get burnt, for simplicity’s sake we’ll call it changing the rules. Just as I can change the rules of physics surrounding fire and flesh to prevent burns, so too can the women of Kannywood and the North in general change their societal rules.

      Now unless the media is censoring it something fierce, I’ve heard of no marches decrying their injustice, demanding their rights to feature in a music video. Now I respect their decision and seeing as neither of you are leading protest marches through the streets of Kano, so do both of you.

      So we’ve established context, important thing that. Now what both of you are hankering for is equivalent to this. Remember the old cliche about women and driving?? Now, imagine a scenario where a wife, no let’s use girlfriend, takes her car out for a spin and bashes somebody. She is fined, what’s her boyfriend’s concern in this case, ought he be fined too?? For being in the car??? for letting her drive?? What exactly is ClassiQ’s crime here, featuring her in his video, ironically he’s the only liberal in this scenario.

      Miss Rahama was/is quite willing to play by the North’s rule, she’s apologised no?? So why should I cry more than the owner of the corpse?? There is a large line between justice and spite, y’all are shuffling happily past it.

      Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll click the link BN was so kind to provide, their protests aside, raise a brother’s view count. If it pains you more than the miss, they’re laws men were kind enough to ratify letting you protest it. Thankfully it’ll have more impact than a comment.

    • ughugh

      October 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Isn’t that exactly what the whole uproar is about, That the rules are stupid. that those behind the rules are useless too. what exactly is your point here?

    • Lucinda

      October 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Her treatment was sexist. Under which rules was she sanctioned? Sharia? Don’t Hausa films have people sing and dance along to musical instruments? Is music not clearly haram? Has Ali Nuhu never kissed in a movie before? Has he been expelled? Why is her case different?

    • AceOfSpades

      October 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      The person Ali Nuhu kissed, was she expelled? Ali Nuhu wasn’t banned and the lady he might have kissed didn’t get banned too so please don’t do this. Don’t make this sound like this! Kannywood would have banned the song if they could but they can’t. Only NBC can which is an entirely different body that doesn’t find the song or video offensive.

      You people should relax once in a while. If you ask your housemaid not to wear bum short in your matrimonial home and she does, you send her away! People will say it’s not fair but it is your rule! The rule is sexist we know but it’s the rule. Maybe if they try to change the rule then that would be better. Even India has this kind of rule and everyone is fine, if you are not fine with it then start a movement and correct it.

    • nunulicious

      October 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Okay, egghead, we’ve noticed you. move along!
      Because she was dancing with herself and hugging herself abi?

    • Lailatu

      October 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Do the rules extend outside kannywood? Must she abide by the so called rules in a personal project outside of kannywood? If she broke the rules in a kannywood movie then by all means suspend her but this is a project she participated in as a free citizen. So unless these parochial rules have become law, her suspension is unjust!

  4. bree

    October 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    i dont see anything wrong with the video oooo, she is dressed fully covered with a scarf on sef, wait what do they say their problem is? i feel for women in this country,i lived in the north for years, had my secondary school there and i see the unfair treatment these northern women get, do u know theybuild an extra hut or room outside d main house in the compound for women to stay when they are menstruating? they cant cook for their husbands or visit his side of the house when they are menstruating, they are so mistreated but what do they know?it is a tradition. i heard you can’t also pray when menstruating but its non of my business.bye.

    • ughugh

      October 4, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      same in the old testament

    • Lalah

      October 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Yes, and what’s your point? Just in case you haven’t noticed, we aren’t living in Old Testament times… that was literally hundreds and hundreds of years ago.

    • Zainab

      October 4, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      @bree, please always get ur facts straight, maybe u lived in the north in 1800

  5. Weezy

    October 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    There is a limit to the amount of outrage I am willing to feel on a daily basis. Is not sharia law in the north? Why is this a surprise.

  6. Bey

    October 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Bunch of hypocrites.
    But its okay to take a young girl of 14 from her parents savagely, and marry her.
    Pls what’s d so-called rules in Kallywood. Not to feature with non-muslims in music videos. ? Cos I can swear iv seen sum hausa music videos/films when d guy and girl are in dere native wear and playing love in Tokyo in sum garden type setting like dis too. or is there beef with d wardrobe and styling or wld it hav been beta d man is muslim and wearing dashiki.

    • The Bull

      October 6, 2016 at 1:55 am

      it’s also ok to kill blasphemers and harass or kill apostates. lmao but do not kiss or cuddle in public, some twisted stuff.

  7. I.v

    October 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Am a 25 years old lady residing in Benin, I need responsible friends that are based in Benin who can chat me up or hang out with when am less busy. My bbm is 7b7007b7, or what’s app 08092474096. Thanks

  8. Alfa omo Alfa

    October 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I am making my comments as a muslim and I am by no means a liberal muslim-Out of fear of Allah, I have never tasted alcohol or any other form of intoxicant (and I will never, Insha-Allah). As regards sexual morality I strayed a bit in my late teens but generally, I can count the number of times I have had sex out of wedlock-not more than 3-May God pardon our transgressions.. I have never done parties, clubs and all that. Never mssed a day of Ramadan since I was 13,hardly miss solat……..I am Yoruba, married to an educated and awesome Fulani/Yoruba woman with even higher Islamic consciousness. I have given all these preamble so you can fully comprehend where I am coming from.

    Do I think it is wrong that actress Rahama was suspended? Absolutely NO. In the strict Islamic sense, most of these music that air aint permissible talkless the sexuality and sensuality that are often on display in those videos. However, I have two issues with her ban. One, banning Rahama without banning the rapper or banning such music in its entirety shows that the real intent isn’t to uphold Islamic tenets. it portrays gender inequality and it advances the notion that in Northern Nigeria, Islamic values are used as a tool to subdue the womenfolk. If Islam was the real intent, I don’t see any reason why only the lady has to put in line here.

    Secondly and more importantly is the hypocrisy that this incidence-like several other such incidences in Northern Nigeria-smirks of. Hausa/Fulanis in Nigeria deserve the award of the biggest hypocrites to have graced this earth. I am not even talking about the fact that they lead the pack among Nigerian ethnic groups in terms of many unreligious practices like alcohol, pornography, substance abuse, treasury looting etc. You want an Islamic society but you don’t have a problem living off ‘kafirs’. State police- No, Regionalization-No, Biafra-No; yet you are not willing to integrate with other parts of the country and make religion a personal issue and the country a secular state.

    I absolutely have no issues with the core North adopting Islamic statehood since it seems the majority of their people are muslims (as long as the rights of their non-muslims will be adequately protected under such arrangement). What I have a problem with is not wanting to let go of a people who are so at odds with you in terms of such practices. What I have issues with is the mindless spilling of blood under the guise of Boko-Haram whenever one of you is not the man in charge at Aso Rock. You want under-aged marriage to be legalized (which is absolutely fine if it reflects the values within your own society) but you don’t want the Niger-Delta having the sole control of their God given resource. How convenient!

    You have to take a stance, you either fully integrate with this union or you support its fragmenntation or balkanization. You can’t eat your cake and have it. You cant desire social /cultural seperatism but political and economic unification. You have to take one and take it holistically-unification or seperatism. Lord Lugard definetely saw the marked differences before he sanctioned this ‘marriage of inconvenience’ but let’s cut him some slack, he probably thought we would be able to fully integrate as a people over time. It’s so easy, if that cultutal integration has proven to be elusive then ‘to thy tents oh Israel’. If you stick to this hypocrisy, your hypocritical moral values will evaporate before your very eyes in no time and you will be powerless to stop it, however hard you may try. Worse still, the political and economic unification that you would commit genocide for will eventually crumble..That is only a matter of time…Sooner or later………

    • Ekene

      October 4, 2016 at 5:59 pm


    • nunulicious

      October 4, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      @alfa omo alfa,
      I concur with all you said except the “You want under-aged marriage to be legalized (which is absolutely fine if it reflects the values within your own society)”

      Under which circumstances is it ever ever ever allowed to agree to under-aged marriage? paedophiles. It is not fine!

      Sebi you have/will have a girl child, when she is 12/9 years old, picture her naked. picture her with barely any pubic hair and with only little nubs which are just budding. Now picture you thrusting your gigantic cucumber (or banana) sized manhood into her yet to be developed labia and imagine her crying and afterwards having VVF. Does that make you cringe? does it make you feel disgust? that’s exactly what it is!!! barbaric. disgusting and totally unacceptable.

    • Nahum

      October 4, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Please this your comment is disgusting abeg. You did not need to describe underage rape. We are all adults, we can imagine it without you painting a picture.

    • Manny

      October 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Your description was so unnecessary.

  9. sheke

    October 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Nigerians be calling people young this and that. Young actress, young entrepreneur, young musician and so on.

    At her age Zuckerberg was a self made billonaire. there’s nothing young about her with her accomplishments

  10. Emperor Jeezy

    October 4, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Alfa Omo Alfa, Very good points but youre still a monkey for not having a problem with her being banned in the first place. I really though i was going to see her twerking in the video. religiosity is Nigerias biggest problem. What is Nollywood doing about this? why are all the so called superstars not speaking out for this woman? smh

  11. hadiza

    October 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    @nunilicious, I love u. I just love ur comment. In 2016, Hausa people still allow underaged marriage. It should be against the law in any country for a girl under the age of 18 to be married. But trust uncivilised Hausa people, their men enjoy raping young girla , even their dirty prophet Mohammed was a paedophile. These people should be wiped out for good. I can never understand a law that allows men to marry underaged girls. It’s disgusting and pathetic. Islam and Christianity are religion that allow the abuse and maltreatment of women. This is why I have no religion.

    • Zainab

      October 4, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      @hadiza u are very foolish and a big disgrace to the womb that bore u. You will surely burn in the deepest pit of hell!

  12. imali

    October 4, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    for those saying ” she knew the rules”.. what rules.. is there a rule that specifically states she cant participate in a music video?.. i am sure the rule states.. “no indecent exposure”, “no immoral actions”.. but what is considered indecent? she barely even touched the man?

    Also, its important to note that this music video is in no way part of Kannywood… so why is she being banned… when Ali Nuhu was acting with Omotola, as a cheating boyfriend.. nobody batted an eyelid… he was half naked but for a pair of boxers… THIS IS HYPOCRISY AND SEXISM..

    Rahama if you are reading this… tke this ban as a blessing in disguise… Nollywood will absorb you.. you are going higher.. you are a good actress dont let them tell you otherwise…

  13. nunulicious

    October 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Rahama Sadau no mind them.
    This issue is a defining moment. You can either become reticent and retreat from cowardice or you can leverage this and use this as a springboard for so many things. Reflect and choose your next steps wisely. Genevieve sef was banned from Nollywood. look where her career is today….you need to reach out to people who have been in similar positions and take your que from them. Don’t let people come and pour sand in your garri.

    In other news, i have always been curious about Hausa/northern culture. Welcome to Nollywood! Remember, the world is your oyster, there is still Bollywood and Hollywood. leave all these retrogressive people biko.

  14. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    October 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I have watched music from some Arab countries that are raunchier than this. Please they should leave her alone, I do not see anything wrong in the video. And about the rules, what manner of rules?

  15. tunmi

    October 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Well… Now I know who she is

  16. Nicez

    October 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    This was such a brilliant music, good sound and visual. I am shocked that someone can be banned for this.

  17. The Real Oma

    October 4, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    But is Kannywood made u of only Muslims? And is Northern Nigeria occupied by only Muslims???

  18. Lakinky

    October 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I have watched Northern actors like Ali Nuhu embracing actresses in Nollywood movies… in fact he kept hugging Juliet Ibrahim in one(can’t remember the name). Why wasn’t he banned? I pity women a lot sha. I’m wondering when it will stop being a ‘man’s world!

  19. Mohammad

    October 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Sheep-like Nigerians and their religions. “Baaaa!” or is it “Me he he he” sef? Flocking ridiculous!

  20. winter

    October 4, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I hesitated before posting my comment because I can only imagine how overwhelmed you might be getting with all the advice/techniques suggested but I guess it is worth a shot.

    About the acne issues, I can relate because I have not only studied acne bacteria and remedies as a laboratory scientist but I have also struggled with it on my skin and I am aware of the self-esteem issues that come along. One thing that my laboratory and personal research constantly point to as a remedy is Sulfur – If you add sulfur-containing agents to any growth medium for acne bacteria in the lab, it basically kills them. Sulfur soaps are very cheap. Ignore all the fancy brands and get a plain sulfur soap (also known as carbolic soap) for about N700, use it at least twice daily to tackle the pathogens colonizing your skin. Next, you want to empower your own skin by boosting its ability to regenerate and fight infection/inflammation- the answer to this is vitamin C. Again, please ignore any fancy concoctions that promise you anything and simply use a pure vitamin C serum, this is a bit more pricey (N5000). Avoid oil on your face, coconut oil/shea butter work wonders for some people but not everyone (they make my face a lot worse). The next thing you need is a powerful toner – no chemicals, just plain tomatoes or cucumbers will balance out your skin pH. Finish your regimen with an oil-free fragrance-free moisturizer. Once a week, apply some plain yogurt to your face for 3o mins, wash it off, scrub with some sugar and rinse.

    This is an abridged form of my current regimen that has now cleared my acne after much trial and error, The full regimen consists of various korean + Japanese skin care and somewhat pricier beauty items and a clarisonic device, sometimes i can’t believe my skin is so clear and radiant. If I have your contact details, I will be happy to send these products to my mum in Nigeria who can then get them across to you. I have an idea of what you are going through and i know for a fact that it is not a hopeless situation.

    One important thing i will say is that i pray before i use products and I believe that the same God that empowered all the miracles in the Bible can turn an average product to a wonder-working solution for my skin..

    With regard to emotional issues, I can only say that you should see how you feel when the acne clears move forward from there. Constantly picture yourself as your 5-year old self – Don’t say, think, or do anything you wouldn’t want her to do- not to yourself and not to others. Vocal declarations of who you are/want to be are very helpful too… I am amazing, I am wonderfully made, I am a positive impact, a blessing to my generation etc. It may seem silly at first but say this out loud when you are alone and eventually your heart and mind will internalize it.

    Again, I am happy to send you the products I use if you get this and BN can connect us. Stay blessed and remember, Jesus loves you!

  21. henry

    October 5, 2016 at 1:19 am

    When i heard she was in a video and was considered “raunchy”… Omo as I heard the word “raunchy”…I decided to take time to search for d so called video thinking it would have been worse than what we have in the music industry today…omo they just mad cuz someone decided to dump the shitty life *no pun intented* they r used to…I see nothing wrong at all..

  22. nwa nna

    October 5, 2016 at 2:48 am

    The Nigerian society at large smacks of hypocrisy.. Both muslims and Christian’s are guilty of it, I am just calling it as it is.. On a lighter note, that’s some damn good riding music and the lady is question is beautiful! Wishing her continued success

  23. Ido

    October 5, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Hypocrites. But they see nothing wrong with marrying 14 year olds

  24. bashebony

    October 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    My dear Rahama Sadau, don’t feel bad about the ban ok, Kannywood’s actions just increased your fan base. In fact, this music video is impressive (make I download am sharparly).

  25. keeks

    October 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    i was gonna by pass this. but i watched the video start to finish, the people that banned her obviously have a STRONG DEADLY POISONOUS BEEF with her. i have seen worse hausa romantic scenes and songs, by both female and male actors, all she did in this video was smile and hold hands. the song is banging, the visuals clean, some bad belle just are beefing rahama thats just it., it has nothing to do with tribalism or religion. go up north and see muslim n hausa music video with them holding body and rolling on grass with the girl on the guy and none were banned, yet this lady was? oh please. some nitwits dont like her thats just it.

  26. The Bull

    October 6, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Hypocricy is a Nigerian. anyway it is not a coincedence that Nothern Nigeria is the most backward region in Nigeria.

  27. Tosin

    October 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    As long as she’s not physically harmed…she can continue to find work. The world does not end with Kannywood. There is the whole world waiting to employ her.

  28. teejay

    October 8, 2016 at 12:11 am

    #istandwithrahamasadau. This only proves how good she is and they will stop at nothing to pull her down. #ClassiQ #Arewamafia. Good music good video.

  29. Ahmad ibrahim

    December 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Yeah Kannywood had rules
    Don’t know if it was broken or not
    I believe there is always a second chance
    And besides who’s gat to judge who, no body know’s what going on while making these videos we only saw what they want us to see . To me rahma isn’t rightly banned from the Kannywood cos no body is a saint ….

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