April 1, 2023



I co-founded the primary unbiased movie manufacturing coy in 1990 – Sani Muazu


My identify is Sani Muazu. I’m a filmmaker with about 30 years expertise. I used to be born and bred in Jos, the place I did my major and secondary training. I began presenting programmes on TV within the early 80s after my secondary faculty. I used to be one of many pioneer staffers of PRTV in Jos in 1982. I went to the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Lagos, to check journalism the place I did information reporting and superior writing programs. I later shifted to programmes creation in 1986 and needed to go to the College of Jos for Mass Communication in 1989/90. I did a number of different programs since then.

When and the way did you be a part of Kannywood?

I didn’t be a part of Kannywood; I used to be one of many founders of Kannywood. I used to be working with the TV business earlier than Kannywood and TV was the bedrock of Kannywood as TV producers utilizing TV tools began telling native tales that gave start to Kannywood. A movie titled Turmin Danya could have began the industrial gross sales of films in Nigeria, however at the same time as of then, Kano, Kaduna and Jos had been the principle manufacturing hubs and we had produced a number of English and Hausa movies and collection by then.

My colleagues and I initiated a Hausa Film Sequence referred to as Bakandamiya from Jos throughout which I used to be each a scriptwriter and a lead actor. I used to be additionally concerned within the manufacturing; all that was below the NTA in Jos. In 1990, we determined to type the primary unbiased movie manufacturing firm with the late Matt Dadzie, an aged colleague of mine. The corporate was referred to as Epitome Productions. It was primarily based in Jos. A number of English collection and films similar to Riddles and Hopes and Change had been produced by us. I made a decision to depart Epitome and shaped my very own firm in 1993/94. I introduced a few pals and colleagues collectively and we shaped Lenscope Media which was registered in 1995. All these occurred earlier than Kannywood or on the inception of Kannywood, and even Nollywood. So, I’ve been working Lenscope Media for 27 years ever since.

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The movie business has a really vast scope; what’s your space of experience?

I’ve educated to be a movie designer or arts director basically, however working with varied administrators etched me as one. Then again, in as a lot as I attempted to remain behind the digicam, performing had at all times been a part of me. I’m a pure the place function interpretation is worried. So, I saved getting presents of roles to play until in the present day.

When and the way did you be a part of Kannywood?

I had answered this query earlier. There is no such thing as a when or how. Kannywood met me there.

You’re the Alfawa governor of Kwana 90 collection movie; how did you get the function?

As an actor, I used to be invited for auditions at Arewa 24 for the function of the governor in Kwana Casa’in and I got here. I will need to have performed properly on the auditions as a result of I bought the function ultimately. The remainder is historical past.

Is there any half or verse in Kwana 90 that makes you snicker everytime you bear in mind it?

Kwana Casa’in is a severely participating journey for me. I interpreted the function of the governor with a lot seriousness that the viewers severely sees me as that. Sure, there are elements which can be humorous like when the governor was accosted at a ceremony however even that was interpreted with all of the seriousness it deserved by me. It could have been humorous to the viewers.

What was the primary movie that you simply’ve directed?

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It started from the early 80s thus far, I had directed plenty of TV movies and collection even earlier than Kannywood. I’ve directed a whole lot of movies, collection and documentary movies thus far. The final 13 episodes of drama I personally directed is Buka Africana that’s presently working on Arewa 24. It’s obtainable on the Arewa 24 web site.

What number of movies have you ever produced thus far?

They’re in a whole lot. In truth, I’ve misplaced depend.

What achievements have you ever recorded thus far?

They’re many. I had affected a whole lot and even 1000’s of younger individuals who in the present day have joined the business and see me as a task mannequin. My studio had educated a number of who’re gainfully employed and have given employment to others. As a pacesetter in Kannywood; as a result of I used to be as soon as the Nationwide President of Movement Image Practitioners Affiliation of Nigeria (MOPPAN), which made me a father determine to Kannywood, I had organised coaching applications with the French Embassy, British Council, American Embassy, USAID and several other different governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout which multitude of filmmakers from Kannywood had been educated by specialists. That’s critical achievement by me as I contributed tremendously in elevating the requirements of film-making in Kannywood.

What are your challenges?

Challenges are part of life. Nothing comes straightforward. Typically we win, typically we lose. Some could such as you, some could not, however we’re in a position to take it in and transfer on. All praises be to Allah. We’re nonetheless on our ft.

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Do you belong to a union or affiliation of pros?

Sure, I belong to MOPPAN, the Administrators Guild and the Actors Guild.

What’s your purpose in Kannywood?

My work is to see Kannywood develop from energy to energy, and to be reckoned with as one of the energetic and most artistic movie hubs in Africa.

What do you anticipate for Kannywood for the following coming 10 years?

As I mentioned earlier than, l see Kannywood profitable Oscars and getting the eye of the world by then.

What recommendation are you going to provide to aspiring Kannywood?

Practitioners have to be trustworthy of their works. They need to know that although filmmaking is enterprise, there are passions which can be price greater than making a living. They have to be prepared and prepared to make sacrifices like we did. They need to do away with mediocrity and goal for excellence. That’s the solely approach they will develop, and develop the business within the course of.

What’s your therapeutic massage to your followers, family members and Kannywood business?

The start is but to come back. We’re simply warming up for the race. Hold religion in us. We love you immensely.