20 May 2012

Nigeria: 'We Should Put Aside Tribalism in Movie Making'

One interesting face in the Hausa film industry is Binta Yahaya. Thrilling her fans with her acting prowess in both English and Hausa movies, it seems like she is one actress to watch out for in the near future. She speaks with Solomon Nda-Isaiah.

Binta Yahaya is an interesting personality. Her popularity in the movie industry increases in leaps and bounds as the years go by and that is quite a feat for someone that started acting about three years ago. She has been working on so many projects; movies and talk shows that she is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the Nigerian movie industry.

Like so many of those in the Nigerian entertainment industry, she is troubled by the challenge she had to face as an actress, which is the issue of piracy. She hopes that something will be done soon about piracy in Nigeria.

Presently, she still acts in both English and Hausa films and is a presenter with African Magic - Hausa magazine programme called AL'ADUN AREWA. In the very enlightening programme, Binta talks about issues affecting the Arewa (North) people and their culture and she hopes that by bringing out these issues to the public domain, those from other cultures will be able to have a better understanding of the Arewa people.

She enjoys the fact that she has the opportunity to tell others about the Arewa people and is very dedicated to what she does.

Binta is one lady that likes to go straight to the point when she is having a conversation and is not bothered about stating her opinion when asked.

After her higher national diploma in management studies, Binta Yahaya graduated from Nasarawa state Polythenic and intends to go for her National Youth Service. She also intends to focus fully on her acting career and would not contemplate doing anything else. Being a simple lady, she is not picky about her cloths or too excited about wearing designer clothes lines. "I wear anything that is of good quality and fits me".

Her favourite food is beans. "I enjoy beans and anything cooked with beans", she relaxes by watching movies and reading magazines. Typical of some Nigerian parents, Binta's parents had their reservations when she began acting. Binta told LLEADERSHIP SUNDAY that her parents were not in support of her acting career at first but with time, they have come to support what she does.

She is of the opinion that it would be best if those in the Nigerian movie industry work as one, both in Nollywood and Kannywood. Saying that there should be no form of separation, "We should come together and forget about 'Nollywood' and 'Kannywood'. I don't really buy into that Nollywood or Kannywood stuff because I don't see why the difference. We are one and should put our tribes aside in order to work for a better future, both in movies and other areas of the society."

When asked about the money promised to the entertainment industry that is recently being given out to persons in the entertainment industry, Binta say: "I am aware that the President made that statement but I don't know if they have started giving it out or not. So I will go and get my share", she laughs.

She encourages other youths to work hard and focus on their dreams as there is nothing that cannot be achieved with determination. Not wanting to let her teeming fans down, she shares her appreciation to them, saying that they should expect much more from her in the near future as she is working towards satisfying them.

Binta has featured in numerous films including Kurman gari, Tuna Baya, Azal, Ban Saketa ba, Common ground among others.

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