29 December 2012

Nigeria: I Am Not a Snob - Maryam Booth

Maryam Adamu, fondly referred to as Maryam Booth or Dije Gala, is a young actress in the Hausa film industry. Booth, who holds a diploma in Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano, started acting as a child. She spoke with MAIRO MUHAMMAD MUDI in Kano about her career and ambitions.

As the daughter of a popular actress, Zainab Booth, Maryam could be said to have grown up in a family where entertainment is a gospel of sorts. What's more? Her elder sister, Sadiya Adam, who is married to a Kannywood producer and musician, Yakubu Muhammed, was an actress. Her immediate younger brother, Amude Booth, is also a popular actor.

The 19-year-old beautiful damsel, who said she started acting at the age of eight, explained that when her mother introduced her to the film industry, her performance endeared her to many producers.

Asked the number of films she has featured in, Maryam Booth said she had lost count, but, however, added that they were above 100, including Dije Gala and Dawo-Dawo, which brought her to the limelight.

On her different roles as a married woman or somebody's girlfriend, even at a tender age, she explained that roles for actors and actresses were most often than not, determined by producers and directors, depending on the situation at hand or the message they want to pass across. She said directors and producers should give artists the opportunity to diversify and improve their talents.

Does the young actress envisage challenges? Maryam revealed that acting was in her blood, hence, she does not envisage any problem as she is capable of translating her roles excellently. In addition to acting, she also said she was looking forward to releasing her musical album very soon.

Reacting to the accusation that most actresses are snobs, Maryam said: "I am not snobbish. With all sense of modesty, I don't think there is an actress that is as friendly to her fans as I am. If you check my profile in social networks like Facebook and Twitter, I don't discriminate. I add or follow back any fan that wants me as a friend, or wants to follow me.

We are all humans; and I don't feel any special that I should start looking down on people. The only snag is that some fans make issues very complicated. Some just lack manners of approach, and in that case, as humans we are likely to react."

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