In its bid to enhance the business of Hausa films through cinemas across the Sub-Saharan countries, the Kano State Censorship Board (KSCB) has organised an interactive workshop for filmmakers and stakeholders in Kano recently, to enlighten stakeholders and practitioners on how to boost the commercial activities of the industry.
Addressing the workshop, the Executive Director, KSCB, Alhaji Isma’ila Na’Abbah (Afakallah), said that the gesture was part of the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje initiative to boost film related activities not just in the state, but across the sub-Saharan countries, towards self-employment and also to reduce youth restiveness.
Malam Afakallah stressed that, the workshop was conceived as government’s commitment to improving the blossoming industry in terms of films production, so as to enable it compete with the trends in the international arena, adding that government would not relent in its desire to provide jobs to the teeming unemployed youths.
“This initiative is part of the gesture by His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to boost filmmaking and also sensitise its businesses, through its numerous agenda for the giant motion picture industry so as to develop talents, woo investors and make profitable exhibition. It is also pertinent to note here that Kannywood, over time has succeeded in portraying Nigeria’s good image, good stories and diverse cultures to most Hausa speaking communities and in the Diaspora,” he said.
The KSCB boss explained that, Kano State government aims to provide necessary materials which will, technically strengthen the marketing of the Hausa movies, adding that, such workshop and forthcoming events will augment the industry in more positive ways.
“We have so many other workshops that are targeted towards achieving the stated objectives, in line with government’s intentions to make the state a more convenient environment for international investors to come in. I am assuring this prestigious gathering that government supports the art business because Kannywood comprises actors with various talents,” submitted Afakallah.
He further cautioned youths to desist from engaging in illegal activities and drugs, and warned parents not to allow their wards to be hawking and roaming the streets across all northern states.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, who was represented by his secretary, Alhaji Yusuf Tanko Masokano, described the workshop as timely and a milestone in film and economic development in the state.
“This is a welcome development that portrays government commitment to elevate our culture as well as economic progress,” he said.
Adding that, filmmakers have enormous roles to play in teaching and enlightening citizenry about the state of the nation more than any other industry.
The commissioner also urged the practitioners to perform their activities according to the laws of Kano State, which showcases the cultural heritages in Nigeria.
“Filmmakers are good ambassadors of Nigeria in the international arena, I therefore urge them to practice within our cultural heritage,” he said.