Report by Daily Trust unveiled that Kannywood is one of the fastest
growing indigenous film-making industries in Nigeria besides the Nollywood. The pace at which the
industry grows could be directly tied
to the rich culture of Hausa man in
whose local language the films are
being produced.

Meanwhile daily trust added that For over 20 years of existence, Kannywood has been the major employer to teeming jobless but talented youths in the northern part of the country and the strength of the industry hinges on the quality of these young artistes in whose hands the future of the industry lies. The following are some of the most promising artistes making the waves in the industry..

1 Maryam Yahaya: Maryam
Yahaya is one of the young actresses in
Kannywood with a promising future in
the industry. The 21year old screen
godess came to the limelight in the
Kannywood circles after her lead role
in Mansoor, a sensational movie
directed by Ali Nuhu. Her dexterity in
adapting a role originally meant for
Bilkisu Shema endeared her to many
Kannywood fans thereby making her a
household name among the Hausa
movie lovers across the globe.

Born in Goron Dutse, Kano about two
decades ago, Maryam Yahaya went to
Yelwa primary school for her
elementary education and later moved
to Bokabo barracks where she
obtained her high school certificate
before venturing into Kannywood to
realize her long held dreams in acting

She was first featured in a film Gidan
Abinci in which she was assigned
minor roles to hone her acting skills
before she made her biggest hit with
astounding performance in Mansoor
two years ago.

2 Maryam Booth: Though Maryam
Booth has been on the acting
profession for long, her wit in adapting
wide range of roles effortlessly has
made her a relishing sight among the
Hausa movie fans within and outside
the country.

She is the daughter of a onetime
veteran Kannywood actress, Zainab
Booth .​ She started acting when she was
8 years old and came into the limelight
with her hit movie Dijangala which
was released in 2007.

Maryam was born in October 28th
1993, she started her education in
Ebony Nursery and primary school in
1996. In 2002 she went to Ahmadiya
secondary school. She is currently
observing her mandatory national
youth service after her university

Maryam had formally acted in Keji,
Dawainiya, Rashin Uwa, her younger
brother Ramadan Booth has also
ventured into acting.

3 Umar M. Sharif: The 31 year
old Shereef has been one of the
talented Hausa R&B musicians in the
country. His songs span across wide
range of themes, and many aspects of
human social life.

Born in Kaduna, the award winning
sensation has over 500 Hausa R&B
songs to his credit before he eventually
ventured into acting and film
production. Among the films he
produced are Mahaifiyata, Nas, Jinin
Jikina, Bazan barki ba and many

His fame soared higher with great
intensity recently after his leading role
along with Maryam Yahaya in

Shereef is unarguably one of the most
sought-after actors making the waves
in Kannywood.

4 Garzali Miko: A lighting director
turned actor-cum-producer, Miko was
the right-hand-man of Ali Nuhu the
christened king of Kannywood. He
came into limelight after his
astounding performance in the film
directed by Ali Nuhu called ‘Gamu nan

His ingenuity in translating the script
into action endeared him to many
producers thereby becoming a hot
cake in the industry.

Miko has featured in many films
among them are Hadari, Ameerah, Zee
zee, Guguwar so, Makaryaci, Wata
dukiya and many others.



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