Nige­rian ac­tress sorry for ‘of­fen­sive hug’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A lead­ing Nige­rian ac­tress, who was banned from the Hausa-language film in­dus­try be­cause of her “im­moral” be­hav­iour, has apol­o­gised.

Ra­hama Sadau’s ap­pear­ance in a mu­sic video “hug­ging and cud­dling” Nige­rian pop star Clas­siq of­fended some peo­ple.

Ms Sadau said sorry to those she up­set, but said her ac­tions were “in­nocu­ous”.

Hausa films are pop­u­lar in the mostly Mus­lim north­ern Nige­ria where it is taboo for men and women to hold hands in public.

The in­dus­try, com­monly known as Kan­ny­wood, has been un­der fire from con­ser­va­tive Mus­lim cler­ics who ac­cuse it of cor­rupt­ing peo­ple’s val­ues.

The Mo­tion Pic­tures Prac­ti­tion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria banned the ac­tress from Kan­ny­wood films, say­ing that her ap­pear­ance in the video vi­o­lated the in­dus­try’s code of ethics.

It added that it hoped the ban would serve as a de­ter­rent to other ac­tors and ac­tresses who are “ex­pected to be good am­bas­sadors of the so­ci­ety they rep­re­sent”.

Ms Sadau said she took full re­spon­si­bil­ity for what hap­pened, but ar­gued that she was be­hav­ing pro­fes­sion­ally and added that in her line of work “in­nocu­ous touch­ing with other peo­ple... is in­evitable”.

But she re­as­sured peo­ple that she would be­have with deco­rum, adding: “I have lines that I would never cross.”

Re­spond­ing to the crit­i­cism she has re­ceived she said peo­ple should “be more tol­er­ant and for­giv­ing towards one an­other and to cease all the sense­less abuse, name call­ing and back­bit­ing”.

The Kan­ny­wood star ap­peared in the video with Clas­siq, in a song en­ti­tled I Love You.

In it, the Nige­rian pop star is smit­ten with a veg­etable seller in a mar­ket, acted by Ms Sadau.

Ini­tially, she re­jects his ad­vances, bat­ting him away with a bunch of veg­eta­bles, but he even­tu­ally wins her over.

They hold hands and en­gage in a bit of cud­dling that would be con­sid­ered de­mure in a West­ern film.

But many peo­ple in north­ern Nige­ria felt she had gone too far with Clas­siq in the mu­sic video.

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