Kany­wood: ‘I em­ployed over 77 in just one set’

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Arenowned and young movie pro­ducer, Us­man Uzee, has de­scribed the movie in­dus­try as a place of for­tune where one could achieve tall dreams while recre­at­ing new ideas and unique strate­gies. Uzee, who spoke to the WEEKEND in an in­ter­view, said cre­ativ­ity and talent have earned him a place in Kan­ny­wood film in­dus­try where he has em­ployed over 77 per­sons, both ac­tors and cast, in just one set where he fuses ac­tors across the indige­nous movie in­dus­tries.

The 28 year old movie pro­ducer has de­vel­oped a unique way in the movie in­dus­try by cre­at­ing a name for the fu­sion of Kan­ny­wood and Nol­ly­wood ac­tors in re­cent movies.

A grad­u­ate of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence from Univer­sity of Abuja, Uzee Con­cept, as he is pop­u­larly called, started as a makeup artist in the in­dus­try and has pro­duced sev­eral movies both in English and Hausa and won many awards in his ca­reer among which won the 2008 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). He also won the best makeup artist in 2008 af­ter study­ing Make Up Prac­tices in South Africa.

“The in­dus­try as a whole if govern­ment knows what they are do­ing it is a money mak­ing in­dus­try. Just look at the last GDP we con­trib­uted tremen­dously, its op­er­a­tions run into tril­lions, you can imag­ine, if govern­ment pays em­pha­sis in it, it cre­ates em­ploy­ment for many.

“I em­ployed over 77 per­sons both cast and crew just in one set, so imag­ine many movies been done across the coun­try and the people that will live by that. Govern­ment need to come in to fully as­sist us es­pe­cially in terms of piracy, we are cry­ing out for that,” he said.

Uzee de­scribed the no­tion of fus­ing Nol­ly­wood and Kan­ny­wood for bet­ter per­for­mance. He said, “When I started pro­duc­ing, it was with an English movie the one we all call Nol­ly­wood, I don’t know why Hausa people are call­ing theirs Kan­ny­wood, both Hausa, Yoruba, Ig­bos, we are all Nol­ly­wood.”

“So from the English as­pect of it, I started with a movie called ‘Un­der’ which was my first movie. I pro­duced it in Ghana. In 2008 when I won best AMAA makeup artist I met Ali Nuhu, who ad­vised that I should come home to col­lab­o­rate and make Hausa films su­perb and so on. That’s how he prompted me and I thought over it and de­cided to come and give my people some­thing unique,” Uzee dis­closed.

He stated that on his re­turn to Kaduna, he joined Kan­ny­wood where he launched his first movie, Wata Shari’a with Jim Iyke three years ago. Uzee said Oga Abuja, is an­other movie that has Mr Ibu and Ibro among the ma­jor cast, fus­ing the English speak­ing and Hausa speak­ing ac­tors of Nigeria.

Uzee said, “It was a big hit and suc­cess as I used the op­por­tu­nity of Oga Abuja advertise Wata Shari’a, but then I did Az­ima.” He noted that be­fore he started the in­te­gra­tion ini­tia­tive, there was not any Nol­ly­wood cast in the Kan­ny­wood in­dus­try and only Ali Nuhu and Fati Ladan in the English sec­tion, Nol­ly­wood.

Other movies af­ter Az­ima and Wata Shari’a he said are Mai Farin Jini star­ring Ali Nuhu with his three hun­dred women, then comes Maja, an­other set with Nkem Owoh and Ibro. Uzee said he is cur­rently work­ing on his new flick, Has­sana Da Hus­saina the twins; while the next is ti­tled Har Da Mi­jina which will have Adam Zango, a famed Kan­ny­wood star in the cast.

The pro­ducer be­lieve that his hard work life­style and this ini­tia­tive of fus­ing English and Hausa ac­tors on a set is hav­ing a huge ac­cep­tance as the con­cept is just fresh and unique. “I’m do­ing it and people are ap­pre­ci­at­ing all my things. I have huge view­ers and fol­low­er­ship,” he added.

On his new project, Uzee main­tained that his great­est achieve­ment in the in­dus­try will be to be able to fuse Kan­ny­wood and Nol­ly­wood or rather, the English and the Hausa movies.

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