The 2014 Miss Heritage Nigeria, Benedicta Akpana, is one of the new faces in Kannywood.
Ms. Akpana, in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, revealed her experiences in the Hausa movie industry.
“I am a lover of movies and I have acted in many Nigeria movies most of which are African Magic series movies,” Ms. Akpana said. “I acted in the films, The Corper and Second Chances. In Kannywood, I acted in Maja and Sani Nake So.”
She noted that she barely spoke Hausa but found acting in Kannywood movies easy.
According to her, she came to be in Kannywood thanks to her friend, producer, Usman Uzee.
“Usman Uzee told me that he intended to feature me in a film starring Nkem Owoh – Osuofia, named Maja,” she said. “At first, I was jittery because I was not sure I could do it but with the confidence my producer gave me I made up my mind and the rest is history now.”
Ms. Akpana said the role she played in Maja was actually not a very demanding one. She played a housemaid and her dialogue was simple.
In Sani Nake So, she acted alongside Sani Danja, Yakubu Mohammed and Zainab Indomie.
The actress/beauty queen said working in Kannywood, she was impressed by the unity among the crew and the technical advancement in the industry.
“The Kannywood movie industry has experienced a remarkable growth in terms of equipment, content and style,” she said. “The unity that exist among the players is what actually motivated and inspired me to really want to act in Kannywood. The people I worked with were very accommodating and hospitable and I will love to work with them over and over again.”
She applauds the likes of the late Rabilu Musa (Dan Ibro), Zainab Indomie, Yakubu Mohammed and Sani Danja.
She said she intended to act in many more Kannywood movies.
Ms. Akpana is the current Miss Heritage Nigeria; a title she will hold until December 2015.