Aliyu Hussaini, aka Rara, is a popular figure in Kannywood cinema.
Known for his comic roles, Aliyu was born and raised in Gombe state.
As a much younger man, he was part of local productions in Gombe, before moving to Kano to pursue his dream and join the Kannywood film industry.
“I really wanted to join the entertainment industry because I wanted to contribute my quota by acting in educative movies that would correct societal ills,” he said.
The 30 years old diminutive actor has featured in several Kannywood movies including Bakin Mulki, Mulkin Mallaka, Hassana Da Hussaina, Barayin Gari, Nisan Kiwo, Auren Soja, ‘Yar Jami’a, Mata-maza, Babban yarinya among others.
Rara said acting really changed his life making him a well-known and celebrated personality.
“I cannot move freely now in most Northern towns,” he said. “People would gather and scream my name and some will also want to follow me to where I am going.”
The actor said one of the major challenges in Kannywood was the lack of understanding between actors and fans. He said some fans do not understand that it is all acting, believing that the character the actor portrays on screen is his actual self offscreen.
“Many times one would have to sit people down to explain that it’s just a role” he said. “If our fans would get more awareness on what we do, it would be great for us.”
Rara said one of his memorable acting roles was in Hanyar Kano.
“I love the film and my role in the film,” he said. “In fact,all my films are film I like and I can tell you that I have a great time with my producers and directors.”
Rara had only kind words to say about his colleagues in Kannywood but one day wishes to be known as the best actor in the industry.
Rara, who is single, said his days of bachelorhood is coming to an end.
“I will soon get married and I shall invite PREMIUM TIMES when the time comes but for now I am not married yet,” he said.
Meanwhile, he was rumoured to be in a relationship with an actress, A’isha Togo. Rara denied this.
“A’isha Togo is my trainee,” he said. “I am her mentor in the industry. She came to me to put her through acting and we act together in some films.”