How I became Kannywood actress – Ummah Shehu

Kannywood actress, Ummah Shehu, has told PREMIUM TIMES how she started her career in the Hausa film industry.

Ummah, 26, said the industry brought out acting skills she never knew she had.

Relatively new in Kannywood, Ummah won her first award in 2015 at the City People Awards, as the best new actress in the Hausa film category.

Ummah said she experienced her life’s biggest transformation after acting in the film Sa-In-Sa, besides Adam Zango.

“Although I acted besides Adam Zango who is a great personality in the Kannywood, and as a new comer, it was like what an opportunity. I was his wife in the film. That same movie, Sa-In-Sa got me an award last year even though I met many other actors who could not match my performance for the award,” she said.

Ummah also narrated how she started her acting career.

“Tijjani Asase was very instrumental to me joining the Kannywood. He has always been a family friend and one day he came to my house in Tudun Wada, Kaduna, and while we got talking, he told me to follow him to one location where they were shooting a new film.

“We went there and the actress to feature in that film was not available and the director, Falalu Dorayi, insisted on recording that scene that same day. Reluctantly I said ‘Let me do it’, they all turned around and looked at me. I said ‘yes, let me do it’,” she said.

Ummah said she was given the role and was given the script to go through.

“In two hours I was done and I left,” she said. “I started getting calls from movie producers and directors. So far, I have acted in more than 30 films and still counting.”

On marriage plans, Ummah said she hoped to get married soon.

“I was once married and had a baby. It did not last long and now I am trying to build a career now but definitely I will marry again and I will invite PREMIUM TIMES,” she said.

Ummah also said her dream holiday destination is Switzerland. She loves Tuwo miyan Kubewa, a Hausa local delicacy.

Ummah Shehu said she hoped to clinch more awards in 2016.


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