Mansura Isa is the wife of the famous Kannywood actor Sani Danja. Also a celebrity in her own right, she was a popular actress in the early days of the Hausa film industry. Mansura also made waves as Kannywood’s first female video editor before she delved into acting in the late 1990s. PREMIUM TIMES’ Mohammed Lere had a chat with her in Abuja where she shed light on life after acting as well as her interests.
PT: Quitting acting at the peak of your career must have been a very difficult choice for you to make. What informed the decision?
Mansura: Yes when I got married I decided to stay off entertainment Industry so I can build my home and raise a family. I am so lucky to have married the best man on earth and we work hand in hand to make our marriage work. We have been married for a decade and it is indeed a dream come true for us. We have four lovely kids and I am good.
PT: Don’t you miss acting?
Mansura: I don’t think really miss acting. I attained the peak of my career before I left Kannywood. I achieved a lot for myself; I built my own house, I bought my own car, I travelled to Umra, and to cap it all, I am married to a Kannywood star. What else would I say rather than to thank Allah.
I was also the first female editor in Kannywood.
PT: What is your assessment of the current crop of actors?
Mansura: I want to share the same sentiments with Umma Shehu that the present crop of actors are doing much better than we did in our heydays. We really suffered in our time; there was no structure, no technology, no skills, we are just doing it for the fun of it. Let me tell you, I starred in so many films that had no written script. It was just verbal. The producer just told us what to do and we adhered to his directives. Today, actors are even given script months before filming commences. That way, they have all the time in the world to rehearse and master their lines.
PT: Do you agree that we now have better actors?
Mansura: Yes I do and they have no reason not to be good.
PT: Do you still watch Kannywood films?
Mansura: I do not have that time now. I rarely watch Kannywood films these days.
Mansura: I only watch a film once it has rave reviews. However, I do watch many series that interest me on television.
PT: Are you likely to return to Kannywood?
Mansura: I am not sure; I am preoccupied with running Today’s Life Foundation and I also write movies for producers and I get paid for it.