Kannywood actress Rahama Sadau says she is sorry for ‘offensive hug’
A leading Nigerian actress, who was banned from the Hausa-language film industry, Kannywood, because she hugged a man in a music video has apologised for her “immoral” behaviour.
Rahama Sadau’s appearance in a music video “hugging and cuddling” Nigerian pop star Classiq offended some people.
Ms Sadau said sorry to those she upset, but said her actions were “innocuous”.
Hausa films are popular in the mostly Muslim northern Nigeria where it is taboo for men and women to hold hands in public.
The industry has been under fire from conservative Muslim clerics who accuse it of corrupting people’s values.
The Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria banned the actress from Kannywood films, saying that her appearance in the video violated the industry’s code of ethics.
It added that it hoped the ban would serve as a deterrent to other actors and actresses who are “expected to be good ambassadors of the society they represent”.
Ms Sadau said she took full responsibility for what happened, but argued that she was behavingprofessionally and added that in her line of work “innocuous touching with other people… is inevitable”.
But she reassured people that she would behave with decorum, adding: “I have lines that I would never cross.”
Responding to the criticism she has received she said people should “be more tolerant and forgiving towards one another and to cease all the senseless abuse, name calling and backbiting”.
The Kannywood star appeared in the video with Classiq, in a song entitled I Love You.
They held hands and engaged in a bit of cuddling that would be considered demure in a Western film.