Rahama Sadau is one of the best things that have happened to Kannywood and Nollywood in general. The Nigerian professional actress from the northern part of the country won Best Actress (Kannywood) at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2014 and 2015. She also won Best African Actress at the 19th African Film Awards in 2015 by African Voice. Rahama Sadau is the most followed female Kannywood actress with over 600,000 followers on instagram and a huge number on twitter. In 2017, Rahama Sadau produced a blockbuster movie under her production banner, Sadau Pictures titled, ‘Rariya’ which stars popular actors like Ali Nuhu, Sadiq Sani Sadiq, Fati Washa, Usman Ycee, Rahama Sadau and Others ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM speaks with her during the making of Zero Hour, her latest flick.
What is your role in this movie?
I am playing the role of Zee. Zainab is simple and an amazing girl who is stuck in between taking revenge for her dead uncle and a fiancé of hers who is also confused about what to do with him. I think there is a lot more about Zainab in this movie, which we hope the audience will welcome and be amazed about everything we have put together.
Tell us about the production…
What amazed me most is that the production value is very expensive and very good which is what actors actually want in a production. Everybody on set is cooperative.
How would you compare the roles you have played with this one on Zero Hour?
The role I am playing is different from the roles I have played before. There is a lot of running, a lot difficulties and challenges, and it’s good for me, it’s good for anyone who plays this role because it’s something new and I appreciate it.
How do you feel being in a movie that has people from other parts of the country coming to the north?
I feel very proud to be acting alongside big actors in the industry because now, the people from the Southern part of the country are coming to shoot in the North which is overwhelming and exciting and we hope to see more in the near figure.
What is your message to young female actors who look up to you?
What I always tell the young actors that are coming up is to be focused and know what they want. Believe in yourself, believe in what you do, know what you are doing and know where you are going and put so much hard work and effort in what you are doing because that is when you can get to where you want to be.
What are you working on now?
Its better I keep it a secret for now but when it comes and it is ripe, you will certainly be informed.
What are the challenges you encountered, especially coming from a conservative industry like Kannywood and also having a stint in Nollywood?
I don’t think there is a lot of challenge facing the Kannywood industry because every industry has its own norms, values, traditions and the way they do their things. I believe we just have to adapt to what we see or unless people like us want to cross over, that is when, maybe, you will have a multiple of characters, meaning the character you played in Kannywood will be different from the one you will play in the other side of the industry. I don’t think there are much challenges. Everyone on the set has a challenging role and important character. What I love most about this set is everybody is trying to bring in his/ her game. Everybody is trying to bring their character out for people to see, which is very encouraging. So you won’t suffer alone on bringing out the character you are given.
How do you feel being the Leadership Artiste of the Year?
When I heard about the award, I couldn’t believe it actually, but it is amazing and I feel very happy to be among those that are celebrated today by LEADERSHIP Newspapers. So, thank you so much, to everyone that nominated me and believes in me, thank you so much.
Message to fans…
To my fans, thank you so much for the love and support and always know that I love you all.
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