About

I have recently completed my PhD  in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and I am a columnist with Nigerian national newspaper Weekly Trust. I did dissertation research on Hausa films in Kano, Nigeria, where I also co-coordinated the Hausa Home Video Resource Centre in the Department of Mass Communications at Bayero University from 2008 to 2011. I still maintain the blog for the Centre.

Although I use some of my academic research in this blog, it is a personal project, related to my ventures into freelance journalism and creative writing, and should not be taken in any way as representative of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, or Bayero University. Please note that those I interview on this blog (or those who comment) are expressing their own opinions and perspectives and not necessarily my own. I welcome comments and links to my blog; however, please do not repost anything from this blog without my permission. I also request the courtesy of letting me know when my blog is quoted for another publication. Thank you.

If you need to contact me, please email me at carmenmccain [at] yahoo.com.

19 responses to “About

  1. As a student of phd, why dont you go to the main source of your primary research for your data.

  2. Malam Sani, I try to do that where possible, although my blog is sort of a “working” document for my research, as opposed to a completed article or dissertation, so I don’t always have primary sources on hand. But I certainly try to where they are available and try make it quite clear where I am quoting from. Could you point out exactly which main source of primary research you are talking?

  3. Greetings from Germany. I have just posted an article on you on “Hausa Online”:

    http://hausaonline.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/voa-hira-da-carmen-mccain/

  4. Dear McCain,

    It is very interesting that you built a blog like this which give an insight on Kannywood and it affiliates.

    We are delighted with your work.

    Best Regards,

    Kannywoodonline.com Team.

  5. Talatu,

    I wish u all the best

  6. How do I subscribe to this blog?

    • Mariam, I’ve added a “subscribe by email” option, which you can see near the top of the second column. I’ve also added my blog to feedburner: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ATunanina which you can apparently add to your RSS reader, but I haven’t completely figured that one out yet. Thanks for wanting to subscribe!

  7. I am currently working on my blog/website about fashion, which is totally going to be in hausa language. Contact me through this number for more information: 008615502444014.

  8. Hi,

    I am editing a new blog from the Royal African Society in London called http://www.africanarguments.org – check it out. Please add it to your blogroll, mention it in a post, tweet it out etc etc if you like it.

    I will of course do the same for you.

    Many Thanks.

    Magnus Taylor
    African Arguments

  9. We££ i £ike dat

  10. I really admire your cause, it was nice bumping into a nigerian here on wordpress. Keep up the good, looking forward to reading more of your posts. Love Muhammed

  11. Thanks Muhammed, I appreciate your kind words!

  12. Shadrach Ukuma

    We spoke at the BSU Nollywood Conference, remember? Good luck with your research.

  13. Enjoyed your article on the Caine Prize. Can we add it to our blog – amabooksbyo.blogspot.com? Thanks, Jane

  14. ahmad m.s maidanmashi

    amazing thing that you did not look the northern movie industry with negative view i look forward to helping you with more publications and articles if you wish and also i

  15. Yayi kyau

  16. Carmen, we only spoke once – briefly – during my tour of duty here, but I was so impressed back then. Loving the blog, the whole concept, the writing. Keep going! CD

  17. Hello Carmen, Could we speak about Kano market literature and the influence of/ similarity with Hindi cinema (Bollywood)? I’m a journalist from Bombay and I’m writing a piece on Sin is a Puppy…

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