Publications

(Under Construction)

On this page, I am slowly putting together a bibliography of my publications, both popular and scholarly. I hope to provide links where available. Until I remove “under construction” from the top of this page, please note that my list is not yet complete. Unless otherwise noted, all content listed and linked to on this page has been written and is copyright to me, Carmen McCain.

Books (someday!) and Book Chapters

(2013) “Nollywood, Kannywood, and a Decade of Hausa Film Censorship” in Daniel Biltereyst and Roel Vande Winkel eds. Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

(2012) “Chapter 24: Islam and Modernity” in Elias Kifon Bongmba, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

(2010) “Reimagining Gender Spaces in Abbas Sadiq and Zainab Idris’s video-film Albashi,” in Fictions, Factions and African Creative Imaginations. Ed. Toyin Falola and Fallou Ngom. New York: Routledge, 2010. pp. 163-189. (please note a correction to the bibliography on this page)

(2008) “Introduction.” Portraits of a Trip: A Journalist’s Glimpse of the United States of America, by Babangida Ahmadu Kakaki. Leadership Editors Limited: Abuja.

Articles in Blogs, Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

Cassava Republic Blog

(unfortunately, Cassava Republic seems to delete their Books of the Month after the month ends. I will eventually try to put up a copy of my short essay on my blog )

(2013) “September Book of the Month: Balaraba Ramat Yakubu’s Wa Zai Auri Jahila.” (I put up a blog post about it here.)

Chimurenga

(2009) with Nazir Ahmed Hausawa and Ahmed Alkanawy. “On the Current Censorship Crisis in Kano.” 14 December 2009.

Chimurenga Chronic

(2013) “An Interview with Ibrahim Sheme.” Chimurenga Chronic. December 2013.

Film Afrique 

(this site is now defunct I will try to transfer the content to my blog eventually)

(2011) “The National Film and Video Censors Board Website Returns with Mountains of Information” December.

(2011) Anchor Babies in America…    June. (first published under the name “Anchor Baby and the dark underbelly of the American Dream” in Weekly Trust on 12 February 2011, reprint by permission)

IPS News

(2009) “Culture-Nigeria: Award-Winning Film Lands Director in Jail” 16 February.

Journal of African Cinemas

(2012),  ‘Video Expose: Metafiction and Message in Nigerian Films.’ Journal of African Cinemas. (2012) 4.1: 26-57.

Journal of African Media Studies

(2011) ‘FESPACO in a time of Nollywood: The politics of the ‘video’ film at Africa’s oldest festival,’ Journal of African Media Studies 3:2, pp. 241-261.

Leadership

(2008) “Re: Most Gorgeous Nigerian Women (apparently live abroad…)” opinion piece published under the name Talatu-Carmen in the “Artville” column of Leadership Sunday. 19 October. (hard copy p. 53)

Next

(unfortunately NEXT has also gone offline. I will try to archive my articles here, eventually, once I can locate hard copies to photograph.)

(2009) “Hard times in Kannywood” Next. Sunday. 8 March. p.25

(2009) “We Didn’t do anything wrong: Interview with Sulaiman Abubakar.” Next. Sunday. 8 March. p. 26.

(2009) “Mallam Rabo SpeaksNext. Sunday. 8 March. p. 26. (See complete interview in my blog post of February 13, 2009)

Nigerianfilms.com/modernghana.com

Interview with Sani Mu’azu, President of the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria” NigerianFilms.com/modernghana.com. 13 February 2009.    (The interview posted here was initially taken without attribution from my blog by Nigerianfilms.com and then reposted by modernghana.com. After much badgering from me and various friends, they finally put my name on the interview. You can read the original at my blog here.)

Nigerians Talk

(2012) “Kannywood: the growth of a Nigerian language industry.” Nigerians Talk. 9 October 2012.

Sentinel Nigeria

(2011) translation of excerpt from Chapter 1 of novel, “Kaico! by Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino” February. Issue 5.

WARA (West African Research Association) Newsletter

(2009) “Kannywood: A Growing Hausa Film Industry Under Fire.” Spring. p. 20.

Weekly Trust

Since 16 October 2011, I have had a column in the Weekly Trust, published every Saturday. I also occasionally contribute to the weekend magazine feature for Weekly Trust. On this page, I provide a listing of the title, a link to the articles on the Trust website, a link to a photo of the hard copy, as published, and links to blog posts where I extend the articles with more commentary or photos. Occasional guest columnists are listed by name.

Features/non column Weekly Trust pieces

(2011) “Lawal Kaura: Exit of one of Kannywood’s most versitile” 17 December 2011. (hard copy)

(2011) “‘I’d Love to Tell More African Stories in My Films’-Julius Amedume”  12 November. (blog post version with links to films)

(2011) “The ‘Second Coming’ of Kannywood” 21 May.

(2011) “I left banking job to direct movies –Kunle Afolayan” 2 April. (hard copy pages 18 and 19, page 44)  (Extended version of longer interview, with more photos, on my blog)

(2011) “Sal Jide Thomas: We’ve distribution problem in U.S.”  8 January. (hard copy cover, p. 18, p. 19, p. 20)

(2010) “Why Nollywood is Important –Wanjiku wa Ngugi” 18 December. (hard copy cover, p. 18 and 19, p. 20)

Column: “My Thoughts Exactly” 

(since I started this column in October 2010, I have not missed a single week, although I have arranged for a few guest columnists every once in a while for relief. Where there are articles missing in sequence here, it is because Weekly Trust did not upload them that week, for whatever reason.)

(2013) “A Death at Christmas-time.” 21 December 2013.

(2013) A Conversation with Victor Prince Dickson, developer of Nigeria’s first registered card game (II). 14 December 2013.

(2013) A Conversation with Victor Prince Dickson, developer of Nigeria’s first registered card game (I). 7 December 2013.

(2013) Kannywood Awards 2013 seek uplift and unity. 30 November 2013.

(2013) Premiere stage performance of Africa Ukoh’s play 54 Silhouettes skewers Hollywood. 23 November 2013.

(2013) Young poets in Jos chasten their elders. 16 November 2013.

(2013) Breathing Life into Mummified Texts: Prof. Scott Carroll talks about his research on ancient texts (II). 9 November 2013.

(2013) Breathing Life into Mummified Texts: Prof. Scott Carroll talks about his research on ancient texts, (I). 2 November 2013.

(2013). A Film to Remember: Dul Johnson’s There’s Nothing Wrong with My Uncle. 19 October 2013.

(2013) Words Without Borders Draws Attention to African Women Writing in Indigenous Languages. 12 October 2013.

(2013) Murdered Sleep. 5 October 2013.

(2013) “Where the worm eats, a grain grows”: Kofi Awoonor and terror in Benisheik, Baghdad, Nairobi, and Peshawar. 28 September 2013.

(2013) Playing the Nollywood game in Chibundu Onuzo’s novel The Spider King’s Daughter. 21 September 2013.

(2013) 25 Years in Nigeria. 14 September 2013.

(2013) The many layers of NoViolet Bulawayo’s novel We Need New Names. 7 September 2013.

[...]

(2013) Chasing scapegoats in the “Woods”: Aisha Umar Yusuf’s Kannywood. 17 August 2013.

(2013) Readers on reading: your responses. 10 August 2013.

(2013) The Daughters of the Niger Delta speak out through film. 3 August 2013.

(2013) The question of child marriage and Balaraba Ramat Yakubu’s novel Wa Zai Auri Jahila? 27 July 2013.

(2013) African Literary Prizes: Where are the translations? 20 July 2013. (Interestingly, the South African literary blog Books Live wrote a whole blog post on this article “Carmen McCain Criticizes the Etisalat Prize for Not Accepting Translated Works.”)

(2013) Defining the “African story” in London: a preliminary response to the African Writes Festival at the British Library. 13 July 2013.

(2013) Libraries for All: A Conversation with Kingsley Sintim, founder of the Tasha Community Library (III) 6 July 2013.

(2013) Libraries for All: A Conversation with Kingsley Sintim, founder of the Tasha Community Library (II). 29 June 2013.

(2013) Libraries for All: A Conversation with Kingsley Sintim, founder of the Tasha Community Library, part 1. 22 June 2013.

(2013) The beautiful ones are being born in Nigeria! (the first part of an interview with Hausa filmmaker Husayn Zagaru. For some reason Weekly Trust did not put up the second part.) 8 June 2013.

Hoechner, Hannah. (2013) Rights and respect versus bans and blame: What serves Nigeria’s almajirai? 1 June 2013.

(2013) An Americanah takes on Race and Class in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie latest novel. 25 May 2013.

(2013) Nigeria’s Four Caine Prize Nominees. 18 May 2013.

(2013) For the love of Kannywood. 11 May 2013.

(2013) As the rains begin. 4 May 2013.

(2013) A Conversation with American Librarian Elizabeth Chase. 27 April 2013.

El-Awady, Nadia (2013). Boston: Why Arabs like me are horrified. 20 April 2013. (Blogger and journalist Nadia El-Awady allowed me to reproduce her blog about the Boston bombings as a guest column. You can read her original blog post on her blog here.)

(2013) In Memory of Rachel Horlings, a Daughter of Nigeria. 13 April 2013.

(2013) A letter to Chinua Achebe, never sent. 6 April 2013.

(2013) Conversation with Nkem Ivara, author of Closer than a Brother. 30 March 2013.

(2013) Weeping at Night, Waiting for Light. 23 March 2013.

(2013) A Conversation with Award-winning Hausa film Director Hafizu Bello. 16 March 2013.

(2013) The 7th Jos Festival of Theatre and Three Nigerian Plays. 9 March 2013.

(2013). “A Conversation with Jos Literary Activist Onotu David Onimisi (II).” 2 March 2013.

(2013). “A Conversation with Jos Literary Activist Onotu David Onimisi (I).” 23 February.

(2013) “The Nigerian Reading Culture and the Need for Libraries.” 16 February.

(2013) “Finding the Girl Next Door on Black Sister’s Street” [a review of the NLNG-winning novel by Chika Unigwe].  9 February.

[... Weekly Trust revamped their website and lost two articles written at the end of January. I will eventually upload hard copies. Bear with me]

(2013) “Aaron Swartz and his battle to give knowledge to the world.” 19 January.

(2013) “Reading Labo Yari’s Climate of Corruption.” 12 January.

(2013) “Vacation Reading.” 5 January.

(2012) “The Good things of 2012.” 29 December.

(2012) “Christmas in a Time of Massacres.” 22 December.

(2012) “The Silent North? Problems in Studies of Northern Nigerian Literature.” 15 December.

(2012) “Remembering Director Muhammadu Balarabe Sango.” 8 December.

(2012) “Imagining Another Country: Eghosa Imasuen’s ‘New Nigeria’ in To Saint Patrick.” 1 December.

(2012) “Journeying to the Seeds of Slavery in Ngozi Achebe’s Onaedo: The Blacksmith’s Daughter.” 24 November.

(2012) “Private Jets for Jesus?” 17 November.

(2012) “Lola Shoneyin’s Polygamist satire in The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.” 10 November.

(2012) “Making History with Balaraba Ramat Yakubu’s Sin is a Puppy….” 3 November.

Dr. K.A. Korb. (2012) “Is Teaching a Last Resort Career?” 27 October.

(2012) “Revisiting the Kano Censorship Crisis in Iyan-Tama’s Kurkuku.” 20 October.

(2012) “My Thoughts Exactly, Year Two in Review.” 13 October.

(2012) “More Tips on Doing Internet Research in Nigeria.” 6 October.

(2012) “Tips on Doing Internet Research in Nigeria.” 29 September.

(2012) “Contextualizing Rage: Islamophobia, Anti-Americanism, and Everyone In Between.” 22 September.

(2012) “The Rhetoric of Hate in ‘Until we Do this we Labour under a Curse.” 15 September.

(2012) “Nollywood’s Incursion into African Cinema Studies.” 8 September.

(2012) “Stepping out into Mystery: the passing of Neil Armstrong.” 1 September.

(2012) “Navigating the Land of the Dead in Helon Habila’s Oil on Water.” 25 August.

[... Weekly Trust is missing a week here. I will find the hard copy and upload]

(2012) “Fragile Seeds of Hope.” 11 August.

(2012) “A Conversation with Director Andrew Osawaru.” 4 August.

(2012) “Diary of a Trip to Four Nigerian Cities.” 28 July.

(2012) “Nollywood greats Emem Isong and Lancelot Imasuen on Nigerian Language Films.” 21 July.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2012) “Eulogy for the Young Victims of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing.” 14 July.

(2012) “Destroying History, Destroying Souls.” 7 July.

Alessandro Jedlowski. (2012). “Local Language films and the Reverse Side of the Production Crisis.” 30 June.

[.... Weekly Trust is missing another week]

(2012) “Young Love, Forty Years Later.” 16 June.

(2012) “For Those Lost Last Sunday.” 9 June.

(2012) “Walking around a Jos city block, a day after Democracy Day.” 2 June.

(2012) “Re-imagining Bala Muhammad’s ‘Raise a Child, Not a Voucher.” 26 May. (This article was in response to back page columnist Bala Muhammad’s column “Raise a Child, Not a Voucher” published on 19 May.)

[... Weekly Trust is missing a few more weeks here.]

(2012) “The Caine Prize, the Tragic Continent, and the Politics of the Happy African Story.”  12 May.

(2012) “Responses to ‘Fellini, Godard, and Training Nollywood.’” 5 May.

(2012) “Ridding Nigeria of Illegality and Giving Jos a Facelift.” 28 April.

[Missing another week]

(2012) “The Haunting Trauma of Buried History.” 14 April.

(2012) “Captured by Modern Day Slavery in [Abidemi Sanusi's] Eyo.” 7 April.

(2012) “Peace in Jos: Marching forward little by little.” 31 March.

(2012) “Learning How to Fight… Peacefully.” 24 March.

(2012) “The strange poisonous fruit of hate” 17 March.

(2012) “Taking Hausa films to the world with hausafilms.tv” 10 March.

(2012) “The Darkness Only Love Can Drive out” 3 March.

(2012) “Love Triangles and Other Complicated Things” 25 February. (a review of Unwanted Guests)

(2012) “‘Nollywood Hustlers’ and the celebrity elite’ 18 February.

(2012) “A Mixed-up People: When Wainaina Writes About Africa” 11 February.

(2012) “Politics of Hollywood’s Half of a Yellow Sun” 4 February. (hard copy)

(2012) “Praying for Enenche’s Country” 28 January.

(2012) “The Occupants of Nigeria’s Harmattan” 21 January.

with Gimba Kakanda (2012) “Cross of Crescents: Muslims around a church” 14 January. (hard copy)

Korb, K.A. (2012) “Splitting a Nation: Lessons from History” 7 January. (hard copy)

(2011) “Unity or Hell: Choices for the New Year” 31 December. (hard copy) (Republished in Vanguard)

(2011) “The Small Things of Christmas” 24 December.

Adamu, Abdalla Uba (2011) “Music Maestros, please: Freedom Fasaha championships”  17 December . (hard copy)

(2011) “Politics, literature collide at ANA’s 30th convention” 10 December. (hard copy)

(2011) “‘Across the Niger’ Rocks the Plateau International Film Festival” 3 December. (hard copy)

(2011) “Exploring Bridges Between Nollywood and Theatre” 26 November.

(2011) “I met an African Dream waiting to come true” 19 November. (hard copy)

(2011) “Equestrian Elegance at Sallah-time” 12 November. (hard copy)

(2011) “Duniya Juyi Juyi: Life from the eyes of the almajirai” 5 November.

(2011) “On the Precipice: the short dark films of Julius Amedume”  29 October. (hard copy)

(2011) “Mr Lecturer, Snoop Dogg, and Dbanj’s ‘Mr. Endowed'” 22 October. (blinged up blog version with links to videos)

(2011) “One Year of ‘My Thoughts Exactly'” 15 October. (hard copy)

Nwokeabia, Chidi Nuel. (2011) “Re: Champions of Our Time, The Figurine, and Nigeria’s Rebranding Project at FESPACO (II)” 8 October. (hard copy)

with Chidi Nuel Nwokeabia. (2011) “Re:  Champions of Our Time, The Figurine, and Nigeria’s Re-branding Project at FESPACO.” 1 October. (hard copy)

Korb, K.A. (2011) “The Stories we Share” 24 September.

Madueke, Kingsley (2011) “Why Christian, Muslim Jos youths should climb the ‘peace tree'” 17 September. (hard copy) (Please note that despite repeated requests to the webmaster, I am incorrectly noted as author of this piece on the Weekly Trust site. Guest columnist Kingsley Madueke, a journalist and peace activist in Jos, is the author.)

(2011) “September 2011, Ten Years Later” 10 September. (hard copy)

(2011) “Violence at a time of celebration” 3 September. (hard copy)

(2011) “Under the Mango Tree” 27 August 2011

(…)

(2011) “From Kano to Lagos, All for a Concert” 13 August 2011. (hard copy)

(2011) “Questioning Power Relations in Dani Kouyate’s Keita” 6 August. (hard copy)

(2011) “Nollywood and its Terminology Migraines” 30 July. (hard copy)

(2011) “Raoul Peck’s Lumumba and the Cannibals of the West” 23 July

(2011) “On a Nollywood Myth and the Rise of Nigerian Cinema” 16 July. (hard copy)

(2011) “Coming to terms with renewable energy in Nigeria” 9 July. (hard copy) (Extended version on my blog)

(2011) “Nigerian Copyright Commission vs Pirates: 5 Things that Should be Done.” 2 July. (hard copy)

Musa, Samdi Lazarus, (2011) “Torn Between” 25 June. (hard copy)

(2011) “In Kano, Goethe Institut goes off grid with solar power” 18 June. (hard copy)

with Ibrahim A. Waziri, (2011) “Found… in translation” 11 June. (hard copy)

(2011) “5 Ways to maintain privacy in Facebook’s open world” 4 June. (hard copy)

(2011) “Twenty Authors Who’ll Always Stick With Me (II)”  28 May. (hard copy)

(2011) “20 Authors Who’ll Always Stick With Me” 21 May. (hard copy)

(2011) “Hear Your Own Voices” 14 May. (hard copy)

(2011) “Osama bin Laden, the Matrix, and the fight for reality” 7 May. (hard copy)

(2011) “The danger of a single story and the Good Samaritans of Arewa” 30 April. (hard copy)

(2011) “Threat of hate, hope of Love” 23 April. (hard copy p. 48) (Extended version with more photos, on my blog)

(2011) “Honouring Kannywood: In Memory of Maryam Umar Aliyu” 16 April. (hard copy p. 48) (extended version with more photos, on my blog)

(2011) “From FESPACO 2011, inspirations for Kannywood” 9 April. (hard copy p. 48)

(2011) “Celebrating Africa’s film industries, building of pan-African cinema” 2 April. (hard copy p. 48) (extended version with lots and lots of photos, on my blog)

(2011) “Ouagadougou continued. Lessons from a Pirate” 26 March. (hard copy p. 48)

(2011) “Champions of Our Time, The Figurine, and Nigeria’s Rebranding Project at FESPACO (II)” 19 March. (hard copy p. 48) (an extended version of this column, with both parts of the essay combined, trailers to both movies, and a response by the producer of Champions of Our Time in the comments section.)

(2011) “Champions of Our Time, The Figurine, and Nigeria’s Rebranding Project at FESPACO” 12 March. (hard copy p. 48)

(2011) “FESPACO: Politics of video and Afolayan’s The Figurine”  5 March. (hard copy p. 48) (extended version on blog, with lots of photos and extra commentary)

(2011) “Makuwa and the beauty of detail in Aisha Halilu’s films” 26 February

(2011) “Celebrating with Egypt” 19 February

(2011) “Anchor Baby and the dark underbelly of the American Dream” 12 February. (hard copy) (extended version, on my blog)

Korb, Dr. K.A. (2011) “Grieving for Jos Again” 5 February. (hard copy p. 31)

(2011) “Ascending to cloud 9 with Hausa film Duniyar Sama” 29 January. (hard copy p. 31)

(2011) “The Sad Consequences of Hate” 22 January. (hard copy p. 31)

Korb, Dr. K.A. (2011) “Case of Mistaken Identities” 15 January. (hard copy p. 31)

(2011) “Anger and the revolutionary ideal of Love” 8 January. (hard copy p. 31)

(2011) “Peace on Earth… and bombs in Jos” 1 January. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “Peace on Earth… and in Plateau State” 25 December. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “Regarding Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s ‘The Laureate’s Curse'” 18 December. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “Sharon Stone in Abuja, Nollywood in New York” 11 December (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “Crossing African Borders” 4 December. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “Saying Farewell to Mama Dumba” 27 November. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “Taking on Kantawaye with Hajiya Umma Ali” 20 November. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “In Conversation with Ali Bature (II)” 13 November. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “In Conversation with Ali Bature” 6 November. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “In Memory of Sazzy: the Music lives on” 30 October. (hard copy p. 31)

(2010) “Questioning Love of the Hausa kind” 23 October. (hard copy p. 29)

(2010) “Why the beginning is the best place to start” 16 October. (hard copy) (much extended version with lots of photos, on my blog)

6 responses to “Publications

  1. Special Invitation to all the filmmakers:
    Puerto Rico International Film Fest & Convention
    ___________________________________________________________
    Country of event: San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Event Name: Puerto Rico International Film Fest & Convention
    Event Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – Sunday, June 9, 2013

    Official Program of Puerto Rico International Film Fest & Convention
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    What we will offer during the convention:

    During the convention we will be offering the following
    Seminars:
    Distribution Local / International
    New in Film Technology
    How to apply to Tax Credit 40% – 20%? And what are its benefits?
    How to apply the Film Fund of Puerto Rico?

    Location seminars: Teatro Francisco Arriví
    Seminars Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013 – Saturday, June 8, 2013
    Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Workshops
    Edition
    Script
    Workshops Location: Teatro Francisco Arriví
    Workshop Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013 – Saturday, June 8, 2013
    Workshop Schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Domestic Tourism
    Monday, June 3, 2013 – Tuesday, June 4, 2013
    Domestic tourism Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    In this case if the filmmaker wants to attend is unlimited or per seat you have to remove your seat early.
    Soon you will be told and the information about this event

    Film Products Exhibition
    Distribution Picth:
    In this case the producer / director has a film project and is looking for distribution, both locally and internationally it will have the opportunity to have 35 minutes to present their film project. During those 35 minutes 10 to present a demo of the project and present the proposal otherwise complete your project.

    Where will be held on Picth Distribution:
    Marriot Hotel Miramar
    Day Picth Distribution:
    Thursday, June 6, 2013 – Saturday, June 8, 2013
    ___________________________________________________________
    Part II Festival

    The festival will be divided into two parts:
    From 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Dinner)
    7:00 PM – 11:30 PM (Begins Movie)

    Where is the festival?
    Event date: Thursday, June 6, 2013 – Friday, June 8, 2013
    Location: Francisco Arriví Santurce, Puerto Rico

    Venue: Museum of San Juan
    Day event Saturday, June 8, 2013

    Venue: Teatro Tapia
    Event Day: Sunday, June 9, 2013
    Event Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    ___________________________________________________________
    Categories that we accept in the festival:

    FutureFilms
    ShortFilms
    Documentary
    Animation
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    Deadline ends on Monday, December 31, 2012
    It is absolutely free and registration is unlimited or the producer may submit more than one film …
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    For more information
    http://www.facebook.com/priffc
    email: jorgeluisaquinocalo@gmail.com
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  2. carmen McCain i want be in hausa movie industry but i dont know any body in the industry, pls connect me with some body who can help me 2 be a star. I am wating your reply

  3. I am really impressed by the rich content of the blog, mostly representing media people and some Hausa activities, films some few cultures and the likes. Although I didn’t get want I am searchig for, but my visit to the blog is worth doing.

  4. @Aminu, I’m sorry. I can’t really connect people via my blog, but I’d suggest you visit a few video stores and studios and ask them if you can help out in some way. Volunteering is a great way to make contacts.

    @Muhammad, thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to the blog. Let me know what you are looking for and I’ll see if i can write a post on it in the future!

  5. Very kind of you! Actually, I was looking for anything that will relate me to activities of Translation Bureau (Hausa) 1930. I know they are the ones that initiated many remarkable and pioneering Hausa works that we see today, however, I want to know, how, what, why……… did it come to being, and what are it’s major achievement after 1933? I saw some little things concerning Translation Bureau, but I still need more, …….. a lot. Thank you very much for your kind response. Muhammad

  6. Hi Muhammad, That’s a great question. According Abdalla Uba Adamu, the Translation Board was founded in Kano in 1929 and moved to Zaria in 1931. The name was changed to the Literature Bureau in 1935. One of the major achievements of the Translation Bureau under Rupert East was the writing competition in 1933, out of which came the first five Hausa novels, including Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s Shaihu Umar and Abubakar Imam’s Ruwan Bagaja–but I think you know that. Send your email address to me at carmenmccain @ yahoo.com and I’ll send you a few articles.

    The articles I just quickly looked at to check the date are Abdalla Uba Adamu “Breaking out, speaking out: youth, Islam and the production of indigenous Hausa literature in northern Nigeria” pages 209-220 from the book Beyond the Language Issue: the Production, Mediation and Reception of Creative Writing in African Languages. Edited by Anja Oed and Uta Reuster-Jahn, published by Rudeger Koppe Verlag in 2008, and also Abdalla Uba Adamu’s “The muse’s journey: transcultural translators and the domestication of Hindi music in Hausa popular culture.” Journal of African Cultural Studies. 22.1 (June 2010): 41-56.

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