Inna lillahi wa Innah Ilahim Raji’un.
I received an email yesterday telling of the death of the young Kannywood actress Safiya Ahmed after an illness. She passed away in Kano on 26 February 2010. Safiya’s final words in a recent Fim magazine interview, when she was asked if she had anything to say or advice to give to her colleagues in the film industry, were:
Kira na ba ya wuce in ce mu ci gaba da yin addu’a. Kuma ina kira da mu ji tsoron Allah, mu so junan mu.
I don’t have more to say except that we should keep praying. Also, I’m calling on us to fear God and love each other.
Safiya’s death comes only a week after the death of Kannywood director and producer Zilkiflu Muhammed (Zik) on the 18th of February, 2010. His obituary can be found in last week’ Aminiya. Ibrahim Sheme also has a tribute to Hauwa Ali Dodo, Zulkiflu Muhammad, and Safiya Ahmed on his blog Bahaushe Mai Ban Haushi.
Allah ya jikansu. Allah ya sa su huta.
(UPDATE 27 December 2013. Unfortunately, the Fim Magazine site, which had a photo I had previously linked to now seems to be defunct.)
To read other tributes I’ve written for Hausa actors and filmmakers gone before their time, see my posts on
Actress Hauwa Ali Dodo, who died 1 January 2010,
Actress Amina Garba, who died on 21 November 2010,
Comedian and director Lawal Kaura, who died on 13 December 2011,
Actress Maryam Umar Aliyu, who died on 12 April 2011,
Director Muhammadu Balarabe Sango, who died on 1 December 2012