On this page I list links to selected interviews and articles that quote me. Please note that I do not include every piece.


Iocchi, Alessio. “The Boko Haram pluriverse.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. 22 April 2021.

Thurston, Alex. “Here are the three new books you need to understand Nigeria.” The Washington Post. 24 August 2019

Moaveni, Azadeh. “Listening to terror: how to understand Boko Haram.” The Times Literary Supplement. 7 May 2019.

Bohnmann, Julia. “Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World edited by Daniel Biltereyst and Roel Vande Winkel.” The Kelvingrove Review. 12 (2013). Web. (review of a volume in which I published a chapter)


Carmen McCain: The Culture of Kannywood.” for Program: Hip Deep in Northern Nigeria. Afropop Worldwide. June 2017.

Africa in Our Lives: Carmen McCain.” for PLEASURE AND THE PLEASURABLE in Africa and the African DiasporaAfrican Studies Program, University of Wisconsin Madison. 27 March 2017

Romancing the Globe: Kano, Nigeria” by Alyssa Cole for Romance Writers Report. 36 (12) December 2016. 28-33.

Lumet, Caroline. “Boko Haram et les Noces de Papier.” Grazia. 2 October 2015. (My blog with the original English, a little commentary, and a few corrections.)

“Blogging from Nigeria with Dr. Carmen McCain.” Gidipodcast Episode 13. 27 February 2015. Web. (Also downloadable from itunes, I blogged about this here. As of 2017, Gidipodcast is now down, but you can listen to an archive of the podcast here.)

Aminu, Abdulkareem Baba. “My memories of Dan Ibro – Carmen McCain.” Weekly Trust. 20 December 2014. Print and Web. (I blogged about this here.)

Gora, Aliyu. “Talatu Danny: Bahaushiyar Baturiya.” Fim. January 2011. 19-26.

Hamza, Yusha’u. “Za mu so mu gayyaci yan wasan Hausa su je Amurka mu shirya fim acan.” Gambiza. January 2011. 14-17.

Sadiq, Lami. “Carmen ‘Talatu’ McCain: ‘I love the connection the popular arts in Hausa have to ordinary people.'” Tambari, Sunday Trust. 5 September 2010. Print. cover, 02,  04, 0506

Ibrahim, Abubakar Adam. “How I crossed from observer to participant in Hausa films.” Sunday Trust. 16 May 2010. Print and Web. 29, 30.

Malumfashi, Bashir Yahuza. “Fina-finai da littattafan Hausa ne suka k’ara mini sha’awar son harshen Hausa – Baturiyar Amurka Carmen McCain.” Aminiya. 5-11 February 2010. (Interview in Hausa, link to my blog post with an English explanation.)

Daga Mai Neman Koyan Hausa Na Zamo Babbar Mai Sha’awar Fina-Finai Da Wakokin Hausa.VOA Hausa. 3 November 2009. Radio and Web. (Interview in Hausa, also captured on Hausa Online.)

Sheme, Ibrahim. “Sannu da zuwa, Talatu Danny.Bahaushe Mai Ban Haushi. 9 June 2008. Web.

Articles where I am quoted/mentioned

Mamman, Iro and Mukhtar Yakubu. “Kalmar ‘Kannywood’ ta shiga ƙamus ɗin Oxford” Fim Magazine. 21 January 2020.

Eyre, Banning and Mark LeVine. “Censorship in Nigeria: Musical Free Expression in the Shadow of Fela.” FreeMuse. 10 July 2017. ( Although they were not credited to me, I also provided the authors with an unpublished document with the quotation from The Collected Works of Nana Asma’u and the translated censors board regulations. They can also be found in my PhD dissertation.)

Makooi, Bahar. “Nigeria: Une actrice exclue de ‘Kannywood’ pour avoir touche un homme dans un clip.” France 24. 8 October 2016.

AFP. “Ban on ‘immoral’ Nigerian star highlights north/south split.” AFP. 8 October 2016. (quotes not exactly what I said but close enough)

Van Zeijl, Femke. “Inside Kannywood: Inside Nigeria’s Muslim Film Industry.” Al Jazeera. 15 March 2016

Mallonee, Laura. “The Subversive Women who Self-Publish Novels amid Jihadist War.” Wired. 17 February 2016. (Sensationalistic title and intro but the best of the articles I’ve read so far on Glenna Gordon’s photobook Diagram of the Heart.)

Page, Thomas. “Beyond heartache and Boko Haram: Nigerian women prove love is universal.” CNN. 16 February 2016. (note: several errors in this article)

Giaimo, Cara. “How Nigerian Romance Novelists Sneak Feminism into their Plots.” Atlas Obscura. 29 January 2016. (note: several errors in this article)

Zongre, Sa’ad Abubakar. “Ibro Mai Rasuwa: the Last (Imaginary) Movie of a Commanding Comedian” Leadership. 23 January 2015. Web.

Carmen McCain Criticises the Etisalat Prize For Not Accepting Translated African Works.” Books Live. 23 July 2013. Web.

Navaratnam, Subashini. “‘Sin is a Puppy that Follows You Home’, a Popular Hausa Novel, Is a Fast-Paced, Riveting Read.” Pop Matters. 6 December 2012. Web.

“The Kannywood-Bollywood Connection.”Blaftatronic Halwa. 16 November 2012. Web.

Partington, Stephen Derwent. “More responsibilities than bonuses for the African writer.” The East African. 25 May 2012. Web.

Ibukun, Yinka. “Nigerian Authors Look West to Gain their Fame.” Associated Press/Washington Times. 26 January 2012. Web.

Reid, Cynthia. “Watch Now! Ghanaian-British Filmmaker Julius Amedume’s Buzzworthy Short Film ‘Mr Graham'” Shadow and Act. 7 November 2011.

Eze, Chielozona. “In response to Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s ‘In Africa, the Laureate’s Curse’ an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times by Carmen McCain.” African Literature News. 14 December 2010.

“Banned Hausa rapper uses internet for alternative distribution.” Freemuse. 7 September 2010. Web.

Weate, Jeremy. “On hausa literature.” Naijablog. 6 February 2010. Web. (a follow-up post on this initial notice.)