Manyan Mata: Kannywood Movie That Promises Enlightenment

Manyan Mata: Kannywood Movie That Promises Enlightenment

Every day, Northern Nigerian literary platforms like Northpad, Poetic Wednesdays, and the Daily Times are brewing literary pieces on issues concerning the northern part of Nigeria with extensions to the country at large.

Their goal remains to enlighten the public about the happenings of the region concerned as well as put out their suggestions on ways of tackling trending or old-age issues. This is not only admirable on their part, but a necessary approach to combating ignorance as a gaslighter of evil.

Despite the effort of these literary platforms, there is a recycling of the same issues being thoroughly penned. Particularly because there seems to be a gap between where the issues are dominant and the road the vehicles carrying the literary baggage are following.

The entertainment industry of Nigeria and the north in particular has been responsible for the theatrical manner in which it portrays social issues. Multiple shows and movies have boldly chewed on issues individually or collectively. This and content from other media has sedimented to form a layer on which ‘Manyan Mata’ forms.

Manyan Mata is a Hausa movie filmed in Kaduna State featuring popular Actress ‘Hadiza Gabon’ who operates in a private partnership with Aisha Tsamiya. Together, they explore the local tyranny happening in the places around them. For the first season which ended at the beginning of May, it has captured problems concerning women, children, and youth.

Perhaps, the most special thing about Manyan Mata is that the authorship and directing crew have found a way of collecting major individuals and issues into one collection as a single movie. The movie in its effort to excel has casted some or all of its most veteran actors and actresses, managing to harmonize tensions existing between some of them off-camera.

The movie which premieres on Tuesdays on YouTube and other times on TV channels has gathered so many fans along all social classes of people online and offline. Currently, on its season one break, followers and fans are still discussing its prolific lessons and looking forward to seeing more. Already, reviews from popular social media personalities and blogs are appearing by the day, viewing and reviewing the show.

This article will explore some of the major issues highlighted in Season One of Manyan Mata according to the trending and old-aged norms identified in Northern Nigeria affecting women, youth, and children. These will be discussed under the following headings:

  • Education
  • Marriage
  • Poverty

1. Education

As mentioned earlier, if ignorance is the gaslight or evil, then education is its extinguisher or at least its oxygen mask. In any society, education is of paramount importance be it for a male, female, or child. Unfortunately, some people do not share this belief.

While some do not place value entirely on education, others do not dim it a priority for the women folk and the youth.

The movie’s first scene opens at an extended family home where the head places no value on women’s education and has neglected even the male sons to acquire Western education.

The character head of the family believes that education should be strictly religious, leaning firm on the old fashion way of sending away young boys to the street begging under the guise of ‘Almajiranci’. This belief has led him to a path of extremism where he is ready to lose his sons in the process.

Although Almajitanci is believed to be a good old-fashioned way of strictly impacting Quranic knowledge to youth, it’s a harsh reality that has been plunging northern Nigeria, with no hope of remedy.

Whatever happens on the streets does not stay on the street and a hungry youth is most definitely an angry youth. The effects of starvation on young boys on the streets draw a long-lasting mark on their morals. They are utilized by cunny politicians in search of idle hands and hardened hearts to execute all sorts of political thuggery and terror.

On the same streets of Almajiranci, children are left to fend for themselves by begging for food, working overtime for their so-called teacher on his farms, and being abandoned to the mercy of the elements. These symptoms are only characteristic of slavery and not enlightenment.

Of course, the movie portrayed all these difficulties faced by these children with the climax revolving around a violent physical abuse faced by one of the children and their masters. Hadiza Gabon and Aisha Tsamiya were soon to learn of the abuse through the media and interfered in the household where the victim came from.

2. Marriage

The biggest problem surrounding women in marriage is the phobia of divorce.

Marriage to the northern lady is of paramount importance religiously. Culturally, it is the datum from which all her achievements are measured. Without marriage, all a lady’s achievements are not deemed worthy of accolades. This phobia of not getting married forces ladies into choosing undeserving suitors, in an attempt to dodge forced marriage, another unpleasant fate. But perhaps even if a lady were to find a groom first, her parents in desperation to wrap up the union with haste, underperform the most crucial aspect of marriage rites which is ‘bincike’ – a method of profiling the prospective groom through information hunting. Once the bride is married off, the only way out for her is divorce, and divorce is culturally prohibited.

Religiously, Islam allows divorce as a permitted but most frowned upon act and this has culturally been up a notch higher. A woman is expected to stay married to an abuser, womanizer, in severe poverty and any harsh reality in the North, simply for the stigma waiting at the door of the society should she decide to step out.

The movie expounds a great deal on the amount of physical and mental abuse suffered in silence by women.

Manyan Mata compounds this issue of fear of divorce to the resolve of drug abuse experienced by a woman. A woman whose fear of her patriarchal father and husband has driven her into depression and near mental breakdown after being divorced.

Another interesting issue raised by Manyam Mata is the ugly tendency for women to be the cause of woe to their fellow women especially as stepmothers and mothers-in-law – an issue that needs an in-depth analysis another day. In the movie, a jealous stepmother has denied her promising stepdaughter the right to attain education simply because of jealousy – the act which pitches her own biological daughter and husband against her.

However, the promising stepdaughter in her academic excellence, catches the eyes of the patriotic women duo. They soon intervene in her issue, stepping in to cushion blows landed by her stepmother and striving to make her life better.

3. Finance

Poverty is a plague and the only cure is funds. People no longer differentiate between the good from the bad ways of obtaining those funds. As such, they follow whatever means possible to acquire money. In an economy where people birth more mouths than they can feed, the children become part of the food hunters. They are forced to hawk on the streets to help their parents cater for them.

Street hawking has penetrated into the morrows of some parents in northern Nigeria. They choose to ignore or are blind to its horrors. Children and young girls are sent into the streets to mingle with all kinds of people with unknown intentions. It is at the hem of this problem that Manyan Mata cleverly stitched the issue of rape. A parent of the victim has all but handed her to the clutches of the monsters.

Before the season ended, a very emotionally crushed young lady was left eternally bruised to the number one ills of girl child hawking in northern Nigeria which, fortunately, can be reformed.


Manyan Maya in general has commanded the attention and respect deserving of the efforts of its overall filming crew.

It has cast a halo around the social problems faced by youth, women, and children including Almajiranci, domestic violence, depression, rape, political thuggery, and divorce are all issues being addressed concurrently

More goodies promise to be on the way and viewers of all social classes are in heightened anticipation. We expect and hope that Manyam Mata is the vehicle that delivers the message home to all neighborhoods falling prey and predator.

Top 5 Most Popular Actresses in Northern Nigeria (2021)

Top 5 Most Popular Actresses in Northern Nigeria (2021)

The Nigerian movie industry has a reputation in trailblazing and pace-setting in Africa and is the second biggest movie industry in the world in terms of output- trailing Hollywood. However the Hausa Kannywood industry has made it to the forefront in gaining popularity and fame, not only among the Arewa people but Nigeria at large; in contrast to how it was some years back. it’s therefore not surprising that some notable actresses in the Hausa cinema movie industry are taking Kannywood by the storm which has earned them fame among people. We will be looking at the 5 most popular actresses in the Kannywood industry today.

Let’s go!

1. Rahama Sadau

Rahama Sadau is one of the most popular kanywood actresses ever

Born on December 7, 1993, in Kaduna, Rahma Sadau is widely regarded as one of the prodigious and significant actresses, both in Kannywood and Nollywood movies.

She has appeared in many Nigerian movies both in Hausa and English and is one of the few Nigerian actresses that speaks Hindi fluently. Even though she rose to fame in her early 20s after joining the Kannywood movie industry with her first movie Gani ga Wane, it has always been her dream to act in a Bollywood movie,  alongside the famous Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra.

It has however been a great achievement for Sadau to be the first northern actress ever to be featured in Nollywood Movies, and also the first actress from Northern Nigeria to Debut in the Bollywood film industry.

Sadau joined the Kannywood movie industry in 2013 through Ali Nuhu, She played a few minor roles before gaining fame from her performance in Gani ga Wane and Jinin Jikina alongside the Kannywood actor Ali Nuhu.

Rahma won her first best Kannywood actress of the year in 2014. Furthermore, in 2015 and 2016, she bagged other awards. In 2017, she was nominated for the best actress of Nollywood award for the movie titled TATU and another Kannywood movie titled Matatace Shaida, the same year.

Apart from being considered a successful, and talented actress, she also happens to be one of the most beautiful actresses in Hausa cinema a feat which earned her the “Face of Kannywood” award in 2016.

Notable movies and series she appeared in include; Zero Hour, Up North, If I Am President, Rumana, Sons of the Caliphate, The Other Side, Ana Wata ga Wata, Alkalin Kauye, Jinin Jiki Na, Gani Ga Wane, Tatu.

2. Nafisa Abdullahi

Nafisa Abdullahi is another popular and talented Kannywood actress, producer, and also director.

Nafisa Abdullahi is another popular and talented Kannywood actress, producer, and also director. Born on the 23rd of January 1991 in plateau Jos, her love for movies saw her running her Bsc degree in theatre arts at the University of Jos.

In 2010, she joined the Kannywood movie industry as an actress and won her first award in 2013 as the best actress. She has now bagged nothing less than 16 awards in the industry, making her one of the most popular actresses in Kannywood today.

She has been featured in close to 100 films since she started acting. Among the movies which gained her popularity among people are Guguwar so, Sai Watarana, Raino, Dan Marayar Zaki, Labari na etc.

3. Maryam Booth

Popularly known as Maryam Booth, she happens to be one of the most popular actresses Kannywood has ever produced. She was born on 28 October 1993 in kano state. Even though she joined the Kannywood movie industry through her aunt, she no doubt took after her mother Zainab Booth, who was also a talented veteran Kannywood actress.

Among the movies, she featured in was Dijangala, which brought her to the limelight. Among her other movies that made her popular was Gani Gaka, Hakkunde, The Milkmaid, etc.

In 2020, she won the best-supporting actress category at the Africa movie academy awards.

Apart from acting which she is engrossed with, she also is the CEO of MBOOTH beauty parlour, where she is a make-up artist, designer, and dealer of accessories and fashionable clothes. She is also very popular on social media.

4. Maryam Yahaya

Maryam Yahaya is one of the youngest and talented Kannywood actresses

Maryam Yahaya is one of the youngest and talented Kannywood actresses, who was born on the 17th of July 1997, into the family of Ibrahim Bello and Ruqayya Bello in Kano state. She also attended primary and secondary school there.

Maryam, ever since her tender age, developed a passion for acting. This was due to being so engrossed in watching a series of Hausa movies. She got inspired by prominent actors in the industry; such as Ali Nuhu, Rahma Sadau, among others.

Having completed her secondary school education in 2015, she dashed her way into the movie industry and got debuted in a movie titled Gidan Abinci. Among her other movies include Barauniya, Taboo, Mansur, Hafiz, Wutar Kara, Gurrguwa, Sareenah, among others.

Although Maryam hasn’t won any major award, has been nominated several times for series of awards.

5. Hadiza Aliyu Gabon

Hadiza Aliyu Gabon is one of the most bonny and voguish Kannywood actresses in northern Nigeria. Born on the first of June 1989 in Libreville, Gabon, where she was also brought up, her mother is a Gabonese, while her father is a Nigerian.

Having completed her secondary school education in her place of birth, she wrote her A-level examination, aspiring to become a lawyer. But as time passed, she couldn’t continue chasing her dream of becoming a barrister with what looked like a personal issue, which resulted in her dropping out. She then, however, applied for a diploma program in the French language, which saw her working as a French teacher in a private school.

Upon Hadiza’s arrival in Nigeria from Gabon, she moved from Adamawa to Kaduna where she developed an interest in the Kannywood movie industry. Amenable to this, she sought the assistance of Ali Nuhu to launch her as an actress. In 2009, she debuted in the Kannywood industry upon casting in a movie titled ‘Artabu’ where she made her breakthrough.

Hadiza happens to be a diamond among other stones, in the Hausa cinema, which earned her the title ‘the screen Goddess.’ She features mostly in comedy series and action films. This talented multi-award winner acts in both Hausa and English movies. 

In 2013, she won the best Nollywood actress award for her appearance in Ali Yaga Ali and won another award in 2014.

Among the popular movies she featured in include: Daina Kuka, Kolo, Sakayya, Haske, Da kai Zan Gana, Mukaddaru, Basaja, Gidan Badamasi, Artabu, etc.

She also serves as brand ambassador for MTN Nigeria, Indomie Noodles Company, and was also unveiled by NASCON Allied Plc, a subsidiary of the Dangote group as Dangote classic seasonings brand Ambassador easily making her one of the most popular actresses in Kannywood as well as the one of the most recognized.


Kannywood is blessed with so many beautiful and talented actresses, but these 5 are by far the most popular.

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