To become a popular, sought-after actress in both Kannywood and Nollywood industries requires a great deal of creativity and passionate dedication to the profession only very few people can successfully achieve. To appeal to both the audiences of these two large film industries with unbelievable fan base and acceptance seems Herculean on face value. Such a feat is only achieved by people who understand both the industry and the acting profession with such details that make them huge brands to reckon with. One of such persons is Hadiza Aliyu, the most complete actress in the Kannywood industry. This is one of the very few actresses in Nigeria that can feet into any role with ease, no matter the emotional stretch involving in expressing a character naturally.
Who is Hadiza Aliyu?
Hadiza Aliyu, popularly known as Hadiza Gabon is a Nigerian professional actress and filmmaker, who has impressive presence as a talented actress in both Hausa and English movies in Nigeria. This multi-talented beautiful actress is a house-hold name in the Kannywood industry, not just because she is one of the most beautiful actresses in the industry but also for her ability to interpret roles with such exactness that keeps viewers wondering whether she is acting or they are watching a reality show.
Hadiza was born in Libreville, Republic of Gabon in 1989. Her father is Gabonese while her mother is of Fulani ancestry from Adamawa State, Nigeria. Hadiza had her primary and secondary education in Gabon where she wrote her A-Level examination. Her initial plan was to become a lawyer but eventually studied and earned a diploma in French Language from Ecol de Francaise. She got a job as a French-language teacher in a private school which she enjoyed. Despite having a good job, her passion for acting kept stirring inside her until she had to return to Nigeria to fulfill that part of her life.
Hadiza’s career reflects a very rosy part that is adorned with remarkable performances in top-quality movies Nigerian movies. She began the search for a place in Kannywood shortly after she returned to Adamawa State, Nigeria from Gabon. Her dream of becoming a dominant face on Kannywood screens took a leap after she met with one of the best actors in Nigeria, Ali Nuhu and requested his assistance to show her the way around the movie industry. Hadiza made her debut in 2009, where she was cast in a movie entitled Artabu. Her performance was impressive, giving her the ladder she needed to the top of kannywood film industry. She has since participated in numerous films, and has become one of the most sought-after faces in Kannywood industry.
Hadiza was exceptional in Ali Yaga Ali, Daga Ni Sai Ke, and Babban Zaure, three of her classic movies you should strive to watch if you truly want to know why she is the queen of Kannywood. These movies fetched her Best Actress awards, except for Ali Yaga Ali that fetched her Best Supporting Actress award which is one of the most difficult awards to win. It is easy to spot out the best actress in a movie but to know who was the best supporting actress is always difficult; only the exceptionally good play supporting roles effectively. Ask any film maker any day, you’ll surely confirm this fact.
Hadiza has made impact in Kannywood and Nollywood industries. This makes her a multi-talented actress. The beautiful actress joined Nollywood in 2017 and has featured in movies with Mike Ezuruonye, including a Mark Angel and Emmanuella in film entitled Lagos Real Fake Life. She is a popular face in both Kannywood and Nollywood movies. Hadiza also got deals as brand ambassador for MTN Nigeria and Indomie noodles. She is a versatile face that fans love seeing in movies.
As a huge brand in Kannywood who always puts up memorable performances that constitute major selling point for movies, Hadiza’s contributions to the film industry in Nigeria have not gone unnoticed. She has received numerous awards and has also been honoured in various forms by different stake holders in the movie industry. Among her awards are 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards (Best Actress, Hausa) and 2nd Kannywood/MTN Awards (Best Actress of the Year, Jury Choice) in 2014. She was also awarded by African Hollywood Awards as Best Actress, Kannywood AWA 24 Film & Merit Award (Best Supporting Actress) in 2014, African Hollywood Awards (Best Actress) in 2015, Best of Kannywood Award (Best Actress, Hausa) in 2017, among others. In recognition of her distinguished career as an actress, Hadiza was awarded an honor in 2013 by the former Governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. She is in deed, a positive reference point in a very competitive movie industry.
Hadiza is among the few actresses who give back to the society in various ways in appreciation of the support to her screen career. In 2016, she founded a charitable organization called HAG Foundation which has the primary goal of improving the lives of ordinary people through provision of assistance in the educational and healthcare sectors as well as contributing to food security in the country. In March 2016, she visited an internally displaced persons camps in Kano State where she donated food items, textile materials and other tangible items needed by the camp’s inhabitants displaced by the northern Nigerian violence. This was recognized as an impressive act of philanthropy by several of her fans and others in the country.
Hadiza is a role model and an inspiration to many Nigerians, especially young girls who wish to have a decent career in the movie industry. She is one creative actress whose contributions to the Kannywood and Nollywood industry will remain phenomenal.