Kannywood stars are very active on Instagram, a popular photo and video-sharing social networking platform, but only 10 of them have at least a million or more followers as at January 25, 2020.
Of the number, seven are female while the remaining three are male.
Top on the list is Rahama Sadau, who has starred in many Hausa and English films. The actress, who celebrated her 26th birthday last December, has over 1.8 million followers. She is also an entrepreneur.
She is followed by Hadiza Aliyu Gabon, a mulita-lingual actress with 1.5 million followers. The 30-year-old Hadiza acts in Hausa, English and Fulfulde movies.
Third on the list is Ali Nuhu, who acts in both Hausa and English movies. Popularly called “King of Kannywood” or Sarki Ali by majority industry stakeholders, Ali is followed by 1.4 million fans on the social networking site.
Both Nafisat Abdullahi and Fati Abdullahi (also known as Fati Washa) have 1.3 million followers each. Nafisat is also an entrepreneur who founded a film production company and two start-ups, while 26-year-old Washa recently won the best actress award in the Hausa film category for her outstanding role in the movie ‘Sadauki’ at a ceremony in London.
The trio of Maryam Booth, Adam A. Zango and Hafsat Idris have 1.2 million followers each. Maryam Booth signed two endorsements with a seasoning company and a major mobile telecommunication service provider.
Adam Zango, who sings and dances in addition to acting, recently announced that he was relocating to Lagos to further his career. For her part, Hafsat Idris, 35, has won quite a number of awards and is also a filmmakers’ favorite.
The duo of Maryam Yahaya and Sadiq Sani Sadiq also have one million followers each. Maryam Yahaya, 22, took the Kannywood industry by storm with her role in Mansoor, a movie directed by Ali Nuhu and has not looked back ever since.
For Sadiq Sani Sadiq, 38, he has since joining the film industry carved a niche for himself as one of the most versatile actors available. He has received many awards and nominations for his numerous roles.