Rahama Sadau, the Kannywood actress banned from making films after holding hands with singerClassiQ in a music video has tendered an apology on Twitter.
Sadau, a big star in the Kano-centered Hausa film industry, drew the anger of censors following her ‘cuddle’ with on-screen lover ClassiQ in a music video titled ‘I Love You’.
In the video, she plays a market stall holder who falls in love with a singer, ClassiQ, and the couple are shown holding hands and sitting together.
The censors board in Kano hold a conservative view and have often cracked down on Kannywood producers, whom they accused of being a negative influence on family values.
Sadau, 22, who was born in Kaduna, posted her apology on Twitter in which she wrote: ‘To those I have offended in any way, shape or form and who I have caused any anxiety by featuring in the said music video, I sincerely apologise.
‘Innocuous touching in my line of work is inevitable.’
Sadau told her 52,000 followers on Twitter: ‘I may have fallen short of some people’s expectations, but it was never my intention. I make no excuse for my actions and take full responsibility.’
She went on to urge people to be more ‘tolerant and forgiving’ and pleaded for an end to the ‘senseless abuse, name-calling and backbiting’.
The Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (Moppan) has banned Sadau from any Kannywood film.
Moppan’s secretary, Salisu Mohammed, said the music video was ‘immoral’ and the organisation’s chairman, Muhammadu Kabiru Maikaba, told the BBC Hausa service the ban was ‘total’.
‘This is not the first time that she has been doing these wayward things. We have been warning her, but she still went ahead to dent our image.’