By Fred Iwenjora
Since news of the death Wednesday night of top Kannywood star, Hauwa Maina at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano after what many consider a protracted illness, tributes have continued to be posted on both physical and social media from many practitioners with whom their paths crossed as well as her numerous fans.
From kano to Lagos and internationally, condolence messages have not stopped flying from left right and center for a woman noted to be one of the very best actresses from the film industry of Northern Nigeria otherwise known as Kannywood.
The award winning actress (including best actress SIM awards 2010, best Afro-Nollywood Award, London, 2007) was said to have also been at the National Hospital Abuja in frantic efforts to save her life. In a telephone conversation with another top Kanyywood star Khamitsu Iyantama, “Kannywood has lost a great personality who contributed to the growth of the hausa film genre”
Iyantama described Hauwa as a pioneer who should never be forgotten. Also speaking Founder and creator of Abuja International Film festival film maker Fidelis Duker described Maina as a sister who supported Abuja International Film festival since inception and regretted that their discussion and presence at the 15 edition of the festival will sourly be missed.
Maina came to light after featuring in a film directed by Saminu Mohammed Mahmud sometime in 1998 and later grew to produce and direct her own films with the establishment of her company, Ma’inta Enterprises Limited. Fans won’t forget epic Hausa movies as ‘Queen Amina’ and ‘Bayajida’ where she made her mark. Maina who hailed from Biu LGA of Borno state had acquired National Diploma from Kaduna Polytechnic before joining the movie industry.