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KILAF organizes master class for film actors, directors

By: Mariya Shuaibu Suleiman

Kano Indigenous Languages of Africa Film Market and Festival (KILAF) 2023 has organized and implemented a Master Class for film actors and directors at the Dangote Business School at Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

The program held for three consecutive days, commencing on Wednesday 22nd November, and ended on Thursday, November 24th. 

The theme of the program was “acting for the Camera”.

It was aimed at bringing together actors and directors and to train them on film production as well as understanding the entertainment industry as a whole.

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The Galadiman Jos and also a resource person at the program, Sani Mu’azu said Nigerian film industry has come of age, noting that acting and filmmaking has been taking place in the country before the independence.

According to him, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was the only platform of entertainment then through which films were shown and the first film that was produced in the country was a romantic movie titled Palavar, in black and white, in 1926.

Mu’azu said that acting is the major aspect of filmmaking and the beauty of filmmaking is that acting still remains the way it is since time immemorial even with the changes in technology. 

“Nigeria is really blessed to have Nollywood because it showcases different cultures that promote both the major and minor cultures such as the Hausa culture, Igbo culture, and Yoruba culture among others.”

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On his part, Fred Amata, a film actor and director said acting for the camera is true to life hence actors and directors need to understand each other to perform better to achieve their goals.

According to Amata, Nigeria is endowed with talents, and Nigerian actors, musical artists, and skit makers among others are genius.

Participants’ contributions:

In an open discussion, a participant from the Theatre Art Department, Faculty of Communication Bayero University , Kano said that Nigerian actors need to contextualize their style of acting.

Another participant commended the Nigeria film industries

 “From the  1990s, there has been a lot of improvements in the film industry, that is fast developing’’.

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SOLACEBASE reports that topics discussed at the program were the basics of acting, acting tools, techniques & methods, the dynamics of Nigeria‘s entertainment industry, the role of public image in an actor’s career, and challenges facing the industry.

The program also featured panel discussions, film presentations, an award presentation, art exhibition, advocacy visit to Gidan Sarki, tours to Kano Film House at Zoo Road and Gidan Dan Hausa all within the Kano Metropolis, and a dinner.


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