The 2019 Nigerian polls may spiral into violence, some within the in style movie trade often called Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an pressing music video interesting for peace.
On an impromptu set exterior the northern metropolis of Kano, younger ladies bickered between takes however at “Rolling!” smiled and swiveled in unison as male dancers sashayed by. Whereas a drone digicam buzzed overhead, a singer gestured and lip-synced a plea for Africa’s largest democracy to maintain its cool.
“We’re killing our youngsters due to political violence,” the tune mentioned within the native Hausa language. “Go and solid your vote. Nigeria is a united nation.”
Inside hours, the video was edited and blasted throughout social media for Nigeria’s 190 million folks and an enormous diaspora that enjoys merchandise from the homegrown movie trade Nollywood — thought-about the world’s third-largest behind Hollywood and Bollywood — and Kannywood, its northern wing, named for its location in Kano.
The video additionally will seem in DVD markets devoted to Hausa-language movies, the place regardless of a conservative Muslim tradition the trade explores delicate points corresponding to youngster marriage by way of household dramas, typically with a splash of song-and-dance.
Deploying movie stars to name for calm follows weeks of TV advertisements and T-shirts urging Nigerians in extensively spoken pidgin English to “Vote Not Struggle: Election no be battle.” The last-minute delay of the vote till Saturday, nevertheless, has sharpened some tempers.
“This tune is a message to all of the folks, all ladies, males, our younger,” 25-year-old actress Fatima Issah instructed The Related Press, a gold tooth flashing via her smile.
She defined how the tune addresses the jobless younger males who’re recruited at election time to trigger bother. “They may exit and combat, and combat, and combat, and combat due to small cash,” she mentioned.
Election violence in Nigeria will be devastating, with greater than 800 folks killed in 2011. Whereas the 2015 election was one of many nation’s most peaceable, tensions are rising once more.
President Muhammadu Buhari seems to be in a detailed race with Atiku Abubakar, a billionaire former vice chairman. Each side accuse one another of dishonest. Electoral places of work have been burned. The president this week threatened dying to anybody who rigs the vote.
In the meantime, the nation’s fault strains groan. Violence by Islamic extremists within the northeast and between farmers and Hausa-speaking Fulani herders within the central area has flared, with dozens killed final week alone.
Whereas some Kannywood gamers are recruited by politicians to make praise-filled marketing campaign movies for hundreds of thousands of naira apiece, the director of this week’s enchantment, Abdulaziz Usman, mentioned he volunteered this time.
He was pleased with how the efficiency turned out, he mentioned, after barking at wayward crew members in Hausa with the occasional English phrase: “Sound!” or “Oh my God.”
Working the drone digicam, a brand new addition to Kannywood tradition, was the chairman of the movie affiliation in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest metropolis and the center of the Hausa-language scene.
Jamilu Dakan Daka mentioned the trade advantages hundreds of native folks, easing its acceptance within the face of shariah regulation that has threatened Kannywood’s existence over time.
The trade’s artists are in demand round elections to assist enchantment to the lots through the turbulent season marked by vote-buying and thuggery. “When you destroy one thing in your nation, you destroy your self,” he mentioned.
As he spoke, the dancers assembled to shoot one other quick-fire political video, this one to be saved beneath wraps on the movie censor board till election outcomes are introduced.
Nigerians will hear the tune provided that Buhari wins a second time period. If he doesn’t, an area tv report already has proven some folks leaving Kano for worry of violence. (AP)