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The Life And Times Of Ali Nuhu, Kannywood's Most Successful Actor


Source: Wikipedia
Ali Nuhu (born 15 March 1974) is a Nigerian actor, producerdirectordancer and script writer. Referred to in the media as the “King of Kannywood“, “Sarki Ali” or “King Ali”, he has appeared in hundreds of Hausa Language and English Language films, and earned numerous accolades than any other actor in Kannywood. Nuhu has a significant following in Africa and the Nigerian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in Northern Nigeria. Beyond his show business accomplishments, he is also applauded for his remarkable humanitarian efforts. Nuhu is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most watched actor in Africa. As of 2008, Nuhu is co-chairman of the motion picture production company FKD productions and its subsidiaries. He regularly features in listings of the most influential people in Hausa culture.
Early life and family
Nuhu was born in Maiduguri, Borno State, in northeastern Nigeria. His father Nuhu Poloma hailed from Balanga town of Gombe State and his mother Fatima Karderam Digema from Bama village of Borno State. Nuhu grew up and spent the highest number of his years in Kano. He attended Riga Special Primary School, Government Commercial Secondary School and Science Secondary School in Kano State where he obtained Primary and Secondary school certificate respectively. Nuhu is an alumnus of University of Jos where he obtained a degree in Geography. He later attended University of Southern California for a course in film production and cinematic arts. Nuhu is married to Maimuna. The couple has two children, Fatima and Ahmad.
Acting career
Nuhu entered the film industry as an actor which is regarded as a landmark in Hausa cinema. He acted in hundreds of Hausa language and English language films. Nuhu is the first Nigerian to successfully cut across the Northern and Southern axis of Nigeria as an actor. Having over 160 Hausa and 110 English movies to his credit and 15 awards with at least 10 from a competitive category, Ali Nuhu is a household name, he has just been unveiled as a Face of the Consumer by The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, He is also a Brand ambassador to Blueboat Champions Milk, Royco, Pepsi and Cherie Noodles.
Selected filmography

Year Film Notes
2007 Sitanda
2011 Carbin Kwai
2012 Madubin Dubawa
Last Flight to Abuja
2013 Blood and Henna
2013 Confusion Na Wa
2013 Wani Hanin
2014 Matan Gida
2015 Jinin Jikina
2016 Nasibi
2017 Banana Island Ghost

In the media
Ali Nuhu receives a considerable amount of media coverage in Nigeria, and is often referred to as “The King of Kannywood“, “Sarki Ali” or “King Ali”. Nigeria cites him as among of the present celebrities, with nine or ten films a year, constantly running television ads, print ads and gigantic billboards lining the streets of Nigerian cities. He is the object of a sometimes fanatical following, with a fan base estimated to exceed 98 million. Nuhu frequently appears on listings of the most popular, stylish and influential people in Nigeria. Nuhu has been brand ambassador of various campaigns, including Globacom and Royco.
Awards and nominations
Nuhu is one of the most decorated actors in the Hausa Cinema. He earned numerous accolades than any other actor in Kannywood. He won the Best Upcoming Actor award at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards. He was nominated as the Best Actor in a supporting role at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards and won Best Actor in a film at the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Year Award Category Film Result
2005 Arewa Films Award Best Actor Razani Won
2007 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Upcoming Actor award Sitanda Won
2008 The Future Award Best Actor Won
2011 Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Indigenous Actor Carbin Kwai Won
2012 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor (Hausa) Madubin Dubawa Won
2013 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a supporting role Blood and Henna Nominated
2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actor Confusion Na Wa Won
2013 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor (Hausa) Wani Hanin Won
2013 City People Entertainment Awards Kannywood Face Won
2014 Kannywood Awards Best Actor Matan Gida Won
2014 Leadership Awards Best Artiste Won
2014 City People Entertainment Awards Best Actor Won
2014 City People Entertainment Awards Recognition Award Won
2014 Arewa Music and Movie Awards Pride of Kannywood Won
2014 Arewa Music and Movie Awards Best Actor Popular Choice Award Won
2015 19th African Film Awards Best Outstanding Actor Afro Hollywood Awards Won
2015 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor (Hausa) Jinin Jikina Won
2015 Kannywood Awards Best Actor Popular Choice Awards Won
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Kannywood Personality Won
2016 Arewa Music and Movie Awards Best Actor Nasibi Won
2016 Kannywood Awards Best Actor Nasibi Nominated
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Kannywood Face Won
2016 Arewa Creative Industry Awards Entertainment Award Won

Other Recognition includes:

  • 2002 with the movie YANAYI
  • 2003 with the movie SUTURA
  • 2004 with the movie RUHI
  • Best Actor Hausa THE AFROHOLLYWOOD AWARD in London
  • STARS in the movie Award 2008

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