The Kannywood Awards was conceived by Ahmad Mohammad Sarari, CEO, Sarari Klassique Merchandize in 2013. This idea was born out of the need for the emerging Kannywood industry to have a befitting award that would confer recognition and reward the multitude of talent contributing towards the development of Hausa filmmaking. The maiden edition was held in December 2013 in conjunction with MTN Nigeria at the ancient city of Kano. The maiden edition, graced by a number of personalities within and outside the industry confirmed to all that there is indeed a vacuum that needs filling up. Success of the event encouraged the organizers and MTN once again to hold the second edition this year in Abuja.
The 2nd edition of Kannywood Awards held on the 31st of January 2015 in Abuja proved to be a major success. The event was officially kicked off with a press conference held by the collaborators of the event at Ni’ima Guest palace in Kano.
Two committees, the central and local organizing committees, were set up where the former was headed by Hamisu Iyan Tama as the chairman and Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino as Secretary. The Abuja local organizing committee was headed by Mohammed Dahiru as chairman and Ali Abubakar Sadiq as secretary and other members included Ahmad Mohammed Sarari, Ahmad Bello, Al-Amin Chiroma and Bashir Rijau.
NAF Conference Center and Suites located in Utako District Abuja with 1000 capacity seats was chosen as the venue of the event. Accommodation was also booked in the venue but due to the constraint of having only 30 rooms, the organization committee had to look for other places to accommodate guests, thus 50 rooms at the La Don Apartments were also booked and other hotels within the vicinity were reserved for guests. All nominees for the awards, numbering about 66 were given cash to accommodate themselves wherever they wished.
Among the notable personalities that graced the occasion either in person or by sending representatives were the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi Sambo; Nassarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura; Kano State Deputy Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; His Royal Highness Emir of Gumel Ahmed Muhammed Sani; DG National Broadcasting Commission Dr Emeka Mba who was the Chairman of the occasion and several others. The crème le crème of the industry were also in attendance.
The chairman of the Jurors Committee introduced his fellow jurors and went ahead with his remark thanking the organizers for the confidence thrust upon them and the enormous task on their shoulders which they spent weeks and hours on end striving to deliver. He drawed the attention of all nominees to bear with them as they did all they could according to the criteria they set for themselves to pick out winners. For him all nominees were winners though only one them had to emerge as the ultimate champion.
The 2nd KannyAwards was divided into four different awards comprising Of the YellowAwards, JurorsAward, Popular Awards and MeritAward. The yellow award covers 4 categories, and the jurors award covers 17 categories while the popular awards also covers 4 awards. Several notable people were also awarded.
In the main event, the Juror’s award there were 18 categories comprising of:
- BEST ACTOR
Where Sadik Sani Sadik won the award for the film Dinyar Makaho.
Beating popular actor and last year’s recipient Ali Nuhu with his film Sai A Lahira and Adam A. Zango with the film Saki Kowa.
- BEST ACTRESS
Hadiza Gabon amid tears accepted her trophy as the best female actress with her role in Daga Ni Sai Ke, beating popular actress Rahama Sadau in the film Sabuwar Sangaya and Ummi El-Abdul in the film Duniyar Nan.
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mustapha Naburuska won in this category for the film Basaja Takun Karshe beating the best actor winner Sadik Sani Sadik in the film Ashabul Kahfi and Isa Adam from the film Zee Zee.
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Fati Washa in the film Ya Daga Allah beat the best actress Hadiza Gabon in the film Sawun Baya.
- BEST DIRECTOR
Aminu Saira with the film Ashabul Kahfi, once again clinched the title of Best Director, two times in a row as he holds last year award, beating the emerging new director, Bashir Rijau, with his powerful film Sarki Jatau which got equal nominations with Ashabul Kahfi.
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
Ahmadu Bello with the film Sarki Jatau won this category beating two other contenders that includes Murtala Balala with the film Ya Daga Allah”. The other losing contender in this category was Nasiru Dorayi with his film Bincike.
Merit Awards were given posthumously to the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero and the Vice President Arch Namadi Sambo, Nassarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura, Deputy Governor Kano State, Ahmad Mohammad Sarari founder and president of KannyAward and Abba M Lawan was given a life achievement award.