BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
He’s a superstar in the Hausa filmmaking industry regardless of how popular he is in Southern/Eastern Nigeria.
Ali Nuhu has featured in dozens of movies across Kannywood and Nollywood. They include Last Flight to Abuja, Confusion Na Wa, Ali Zaki, Halacci and Azal. Nuhu kicked off his award-winning spree with the Best Upcoming Actor award at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
Ali Nuhu has since won the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Kannywood Awards, City People Awards, Leadership Awards, African Film Awards and many more.
Aside from his awards, he has bagged several endorsements including Globacom, Royco seasoning brand as well as being a Filmhouse Kano Cinema brand ambassador.
In a 2011 interview, the Maiduguri-born Gombe state indigene who holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Jos revealed that his all-time passion, acting, started when he landed a small role in an NTA drama while he was in UNIJOS.
After those early years, it didn’t take long before he found his way into Nollywood and his performance in television series, Wetin Dey is still considered as one of the best on the show. His portrayal of an HIV-positive Ibrahim drew commendations.
“I came in late.” the actor said about his luck at getting the role. “Already, they had taken the pilot copy to London for selection but they needed to make changes. I was invited for an audition in Kano and was told that it was a BBC-sponsored stuff. There were four directors on set and, after my audition, I was chosen to play the role of Ibrahim and we were on set for a year and three months.“
Last Sunday, in Akure, Ali Nuhu added another feather to his cap after he won the Best Hausa Actor award at the Best of Nollywood awards.
Say what you will about Ali Nuhu, but his hard work and dedication to his craft means he’s not likely to stop carting away those awards anything soon. An AMVCA next?