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Pulse List 2016 Top 10 Kannywood actors, actress of 2016

These talent were spot on with their on-screen performances this year.

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Ali Nuhu and Rahama Sadau

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There were several actors who gave memorable performances in the Hausa language film industry popularly known as Kannywood.

 In compiling this list, Pulse Movies, industry professionals and Kannywood movie enthusiasts collaborated, and argued over who deserved to be recognised for their skills and work done in 2016.

Here’s a list of 10 actors who made Kannywood movies worth watching in 2016 (in no particular order).

Adam Zango

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Adam Zango

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In October 2016, actor Adam Zango took to Instagram to announce his exit from the Hausa film industry.

Movies starred in: “Basaja Gidan Yari”, “ Afra”

Ado Gwanja

Movies starred in: “Dan Kuka”, “Daga Murna”

Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya

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Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya

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Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya started her career in acting almost four years ago. She shot into the limelight when she starred in "SO" alongside Adam Zango and "Dakin Amarya". 

Movies starred in: “Yar Amana”, “Salama”

Ali Nuhu

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Ali Nuhu won the season 3 of Arewa Music and Movie Awards


Popularly called the 'King of Kannywood," Ali Nuhu is a Nollywood actor, producer and director.

Movies starred in: “Kasata” , “Indon Kauye”, “Kisan Hutu”

Fati Shu'uma

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Fati Shu'uma


22 year-old Fati Abubakar popularly known as Fati Shu'uma is a fast rising star in Kannywood.

Movies starred in: “Basma”, “Yan Gambia”, “Yar Mallam”.

Jamila Umar Nagudu

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Jamila Umar Nagudu

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Jamila Umar Nagudu is described as the Queen of Kannywood.

Movies starred in: “Mahauciya”, “Kaddara Ko Son Zuciya”, “Maula”

Rahama Sadau

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Rahama Sadau joined the Hausa film industry in 2013. She gained fame after her role in the movie “Gani Ga Wane” alongside the popular Kannywood star Ali Nuhu.

In October 2016, Sadau was expelled from Kannywood by the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria for featuring in a romantic music video by Jos born singer, ClassiQ.

Movies starred in: “Ana Wata Ga Wata”, “Hallacci”

Sadiq Sani Sadiq

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Sadiq Sani Sadiq

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Sadiq Sani Sadiq began in the industry as a producer before switching to acting.

Movies starred in: “Kasata”, “ Iyalina”

Suleiman Bosho

Movies starred in: “Police”, “Headmaster”

Nuhu Abdullahi

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Nuhu Abdullahi


Nuhu Abdullahi started as a producer before switching to acting.

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