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Apart from her local fan base in Northern Nigerian, the larger demography of Nigerian film viewers didn’t recognize her until the controversy of her ban in October 2016.


Rahama was a former Kannywood actress who got banned from Kannywood, by the Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) for allegedly involving in a romantic scene with a fast rising pop star, in his music video, which featured the actress, hugging the artiste in what the board of MOPPAN described as being ‘offensive’.


The board at MOPPAN posited that the ‘hugging and cuddling’ in the video was in violation of the code of ethics known to all as Hausa Movie Practitioners.


Rahama decided to develop a thick skin against these polemic claims; the light skinned Kaduna Born actress, instead, decided to ride on this controversy to launch her career mainstream.




Few weeks after the news of her reported ban from Kannywood, Rahama was reported to be featuring in a television series on Ebony Life TV titled; ‘SONS OF CALIPHATE’, in October 15, 2016, the actress made public her invitation to appear in a Hollywood flick, which also features American pop star Akon, produced and directed by Jeta Amata, which was shot in Los Angeles.


Rahama has won Best Actress (Kannywood Category) at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2014 and 2015. She also won Best African Actress at the 19th African Film Awards in 2015 by African Voice. She has featured in countless Kannywood titles including, Rariya, Kanwar Dobarrodo, Halacci, Dalilian So, and so on, and as a cross over artiste, she has featured in ‘King of America’ , ‘Ajuwaya’ and most recently ‘Hakunde’.


Rahama has proven that you’re only limited by the ‘limitation’ you permit; the Hausa/Fulani actress has shown that controversies could be a horse to ride on, to attain a limelight.

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