She is only five years old in Kannywood but she has carved a niche for herself, Sajeeda Hussain, popularly known as Fa’iza, her screen name in Kwana casa’in, a soap opera that recently steals the show in the Kannywood industry.
In this interview with Mustapha Adamu, the budding actress takes us into her journey to stardom.
Who is Sajeeda Hussain Abubakar?
I am Sajeeda Hussain Abubakar. I am an origin of Gombe state but actually born and brought up in Abuja. I schooled in Abuja. That is all I can say.
How did you venture into Kannywood?
I actually developed an interest in Hausa movies since my childhood. Even as I grow up, I find Hausa movie a motivation, interesting, educative and entertaining.
It is a passion for me to the extent that I sometimes if I am watching a Hausa film, I wish I was one of the actors in the movie.
My sister actually had a brief stint in Kannywood industry but she faced such many challenges that forced her out. That discouraged me, because I felt I would not be allowed into the industry, due to her experience, but my father supported me, Alhamdulillah.
However, my mother was not happy about my decision, despite the fact that my sister and her husband also supported me. With all this support, my mother eventually gave up and gave me her blessings.
I then contacted my friend, Fati Zinariya and informed her about my desire to become an actress. She welcomed the idea and without wasting time, she introduced me to some people in the Kannywood industry.
If I could remember, Nura Mustapha Waye was the first person I was introduced to in the industry. He then put me through and showed me the way to prosperity up to the level I am now.
For how long have you been in Kannywood industry?
I have been in Kannywood for roughly five years now. It is a smooth journey, thanks to my colleagues and mentors, who show me the right path to stardom.
How did you feel when you first appear on camera?
Wow, it was a memorable experience. Initially, I was so afraid- you know when everyone is staring at you. I felt like no! this is not real. I was actually laughing and inattentive until one of the crew members hit me so hard, then I came back to my senses.
Which is your first movie in Kannywood?
Galaba is my first movie as an actress in Kannywood but it is yet to be released.
How many films have you featured in so far?
So many that I can not remember.
Are you working on other films that are not released?
Yes. So many of them like this Galaba. I am also working on the series movie, Kwana casa’in or 90 days, which is a series movie that has made me popular in the industry.
What is your favourite among your films?
90 days. It is the movie that has made me make a name in Kannywood industry. The film has also been so popular and as one of the leading actors, I also gained popularity.
Download Sajeeda’s short video clip below
Any challenge (s)?
For every success comes challenges. One of the challenges I faced since joining Kannywood was the injury I sustained during the shooting of 90 days.
In the script, the director directed me to fall by myself. I tried the falling up to eight times until I did it perfectly. It was in the process that my hand got dislocated. But, thank God it healed quickly.
What can you say about Hausa movie in society?
Hausa movie is a way to show the society things that are happening within them. To me, Hausa film is very educative, entertaining and motivating.
What is your ambition in the Kannywood industry?
I want to go far beyond the Sajeeda of yesterday. I wish in some years to come, to be a movie producer or writer or even beyond that. I just want to help people, orphanage, less privileged and downtrodden.
I also thank my fans for their love and goodwill. I solicit prayers from them to help me attain a great movie career.