Hauwa Maina: The Original Queen Takes An Eternal Bow
Hauwa Maina would be remembered for playing Queen Amina Of Zaria.
She broke a mold in Kannywood where the female characters were meek and obedient. To play Queen Amina, she had to learn how to be aggressive, learn sword fighting and horseback riding, and she also did her own stunts - a role she confessed in a recent interview before her death, remains one of the most challenging roles.
After Hauwa joined Kannywood about two decades ago, she warmed her way into the hearts of movie fans, and was one of the few Kannywood actresses who were able to cross between the Hausa and English film industry.
She died on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, and was buried on Thursday May 3, 2018, leaving a gap that will hopefully be filled by the likes of Rahama Sadau, who are beginning to be noticed by both Kannywood and Nollywood.
A renowned Hausa music star, Mubashir Kasim, who spoke to Bounce News about Hauwa's demise said she had been sick for a long time, and was always visiting the hospital.
“I worked with her couple of times, and I was on some locations with her , She was very composed and intelligent, She had been in the film industry for over 20 years, when I came into the industry in 1999, late Hauwa was already on the rise in the industry.
“I knew she was ill, the type of ailment, I cannot disclose, all I know about her was that she was sick. She used to visited her doctor for treatment many times.”
Kannywood actor and producer, Abdulmumini Iliyasu Tantiri disclosed that he would miss Maina's dedication to work.
"Hajjya Hauwa gave about 23 years of her life to Kannywood and televison, she was very dedicated" he said.
Actor and filmmaker, Sani Muazu also extolled her virtues in film making.
''Hauwa Maina's versatility is not limited to acting alone. When I attended a New York Film Academy organized training on digital film-making as a student, Hauwa was there as a student also, this time around learning to become, guess what? a film director,'' he shared.
''Her adventurous spirit as an actor and at the center of it, her versatility and willingness to try her hands on so many other aspects of film-making. There is no other female Hausa film actor like Hauwa Maina'' he concluded.
Hauwa Maina has starred in movies like ‘Rai Da So’, 'Queen Amina’, ‘Bayajida’, 'Tuba', 'Yamtarawala' and 'Kul'i'
She died at the Aminu Kano Hospital, Kano from an undisclosed illness.