Nigerian Actress Banned for Hug

Rahama Sadau appeared in a music video with Nigerian pop star Classiq. The song is called “I Love You”, the two appeared in the video holding hands and embracing each other cuddling. In Northern Nigeria it is taboo for men and women to hold hands in public much less embrace one another.

Backlash from Society

The Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria has banned the actress from Kannywood films, accusing her of violating the industry’s code of ethics with her appearance in the video. Kannywood has been under pressure from conservative Muslim clerics that accuse it of corrupting people’s values. They added that the ban should serve a deterrent to other actors/actresses who are “expected to be good ambassadors of the society they represent”. Ms. Sadau commented, “those whom I have offended in any way, shape or form and who I have caused any anxiety by featuring in the said music video, I sincerely apologize,” she wrote.

Although she has faced much criticism, she said people should “be more tolerant and forgiving towards one another and to cease all the senseless abuse, name calling and backbiting”.  Although she has received backlash from many, her fans stick by her side. “I implore us all to be more tolerant and forgiving towards one another,” Rahama said.

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