I have a National Diploma (ND) and I am currently studying for an Higher National Diploma (HND) in Purchasing and Supply. I started acting 3 years ago as the lead in “Gani Ga Wane” when I was invited by the incredible King of Kannywood himself, Ali Nuhu, to play a part in the film.
I have watched hundreds and hundreds of Indian films in my lifetime and that is where I picked up my acting skills. Priyanka Chopra has been my role model. Her films have played a huge part in making me a well-rounded actress. she has inspired me in all her films. So far, I have starred in 65 films. I am currently working on a project called “Rariya”. I have played a variety of roles across many different genres. I have acted in epics, tragedies, modern films, love stories – you name it, I have done it! My favourite character that I have performed so far is perhaps Jummala in “Sabuwar Soyayya”. I have featured in films as well as television series in both Nollywood and Kannywood – mostly playing the herione and rarely the villain.
As an actress I think my talents lie in my ability to entertain and to get the viewers to read between the lines. I think I accurately deliver the hidden and unspoken messages behind the stories. I have come such a long way in my acting career. I have watched myself develop and flourish into the very capable actress that I am today.
An actor is never truly satisfied with his/her work. we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves and our work and I personally would like to improve on my acting expressions. Sometimes I sit and reflect on previous films I have starred in and roles i have played. I sometimes say to myself “yes I did a good job, but perhaps I could have done a bit better”.
I have learned so many things and so many valuable lessons over the years from other directors and actors that I have worked with throughout my career. I believe the most important of these lessons has been to contribute and be a good team player. You have to have strong interpersonal skills to survive in the entertainment industry. I don’t believe you have to change yourself to be accepted in the entertainment industry however you have to be willing to see things from different perspectives.
My success has been phenomenal over a relatively short space of time. But I always try to stay humble and keep reminding myself that no matter how successful I am, it is all God’s doing. I will forever be grateful to him. He can decide to take it all away at any time. He is in full control of all my affairs. I strive to be a good role model to all my fans and everyone who looks up to me. I portray myself as a good ambassador.
My most remarkable achievement to date is the way I have managed to make a name for myself. My name is a brand in itself now. When someone says “Rahama Sadau”, people actually know who that person is. 2015 was a big year for me. In recognition of my acting skills, Afro Hollywood honored me with the best Actress award. That was truly special. I have worked hard to get to where I am today. I am a simple person and try to shy away from negativity and any negative energy. However I know that in my career this is inevitable. Not everyone can please me and I cannot always please everyone. But I always stick to my mantra “do good and good shall come to you”.
The biggest hurdle I encountered in my acting career was the cross over from Kannywood to Nollywood. I had to switch from making films in the Hausa dialect to acting totally English speaking roles. That was a huge transition, but a welcomed one because I see every challenge as an opportunity to push myself to achieve greater things.
There is no specific minimum age to go into acting. My only advice is that you have to get to know yourself as a person. Know the real you. This will enable you to convincingly pretend to be someone else more easily. You will be better equipped to separate fact from the fiction. Once you get started acting, you will quickly get to know what you are good at, which types of roles you prefer playing and which genres bring out the best of your acting skills. It is definitely a career path I would recommend for someone who is very creative. However you have to be willing to put in the time and the effort. It is not an easy job. Beneath all the glitz and the glam, it is very demanding and can be frustrating at times. Just be prepared to be a team player. Be humble and committed to the job. If you set your mind to it you can do it.