Kannywood actress, Rahama Sadau, was banned from the Hausa-language film industry because of her “immoral” behavior” on set.
Sadau was featured in a music video by Nigerian pop star Classiq, were she hugged him.
The Kannywood star appeared in the video with Classiq, in a song entitled: ‘I Love You’.
In it, the Nigerian pop star is smitten with a vegetable seller in a market, acted by Sadau.
Initially, she rejects his advances, batting him away with a bunch of vegetables, but he eventually wins her over.
They hold hands and engage in a bit of cuddling that would be considered modest in a Western film.
But many people in northern Nigeria felt she had gone too far with Classiq in the musical video, BBC reported.
Sadau has apologized to those she seemingly upset, as she said her actions were “innocuous.”
Hausa films are popular in the mostly Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria where it is taboo for men and women to hold hands in public.
The Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) had banned the actress from Kannywood films.
MOPPAN said her appearance and actions in the video violated the industry’s code of ethics.
It added that it hoped the ban would serve as a deterrent to other actors and actresses who are “Expected to be good ambassadors of the society they represent.”
Sadau said she took full responsibility for what happened.
She however argued that she behaved professionally, adding that in her line of work, “Innocuous touching with other people is inevitable.”
But she reassured people that she would behave with decorum, adding that: “I have lines that I would never cross.”
Responding to the criticism she has received, she said people should “Be more tolerant and forgiving towards one another and to cease all the senseless abuse, name calling and backbiting.”