A Nigerian actress who has been banned from making films after holding hands with a singer in a music video has made a grovelling apology on Twitter.
Rahama Sadau is a big star in the Nigerian city of Kano, the centre of the film industry in the predominantly Muslim north of Nigeria, but her ‘cuddle’ with on-screen lover ClassiQ caused outrage.
The video which has caused such a commotion is entitled ‘I Love You’.
In it she plays a market stall holder who falls in love with a singer, ClassiQ, and the couple are shown holding hands and sitting together.
The video is extremely tame compared with your average hip hop or R’n’B video but it is considered shocking in northern Nigeria where women must remain chaste and where courting involves chaperones.
Sadau was immediately banned from what is known as Kannywood – as opposed to Lagos-based Nollywood.
Today Sadau came out with a cringeworthy apology on Twitter in which she wrote: ‘To those 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 apologise.’
She wrote: ‘Innocuous touching in my line of work is inevitable.’