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Wow! The premiere edition of the Kano Indigenous Languages of Africa Film Market and Festival (KILAF) has come and gone. But the fond memories linger on for all those who participated. The new festival is poised to celebrate and promote films of African indigenous languages. It would foster the growth and development of the African media and entertainment landscape within an African context; and being primarily driven by Africans.  Most importantly, it is hinged on the philosophy of ‘Africa First.’ Consequently, the festival intends to promote, celebrate, reward and market African content within the global entertainment ecosystem.

The testimonies of attendees, hereby aptly captured, provide a vintage view of the maiden occasion:

Abdulkareem Mohammed (The Founder/Team Member)

It is a remarkable beginning for a journey that holds great promise for media and entertainment growth and development in Africa. We were really encouraged by the success of the event and will strive to make KILAF flourish and serve the interests of the film ecosystem from an African perspective.

  • Nasiru Bappah Mohammed (Festival Director/Team Member)
  • Bala Mohammed PhD (Lecturer/Columnist/Team Member)
  • Mahmud Ali-Balogun (Master Class Resource Person)
  • Sani Muazu (Master Class Resource Person)
  • Smart Adeyemi (Master Class Resource Person)
  • Yomi Olugbodi (Master Class Resource Person/Team Member)
  • Prof. Abdallah Uba Adamu (Lead Paper Presenter)
  • Prof. Dul Johnson (Paper Presenter/Team Member)
  • Muhsin Ibrahim (Paper Presenter)
  • Ibrahim Musa Giginyu (Journalist)

The event was held at the prestigious hotels of Bristol Palace and Babale Suites in the ancient city of Kano from the 13th to 17th of November, 2018. It featured competition on African Indigenous languages’ films while rewarding their excellence and professionalism; their screenings and marketing exhibitions; as well as a workshop with the theme – CONTEXTUALIZING AFRICAN LANGUAGE FILMS: THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE. The lead paper, of the same title, was presented by an erudite scholar and the Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu. All the papers presented are now being edited for publishing before the ’19 KILAF event. The premier edition attracted about 500 filmmaking stakeholders from across Nigeria and the Republic of Chad.


  1. To preserve and promote indigenous languages of Africa.
  2. To give people access to a broad range of African indigenous languages’ films on a more regular basis.
  3. To encourage intra-African co-operations in productions and marketing of films.
  4. To serve as a platform of promoting professionalism and rewarding excellence in African indigenous languages’ films.
  5. To imbibe African spirit and sense of purpose in film practitioners; thus, leading to generating authentic African media content as per the dictates of African realities, aspirations and needs.
  6. To promote culture and propagate African spirit of ‘Africa Rising’.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my film qualifies for the festival?

The only way you can know about whether your film is eligible for this contest is when your movie has been assessed by the Preview Team of the festival you will be notified accordingly.


The major stakeholders of this festival are African indigenous language filmmakers, exhibitors, distributors, academics, broadcasters, public and private sector.


You can register by visiting entry submission link on the menu bar; Click the link below the description and submit your movie via film free way.


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