Celebrity Profile

Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino

Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino, MON is a renowned Hausa writer, author, publisher, journalist, film producer, director and actor as well as NGO Activist. He wrote for about three decades on various topics. He published fifteen novels which most of them became bestselling and super hit. A novelists from northern Nigeria received National Honor of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) on September 29, 2014 by the administration of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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Two of his Hausa novels were translated into English. The Soul of My Heart(In Da So Da Kauna-translation) Nemesis (Masoyan Zamani-translation).  He is an award winning writer who won the 1st prize position of Late Engineer Mohammed Bashir Karaye Prize in Hausa Literature (Play Category) in 2009. Ado is a prominent contributor of articles to daily newspapers/magazines and presented a great number of papers in a seminars and workshops, national and international. He was the first Vice President and one of the founders of ANA Kano. Publisher, film producer, director and journalist. Presently, he is the Chairman/CEO of Gidan Dabino International Nigeria Ltd. He was a Former Chairman Association of Nigerian Authors, (ANA) Kano State Branch and currently he serves as a Caretaker Chairman, Kano State Filmmakers Association. Also he is a member, Motion Picture Practitioner’s Association of Nigeria, (MOPPAN) and Association for Promoting Nigerian Languages and Culture.

Early life and education

Gidan Dabino was born in 1964 at Danbagina of Dawakin Kudu local government area of Kano State. He started his informal education from his father then to Zangon Barebari were he graduated Holy Quran Ado was  admitted into Bayero University Kano to read Professional Diploma in Mass Communication.


Gidan Dabino is a present CEO, Gidan Dabino International Nigeria Ltd, a multimedia and marketing consultant firm based in the ancient city of Kano since 1990. He was Assistant Editor/Distribution Manager of Zamani a Hausa Magazine in 1997. He was also editor and publisher of Mumtaz magazine in 2000. In 2004 he was Editor -in-Chief of Hantsi Magazine under the Kano Chief Bureau Community. The newspaper that aimed at promoting reading and writing in indigenous language. From 2012 to date he is Contributing Editor of Muryar Arewa, a monthly Magazine of the Northern Communication and Media Service LTD.

Film-making Activities

Gidan Dabino is among pioneers of establishing Hausa Film Industry in northern Nigeria known as Kannywood. He wrote the script for many Hausa movies, produced and directed some. He also appeared as main character in In da So da Kauna (1995), an adapted film from his own novel of the same name. His recent film, Juyin Sarauta was the most awarded Hausa movie for the year 2017 and 2018. He appears as Sarki Yusufa of Jadarwa. He won two awards of best actor and one nomination


Selected films either wrote, directed, produced or notable roles:

  • In Da So Da Kauna 1, 2 and 3 Writer, Producer, Actor (1994)
  • Kowa Da Ranarsa 1 & 2 Producer, Writer (1998)
  • Cinnaka Producer (1999)
  • An Ci Moriyar Ganga 1 Producer (1999)
  • Mugun Nufi Producer (1999)
  • Karshen Makirci Writer (1999)
  • Muktar 1 & 2 Producer, Actor (2000)
  • Kadaran Kadahan Producer (2000)
  • Kyan Alkawari Producer (2000)
  • Kana Taka Producer (2000)
  • Ki Yafe Ni 1& 2 Director (2001)
  • Sarka 1 Producer (2001)
  • Juhaina Producer (2002)
  • Asiya Producer (2002)
  • Tsautsayi Producer (2005)
  • Wahami Producer (2006)
  • Sandar Kiwo Writer, Producer (1999)
  • Juyin Sarauta Producer, Actor (2016)


The following are among the awards received by Gidan Dabino:

  • Best Actor in Leading Role: Amma Award Season 5, 2018
  • Nominee, Best African Actor: Zuma Film Festival, 2017
  • Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) in recognition of his outstanding virtues and in appreciation of his services to contributions to the country, Nigeria. 2014
  • Award of Honour in recognition of efforts and outstanding contributions toward uplifting Hausa Lierature. 2013
  • Ist prize position
  • Engineer Mohammed Bashir Karaye Prize in Hausa Literature (Play Category) 2009
  • Merit Award for the Development of Hausa Literature, by Kallabi Writers Association, Kano. 2008
  • Merit Award for various contribution to film making in Kano State and its environs, by Fagge Unity Dramatic and Culture Film Production, Kano. 2003
  • Merit Award in recognition of service in the Executive Council of The Association of Nigerian Authors, Kano Branch, as Treasurer, from 1997-2000. 2003
  • Merit Award in recognition of service in the Executive Council of The Association of Nigerian Authors, Kano Branch, as Vice Chairman from 1995-1997. 2003
  • Merit Award in Recognition and appreciation of selfless to the film industry,  by Marhaba Cultural Troupe, Kaduna. 2002
  • Merit Award for the Development of Hausa Literature, by The Hausa Association of Bayero University, Kano. 2002
  • Merit Award (awarded twice) in Recognition of Tremendous Contribution in the Development of Theater Arts in Nigeria, by Farin Wata Organisation, Kaduna. 1998: 2000
  • Merit Award for Promotion of Hausa Culture by Makaman Kano Hausa Cultural and Dramatic Society1990
  • Honourary Award for Development of Hausa Language & Culture, by the Hausa Association of Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. 1998
  • Merit Award for the Development of Hausa Literature, by the Hausa Association of the Hausa Department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. 1997
  • Merit Award for the Promotion of the Adult Education, Cultural and other Social Activities in Nigeria, by Masallachi Adult Evening Classes, Kano 1991 and 1996
  • Award for the Development of Drama Club, by the Tauraruwa Drama, Kano State,1994
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