Popular Nollywood actor, Sadiq Daba, will be “Professor for a Day” at AUN from February 5-8, 2019.
Daba, a national treasure and broadcaster of great renown at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), has also been a producer, director, news editor, and radio producer.
Sadiq Daba achieved national celebrity status with a role in “Cockcrow at Dawn”, one of the best-watched soap operas in the pre-Nollywood era.
He has also starred in other popular series, including, “Behind the Clouds,” “A Place Like Home,” “Entreat,” “Duplicity,” “Soweto,” “Moment of Truth,” and “Hotel Majestic.”
In 2015, he earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of Inspector Danladi Waziri in the dramatic film “October 1.” The role earned him Best Actor Award at the African Movie Academy Awards in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he received a standing ovation. In 2018, the Actors Guild of Nigeria gave Daba the honorary title of Garkuwan Nollywood (“Shield of Nollywood”) to recognize his contributions to the motion picture industry.
Sadiq Daba was born in Kumasi, Ghana, but he spent his early years living in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he completed primary and secondary school. Upon moving to Nigeria, he served in the Nigerian Air Force before finding his calling in radio and television. Daba earned his degree in mass communication, specializing in television production, from NTA/TV College at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and continued his training in Germany and the United Kingdom.
When not following his favorite football team Arsenal, Daba enjoys traveling, especially the Caribbean, and meeting people from all corners of the world. A gifted conversationalist and talented chef, he loves nothing more than preparing a good meal to share with dining companions. He also enjoys spending time with people who open his mind to new ways of thinking and who share his love of laughter. A special treat is to watch a movie with Daba, as he has a facility for predicting the plot, and love for imitating the actors on screen. He challenges himself with crossword puzzles and challenges others to be on time.
Daba has also become a prominent voice in the fight against cancer, participating in the Project Pink Blue walk in February 2018 aligned with World Cancer Day.
Currently, Daba is working on a project that has been a long-time passion -- an animated feature film of the classic novel “Passport of Mallam Ilia” by Nigerian author Cyprian Ekwensi.
While at AUN, Daba will visit with students, staff, and faculty, and share his wealth of experience and wisdom.