Maryam Waziri Biography, Age and Family of the Kannywood Actress

Maryam Waziri is a 31 year-old Nigerian actress and wife of former Nigerian international footballer Tijjani Babangida. Born on November 9, 1992, with the real name of Mariam Musa Waziri. Maryan is famous for her roles in Kannywood films like Aminnan Juna and Labarina da Sauransu.  

Kannywood movie industry is a branch of Nollywood that is focused on giving quality movies to its Hausa-speaking followers, and the likes of Marym Waziri have gone a long way to touch lives through good movies. With over a decade-long acting career, the fire-skinned actress is basically one of Kannywood’s most-sought actresses. Here are facts to know about her.

Summary of Maryam Waziri’s Bio

  • Full name: Mariam Musa Waziri
  • Nickname: Maryam Waziri
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: 9 November 1992
  • Maryam Waziri’s Age: 31years old
  • Ethnicity: Hausa
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Muslim
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Maryam Waziri’s Husband: Tijjani Babangida
  • Maryam Waziri’s Children: Fadeel (son)
  • Maryam Waziri’s Net worth: N10 million
  • Famous for: Kannywood movie “Labarina”
  • Maryam Waziri’s Instagram: @maryamwazeery

What Is Maryam Waziri’s Tribe?

Maryam Musa Waziri is an indigene of Gombe State. She was born in the Northeastern state on November 9, 1992, and she is currently 31 years old. She was raised in an Islamic family background alongside her two brothers, who apparently are not so popular, probably because they are not involved in the entertainment industry.

Maryam had her basic and secondary education in Gombe State before proceeding to attain her degree in Business Administration from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in Bornu State. Until her university years, Maryam spent her early years in the town of Gombe.

Who Is Maryam Waziri’s Father?

Maryam Waziri’s father is not known, although there are claims that he is Scottish while her mother is Fulani. Sadly, there are no further details about her parents and siblings, as the actress has chosen to keep them away from the public eye. However, in a recent interview, the actress revealed that her father and mother have only three children – two boys – with herself as the only girl.

A Sneak Peek at Maryam Waziri’s Acting Career

Maryam’s passion for acting gained momentum while she was still a student at UNIMAID. After completing her studies, she relocated to Kano state, where she met the movie producers who helped her find her path in Kannywood.

Though she joined the industry with so much enthusiasm, her shyness made her first experience in the industry quite challenging. Moreso, following her Islamic background, Maryam had to adapt to the restrictions placed on her career by her Islamic/Hausa tradition. The rules, according to her, include that she is not allowed to sit close to a man who is not her husband, and since she was not married in real life, she was not expected to depict it in movies.

Although these rules made things quite challenging for her and made some of her performances appear “unreal”, Maryam Waziri does not regret not touching a man or playing romantic roles because her Islamic faith is her priority. So far, Maryam has featured in flicks like Muguwar Mace, Yan Zamani, Labarina, Ya Ko Kishiya, Yakin Mata, and Aminan Juna. She also returned to Gombe state and committed herself to making more movies.

Maryam recalls films like “Muguwar Mace” and “Yan Zamani” as the two movies that brought her to the limelight. The 2016 movie “Muguwar Mace” had Waziri working with top Kannywood stars like Ahmad Ali Nuhu and Ali Gumak. While the 2019 drama series “Yan Zamani” further linked her with a wider number of Kannywood actors, including Umar Gombe.

In 2020, Maryam Waziri gained further public notice for her appearance in the movie titled “Labarina.”  The movie was produced by Saira Movies, and it features the likes of Naziru Sarkin Waka, Daddy Hikima, Hadiza Muhammad, and others.

Thanks to her versatility and ability to portray different movie roles, Maryam has appeared in over 30 Kannywood Movies, and these films have won her different awards and recognition in Nigeria.

List of Maryam Waziri’s Movies and TV Shows

  • Gidan Abinci‘,
  • ‘Dare Daya‘,
  • ‘Rai Dai“,
  • Muguwar Mace,
  • Yan Zamani,
  • Labarina,
  • Ya Ko Kishiya,
  • Yakin Mata,
  • Aminan Juna
  • ‘Hijira‘
  •  ‘Kisan Gilla‘
  • “Yan Zamani,”
  • “Gida Uku,”
  • “Aska Tara,”
  • “Matar Jami’a

While acting remains Waziri’s major career, she is also a successful businesswoman. She owns a clothing line called Maryam Waziri Collections which sells traditional and modern clothing for women. She also owns a boutique in Kano State, where she sells clothes and accessories.

Who Is Maryam Waziri’s Husband?

Maryam Waziri’s husband is Tijjani Babangida, a former Nigerian professional footballer. They got married on the 26th of November, 2021. Waziri met her husband a few years after she publicly revealed that she was single and ‘desperately” in search of a man after her own heart.

The young beautiful actress said so during an interview where she was asked about the man in her life. In reply, she said, “No man for now, but I am seriously searching for the man after my heart.”

Tijjani Babangida is a former Nigerian professional football winger known for his pace, as well as his playing style, which at the time was compared to that of Marc Overmars. Babangida, who is now President of the National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF), got married to Maryam at a ceremony in Kaltungo, a local government in Gombe State. However, there are no details of their love lives prior to their marriage.

In addition to his marriage to the beautiful Kannywood actress, Tijani Babangida was also conferred with the Chieftaincy title of Baraden Wazirin Kaltungo. The marriage ceremony was witnessed by dignitaries from both the sports and movie industry.

Babangida, 50, hails from Kaduna state and was popular among his people for playing for a local club Niger Tornadoes as a teenager. He also played football internationally.

Currently working as a football agent, TJ played in five countries on three continents. He has nine brothers, two of which are also footballers.  While it is Maryam Waziri’s first marriage, her husband Tijani was previously married to Rabah, a Tunisian and a sister of Daniel Amokachi’s wife, and they are blessed with a son.

Maryam also welcomed her first child with her husband in February 2023. The Kannywwod actress welcomed her bouncing baby boy nearly 14 months after their marriage in Gombe, and she named him Fadeel. Over the years of her career as an actress, Maryam Tijani has maintained a life free of all forms of controversy, especially the ones involving a romantic relationship with any man.


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