Since his debut in the Nigerian entertainment industry in 2001, Adam A. Zango has accumulated a net worth estimated at $800,000, making him one of the richest Hausa and Kannywood actors in Nigeria. At the age of 37, Adam Zango has already climbed the ladder of success and has become one of the most decorated Nigerian Hausa actors of all time. Zango being multifaceted, is also a singer, dancer, director, scriptwriter, film producer, TV personality, and occasional voiceover artist. His works have earned him many accolades and the title of Prince of Kannywood of all times alongside an international award in London as Africa Movie Best Actor of 2014.
Adam A. Zango Hails from Zangon Kataf, Kaduna State
Adam Zango hails from Zangon Kataf in Kaduna State of Northern Nigeria. On August 1, 1985, Adam was born into a Muslim family of Mallam Abdullahi (father) and Hajiya Yelwas Abdullahi (mother). From Kaduna State, Zango and his family later moved to Jos, Plateau State, where he attended Government Secondary School Laranto.
Following his graduation from secondary school, Adam did not further his education in any higher institution but headed to Kannywood. Even without obtaining any degree or diploma, Zango has found a way to become a renowned Nigerian through his works as an entertainer. In addition, he believes that education goes beyond obtaining any certificate, but the difference one can make. To him, his experiences in life have already made him educated in his own right.
Acting is One of His Major Income Sources
Adam has undoubtedly become one of the most prominent faces in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Although he makes money through his other endeavors, such as his music, as a director, producer, and endorsements, acting remains his major source of income.
In 2001, Adam Zango made his debut in Kannywood at the age of 16. However, he started as a music composer before becoming an actor playing minor roles. In the progression of time, Zango’s talent became noticeable, and he won several roles in more than 100 Hausa films at present.
Some Movies Adam A. Zango Featured In
- Zulumi (2017)
- Jamila (2016)
- Mazan Fama (2015)
- Dare (2015)
- Bayan Rai (2014)
- Andamali (2013)
- Basaja (2013)
- Baban Sadik (2012)
- Yar Agadez (2011)
- Adamsi (2011)
- Ga Duhu Ga Haske (2010)
- Artabu (2009)
- Dijangala (2008)
- Takunsaka (2007)
- Gwamnati (2003)
- Albashi (The Salary) (2002)
- Kannywood Best Actor, 2012
- Africa Movie Best Actor, 2014
- City People Magazine Best Popular Actor, 2015
- Best Actor, African Film Awards, London, 2015
- Best Actor of the Year Tazali Award, 2016
He Makes Money From Directing and Producing Movies And Music
Still, in Kannywood, Adam Zango created a niche as a director, producer, and voice-over actor. One of his most acclaimed works is Gwaska film, which features Idris Shuaibu Lilisco and Hajara Isah. The Hausa film, directed and produced by Zango, has fetched many accolades since its release. In addition, he has some of the highest budget Hausa films that include Gwaska and Basaja.
Zango also makes his wealth as the owner of Prince Zango production Nig. Ltd, Kaduna, and as the co-owner of White House Family productions. Through the companies, Zango has produced many Hausa films and songs. In 2019, as a producer, he revealed his intention to start releasing his films only on YouTube due to piracy and his inability to get as much money as he would have.
As a result, he would become the first Kannywood actor to have a completely new release on YouTube with his Gudun Mutuwa. However, the YouTube channel can only be accessed through the unique link fans will get after paying a fee into an account.
Adam A. Zango Has a Successful Career in Music as a Singer and Dancer
At a young age in Jos, while in secondary school, Adam showed interest in music, which landed him on different stages. He later took the love for music to a professional stage, which has contributed to his net worth of $800,000. In his music career, Zango is popular for his Hausa hip-hop infused with western style.
This style makes his music unique in the competitive world of Hausa music, and as such, gains respect. Along the line in his career as an actor, Adam A. Zango took a break to boost his music career. Adam A. Zango has the most sold album in the history of Kannywood. The albums include Sabon Salo (2018) and Mailaya (2016). Mailaya became the most sold album in Northern Nigeria, with about 40,000 copies sold by a distributor in one day.
Zango Also Earns From YouTube
YouTube is one of the places that entertainers make money from. Among Hausa actors and musicians, Adam Zango has one of the highest subscribers and views on his YouTube Channel. Although he was not declared how much he makes from the platform, it is apparent that he counts his proceeds in millions.
However, Zango’s earning will depend on his cost per mill (CPM) on YouTube. This CPM ranges from $0.1 to $10 per 1000 views. If calculated on a $1 CPM per 1000 views on the channel of Zango, he may have generated over $62,000 from his 62.9 million views.
His Has Signed Lucrative Endorsement Deals
- MTN: In 2014 through 2016, Zango became a brand ambassador of the giant telecommunications company, MTN, alongside other A-list artists such as Chidinma, Praiz, Iyanya, and Skales, among others.
- PDP: As part of the 2019 general elections, Zango announced his becoming a brand ambassador of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This led to his endorsing Abubakar Atiku for the presidential seat.
- INEC Youth Ambassador: He also signed a deal to become a Youth Ambassador of INEC. He became part of INEC alongside 2Face, Bishop Umoh, Helen Paul, and Ali Nuhu, to mention a few.
Is Zango The Richest Kannywood Actor and Singer?
In Kannywood, Adam A. Zango is one of the financially well-established actors. He was also listed as one of the most successful Hausa actors alongside Ali Nuhu and Sani Danja. However, in terms of net worth, Ali Nuhu has been listed as the richest with about $1 million. However, with Adam’s $800,000 net worth, he is the second richest and above Sani Danja, whose net worth is reportedly $700,000.
In his music career, Zango is said to be the richest musician in Kannywood. This places him above Naziru Sarkin Waka, the second richest Kannywood musician with an estimated net worth of $260,000.
How Adam A. Zango Spends His Money
With the wealth he has made in his career so far, Zango is famous for his works as a philanthropist. In 2019, in Kaduna State, he paid 47 million Naira for the secondary education of 101 orphans. He runs a foundation, Zango Intervention Initiative, where he further contributes his quota to society through the wealth he makes as an entertainer running shows in different parts of Nigeria.
Zango reportedly became the first Kannywood actor to buy a Wrangler Jeep of 23 million Naira. However, this is one of his numerous exotic cars worth several millions of Naira. Although he does not share details of his cars, houses, and other property, the Prince of Kannywood, on few occasions, shared an image of a mansion believed to be his in Kaduna and Kano.
Why Did Adam A. Zango Leave Kannywood?
In 2016, Adam Zango left Kannywood only to return afterward. However, in 2019, he made another quit in the industry. He gave reasons, including jealousy from his colleagues, allegations of dictatorship alongside impunity, greed, and selfishness.
Instead of being part of Kannywood, he headed to start Kaddywood in Kaduna State. The standing alone of the actor in Kaduna to make his own movies have come alongside many allegations. This includes his recruiting underage girls to feature in his film called Sabon Sarki. However, he denied the allegations claiming that he called girls to audition for the film and nothing else.
Zango has also been involved in other controversies over the years. He opened up about his being called gay and fetish and went as far as threatening to sue whoever accuses him of either again. Also, in 2017, he went on social media to accuse some colleagues of correcting his posts in English as often as possible. He claimed it was humiliating and asked to be left alone.
Here’s Why Zango was Sent to Prison in 2007
Adam Zango was taken to court in 2007 and was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for violating the Kano State Censorship Board’s law. Another charge landed him 3 months or a fine of 100,000 Naira. According to reports, the actor portrayed nudity in his album Bahaushiya. Further accusations laid on him include the following:
- Failure to present the video of his album before the Censorship Board before releasing it.
- The Kano Censorship Board banned Hausa film production, but Zango violated the law by releasing his album in Lagos and returned to Kano to market it.
- The video allegedly had dances that were seen as inappropriate.
After serving his sentence, the actor moved to Kaduna with his wife and children. However, he is not the only Hausa artist that has left Kano following allegations and risk of being prosecuted and sent to jail. With such restrictions, filmmakers can’t work.