Sani Musa Danja (born 20 April 1973),is a Nigerian recording artist, songwriter and Actor, Dancer,Movie Producer, Director and entrepreneur, better known by his stage name Sani Danja ,born in Fagge, Fagge Local Government Area of Kano state. Sani Danja is one of the most celebrated and most decorated all round entertainers to ever emerge from northern Nigeria, little wonder why his teaming fans refer to him as King of the North in entertainment; his versatility has also led many to refer to him by the sobriquet “Jack of all trade and master of all”.
Sani Danja is a recipient of Afro Hollywood award for Best Actor in London, Star of Islam awards in Ghana, SIM award for Best Actor, City People Magazine award for best Actor and Producer of the year, National Arts and Culture award for best entrepreneur of the year etc.
Sani Danja attended Kano Capital Primary School, Government Junior Secondary School Kawaji and Rumfa College for his primary and post primary education. He attended Federal College of Education Kano where he obtained an NCE certificate and an Advance Diploma in Public Administration.
At age 12, Sani Danja had already started singing professionally when together with four of his friends they founded a musical group called Young Kiddies Voice (YKV) in 1985. Danja was the only Muslim member of YKV as all of the other members were Christians but he got along well with each and every member of the group. The group broke up when the other members started singing in church choirs but Sani Danja continued his career as a solo artiste which culminated in the released of his first single in the early 1990s titled Yaki-taho-yaki, a massively successful hit song that was rated the best selling Hausa song at the time.
From the music industry, Sani Danja ventured into the movie industry in 1999 staring in a hit movie titled Dalibai (students), a film he also co-produced and directed with his business partner Yakubu Mohammed. The massive reception and patronage accorded his debut movie (Dalibai) paved the way for him to again star in two hit movies, Adon kishiya and Kwarya tabi Kwarya which also featured Jamila Haruna in 2000. He has also played lead roles in some Nollywood movies such as The Sneak Man, When Love Dies, Lust, Daughters of the River, alongside prominent actors and actresses like Pete Edochie, Patience Ozokwor, Yul Edochie, Ernest Obi, Ebere Okaro, Eve Esin etc.
It has been a steady climb to stardom for Sani Danja as he has now been involved in well over six hundred and fifty (650) movies and counting.
Sani Danja was involve in the directing and production of the award winning United State Agency for International Development (USAID) funded film on HIV/AIDS prevention and control titled Jan Kunne (The Awakening) supported by Family Health International; a Film that was seen by over 60 Million people in and outside of Nigeria. It received wide publicity including a review by the WALL STREET JOURNAL & FINANCIAL TIMES. Danja was also responsible for the production of TUSHEN ARZIKI, a Film on a Wire House Receipt Financing, Sponsored by Abuja Securities and Commodity Exchange Commission.
Sani Danja has performed in over fifteen (15) Countries worldwide including Sudan, Ghana, Cameroun, Niger, Gabon, UK, Malaysia, South Africa etc.
In 2013, Sani Danja teamed up with Terry G and recorded a single titled Basu Iyawa as part of the compilations for his new guy in town album which was released in early 2014. Danja has been in the studio working on various songs for his new album title “Jack Of All Trade”. Some of the singles that have been dropping from this hits maker are; Ruwa guba, Mairo and Alhaji currently enjoying massive airplay across the country.
Sani Danja is happily married to former Kannywood actress Monsura Isa and the marriage is blessed by three lovely children, Khadijatul Imam Musa, Khalipha Musa and Yakubu Musa.
Sani Danja is celebrity with a big heart for the less privileged in the society, he continuously donate food and clothing materials to orphanages, visit the sick and offer assistance in cash. Danja is a proud owner of two NGOs; Sani Danja Foundation for Good Leadership and Sani Danja Foundation for Youth Empowerment which he uses to holds discussions on the plight of the people who are not well to do and other topical issues with the hope of finding solutions to the problems.
Sani Danja is Chairman of Guild of Hausa Film Artiste, a board member of the National Film Corporation of Nigeria and Northern Youth Mobilization Officer of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.
Sani Danja is currently the UN Peace Ambassador, Rotary International Ambassador, Save the Children Ambassador, Rhythm N’ Play Ambassador, Globacom Ambassador and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Ambassodor.