Rachel Bakam, a well-known television host, died yesterday after a long battle with anemia. Here are six facts about her that you probably didn’t know.
She was born and raised in Kaduna.
Bakam received her basic, secondary, and tertiary education in Kaduna State, where she was born and raised. She attended Ahmadu Bello University for English and Theatre Arts and the New York Film Academy for Digital Filmmaking.
She was best graduating student at the University
Bakam was the best graduating female student and best graduating student of the Faculty of Arts in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. During her secondary school days at Kaduna Capital School, she was President of the Literary and Debating Club and also the Head Girl.
She once worked as a salesgirl
Her father died when she was 12 years old. At the age of 16, she started working, first as a salesgirl in a supermarket, later in a recording studio.
Bakam was a Hausa actress who starred in Rayuwa, a Hausa drama series.
She was an outspoken opponent of sex trafficking.
Bakam is a sex trafficking anti-advocate. She joined the Devatop Centre for Africa Growth, a non-governmental organisation, in fighting human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery in Nigeria.
Following the Southern Kaduna crisis, which resulted in the deaths of many people,
Rachel Bakam and John Fashanu joined Big Church Foundation to support the victims with relief materials.
She was a TV presenter and producer
She hosted ‘Trends & Rachel’ ― a popular television show that airs on some Nigerian television stations. She also produced and presented her show, Rachel the PIPER, and its Hausa version ‘RACHEL MAI KAKAAKI’ ― an entertaining, yet highly humanitarian television programme.