A popular Nigerian television presenter, Rachel Bakam, has died at the age of 38. The mother of one died from anaemia.
Born 11th September 1982 in Kaduna State, Bakam died aged 38.
In an exclusive chat with The PUNCH, her brother, Armstrong Bakam, revealed that Rachel died at 12pm on Tuesday afternoon with her mother by her bedside.
Armstrong said, “She had anaemia; so, she was taken to the hospital on Friday and she died this afternoon at about 12pm. I was not with her when she died, but her mother was by her side.
“Before Friday, she fell ill and was admitted for some days but she was discharged and taken home. However, she was returned to the hospital on Friday.
“Right now, her mother is not in the right frame of mind to speak. Rachel was 38 years old when she died; she would have clocked 39 on September 11. She had a son.”
Armstrong further revealed that the family was in shock as Rachel reached out to them for prayers via the family group chat on Sunday and everyone thought she was recovering.
He said, “We will really miss her because her death is a shocking and devastating news to the family. In fact, the whole family is actually troubled and quite a number of people are yet to believe that it is actually true.
“On our family WhatsApp group, she posted that she needs our prayers while she was in the hospital on Sunday; people were wishing her well and she was responding with amen. Quite a number of people felt she was recuperating but the news of her death is a huge shock.”
He noted that she would be missed because she had a large heart.
“She was actually my niece because her father was my first cousin. I will miss her because she was a very lovely person. She was always smiling and she was down to earth. She was always accommodating because she had a large heart,” Armstrong said.
Meanwhile, on March 23, Bakam shared on her official Instagram page her first Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test result, which returned negative.
She, however, stated she was expecting in 4 days time the advanced result of her COVID-19 test “even though the spirit of God told me I don’t have it”.
Bakam was a prolific Nigerian actress, writer, TV presenter and producer, and an anti-human trafficking ambassador.
She was the CEO and Managing Director of Rayzeds Media Ltd, Founder & President of the Nigerian Water Ski And Wakeboard Federation (NWWF) and media consultant for the Performing Musician Employers Association (PMAN) & African Fashion Reception Paris.
Bakam was a peace and tourist ambassador. She was 2015 alumna of United States International Visitors Leadership Programme. She hoste9 Trends & Rachel, a popular television show that aired on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), African Independent Television(AIT), DSTV, and Startimes.
She also produced and presented Rachel the PIPER and hausa version of RACHEL MAI KAKAAKI; an entertaining yet highly humanitarian television programme.
Bakam was born and brought up in Kaduna State by Mr. and Mrs. Adams and Rose Bakam where she had her primary, secondary, and tertiary education.
She studied English and theatre arts at Ahmadu Bello University and digital filmmaking at New York Film Academy.
She lost her father at the age of 12. At the age of 16 she started working, first as a salesgirl in a supermarket, later in a recording studio and played a lead role in a Hausa drama series known as Rayuwa.
She was president of Literary and Debating Club then Head Girl in Kaduna Capital School, best graduating female student and best graduating student of faculty of arts in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
She did her National Youth Service Corps at Nigerian Television Authority International, where she produced and presented different TV programmes like Trends, Saturday Morning, and Style Code.
She proceeded to study digital film making at New York Film Academy and thereafter established Rayzed Media Ltd.
Bakam brought water skiing and wakeboarding to Nigeria. In 2016, she got an endorsement deal with Numatville Megacity.
She joined non-government organizations, such as Devatop Centre for Africa Development in campaigning against sex trafficking and other forms of modern slavery in Nigeria.
She was a Media Consultant for the African Fashion Reception Paris.
After the Southern Kaduna crisis, where more than 800 people, mostly Christians were killed, Rachel Bakam and John Fashanu joined Big Church Foundation to support the victims with relief materials.