Award-winning actress and TV presenter, Rachael Bakam, has died at the age of 39.
The Kaduna-born media personality passed away at a private hospital in Abuja on Tuesday, April 13, after a brief illness.
Before her untimely death, she was the CEO and Managing Director of Rayzeds Media Ltd, Founder & President of the Nigerian Water Ski And Wakeboard Federation (NWWF).
Family, friends and colleagues have taken to social media to pen their tributes.
Chocolate City co-founder and President, Audu Maikori wrote on Facebook;
The last chat I had with Rachel Bakam was on the 1st of April 2021. She said ” I just received bad and troubling news , I am speechless” I asked her what happened- clearly alarmed and she replied ” its April fools day bro! LOL” and my fear turned into a smile. She then proceeded to tell me about her latest fundraising drive to empower Southern Kaduna women in the rural areas by providing seed money and equipment for them. We chatted a little more about it and signed off. Little did I know that lest than 2 weeks later I wold be the one who received the “bad and troubling news” of her death!!
Rachel was a very inspiring woman ,sister and mother- always had a smile , alway positive and very very clear about her goals. I met her probably 17 years ago in Kaduna through a mutual friend and later on with her then husband Israel Edjeren. More recently, we were in the same Kaduna Creative group where we mentor, support and share opportunities for empowerment – and she was always very active , passionate about any project concerning Southern Kaduna and Kaduna state as a whole- but with a keen focus on helping the less privileged and the displaced refugees across the country.
The lady was always so busy I even used to wonder when she ever got to rest with her packed schedule !
There have ben quite a few deaths recently, but this one hit me hard!!! It hit us all very very hard cos we lost a true gem, the space she occupied , not many can fill today because she had a special flair about what she did and that flair was driven by her passion for her people. She will be dearly missed by us all.