Rest in peace Ms. Rachael Bakam. Hopez Magazine did not only miss you, but the world will miss you. The impact which you’ve created will live on forever. The displaced person you’ve helped during the kaduna South killings, the fight against injustice and fight for justice will linger in the heart of men. Live on Hero.
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 supermarket, later in a recording studio and played a lead role in 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 has 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.
She is not a stranger to the Hopez Team and she has tremendously helped in various aspects of the magazine. Spending time with her during the AFFP fashion night has been a life changing as she is a person with a big heart.
Aside winning other awards internationally, she has also obtained awards nationally.