Rahama Sadau (Born 7 December, 1993) is a 29-year-old Nigerian actress, dancer, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur who became famous in late 2013 after she joined the Kannywood movie industry with her debut movie Gani ga Wane.
Rahama hails from the northern part of Nigeria. She has shown over the years that she has what it takes to rise to the top and remain relevant in Nollywood. Rahama is one of the few if not only Nigerian actress who speaks Hindi, Hausa, and English fluently. She has won several awards for her short but eventful acting career.
Where Is Rahama Sadau From?
Rahama Sadau was born on the 7th of December 1993 in Kaduna, Nigeria, where she has her origins. She was raised in the north-western Nigerian state alongside her 3 sisters and a brother. The actress has a lot of respect for her heritage and has built a career around it. Sadau had her primary and secondary education in the country until she jetted off to Northern Cyprus for college.
She Attended Some Of the Best Schools In Nigeria And Abroad
Rahama is privileged to be one of the most educated northerners. Despite the level of wealth circulated in the northern part of Nigeria, very few of the families feel the need to educate their female children as they are married off (child marriage) rather early.
For her early education, Rahama attended Libayi International School for her primary school education, after which she joined Kaduna Capital School for her junior secondary school education. She then went to Misbau Islam for her senior secondary education. After she completed her secondary school education, she proceeded to Kaduna State Polytechnic to study Business Administration.
To better prepare herself for the challenges of being in the entertainment industry and building a career as a businesswoman, Rahama enrolled at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus, where she studied Human Resource Management at their school of business Finance.
Rahama’s Venture Into Acting Stirred A Lot Of Controversies
Rahama joined Kannywood – the Hausa-language movie industry in 2013 through someone she considers a friend and mentor – Ali Nuhu. She began her career by playing a few minor roles before gaining fame from her “Gani ga Wane” performance alongside Kannywood actor Ali Nuhu. Her career took off from there, and she began to get more diverse movie roles which made her popularity soar.
In October 2016, Rahama was suspended for appearing in a romantic music video with a Jos-born singer – Classiq. The Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN), the dominant association in Kannywood placed the ban on her career for violating their rules. It lingered for a while. In 2017, she wrote to apologize to MOPPAN, and the ban was lifted in January 2018 after the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje intervened on the matter.
During the time of her ban from Kannywood, Rahama kept busy with other projects. In 2017, she started her own production company, which she named Sadau Pictures. Her first movie production is titled Rariya starring popular actors like Ali Nuhu, Sani Musa Danja, Fati Washa, and Sadiq Sani Sadiq, to mention a few.
She returned to acting in 2017 to play the career teacher in MTV Shuga. Some of her other popular roles are in Zero Hour (2019), Up North (2018), If I Am President (2018), TATU (2017), Rumana (2017), Sons of the Caliphate (2016), The Other Side (2016), to mention a few.
Awards And Recognitions Attached To Her Name
It is never easy to build a successful career shackled with the constant reminders of family and religion, but the award-winning Rahama has been able to do just that. Amidst several criticisms, the ban from the Kannywood industry, and the constant backlash for being a Muslim lady in the entertainment industry, Rahama has managed to thrive. She has won several awards and accolades during the course of her career. Some of them include:
Rahama Sadau’s Father Is a Businessman
The stunning actress is one of the daughters of Alhaji Ibrahim Sadau. He is a businessman from the northern part of Nigeria and definitely has nothing but love for his children, especially his daughters. Alhaji Ibrahim Sadau defied societal norms to train his daughter to any education level they desired to reach. His support is what got the actress to the top of her career pursuits.
She Has Three Sisters
Rahama has three sisters by the names Zainab Sadau, Fatima Sadau, and Aisha Sadau. Rahama’s sisters are really just as lovely as the actress, and even though there are differences in their body structures, a look at them would erase any doubt about them being siblings. From her posts on social media, one can tell that her sisters are her greatest support system, and Rahama never fails to let them know how much she values them.
The sisters, who mostly refer to themselves as the Sadau sisters, enjoy a special bond, and they have lots of stunning pictures together.
The Actress Has One Brother Who Also Shares A Close Bond With Her
Asides from her sisters, Rahama also shares a close relationship with her brother Haruna Sadau who got married in January 2021. She shared exquisite moments from the wedding, gushing about how much she loves her family.
In an interview about his sister, Haruna shared what it was like growing up with Rahama and being very playful. He also revealed that she has always been serious with her studies, even from a young age. He mentioned how much she loved watching Indian films while growing up, which made her fall in love with acting and that even though they all knew about her dream of pursuing a career in acting, it was a little difficult making their parents see reasons. Haruna helped her to strategize on the best ways to convince their parents about her acting profession, which they later conceded to.