2023 OurNigeria Awards: Rikadawa bags Best Actor of the Year
OurNigeria News Magazine is set to honor a distinguished Nigerian actor and media professional, Muhammad Rabi’u Rikadawa with Best Actor of the Year award.
Muhammad Rabi’u Rikadawa, born on the 1st of January, 1973, has a rich history in both Islamic and Western education. Hailing from Rikadawa in the Madobi Local Government Council of Kano State, Rabi’u’s early academic journey spanned from 1977 to 1992.
His foray into the media industry began as a freelancer at the Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation (KSBC) from 1990 to 1997. Notably, he played a pivotal role as an actor in “Ba Girin Girin Ba,” the first radio drama in Northern Nigeria. His journey continued at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Kaduna from 1995 to 2007, where he made significant contributions to various programmes, including the UNICEF-sponsored drama “Let them Live/A Cece Su.”
As a staff member at Desmims Independent Television Kaduna (DITV) from 1995 to 2002, Rabi’u showcased his versatility by producing programmes such as “Komai Tsawon Dare” (Drama Series), “Gumi Half Hour” (Religious Programme), “Mata a Yau” (Women Magazine Programme), and “Mu Tattauna” (Discussion Programme).
In 2003, he demonstrated his acting prowess in the All African Games Drama Presentation titled “Queen Amina the Legendary Queen of Zazzau.” Joining the BBC Media Action Nigeria in 2004, Rabi’u became a pioneer actor, contributing to radio dramas like “Story Story/Gatanan Gatanan ku” and television dramas like “Wetin Dey.”
Since 2007, Rabi’u has been a major stakeholder in Kannywood, the Northern Nigeria Film Making Industry. His influence extended to Nollywood, where he became an actor in numerous movies from 2010 till date. Currently, he takes a leading role in the highly acclaimed and most-watched Hausa drama series, “LABARINA,” portraying the character of Baba Dan Audu.
With a career that spans decades, Muhammad Rabi’u Rikadawa stands as a prominent figure in Nigeria’s media landscape, contributing significantly to the rich tapestry of Northern Nigerian film and television. His dedication to storytelling and his ability to bring characters to life have left an indelible mark on the industry.