Ummi Rahab: Talented ex-child actress who’s making the stage hers

Ummi Rahab: Talented ex-child actress who's making the stage hers

Ummi Rahab is a Kannywood sensation. In case you do not know, Kannywood is the name of the movie industry in Northern Nigeria. She stormed into the industry at a very young age and has become of the most sought-after actors.

If you are a fan of Kannywood, you must have come across her movies which always leave a very positive impression about her talent. Rahab may be young, but she has already achieved so much. This article reveals more details about her.

Ummi Rahab biography

Ummi Rahab as a child

Ummi Rahab was born Rahab Saleh Ahmed on February 2, 2004. She was born in Saudi Arabia but moved back to Nigeria to reunite with her relatives when she was seven years old. She completed her early education in Kano and went into acting at the age of 12. However, her mother insisted that she must go back to school and so, she had to quit acting to continue her formal education.

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Ummi Rahab smiling

Ummi Rahab began acting at the age of 12 in Kannywood. From a very young age, she had a passion for acting and participated actively in the drama group of her school. She acted in stage plays and dramas, which delighted the people around her.

When she joined Kannywood, she was introduced to Adam A Zango, who is popularly known as the “Prince of Kannywood”. In 2014, Rahab got a breakthrough in her acting career when she featured in Kin Zamo Takwara Ummi. She played the role of Zango’s daughter in the movie, which received critical acclaim.

Rahab has gone ahead to feature in other successful movies. Some of them are:

  • Labarin Zuciya
  • Rigor So
  • So Bauta Ne
  • Matata
  • Ke Nake Kauna
  • Aure Dadi.
  • Wuff
  • Farin Wata
  • Take Mai Wuya
  • Ban Ce Adina Ba
  • Son Ki Nike

TikTok page

Apart from acting, Ummi Rahab is a social media influencer. She has a large following on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Her most popular social media presence is TikTok where she has about one million followers and over five million likes on her posts. Her content is mostly about her family, particularly her marriage. Her TikTok handle is ummirahabofficial1

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Ummi Rahab marriage

Ummi Rahab and husband

Ummi Rahab married her heartthrob, Lilin Baba, on June 8, 2022. Lilin Baba is a popular Kannywood hip-hop artist and a movie producer. Their wedding took place in Kano and was graced by A-list Kannywood actors and actresses. The wedding trended for days on Northern blogs and other media.

Before her marriage, she was heavily linked with Adam Zango. Zango is known for marrying Nollywood actresses. He married Maryam Yola after featuring her in a movie and she was reportedly the same age as Rahab. This intensified speculations that Zango and Rahab were in a romantic relationship since she was consistently featured in his moves. However, Rahab debunked such rumours of dating Zango, insisting that he was just her boss and benefactor in the industry. She also revealed that advises her on things to do to become more successful in her career.

Meanwhile, there are unverified reports that Zango had proposed marriage to her but she turned him down. She was a cast member of Zango’s Farin Wata Sha Kallo YouTube series video but was excluded from the movie for unknown reasons. When asked about the exclusion, she responded:

He has the right to pick the people he wants to work with, just as the cast has the right to accept or decline depending on the circumstances at hand. Indeed, I was a cast member in A. Zango’s film ‘Farin Wata Sha Kallo’ being aired on YouTube, and I was dropped for reasons best known to the producers. However, that doesn’t mean I have stopped being an actress. I have other offers to pick from, and life goes on.”


Ummi Rahab was born on February 2, 2004. This means she will be 19 years old by February this year.


What do you think about Ummi Rahab? Do you think she has been impressive in her career since she started at a young age? The answer should be yes. She has been able to carve a niche for herself at an age when many youths are yet to figure out what to do for themselves.  She is probably one to look out for in Nollywood in the nearest future.

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