Ruhila Adatia-Sood

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Ruhila Adatia-Sood
BornRuhila Adatia
(1982-08-29)August 29, 1982
Kitisuru, Kenya
DiedSeptember 21, 2013(2013-09-21) (aged 31)
EducationRhodes University
OccupationRadio Africa Group presenter
Years active2007–2013
OrganizationKiss FM
Spouse(s)Ketan Sood

Ruhila Adatia-Sood (29 August 1982 – 21 September 2013)[1] was a Kenyan television and radio presenter and journalist[2] of Indian heritage.[3]

Ruhila Adatia was born and brought up in Kitisuru, Nairobi.[2][3] She graduated from Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi,[4] and in 2007 from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Since 2007 she had worked for Kenya Radio Africa Group as a news presenter and Rankingshow Kiss 100 moderator for Kiss TV, and Metro East FM, a radio station in Nairobi aimed at Kenyan Asians. Since 2011 she was, together with Kamal Kaur, a moderator of a TV cooking show for children,[5] recorded each month in Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.[6]

She was a member of Kenya's Ismaili Muslim community.[7] In January 2012, she married Ketan Sood, a member of the USAID mission in Nairobi; the wedding took place at the Arya Samaj Temple in Parklands, Nairobi.[8]

She was wounded in the Westgate shopping mall shooting while hosting a cooking competition for children in the centre's rooftop car park, and died on the way to the Aga Khan Hospital.[9] At the time of her death, at the age of 31,[7] she was six or seven months pregnant with her first child.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Ruhila Adatia-Sood One of 68 Dead After Terror Attack at Kenya's Westgate Mall". 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  2. ^ a b "Radio Journalist Ruhila Adatia Killed in Westgate Attack: Her Last Media Update". 21 September 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Mukel, Catherine (15 September 2012). "Kenya: Relative Values - I Had My First Relationship in My 20s, It Was Approved By My Sisters and Friends". The Star. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  4. ^ Ruhila Adatia-Sood
  5. ^ "Kenya mall attack: Indian-origin radio presenter among those killed". Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  6. ^ Article: East FM Radio Presenter And Ruhila Adatia's Close Friend Kamal Kaur Talks About Her Harrowing Ordeal At Westgate! on Archived 2013-09-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b "Kenya buries its dead amid search for bodies and clues". New Straits Times. 2013-09-26. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  8. ^ James Murua, "Kiss TV's Gossip Girl weds", The Star, 9 January 2012
  9. ^ "Nairobi Westgate attack: The victims". BBC News. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  10. ^ "Kenya standoff: The victims". BBC News. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  11. ^ "AllInsights". Reuters. Retrieved 2018-01-11.

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