Ruhila Adatia-Sood

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Ruhila Adatia-Sood
Born Ruhila Adatia
(1982-08-29)August 29, 1982
Kitisuru, Kenya
Died September 21, 2013(2013-09-21) (aged 31)
Residence Kenya
Citizenship Kenyan
Alma mater Rhodes University
Occupation Radio Africa Group presenter
Years active 2007–2013
Organization Kiss 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]


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