One-On-One Moment With Bakare Mubarak-Tallest Model In Sub-saharan Africa
With an intimidating height which attracts a stare everywhere he goes, Nigerian model, Bakare Mubarak, despite being 24 has made a name for himself.
Although he is still climbing anytime his name is mentioned there is no way, Africa can be opted out in anywhere.
It was a great opportunity for we at StylusGH to have had a one-on-one conversation with the 6ft 9inch model and we enjoyed every bit of the moment with him.
In an exclusive interview with him, he briefly gave us an overview about himself.
Who would you say you are?
“I am a contemporary African man because over the years I have been able to leverage on my unique status as a model, to promote African Culture, whilst incorporating Art, Ecotourism and Lifestyle/fashion.”
Where do you originate from?
“Ummm hahahaha, each time I am asked this question I tend to say I am African, but to be more specific I am from the South West part of Nigeria. I am from Oyo state Nigeria precisely, Surulere/Ogo Oluwa local government”
When did you realize you had the passion for fashion and modeling?
“Well, I must confess that, the very first time I started feeling comfortable in front of the camera and liking what it feels like to be a fashionista was back then in 2010, I was about 15 years of age. I was actually in my Senior Secondary school back then and good enough I was able to one way or the other take on a major role in a movie called “Red House Seven” where part of the movie was shot in my school and I delivered just perfectly. At that point in time, I felt if I could do this, then definitely I could do more. So while I was in the University, I took the bold step to actually contest in a pageantry in the state I was at that time, which is Kwara state. I contested for the Mr and Mr.s Kwara International 2015/16 and fortunately enough I emerged the winner of the contest, making me Mr. Kwara International. Ever since then, I was actually groomed simultaneously as a pageant King and as a Model. It has been a burning passion ever since”
How did you come up to this height as a model and an outstanding model?
“I would say uniqueness, simply because I have been able to create a distinct niche apart from the physical uniqueness which is a very wonderful height. I would say the other uniqueness tend to be intrinsic. Ever since I never wanted to be mediocre in that case, and I call it, creating my own sunshine. In that wise I have been able to create a particular niche, trying to one way or the other change the game in the modelling world by fusing modeling with culture, tourism, art and lifestyle simply. What brought about that, was the fact that, I felt if I could promote and uphold brand products and brands themselves, why can’t I channel the same energy into promoting the African Culture, Our heritage, whiles incorporating art, lifestyle and ecotourism simultaneously”
“This has enabled me work in several other capacities like the Humanitarian, doing quiet a number of humanitarian activities and socio-cultural activities. I dare to dream and have no caution to optimism which means, I do not have a fear for height. I try as much as possible as hard as I could go”
What has been your greatest achievement?
“I have been asked this question a number of times but I would say that the best is still to come. I feel all I have achieved are still stepping stones.”
How many companies have you recently worked with?
“Well, I have worked for quiet a number of brands and entities- the last major TV commercial I did was for FirstBank, billboard for Zenith bank, another commercial last year for Toptea, Tass Apparel, Fashion TV, GLO Mobile Nigeria and a couple of other brands.”
How are you helping with the society apart from this movement?
“As the day goes by and novel COVID-19 spreads like wildfire, without respect for borders, race, ethnicity or colour, I Bakare joined in the campaign on COVID -19 by leading authorities around the world who have taken measures like issurance of restrictions, border closures and warnings against immigration, in a bid to combat this global pandemic.”
To this end, Mubarak, has taken to the streets of Lagos to give affirmative of the pandemic and ultimately encourage the populace to wash their hands as often as possible, just as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has prescribed.
Bakare was nominated by the Commonwealth International Global pageant as the Mr Commonwealth Nigeria. Currently he is a Commonwealth Culture and Charity ambassador, who represents Nigeria, in the capacity of culture, amongst 53 other nations in London, during the 20th year anniversary
He was endorsed by the Largest art gallery in West-Africa (the prestigious Nike Art gallery) and was a delegate that welcomed the Consulate general of the United state to the gallery in Nigeria, also presented a catalogue from the stable of the Gallery, to the Nigerian Ambassador to Canada.
He was recently invited to AmrefUSA auction night in New York through one of its official artist . Amref is an international NGO with African Health project commitment, targeted at Children And maternal health in Africa. One of their major patron is Melinda Gates the wife of Bill Gates.