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Online radio show is a hit for its ambitious keiki host

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2013

By Ben Wood

Honolulu youngster Nia Sade Bakari, 9, said, "I wanted to be like my mom," so she got her mother, former Internet radio show host Amy Bakari, to help her start her own show.

"Nia and Friends" on BlogTalkRadio has been airing since February. It has been downloaded more than 200,000 times on and iTunes, according to her mom, who serves as producer. Nia prerecords interviews that are broadcast on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Nia was born in Virginia. Her mom is from Manila and her dad, Zoom Bakari, is originally from New York and now teaches at Waimalu Elementary, where Nia is a student. The family moved here a year ago from Atlanta.

Nia names singer-actress Lea Salonga and Michelle Borth of "Hawaii Five-0" as two of her role models. She has interviewed  Borth and Hawaii ukulele star Aidan James, 11. Nia, who loves karaoke, can sing all of the hit songs from "Rent," "Hairspray" and "Les Miserables," and performed with the Curtains Up children's theater in Atlanta.

Composing music, playing piano and ukulele are some of her other activities.  "I'm going to Juilliard when I grow up," is what Nia said at age 6. Looks like this little determined lady is well on her way…

Ben Wood, who sold newspapers on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things.

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Meet BlogTalkRadio Host Nia, One Ambitious 9-Year Old

  Description: on February 25, 2013 by Chitra


At 9 years old, Nia Bakari is one of  the youngest hosts on BlogTalkRadio.  She is quite an inspiring young lady and is off to a running start with her show, which launched just this month. Nia was kind of enough to answer a few questions about her program and what’s up next for her. 

What’s your show all about?
My show is all about meeting interesting people and learning from them.

How did you decide to start your own show?
My mom and I planned last summer of 2012, but we did not get around doing it till early this year. I learned that you have to have a good idea to have a good show. I want people to know that kids see things differently from adults.

What’s your favorite part about hosting your own show on BlogTalkRadio?
My favorite part about hosting my own BlogTalkRadio show is being able to talk to my guests by just being online or on the phone.

Who have you interviewed so far?

I have interviewed Disney talent, Cameron Goodman, who was my improv mentor, Daniel Hooven, who is the lead investigator of Bio's Haunted Encounters, and Hawaii's ukelele wonder kid, Aidan James.

Who’s next?
Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Whimpy Kid, Michelle Borth of Hawaii Five-0 and Atlanta’s upcoming musical duo from All The Two of Us, Maggie Schneider and Riley Duggan.

We’re so excited to see Nia’s show grow. 

Be sure to tune in to Nia and Friends.

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