Spotlight: Najma

Najma is a 23-year-old university student and a freelance artist. Najma is making a name for herself online by redrawing popular anime characters as Black Muslimah’s. Her creative focus lies in painting (digital and hand-drawn), drawing, making videos, photography and more. Her artwork has been commissioned by the BBC, Nike and ASOS. Name: Najma Occupation/Role: Artist  What did you want to be when you were growing up?  There were two things … Continue reading Spotlight: Najma

Ramla Ali Wins Her Debut Fight As A Professional Boxer

On October 31st, Ramla Ali made her debut as a professional boxer beating her opponent Eva Hubmeyer 60-54 in six rounds. On her historic win, Ramla tweeted about her determination to continue winning. In 2016, Ramla won the Elite National Championships, the English Title Series and the Great British Elite Championships. She won these titles whilst representing England which ultimately made her the best amateur … Continue reading Ramla Ali Wins Her Debut Fight As A Professional Boxer

Ilwad Elman Receives German Africa Prize 2020

On 27th October, Ilwad Elman was awarded the German Africa prize during a ceremony in Berlin, Germany. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas presented this year’s award to Ilwad in honour of her work in Somalia. On the occasion, Ilwad tweeted that she was honoured by the recognition. Elman Peace is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1990 by Elman Ali Ahmed, Ilwad’s father. Ilwad was … Continue reading Ilwad Elman Receives German Africa Prize 2020

16-Year-Old Girl In Mogadishu Caught On Video Confessing To Working With Child Abductors

Several videos of a young woman being questioned about her involvement in child abduction have been circulating on social media. The girl details in the videos how she was promised $500 a month by a group of older women if she managed to abduct children for them. She states in the video that she was told to “bring any child that you see”. When she … Continue reading 16-Year-Old Girl In Mogadishu Caught On Video Confessing To Working With Child Abductors

Dr Leyla Hussein OBE Elected As Rector At The University Of St Andrews

On October 16th, The University of St Andrews announced that Dr Leyla Hussein OBE had been elected to become its new Rector. This is the first time since the passing of the Universities (Scotland) Act in 1858, which is an ancient university governance structure in Scotland, that a Black woman has been appointed to the role. The position is student elected. The newly elected Rector … Continue reading Dr Leyla Hussein OBE Elected As Rector At The University Of St Andrews

Mother of Three Raped And Killed In Burco

On the 11th of October, reports surfaced on various Somali news websites stating that a woman was shot dead in the northern town of Burco. The victim, who was a local resident, was identified as Ugbaad Cali Cabdullaahi. According to Ugbaad’s family, the victim’s body was found showing signs of rape. Ugbaad is survived by her three children. Local police have arrested one suspect as the case … Continue reading Mother of Three Raped And Killed In Burco

Spotlight: Anisa Hagi-Mohamed

Anisa Hagi-Mohamed is a woman of many labels and passions. She describes herself best as a quirky, bubbly and average but striving to be an extraordinary Muslim, Somali-American woman. Holding both bachelors and masters degrees in Applied Linguistics, she is an ESL teacher by profession. Anisa came to the United States when she was very young. Her family fled from the civil war that broke … Continue reading Spotlight: Anisa Hagi-Mohamed

Spotlight: Maryan Noor Yussuf

Maryan Noor Yussuf is a 20-year-old author who has published two books with the Kenya Literature Bureau. Maryan is also a journalist who has completed her diploma in Journalism at St. Paul’s University. She is also the founder and CEO of a tour and safari business called Black Beasts Safaris. Name: Maryan Noor Yussuf Occupation/Role: Journalist (Field reporter and camera lady) What did you want to be when … Continue reading Spotlight: Maryan Noor Yussuf

Protests Erupt In Mogadishu Over The Gang Rape And Killing Of Hamdi Mohamed Farah

On Friday 11th September, the body of a young woman who would later be identified as Hamdi Mohamed Farah was found dead in the Waberi district of Mogadishu, Somalia. Hamdi was gang-raped and thrown off of a six-story building which resulted in her death. When reports of Hamdi’s brutal death surfaced on the media, scores of people in Mogadishu took to the streets to demand justice … Continue reading Protests Erupt In Mogadishu Over The Gang Rape And Killing Of Hamdi Mohamed Farah