Spotlight: Leyla Abdi Mohamed

Leyla Abdi Mohamed is the first female editor at Radio Ergo, a humanitarian broadcaster in Somalia which is run by International Media Support (IMS), based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a dedicated journalist and media professional with 11 years of experience in some of Somalia’s premier media houses, in roles including journalism, broadcasting, women’s leadership, and training. She has completed a master’s degree in International Relations & Diplomacy at … Continue reading Spotlight: Leyla Abdi Mohamed

Spotlight: Sahra Mohamed

Sahra is a teacher by profession and she is also the owner of Modest Pearls. She was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales. She studied Law at Cardiff University before deciding to move into teaching. She has been working as an Academic English teacher in Saudi Arabia for the past three years. More recently, Sahra started her own abaya business. The brands’ ethos focuses on exclusive … Continue reading Spotlight: Sahra Mohamed

Spotlight: Sumaya

Sumaya is a singer and songwriter from London, United Kingdom. Her style of music is centered around R&B, Pop and Soul. Her first EP ‘Age of Aquarius’ was released in 2019 with the lead single ‘Know Better’, which received great support and was played on the BBC radio show The Beat London.  Sumaya is releasing a new single on Friday 25/06/2021 called “Too Much” which she describes as a “feel-good summer anthem” that will be streaming on all platforms. Name: … Continue reading Spotlight: Sumaya

Spotlight: Filsun

Filsun is a content creator who is based in Toronto, Canada. She shares healthy recipes on her social media platforms encouraging people to make better lifestyle choices in order to glow from within. Name: Filsun Occupation/Role: Content Creator What did you want to be when you were growing up? I always wanted to be a chef/nutritionist. This very much differs from my current day to day. However, having … Continue reading Spotlight: Filsun

Spotlight: Naima Mohamed

Naima is a Human Resource Officer by profession and she is also the owner of Nai.tural Organic Skincare. She was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates in a city called Al Ain and moved to London in 2006. Naima speaks three languages; Somali, Arabic and English. She studied at the University of Greenwich where she received both her bachelors and master’s degrees in Human Resources Management. Naima started her … Continue reading Spotlight: Naima Mohamed

Spotlight: Awa Farah

Awa Farah is a film producer, writer and researcher who is based in the UK. She is currently a first-year PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She has been selected for the 2021 BAFTA x BFI Film Crew. Her documentary “Somalinimo” became a viral hit after being published by The Guardian in late 2020. She also worked on the film, “A Life in a Day”, which … Continue reading Spotlight: Awa Farah

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

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

Spotlight: Yumna Hussen

Yumna Hussen is a 15-year-old student who is the Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Birmingham. In this capacity, Yumna works with her youth council to consult different organisations on issues that affect young people. She also works closely with councillors and MP’s in Birmingham to ensure that they represent young people’s views in their policymaking. She has been appointed by BiteBack2030, an organisation that … Continue reading Spotlight: Yumna Hussen