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

Spotlight: Souda Kariko

Souda Kariko is a 21-year-old model from the Netherlands. She is currently signed to The Movement Models in Amsterdam. Souda has been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and has modelled for brands such as Monki and Filling Pieces.  Name: Souda Kariko Occupation/Role: Model What did you want to be when you were growing up? I always wanted to be a doctor so that I could help people. My dream was … Continue reading Spotlight: Souda Kariko

Spotlight: Nasra Ayub

Nasra Ayub is an activist, freelance writer and civil servant. Nasra has been working with the charity Integrate UK since the age of 15 tackling violence against women and girls, including FGM and violent extremism. Nasra has represented the charity at high profile events both nationally and internationally, notably at the African Union in Ethiopia and in Gothenburg, Sweden where she worked with the Swedish government. Over the … Continue reading Spotlight: Nasra Ayub

Spotlight: Dahaba Layla Ali

Dahaba Layla Ali and her mother fled the Somali civil war in the 1990s and settled in the Netherlands. They moved to the United Kingdom when Dahaba was 10-years-old via secondary immigration where she became a part of the Somali diaspora in London. Dahaba graduated in 2017 from the University of Cambridge. Dahaba’s multicultural upbringing has given her a unique and diverse voice, which allows her to produce content that relates to … Continue reading Spotlight: Dahaba Layla Ali

Spotlight: Hayat Hashi

Hayat Hashi was born and raised in Tanzania and moved to the United Kingdom when she was 19-years-old. Hayat went to college in Bristol and studied Theatrical & Media Make-up/Beauty Therapy. In 2001, Hayat moved to London where she pursued a BA in Management and worked for Chanel as a Business Manager for over 10 years in Harrods. She eventually moved to working with other luxury skincare brands such as La Mer and La Prairie before starting … Continue reading Spotlight: Hayat Hashi

Spotlight: Hibaq Osman

Hibaq Osman is a Somali writer born and based in London. Her work largely centres around women, identity and the healing process with a focus on the often hidden, nuanced aspects of our experiences. Her debut poetry collection A Silence You Can Carry was published with Out-Spoken Press in 2015. Hibaq has self-published two online poetry pamphlets, the heart is a smashed bulb (2017) and CARVINGS … Continue reading Spotlight: Hibaq Osman