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

Spotlight: Maryan Haye

Maryan Haye is a Somali-Canadian writer and actor from Toronto. She is a 4th-year student in the RTA Media Production program at Ryerson University, specializing in screenwriting. Along with acting in a few short films and media content, she devotes time to writing her own original scripts. She has just finished co-writing, directing, and acting her thesis project Visible (2020), a teen drama pilot, and … Continue reading Spotlight: Maryan Haye

Spotlight: Ladan Osman

Ladan Osman is the author of Exiles of Eden (2019) and The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (2015), winner of the Sillerman Prize. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, and several documentary film projects are forthcoming in 2020. She lives in Brooklyn.  Name: Ladan Osman Occupation/Role: Writer and filmmaker What did you want to be when you were growing up?  It seemed like a zany plan but all I ever wanted to do … Continue reading Spotlight: Ladan Osman

Spotlight: Ummy Ali Hassan

This week we spoke to Ummy Ali Hassan who is the founder of UMMY THEBOSSLADY cosmetics. The make-up line is targeted towards women of all ages and includes various products such as eye shadows, liquid eyeliners, eyelashes and liquid lipsticks. The liquid lipsticks in the collection all have Muslim female names because they’re named after her female relatives. For more information on UMMY THEBOSSLADY products, … Continue reading Spotlight: Ummy Ali Hassan

Spotlight: Hanna Ali

This week we spoke with Hanna Ali who is a writer, Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London where she specialises in Afro-Arab identity. Hanna is a former Radio Presenter and was listed as number 4 in BuzzFeed’s “21 Black British Muslims You Should Know About” in 2017 and was a part of Trailblazing Muslim Women in 2018. She is the Director … Continue reading Spotlight: Hanna Ali

Spotlight: Anisa Hajimumin

This week we spoke with Anisa Hajimumin who is the former Minister of Women Development and Family Affairs in Puntland, Somalia. Ms Hajimumin accomplished many great feats during her time as a minister, which include ensuring the passing and implementation of the Sexual Offence Bill in Puntland, establishing the Alternative Care Policy (a policy meant to ensure the creation of homes and care services for … Continue reading Spotlight: Anisa Hajimumin

Spotlight: Miski Osman

This week we spoke with Miski Osman, a twenty-something-year-old who was born in Stockholm, raised in between London and Nairobi and is now living in Mogadishu. Name: Miski Osman  Occupation/Role: Communications Specialist  What did you want to be when you were growing up?  I always knew that I wanted to come back to Somalia and play a role in the rebuilding of my country, but I wasn’t … Continue reading Spotlight: Miski Osman