My name is Rahma Mohamed; and I was born and raised in Hargeisa, Somalia. Shortly before the civil war broke out; at the age of eight, my family immigrated to Canada. We arrived in Quebec where I attended my first formal school in French. The first few years were very difficult, I endured years of bullying due to me being the only black Somali girl in my class and my inability to speak the language. I would not only mater both French and English but also be the first to graduate from University in my household.
But what led me become and Author?
You see I learned to read at the age of ten. And when that happened, a new opened up to me. I read all kinds of stories. But I never found myself in any of them, and this had become a regular occurrence to me. I intuitively understood that I was not important enough to be written about or to see myself in any book.
Once I became a mother, I set out to self-publish children books to encourage youth to be proud of their uniqueness by celebrating diversity. Reflecting on my struggles of growing up in a foreign country, I became determined to offer books centered on characters that are Muslim and with African roots. I firmly believe that children need to be able to identify themselves in the book they read to enhance their self-confidence as well as bolster their sense of pride. I write under the pen name Rahma Rodaah which my first name and my middle name combined.