Meet Rahma

Rahma Seif is a storyteller from Nairobi, Kenya. She is passionate about bringing narratives to life through writing and photography. Her favorite things in the world are Sundays, good books, and most importantly, her family.

What are you passionate about?

Simply put, I am passionate about creating narratives and telling stories. I am an avid reader and writer with a keen interest in photography and over the years, I have found that these interests have pushed me to find ways to immortalize moments and human emotion in the most authentic ways possible to me and hopefully to others. This journey has manifested itself in different ways over the years; from writing poetry, to portrait photography, and even venturing into writing a children’s book, the mode of storytelling varies and is often influenced by the current occurrences in my life.

What was it like writing your first letter for Hadithi?

Honestly, when I started I found the process to be quite challenging. I decided that I wanted to reflect on this past year which was just as difficult as it was significant for me. I got married, was pregnant, and had a baby, all during a global pandemic. As I started writing my first letter I found myself fixated on the negative. I was focused on how the hurdles brought on by the pandemic turned what was meant to be the best year of my life into what was proving to be the most challenging year I have ever had. However, the more I explored the theme of family and the prompts that come with it, I started to realize that the challenges we faced as a family did not take away from the beauty of the experience, they just resulted in a different kind of beauty than what we had anticipated. I suddenly became aware of how much growth the last year had brought on and just how much these challenges and our ability to overcome them together were a testament to the strength of the bond we share as a family. In the end, that’s what I decided to focus on as I wrote my letter and I must say, it turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

What role does art play in your life?

I have always seen art as a reflection of what a person or society is going through. So, for me, art has always served as an avenue for self-expression and release. I see it as a way of processing emotions and presenting them to the world.

What are you excited about right now?

I am actually really excited about the work that we are doing with Hadithi. I’m excited to see how people respond to the reworking of the themes and the introduction of the new theme, Friendship. I am also, excited to read new submissions and for people to realize that they are not alone and to find comfort and kinship and perhaps even healing as they join us in this journey in one way or another.

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