I refused to get married after primary school and this changed my life. Tashrifa Mohamed.

True humility is indeed thinking less of yourself and more of others. Tashrifa Abubakar Mohamed exudes such modesty that cannot go unnoticed.


She founded Lamu Archepelego University Student Association, a community based organisation whose aim is to empower and offer education opportunities to the girl child in Lamu, Kenya.


The organization has directly reached tens of schools and hundreds of girls.

She was also a former director at Malindi Islamic Center for Orphans and a mentor to many children.


I was very curious to know about her journey after she hit the headlines in 2011 for winning the Lamu cultural festival several times and getting a sponsorship to showcase her henna art at the Cincinnati museum in the U.S.


I grew up in extreme poverty in Pate Island. Girls were not allowed to go to school.

My mum, a single mother and my uncle paid attention to my plea and allowed me to join Primary school.


After Primary school, everyone in the community expected me to go by the norm and get married. I refused.

I was the only girl to join High school from my community and had to do this in a different area. I moved to Lamu.

After High school, I moved to Mombasa and worked in beauty salons to save money for college. I could not go back home.


I got selected to join Pwani University where I pursued Archaeology and Sociology.

I get such deep satisfaction when training girls in my community through art and raising funds for their High school education.


My community now looks at me differently and every parent wants to take their girls to school.

Tashrifa got selected for the prestigious YALI program and admits that the skills she learned helped her secure a job as a probation officer with the Ministry of Interior & Co-ordination. Her role will be empowering and transforming the offenders’ lives.

Life has taught me to mentor others, to work very hard and smart and to always aim at disrupting the status quo.



I am very young and still rocking second floor and my vision is to empower thousands of young people.

Keep at it Tashrifa! If you happen to connect with this fearless young woman in Lamu Island, do surprise her with a meal of Tanduri and vegetable stew- It’s her favorite!




12 thoughts on “I refused to get married after primary school and this changed my life. Tashrifa Mohamed.

  1. I take pride in Tashrifa for her stand on Child Marriage. Having served as my Vice Chairperson in the Pwani University Sociology Club, I truly admit her passion towards social responsibility. She’s indeed a living testimony for many Muslim girl children along the Kenyan Coast region. Kudos Tashu!

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    1. Welldone Tashrifa…i salute you for your hard and dedication. Let the sky be the limit….keep doing what you are doing best..empowering young girls..! A job welldone!

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  2. You make us all proud tashu. Beautiful read. They need to know you to actually understand your zest in the orphanage you help out and life in general. May allah continue opening doors of barka and rahma.

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  3. MaashaAllah,wonderful! Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in even if that means standing alone..may Allah grant you the courage and strength to overcome any challenge! Hop it’s just the beginning..big up siz! We are proud of u..maashaAllah!

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  4. May peace and blessings be upon you. Am also a Third year at Pwani University, I am very excited to get in touch with you Tashrifa,many young girls from North eastern region of Kenya are undergoing the same problems of being married to a husband at a tender age and thereafter their dreams of becoming a better person in future had been greatly tampered with ,you’re a risk taker and absolutely you did it
    Could you association also assist those young girls who are suffering???

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  5. Mashallah my dear sister,am really proud of you,you’re such a great inspiration to me and many more.Your kindness,dedication and generosity is exemplary mashallah. Continue touching the lives of these innocent and underprivileged children to have courage and realize their fullest potential inshaaAllah.My Allah bless you and keep guiding you.

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  6. keep up the spirit …such an inspirational story…u can change the lives of many young girls…especially in lamu where girl child education is still not valued …..keep it up dear

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