Luthfia is a first generation settler in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. She was raised in Edmonton by her big and beautiful Muslim Kenyan family, speaking Swahili, making ugali and watching soap operas. Her deep connection to her family created an awareness and understanding early on of the complexities of our lived experiences as racialized people in this country. This awareness has blossomed into a fierce passion for ensuring that our voices are heard and that we have an impact.
Luthfia graduated from the University of Alberta in 2015 with a Honours degree in Anthropology and Film Studies. She has worked and volunteered as a member of a non-profit community based film theatre, at her mosque, as a mentor for youth and children, as an intern in a museum for cultural and heritage studies, and with members of the public requiring career counselling.
When not working, Luthfia loves watching movies, spending time with her sweet little cousins, reading Afrofuturist or POC centered sci-fi, baking/cooking, listening to podcasts, traveling, and playing board games with friends.
Luthfia’s hope is not only to become more engaged in her community, but to empower others to do so as well. She hopes to create community and to make connections through art, literature, film, and interpersonal relationships.