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Burning Bright is not a story about statistics, but of an over-achieving young lady, who is determined not to let sickle cell anemia stand in her way. Without notice, difficulties that Nadia Habeeb did not foresee complicate her health and love life, changing everything immensely. With the walls of life itself closing in on her, will she stand conqueror this time? If she does, what will be her fate back home in Nigeria, with a closed-off heart, and physical challenge?
This is a story of a family struggling to maintain faith and hope in the face of severe emotional challenges, social upheaval, medical necessity. And also the paradox of humanity. Set within the complexities of Nigerian culture, it is the story of young people trying to make their way in a world they didn’t make. It is also a story of pain and redemption, of love lost and found, generational conflict, and the emergence of true faith.
Maryam Awaisu is a survivor of sickle cell anemia. The disease did not stop her from getting an education, both in Nigeria and abroad, and earning a degree in business administration. She volunteers at a sickle cell foundation in Kaduna, providing services to Nigerians who cannot afford necessary treatment.