Najma Yusufi grew up in the UK, Africa and Asia. Born on the 24th May in London, the second child of two children to parents Dr Mehmood Ali Khan Yusufi and Afsar Durrani. Her father’s ancestral home is in U.P. India and mother a descendant of the last ruling Afghani royal family that currently reside in Peshawar, Pakistan. Both her parents have passed away.
Najma spent many years of her life boarding in Halidon House School, Stoke Poges, Bucks and Ashford School, Kent and then went on the International school of Lusaka, Zambia later being shipped off to lead a marginalized life in Pakistan during her formative years.
She returned to the UK with a view on two cultures.
She completed a bachelor in Chemistry from the University of Karachi and then a degree in product development from the London University of Arts, London and then went onto complete an M.A. in creative writing from Cardiff University in 2011. Her Masters thesis at Cardiff was about the oral storytelling that she had heard from her grandmother and aunts.
During her time at Cardiff Najma performed at the Bay Lit festival and various spoken word events including in a Word in your ear, Bath. And started work on Begums of Peshawar and co wrote The Radcliffe Line with Dr Robert Walton.
Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Asian Writer, Asiana, etc. She is the author of the novel Begums of Peshawar, Hachette. Pakistan, Columbus Media. And is currently completing her second novel.
Najma has a number of ideas in development for leading production house like SUGAR FILMS. Having initially produced Pakistan Third Gender an insight into the plight of transsexuals in Pakistan her passion for giving a voice to the lesser know aspects in the world. She has also produced Lucknow Law, which highlights the plight of lawyers in U.P. India.