Rukayya Ibrahim Iyayi

2019 Fellowship Alumna, Nigeria

It’s Invisible, but Devastating: Mental Illness in Nigeria

Even in this imperfect world, there is always something to be happy about, and, in those moments, the world is perfect.”

Rukayya Ibrahim Iyayi, 2019 Fellowship Alumna, Nigeria
A group of people stand in front of a sign; some hold certificates
Rukayya and peers at a training on the dangers of substance abuse, electoral violence

After losing her parents to cancer, Rukayya Ibrahim Iyayi learned firsthand about struggling with grief and anxiety. That’s why she founded the MAQ Foundation for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness and is educating her peers in Nigeria about the breadth and depth of mental health. Learn more about this important work in this YALI Network blog post.

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