Shelina Janmohamed, author of “Love in a Headscarf,” reports on the popular semi-finalist (update: winner!) for the UK hit show “Great British Bake Off” — Nadiya Jamir Hussain. Besides being a fabulous baker and powerful on-screen presence, Nadiya also happens to be… Muslim.
“I love Nadiya. Millions of people up and down the country love Nadiya. She doesn’t even need a surname anymore.. She’s the face of today’s Britain: authentic, honest, creative, emotional, heartfelt and honest,” pens Ms. Janmohamed.
“The majority of ordinary conversation has focused on Nadiya’s immense talent, her passion, and the way she wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s reminded us all that these are the values we hold dear, not the fear mongering about immigrants; the security lockdown on Muslims; the removal of voices; faces and diversity from our landscape. Nadiya’s the woman who we’d love more than anyone to be our neighbor and offer to cook cakes for us,” continues the author.