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Hajer Nakua

Hajer Nakua (right) and Farah Qaiser. Photograph by Val Lem.

Hajer Nakua is a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of Toronto. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Nakua is passionate about sharing neuroscience and mental health research with the general public.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Khadija and the Elephant Toothpaste Experiment

Co-author: Farah Qaiser.
Illustrated by Natalya Tariq.
Toronto: Second Story Press, 2024.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Khadija is inspired by her visit to the science fair. There are so many different scientists all wearing safety goggles and lab coats! But how come none of them are wearing a hijab?

After watching a scientist carry out the elephant toothpaste experiment, Khadija attempts to recreate it at home with mixed (and messy!) results. Surrounded by her family as they celebrate Eid, Khadija tries again….

“Salaam everyone, and Eid Mubarak!” she cries. “When I grow up, I’m going to be a scientist!”


Hajer Nakua personal website

Publisher Second Story Press