My name is Yaya Sillah, also known as Yaya Patchari. I am 38, and married with children. I was born in the West African state of Gambia, in a village called Sutukung, in the Jarra-Lrd region. I spent most of my childhood in the village with my grandfather, Alh Keebba Sillah Keebba, and my grandmother, Haja Jainaba Sillah (Keke). I studied Islamic education, sociology and spiritual counselling with my grandfather, who was the leader of our Sillah Kunda family for more than 35 years.
At 17, I left the village for Gambia’s biggest city, Serrekunda, where I received informal education in the English language. I have continued to study English, and other subjects, in schools and colleges around the world, and I am an avid reader.
At 25, I moved to the United Kingdom. I lived and worked full time in Birmingham, Leicester and London as a spiritual counsellor for married couples, families and individuals. I gained great experience by giving my clients help and advice on their marriage and relationship issues and anti-social behaviour problems chiefly in the UK, but also in other parts of the world. I believe that I have a positive influence on the lives of my clients – they reward me by recommending my services – and I continue to offer my assistance to those who are in need.
I come from a very religious, Muslim, conservative family background. My Sillah Kunda family belongs to the Jakah community, which is centuries old. Generations of my family are teachers, and they gave their knowledge to many thousands of students from different parts of Africa. They have been an inspiration to me and I want to follow in their footsteps. I would like to extend their message, and mine, to people around the world by writing books.
Also I am the chairman of the Best Gambia Britannia Economical Trust. Different social and cultural activities are taking place under this umbrella. For further details, click here: