Yaya Sillah was born in the West African state of the Gambia, in a village called Sutukung. He studied Islamic education, sociology and spiritual counselling with his grandfather, who was the leader of the Sillah Kunda family for more than 35 years.
He worked as a spiritual counsellor for married couples, families and individuals, giving his clients help and advice on their marriage and relationship issues, and on problems of anti-social behaviour.
He writes “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.”