Abdulai was born in 2005. His aunt does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Abdulai lives in the very poor fishing village of Tombo. Tombo is located on the western coastline of Sierra Leone and is a major hub for fish trade and transport. The town is known for its deeply religious Islamic faith. Because of the poor conditions and the bodies of water that surround Tombo, diseases such as Malaria, Typhoid and Cholera run rampant.
Abdulai lives with his aunt who sells cow's milk for a living. His mother died when he was a younger child. Abdulai's father then abandoned him immediately and remarried. The situation with his parents has really depressed Abdulai. His aunt has many of her own children to care for so she cannot adequately provide food for Abdulai. Therefore, Abdulai works in the Tombo Forest and other neighboring forests in search of wood to sell.
Abdulai was attending school but stopped because his aunt could not keep up with paying for school tuition, uniform, school supplies and other school fees. He wants to return to school if given the opportunity.
Abdulai wants to become a Christian artist in the future.