Some epic people have been getting inducted into Brampton’s Arts Walk of Fame lately, and Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of Little Mosque on the Prarie is about to join the club.

CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie is the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim family living in the west. The hit show ended in 2012 after six successful seasons and is now broadcast in over 60 countries.

Nawaz is also a best-selling author for her comedic memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, on growing up as a Canadian of Muslim faith. Nawaz is a frequent public speaker on Islam, comedy, gender, faith, multiculturalism and plurality. She currently hosts CBC News Saskatchewan.

Born in Liverpool, England, Nawaz’s family moved to Brampton in the 1980s, where she attended Fallingdale Elementary School and Chinguacousy Secondary School. In her memoir, Nawaz explores the struggles of fitting in with her classmates as a child of immigrants, and being “the only brown girl in [her] class.”

Nawaz will be inducted into the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame on March 22, 2019. As part of the celebration, the event will include an evening of storytelling and intimate conversation hosted by Jael Richardson, Artistic Director of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), followed by Nawaz’s induction ceremony.

Brampton’s Arts Walk of Fame is one of the city’s key recognition programs, celebrating and building connections with the incredible artists who live in Brampton or spent their formative years here. Inductees are selected for achieving excellence in the arts and entertainment industry, for building pride in the Brampton community and inspiring emerging artists and creators.

Nawaz joins New York Times bestselling author Rupi Kaur, top music video director Director X, Russell Peters, Michael Cera, and others, as part of the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame.

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