Sudanese Refugee to Write for 'Days of Our Lives'

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Kola Boof to join NBC's top rated soap, "Days of Our Lives."

A little Egyptian-Sudanese girl who learned English by watching NBC's top rated soap opera "Days of Our Lives" has now grown up to become a pivotal writer for the show.

Novelist-poet Kola Boof told the New York Times, "My wonderful mentor, Producer Stephen Wyman, and the legendary Ken Corday have given me the opportunity to escape my tragic past in Sudan and make a more peaceful life...as I can now focus on writing far less controversial material and become a soccer mom to my two sons. I am extremely grateful, and I only wish my adopted Grandmother was alive to see me actually writing her soap opera! We also have the most gifted Head Writer in daytime arriving in July, Hogan Sheffer. This is a show that under Corday and Wyman's guidance is on its way back to the top! These men have a lot of integrity and heart."

Kola Boof, who was born in Omdurman, Sudan to slain Egyptian anti-slavery activist Harith Bin Farouk and escaped in 1979 by adoption to an African American couple in Washington, D.C. is the author of seven books published in eight countries, the latest of which is her autobiography, "Diary of a Lost Girl" (ISBN: 0-9712019-8-6). Rumor has it that Boof's upcoming novel, "The Sexy Part of the Bible" will be entered for the National Book Award next year by Random House.

Unfortunately, there has been controversy for the North African beauty. In 2002, she nearly lost her American citizenship when the United States suspected her of being a terrorist after it was revealed that she had been the mistress of Osama Bin laden in 1996, but through Morocco's Prince Fabrizzio Ruspoli in 2003, it was quickly proven that Miss Boof's relationship with Bin Laden was against her will. Boof, in fact, had been denounced as a "traitor" to Sudan and the Arab world, and was ordered to be beheaded by a Sharia court in Khartoum (U.N. 2003), because of the perceived anti-Arab, anti-Islamic tone of her books. It should be noted that Boof was born Muslim, is half-Arab and starred as "Naima Kitar" in more than 40 Arabic B-pictures in Egypt and Morocco.

Though it hasn't been decided in what capacity Boof will write for the show, "Days of Our Lives" can be seen weekdays at 1 pm eastern/12 pacific on NBC.

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