Roda was born in Hargaisa, Somalia and moved to Norway with her family and seven siblings. A graduate in Anthropology from the Norwegian University of Technology and Natural Sciences, Roda has also mastered five languages; Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English and French.
In 2008 Roda’s debut novel, “Forberedelsen” (The Preparation), became a bestseller in Norway. It was published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag - one of the most respected publishing houses in the country. Roda is a recipient of a writing scholarship from “Fritt Ord” (Norway's The Free Speech Foundation).
Ahmed was a regular columnist for the Norwegian National newspaper, Dagsavisen and is releasing her first children’s book “Mae Among the Stars” in 2018 with Harper Collins. “Mae Among the Stars” is inspired by the story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space.