Apprentice star is former Mearns pupil

Aisha Kasim (30) is one of 18 candidates who will face Lord Alan Sugar and his advisers karen Brady and Claude Littner in the BBC1 series.

Aisha Kasim (30) is one of 18 candidates who will face Lord Alan Sugar and his advisers karen Brady and Claude Littner in the BBC1 series.

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A former Mearns Academy pupil is set to take on Lord Alan Sugar from this week, as one of the contestants on BBC hit show, The Apprentice.

Aisha Kasim (30), will battle it out against 17 other candidates for the £250,000 prize, in the show which began on Wednesday night (October 13), in a series of business-related challenges.

Aisha still has relatives in Laurencekirk, and lived in the village from the age of 13 after spending her early childhood in Nigeria.

She attended Mearns Academy before moving to Aberdeen with her family where her father works at Aberdeen University. Her mother is a schoolteacher at Arduthie Primary School in Stonehaven.

Aisha started up her own business in the city in 2007 called Madame Hair, and invented a hair accessory - a heated hair bun that curls hair - and wrote the jingle to accompany the product.

In a promotional video for the series, Aisha says: “I have always had entrepeneurship in me. I’m fron Nigeria and Scotland - they are very enterprising cultures.

“I would describe myself as creative, dynamic, has a unique mind, quirky personality, fun and also a bit single-minded.

“I respond well to pressure, it makes me more creative.”

Do you remember Aisha from her time in Laurencekirk? Get in touch and let us know, email news@mearnsleader.com, phone us on (01569) 766940 or pop into our office at 12 Ann Street, Stonehaven.