Good News Stories Aaliyah's Journey Aaliyah's story is one which inspires recovery. Despite a growing number of personal tribulations Aaliyah overcame these through sheer grit and determination. Her dark period was superseded by conscientious and diligent study in Manchester and later Wolverhampton Universities. This all culminated in her achieving a degree in music. Her interaction with the Kuumba Centre spanned 18 months and her transition into graduate and business woman has made us very proud to have been able to work with her.