Rukiah is Oniatta’s mother. She is a doting grandmother to 7 grandchildren. Orphaned at 3 months, Rukiah was raised by her stepmother. In her younger days, she used to run a food stall, but Oniatta wanted her undivided attention, so she gave up her business to be a stay-at-home mother. She suffered a stroke in her mid-40s that left half-paralysed. Now, she is the epitome of strength and continues to feed the family with good old-fashioned soul food.