Born in Nairobi
"Before leaving for McGill University to study social science, Kassam was an assistant editor of "Busara" the Journal of the University of Nairobi's Department of Literature.
Later he wrote for newspapers in Nairobi and became a correspondent in Delhi.
Among his poems, which were written In English on a wide range of subjects mostly concerned with black Africans, "Waiting for the Bus" and "Martin Luther King" seem to have been the most widely cited and published"
The Rise And Fall of Philanthropy in East Africa- The Asian Connection by Robert G. Gregory (pg. 174)