Friday, September 24, 2021

Stories of a Lifelong Fascination With Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival

A memoir is an opportunity for a writer to put his or her life on trial, but few follow through and condemn themselves too....

A literary snapshot of Somaliland – A Country Full of Pleasant Surprises

I spent last week at arguably the most well-organised and longest-running book festival in East Africa, the Hargeysa International Book Fair. It was my...

Somalia: ‘Oday Abdulle’ Dreams Of Another Chance As Comedy Actor

Abdulle Abdi Mohamud stands outside Somalia’s National Theater seven years after a suicide bomb attack shut it down, and dares to dream of an...

New Book Offers Look at World’s Unnoticed Countries

What makes a country? What's to stop you from planting a flag in your own front yard and declaring your home a sovereign nation? It...

End of the Book Fair ? Not Really

Today is the last day of the Book Fair. I can already see tears on cheeks, sorrow on some faces and excitement at the...

The Artisan Grace – Poem by Bashir Goth

The following excerpt which I use as an introduction to the poem is from an article I wrote in 2007 about the status of...

Ikram Abdi Omar: The Hijabi Model Breaking Boundaries

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"It's all about modesty for me. As a Muslim, being modest is a major thing and I just wanted to showcase to everyone that...

The Captivating Songstress of Somaliland

Sahra Halgan Trio...Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Buda Records, 2015) Sahra Halgan Trio is an act from Somaliland, an independent nation (unrecognized internationally) in eastern Africa that broke...

Somaliland: Hadraawi, the great African poet we should know

Whenever the legendary Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame ‘Hadraawi’ described as the greatest living Somali poet, walked from the conference hall, he was mobbed by the...

Maya Jama: What made my dad a ‘bad’ man?

In Maya Jama’s earliest memory, the police are knocking on the door, and then they are asking her: “Where’s your dad?” Maya knew exactly...