Hargeysa International Book Fair mourns the sudden death of a poet and a thinker, in Garowe

Written by admin on July 10th, 2014

Axmed Macallin Jaamac

The late Ahmed Shiekh Jama, best known as a poet and public intellectual, was regular contributor to HIBF and a special friend of our team. Just two years ago we published his first book as part of our Curisyo (Essays) series. “Cadli doonaha daal Allaa baday”, a novel inspired by works of George Orwell, which is an allegorical reflection and commentary on contemporary Somali political affairs.

His original allegorical Orwellian narration, on which his book is based, is titled as “Shirwaynahii Xayaanka Soomaaliyeed, 1988” (The Great Assembly of Somali Animals, 1988), and is Orwellian like story where Somali nature of politics is narrated through animals.

Ahmed was expected to take the platform of this year’s HIBF, to read selections from his poetry collection and share with festival participants his thoughts and concerns. We all of us miss him very much, may Allah rest his soul in peace.

Ahmed Shiekh Jama (in Somali, Axmed Shiikh Jaamac also known as Axmed Macallin Jaamac), was born in Las Anood District in 1942. He completed a degree in Journalism at the National University in Mogadishu. Ahmed was an Arabic teacher at the Ministry of Education of the former Republic of Somalia. Ahmed was a person who took his role in society seriously.

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A night of laughter – Sooraan and Jawaan

Written by admin on May 25th, 2014

sooraan_jawaanKayd Somali arts and culture in partnership with west London Somaliland community are delighted to invite you Tuesday, 27 May, 6pm to 11pm at Copland Community School, Cecil Avenue, Wembley Middlesex, HA9 7DU to join us for a night of laughter – the leaving party for our visiting guests from Somaliland, the legendary Issa Abdi Ismail ” Jawaan” and Ibrahim Ismail Sugle “Sooraan”
Sooraan and Jawaan will present their special comedy act to London audience. expect an evening of great entertainment from Sooraan and Jawaan, as well as London based artists

Entry on the Door: £20.00
This will be a night to remember and we hope to see you there.

Somaliland youth and professionals: Somaliland journey and development

Written by admin on March 24th, 2014


Somaliland youth and professionals: Somaliland journey and development – through pictures talk and discussions

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture in partnership with West London Somaliland Community would like to invite you on Friday 28th March, 6pm-9pm, to an event dedicated to exploring the role of young and professional Somalilanders in the future development of their country. At Oxford House, Derbyshire St, London E2 6HG.

Yusuf Dahir, photographer
Nimo Ali, SOAS PhD Candidate
Chair; Micheal Walls, UCL and Somaliland Focus

We are delighted to host the talented photographer Yusuf Dahir, and SOAS PhD Candidate Nimo Ali.

Yusuf, who has also published for the National Geographic has been photographing and representing Somaliland’s development over the last decade. Through his camera lenses he has offered his audiences an alternative and multifaceted perspective on the country. At the event, Yusuf will give a talk and showcase his work. His presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session. Read the rest of this entry »

Somaliland National Youth-day: identity and development and commemoration of Dhagax-tuur

Written by admin on February 17th, 2014


Somaliland youth in London would like to invite you on Thursday 20th February, 6pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG, for the celebration of Somaliland National Youth-Day. We will discuss youth identity and development in Somaliland. There will be talks, panel discussions and entertainment.

On the 20th February 1982, school students took to the streets to protest by stone-throwing (Dhagax-tuur) against the oppression, injustice and killings of citizens. They were fighting particularly against the trial and death sentencing of UFFO, group of young professionals who where volunteering for Hargeysa Hospital.

The panel will include Somaliland youth activists such as Ms Farah Hassan, an Economics student, Warda Mohamed, aspiring young business woman and mnay more. They will be joined by Mohamed Barud Ali, member of UFFO, the author of ‘The Morning Tree’, Ali Gurey, former SNM and member of UCID. The evening will be chaired and introduced by Jama Musse Jama.

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Workshop discussing priorities for Somali men and woman

Written by admin on February 13th, 2014

Ocean Somali Community Association would like to invite you to a workshop to follow-up on some of the themes explored at our last two workshops entitled “Let’s talk sisters: Issues that matter to young woman” and “How Somali men can support Somali women.”

Both events focused on how can we eradicate and educate our community on FGM. While the first workshop explored issues around gender equality in the Somali community and the impact of traditional practices on the lives of Somali women, the second event discussed how Somali men can take responsibility to support Somali women and the community on the many issues that they face.

This follow-up workshop will be involve both men and women, and invite participants to discuss how they can jointly campaign and support each other to become a force for change.

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Written by admin on January 9th, 2014

By Gerry Harrison

The actor ‘Abi’, or Abdi Gouhad, has died recently at the age of 69 of pancreatic cancer, swiftly but also peacefully in the Marie Curie Hospice in Belsize Park. He was a very private, almost secretive, man, with a life that he tended to reserve in separate compartments, but over the years he allowed more and more of it to be known.

He was the best-known if not the only Somali actor in Britain, whose achievements were an inspiration to his own people. In later years he committed himself to improving the circumstances of Somali immigrants in London. In this context he liked to remember the words of W.H. Auden, who is lamenting the plight of Jews, in ‘Refugee Blues’: “Stood on a great plain in the falling snow/Ten thousand soldiers marched to and fro/Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me.”

I first met Abi on a football field on Hampstead Heath, in one of many seasons of Sunday morning ‘kickabouts’ among players of all ages and certainly varied skills known as Dartmouth Park United. He was a mid-field player, with nimble footwork and brilliantly accurate passing.

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Written by admin on December 25th, 2013

THE HORN OF AFRICA: CAN SOMALIS BE PARTNERS FOR DEVELOPMENT by Professor Ahmed Ismail Samater, Monday, 13 January 2014
Chaired by Dr Laura Hammond

The Development Studies Department at SOAS-University of London, the Bloomsbury Somali Studies Group, in partnership with Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, would like to invite you to a talk “The Horn of Africa : can Somalis be partners for Development” By Professor Ahmed Ismail Samatar, Monday, 13 January 2014, 7pm-9pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

This is a FREE event, but please do registering for this event!!

Professor Samatar will address in his talk the imperative of development faced by Somali people in the Horn of Africa. He will consider whether Somalis can be partners in these development challenges.

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Making the Somaliland future by Professor Ahmed Ismail Samatar

Written by admin on December 25th, 2013

Somaliland communities in London would like to invite you to a talk by Professor Ahmed Ismail Samatar, “making the Somaliland future” at Arts 2 Lecture theatre, Queen Mary University, E1, on Sunday 12th January 2014, 4pm- 8pm.

We are delighted that professor Samatar will be sharing his findings only two days after his return from Somaliland.

After 20 years of absence from Somaliland and its politics, Professor Samatar had visited Somaliland twice in the last 6 months and extensively engaged with Somaliland people and Government.

Professor Ahmed Ismail Samatar is a prominent writer, scholar and former Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College. He is the founding editor of Bildhaan: an International Journal of Somali Studies. Professor Samatar has lectured at many universities and colleges, including Cornell, Harvard, Iowa, London School of Economics and Political Science, Somali National University.

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“Through the Fire” – Documentary screening

Written by admin on November 23rd, 2013

KAYD Somali arts and culture would like to invite you to a documentary screening of Through the Fire at Oxford House, Derbyshire St, London E2 6HG on Friday 29th November, 6pm-8.30pm.

Through the Fire shows a side of Somalia and Somaliland beyond the all-too-familiar news reports of piracy, war, and famine. It tells the stories of remarkable Somali women who risk their lives to run essential humanitarian projects that have sustained their communities through decades of conflict.

The documentary features three incredible Somali women living in Somalia and Somaliland. Dr Hawa Abdiruns a medical centre in Somalia and was a 2012 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.Edna AdanIsmail, is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Somaliland. She manages the ‘Edna Adan Hospital’ in Somaliland, which she founded in 1998. Ilwad Elman,a young Canadian Somali, runs Elman’s Centre in Mogadishu. Read the rest of this entry »

Somali Week Festival: Programme of Events – 18-27 October 2013

Written by admin on September 21st, 2013

Somali Week Festival 2013

Programme of events:
18-27 October 2013

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners are proud to announce the programme of Somali Week Festival 2013. This year’s festival will run from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG.

Download from this link: The Programme of Events: 18-27 October 2013