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Famous Somali Poets - Famous Poets from Somalia

This famous Somali poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown Somali poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from Somalia.

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Awale, Warsame Shire

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Warsame Shire Awale (Somali : Warsame Shireh Awaale, Arabic : ) (circa 1951 – 29 October 2012) was a prominent Somali poet, playwright and songwriter. He was assassinated in Mogadishu, Somalia 's capital, becoming the 18th media figure killed in the country in 2012. Islamist militants are believed to have been behind most of the murders.
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Ibrahim Warsame 'Hadrawi', Mohamed

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Hadrawi (born Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame in 1943) (Somali : Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame (Hadraawi), Arabic : ) is a prominent Somali poet and songwriter. He is considered by many to be the greatest living Somali poet, having written many notable protest works. Hadrawi has been likened by some to Shakespeare, and his poetry has been translated into various languages.
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Yasin, Shadya

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Shadya Yasin (Somali : Shaadiyya Yaasiin, Arabic) is a Somali social activist, poet and teacher.
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Gabyow, Ahmed

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Sheekh Ahmed Gabyow was a famous Somali poet from the Abgaal Hawiye clan who lived in the coastal area north of Mogadishu in the first decades of the Italian occupation. He was well known for the masafo, a genre of Somali poetry that is usually composed by religious men.
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Warsame, Mohamed Ibrahim

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Hadrawi (born Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame in 1943) (Somali : Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame (Hadraawi), Arabic : ) is a prominent Somali poet and songwriter. He is considered by many to be the greatest living Somali poet, having written many notable protest works. Hadrawi has been likened by some to Shakespeare, and his poetry has been translated into various languages.
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Hayle, Hasan

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Hasan Hayle (Somali : Xasan Xayle, 1888-1960), was a famous Somali poet from the Sanaag region of Somalia .
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Xuseen Xirsi, Cali

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Cali Xuseen Xirsi (born in 1949) is a Somali poet who wrote his poems in the 1960s. He was the first Somali poet to put his poems on paper and in print. Two of his poems appeared in the magazines Sahan (Reconnaissance) and Horseed (Vanguard), although most of them still reached the public in oral form. Cali often wrote on social topics. One of his poems, for instance, was a commentary on the political situation of the Somali people in the late 1950s, and another, written in 1962, was a protest against the import of foreign cars when the mass of the people were still living in poverty.. Somali poet who was active in the 1960s
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Indhobuur, Abdi Bashir

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Abdi Bashiir Indhobuur was a Somali poet and songwriter. He wrote a song called Arligeygow, translated to mean My Land. He is now dead.
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Sufi, Shaykh

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Abd Al-Rahman bin Abdallah al Shashi (Arabic : ) (b. 1829 - 1904), popularly known as Shaykh Sufi, was a 19th-century Somali scholar, poet, reformist and astrologist.
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Mohammed, Abdillahi Suldaan

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Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed 'Timacade' (Somali : Cabdillaahii Suuldaan Maxamed, Arabic : ) was a Somali poet. He was among the most prominent bards of his day.
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Mumin, Hassan Sheikh

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Hassan Sheikh Mumin (Somali : Xasan Sheekh Muumiin, Arabic : ) (b. 1931 - d. 16 January 2008) was a Somali poet, playwright, broadcaster, actor and composer.
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Geedannaar, Abdulle

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Abdulle Geedanaar is a Somali poet from the Abgaal clan. He is famous for his Guuroow (poetry).
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Hersi, Khalil Abdulkadir Farah

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Khalil Adbulkadir Farah Hersi (1946 –2005), also known as Yam Yam, was a Somali poet who was active in the 1960s.