Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, one in all Somalia’s best poets, dies aged 79

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Messages of condolences proceed to pour in from around the globe following the loss of life of Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, thought to be one in all Somalia’s best poets.

Warsame, higher referred to as “Hadraawi”, died in Hargeisa, in Somaliland, on Thursday on the age of 79.

Somali social media has been flooded with tributes and reward for his contribution to Somali language and tradition.

“I’m heartbroken to tell you our large Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame Hadraawi has handed away. May Allah bless him and grant him Jannah,” Ayan Mahamoud, founding father of Kayd Somali Arts and Tradition, mentioned on Twitter.

“We’ll treasure his legacy and the wealthy scholarly work he left behind,” added Mentioned Salah Ahmed, a poet and playwright who teaches the Somali language on the College of Minnesota within the US.

Hadraawi, which implies the “grasp, or father, of speech”, was thought to be a pillar of contemporary Somali literature and a robust advocate of peace and democracy.

In 1973, he was imprisoned for 5 years by the president, Siad Barre, who dominated Somalia till 1991, for talking towards the revolution. His work was banned however he continued to compose poetry upon his launch, which had been was handed on by means of phrase of mouth.

The songs and verses he wrote are full of images and metaphor, open to interpretation, which made it arduous for the army regime to regulate. A verse from his poem The Killing of the She-Camel resulted in his imprisonment with out trial.

The snake sneaks within the citadel:

though it’s carpeted with thorns

nonetheless the coward casts off his curses

so the brave should stretch out his neck;

the cob stallion sells his values

so as to minimize a wonderful determine.

When such cockiness struts forth

and even laughter turns into a criminal offense

our nation has unfinished enterprise.

Within the early Nineteen Nineties – when civil conflict despatched hundreds of individuals from Somalia – he travelled all through the nation on a “peace march” calling for the combatants to cease the violence. His message of reconciliation resonated with Somalis at residence and overseas.

He retired two years in the past.

“Poet Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame (Hadraawi) was a logo of unity and peace,” mentioned the Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, in a assertion. “He was one in all key pillars of Somalia’s artwork and literature who took a number one position in preserving the Somali tradition and selling the Somali language. His loss of life is felt in each Somali family.”

The EU, Norway, the UK and different associates of Somalia despatched condolences and tributes.

“Sending my heartfelt condolences to the folks of Somaliland and to all Somalis for the lack of Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame “Hadraawi”, an iconic poet and one of the crucial eminent and beloved Somali poets of all time,” tweeted Lizzie Walker, head of the Overseas, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace in Hargeisa.

Hadraawi had been referred to as the “Somali Shakespeare”, however Somali singer and songwriter Aar Maanta mentioned: “Hadraawi wasn’t the ‘Somali Shakespeare’ he was the Somali Hadraawi. He was greater than a poet; he was a thinker and a freedom fighter who spent a few years in jail for his stance towards injustice and dictatorship.

“He wrote among the most stunning love songs and poems that Somalis within the Horn of Africa and past use as a benchmark.”

Ahmed, who knew Hadraawi since late Sixties, added: “Hadraawi was one of many kindest folks I’ve ever met. His poetry speaks for the unvoiced and calls out oppression towards the folks…. he shall be missed so dearly however we’ll treasure his legacy and the wealthy scholarly work he left behind.”

Somalia is named a “nation of poets”. Poetry is woven into the material of Somali society with centuries of oral historical past, because the Somali language was solely written in 1972.

Modern Somali poetry, together with the works of Hadraawi, has been preserved in books and translated into English.




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