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Somalia – My journey 2012

PART 1
Well there you have it, an additional year has whistled by us without any notice upon.  A year of so many up and down’s but with so many historic moments for me personally. I want to recap with you all what a landmark year 2012 has been for me.
2012 got off to a start for me in London, UK. It seemed like just another new year, with not a clue what it will bring for me. As usual, all New Year resolutions were set with full knowledge it won’t last probably more than a month. But still, it gave me reasons and gratitude to set it up. The cold long nights where getting shorter and summer was coming around the corner. All the while, Somalia was always my main interest. I had a slight urge to come home but thought maybe it was too soon. So I waited for the next 6 months, pondering whether I should get out of my comfort zone and contribute to my country in any way possible, even if it meant to just visit.
One sunny May, relaxing at my family home, I just let it all out. “Im going to Somal…

PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA? NO THANKS, I’M STICKING WITH MEAT…

Somalia; Seaside resort, Indian Ocean and the longest coastline in Africa. Soon as you finish that starting line in this article, I have a slight feeling you might be craving for fish. No? Well I guess you a Somali like me.
Ever since I can remember, we are a nation who loves our meat. You cannot show me a menu where meat is not involved. Impossible! Meat has evolved around my life from day one. Steak, lamb, beef, (Our favourite cuisine, Xiilib Aari) and will do till I change my mind.
But we have to inquire ourselves, with a vast quantity of fish in our shores; one must ask, why on earth aren't we eating all that fish? Is there something in our DNA which bans fish? And why haven’t we taken advantage of our long coastline with all that cuisine?
I am not here to say not all of us don’t eat fish. Yes, there are many people in our community whose diet only consists of fish. But I am talking about from my observance through my lifetime with the general community, including myself.
Fish …

NO, WE DON’T WORK FOR TALK TALK

It’s not a buried top secret inside the Somali communities that as a population, we are a community who like to have a discussion. And then chat some more. It’s been imbedded in our DNA ever since known to us. Whether we socialize with reference to sports, work, and politics or whatever else, we just cannot seem to talk any fewer, and it’s not stopping any-time sooner. Here in Mogadishu, The capital, it’s no stranger. Ever since I've been here, I am certain that I've talked more in these 5 months then I did the Last previous 5 years! But what is it that can we have so much info to express ourselves? Like I said, it can be anything, just as long as the conversation is moving steadily along and everyone is taking part, this is the goal. Take part. Put your info. Whatever it is, contribute.

Lately, settling into my new home environment, apart from the usual politics talk, we Somalis are now talking about the opportunities we have. Never in the last 21 years has this topic been exp…

I’M A DIASPORA, GET ME OUTTA HERE!

The day I arrived back home, a lot of people did not expect me to last this long. I’ve witnessed things and met people who I would never have associated with back in London. Warlords, no nonsense private security guards, rude cousins, pushy uncles etc...  I also met some very good people, wonderful aunties, established hard working individuals etc.. But none expected that I came to settle in this magnificent city and make it my home once again. 5 months in, I’m still here. I must admit though, I have doubted myself constant times but realised in order to grow as a human, sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone.
I’ve heard bombs go off, I’ve met both presidents, previous and current, met MPs that made me realise anything is possible in this city if they have made it. I’ve also re-united with long lost family members, seen the house I use to live at and privileged to be witnessing the resurgence of our great country. I tried to fit into society, i.e.; wearing local customary …

PRIME MINISTER RECEIVED WITH FULL CONFIDENCE

The new Prime Minister of Somalia has been fully accepted with full votes and not a single rejection. Mr Shirdon now starts the process of selecting ministers to run his cabinet. This is another major chapter in our progress.
The MPs unanimously backed the ex-businessman, nominated by newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Before the vote Mr Shirdon said he would form "an effective government to deal with current situation".
What the new prime minister now has to do is make the right choices in selecting ministers. We cannot afford to lose time in this wonderful progress and select figures that are not qualified to the task. Mr shirdon’s cabinet must consist of ministers who are loyal to the nation as a whole and have only Somalia as their main intention. Gone should be the days of greed and corruption.
We have a nation to rebuild which has a vast amount of resources with population of only 10+ Million Somalis. The time has arrived to re-brand Somalia and focus on makin…

A SENSE OF BELIEVE

There is a great sense of believe hitting the political atmosphere in Somalia. The last week alone, I had the privilege of speaking to few former candidates who were running for the Presidential seat in Somalia. Some have returned to their “homes” in places like Americas or Europe. But there are some who are not willing to leave the nation as a whole. It shows the determination that we as Somali’s finally have for our great Country.
I met Abdurrahman Badiyow yesterday (07/10/12) in Nairobi. A very intellectual man who really wants change for the nation whether it’s just a little progress or more ambition for the nation. Mr Badiyow is a very smart man. A sophisticated individual who is always seeking for more in Somalia. He could have thrown in the towel and headed back to America but has decided that he wants to contribute his wealth of ideas to Somalia.
Now, heading back to the scene of the Presidential election, there were a vast amount of candidates from the Diaspora all looking to l…

FRESH BEGINNING CONTINUES AS PRIME MINISTER IS NAMED

Well there you have it, wave goodbye to the transitional (Dowlaada ku meelgaarka as we call it) era. Play time is over; we now boast a legitimate federal government in Somalia. After continuous fails and a lot of hard work from numerous transition governments, we have now the 3 major professions vacant. The President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, House of Speaker Mohamed Jawaari and a new confirmed Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid.

Mr Shirdon Saaid’s job was the last outstanding post left. Saaid, a political newcomer, has been a prominent businessman in neighbouring Kenya. It remains to be seen if he can handle the pressure of administrating Somalia with issues regarding: Security Terrorism Corruption 4.5 Formula The Sovereignty of the State Somaliland Piracy And building Institutions Supporting the IDPs
The Prime Minister and his Administration have a tough task ahead of them. But with the determination we all putting effort too, one will surely prevail. He now has, with maximum, 2 weeks to for…

SOCIAL GOOD SUMMIT - MOGADISHU

Tedx Mogadishu and what took you so long Foundationdid an event called Social Good Summit, where they showed how technology and Mogadishu is keeping pace together. They invited me to do an interview on the benefits of what technology had brought to Mogadishu. Technology has changed the world, no doubt. It was a brilliant moment to showcase that Mogadishu is reviving and surviving despite the chaos it has faced over the past 21 years.


Here is a short preview of the video (see if you can spot me) and be sure to tune live on September 24th, at www.sgsmogadishu.com - 1pm Mogadishu time (11am GMT). It will make you feel inspired and give you a different prospective of Mogadishu. The beauty of its people and the city as whole will sure make you smile.
Care to enjoy.


I will also do a summary report on the event come tomorrow evening. Stay Tuned!
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

KEEP THE FAITH SOMALIA!

There was a double suicide bombing today, both in a restaurant where a lot of politicians, journalist and ordinary people come to chill, drink coffee and socialise. 14 people were killed, including 3 young journalists, with 60 injured. My condolences go out to their family in this tragedy. Those involved must be caught and put to justice.

 Enough is enough.

I’ve been to this restaurant a lot of times and know personally the owner. He use to live in London, like me, and came to Somalia to help the progress the country is going through. He created a lot of jobs for the unemployed and now so many people are feeding their families because of his vision. He also has 2 other restaurants in Mogadishu. From what I heard, he’s safe and was not present when it happened.

We thought we had all moved on. Yes we did but we haven’t moved on to an extent where we must all unite, the people and the government, against al-Shabab. This terrorist organisation must and will be stopped immediately. We all nee…

INAUGURATION DAY SOMALIA

We got ourselves a new chief in Town. Incumbent president Sheikh Sharif handed over the leadership to Hassan Sheikh in a ceremony that had African Leaders and Arab representatives present with our Turkish counterparts.
 It seemed incredible to witness this historic moment. Remember Somalia had ever only had 2 elections since our Independence in 1960. Throughout that time, Siaad Barre was leader of the country through a dictatorship regime. But we must also recognise Siaad Barres era was the most successful period Somalia has ever witnessed.
We have seen better days Somalia but personally, I haven’t. I was born in 85 and Siaad Barre’s Government collapsed in 91. Come the next year, I was off to London, England. But I have read, watched and listened to countless times the days of Siaad Barre. How the country was the most powerful nation in Africa and Mogadishu winning countless time as the cleanest City in Africa.
Seeing my Fathers smile when Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was sworn in, I truly sa…

TRAUMA DIALOGUE - SOYDEN

Celebrations are complete and it’s back to the actual work. I got invited to a consultation arranged by SOYDEN where at least a 70 people attended including 4 MPs, where we all united ideas on how we can deal with the raising trauma cases across Somalia. As you would all know by now, Somalia has been ravaged by a deadly civil war which has lasted for 21 years.

It was a very interesting dialogue and it raised the benefit on how women can play a major role in this crisis and offer them a leading character which I agree 100%. Women are our Mothers, Sisters and the main foundation of each and single one of us. Their presence brought a fresh air into the environment in which they contributed quite a lot of knowledge. There were several ideas we all shared and contributed. It was a beautiful and a humble experience for me personally. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference to a degree where we exchanged networks with each other to bring more players into the dialogue.
What we now face is a young…

BREAKING NEWS: SOMALIA ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT!

It’s over, we have a new President. Mr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has beaten the incumbent President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed with an overwhelming majority.  The first round was won by Sheikh Sharif with 3 others behind and Hassan Sheikh on second place.
The final round, 2 other candidates withdrew from the race where it was left with outgoing president Sheikh Sharif and Hassan Sheikh. Hassan Sheikh absolutely smashed him to pieces.
More to come tomorrow.
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

FINAL NOTE TO THE SELECTING MPs

This is the moment. The moment we have been praying for. 21 years of non-government problems and war with famine. 2 decades of our lives have been wasted on moving from one country to another. We have been given a chance by Allah to set our issues straight. Over 200+ MPs will secretly choose a President to lead Somalia.

There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes talk of candidates buying the seat and offering compensation in return for a vote. I pray to Allah that the MP’s realise they have the trust of the whole nation. Think before you vote. You are playing with our future. All eyes are fixed on you. Do not let us down like previous failed MPs who had only corruption on their mind. We are counting on you to select a fair leader with your hearts. Money comes and goes but a great leader can give every single Somali a brighter future. We have natural resources which have still not been found. We have Gas reserves, Oil, the longest coastline in Africa. We have been blessed to be located i…