Wednesday, 31 October 2012

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 is a healthy choice of food. There are plenty of advantages when one eats it. It has all sorts of vitamins (Vitamin A, C, and D.) It’s also common knowledge that it’s good for the brain.

I guess meat will be done for me very soon.  Since I've been here back home, I have one full target and that is consume more fish then meat in order to balance my diet. Although I must admit that I do love my meat, the marine life is something I'm trying to familiarize myself. 

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

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 expressed more than ever. Yes, we do have internal issues we must deal with, and fast as well. Yes, we must put all effort in providing IDPs with as much resource as possible, as humans and fellow citizens, it is our duty. And yes, we still have terrorist lurking within the community, and are being dealt with. But above all, Neighborhood security is what we must, already main goal of the government, target first and it should remain it so. You see, without security, everything collapses. Whether its society, infrastructure, political ambitions. Life itself collapses. So our main strategy In Somalia should attach to security.  Universal sense must prevail here. How can you provide assistance to communities when you have bullets flying above you? Yes you can try, but what we dealing with are not your average sharp shooters or gangbangers. No, these are people who are willing to take their own lives, and others. It’s challenges which, with Allah’s help, we will overcome very soon and finish these terrorist once and for all.

Yes our communities are craving for progress, but a growth with peace. Nabad (Somali term for peace) is in the air across Somalia. You cannot deny that fact. It really does seem that we Somalis had enough of war, trouble and chaos. Yes we have some minorities who still want to cause as much problem as possible, but they are evaporating fast. It’s only a matter of time before they are eliminated permanently.

Let’s face the facts, we must first sort out and program safety into Somalia. Times were you can walk across this beautiful city without any fright. Periods were you can sit in the beach, late at night watching the moonlight without any care of a shell landing beside you. There must come a time where we can chill in cafes or at the city centre, as usual, having our long conversations but this time, running late into the evenings. Periods were youths are playing football delayed into the nightfall and families are out with their young ones all enjoying the late summer breeze which Mogadishu offers all year round. This is not a dream, but a goal we must set.  And we are optimistic, nevertheless, hopeful of these events coming into time. It’s a challenge, but what is a challenge when you are fully prepared? We are, it seems prepared mentality, but can our actions provide evidence to back it up? Only time will time.

In the meanwhile, I will let you guys go, let me go back into this heated conversation I’m currently taking part in. After all, I am a Somali right? I do love my debates.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Sunday, 21 October 2012

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 clothes when around my neighbourhood or even sometimes putting in incredible amount of effort in stepping my A game when it came to my mother tongue. But somehow someway, folks always can see that I am fresh to the city. Most just want to hear me talk, whether it’s in English or Somali, they really keen to let me do the discussion. Others are different. There are a few who see some of us as some kind of invaders. How the hell am I an invader when this is my motherland and belongs to me as much as yours? It begs the question, are you really firm to see me out of here?

That’s what really pushes me on. You see, I’m the type of chap who thrives on hate. I adore it. I truly consider that without any sort of disapproval towards you, (that’s only if you doing something positive for yourself or for others) then you must be doing some wrong. Negativity means you are doing well. (Just keep that noted for the future.) When I hear “are you still here?” or “Aint you going back?” mate, I tell you what, I aint a celebrity and I’m not screaming get me outta here! I’m here on the long run. Just bear in mind that.

But not all is like that. The mainstream of folks I came across really do want everyone to come back. Examples are when I met a policeman when we went to Liido for a swim one Sunday, he approached the vehicle we was in (me and one friend of mine from the States) before we got out. He asked real simple security question which is common in Mogadishu. He then recognised with our “not so perfect” accent that we came from abroad. Within minutes, he told us his name, and how he had kids abroad and felt happy to have met us. After 10 minutes of brief convo on the reason why we came back to Somalia, he told us frank that we made him be devoted to Somalia more in those 10 minutes then he ever did. Amazing. All we said was that how we had an marvellous beach and we are not grateful for it as a nation. We also mentioned back in Europe/America, you had to drive sometimes 2 hours or even more just to get to a beach and when you arrived, you realise how freezing it is and regret it. That’s all it took. He left us stating how from now on, he will learn how to swim in order to enjoy this wonderful beach we got for free.

The good always outdoes the bad. A lot of people want me to go wild and scream out “I’M A DIASPORA, GET ME OUTTA HERE”. But I guess they met the wrong dude.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

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 making our proud country and its citizens, to live prosperous.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Monday, 8 October 2012

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 lead Somalia. Fast forward only a month, there are only handfuls still in Africa. The rest just seemed to have disappeared of the map. It’s a shame really, it shows the that the MPs have done the right thing in electing a President who has stayed all this time in Somalia during the 21 years of brutal war we encountered. One who has always campaigned for a better Somalia and helping the nation while being a Dean at Simad University.

Back to Badiyow, I really believe that those like him who have lost the election but are still in the area to contribute, ought to be given some kind of governmental post.  It just makes sense. This is the era where all input is needed, however little. This is our first ever government in 21 years and others should be helping to pave the way for stability in order to get other parties set up so that in the next 4 years, we can have political institutions ready in order to broaden the choices. Now is not the time to dismiss or stir any negativity towards our new government.

We should be helping the nation raise up in its own 2 feet so that tomorrow we can have place parties that we can choose to vote for whom we want to lead Somalia. However, that being said, there is an air of optimism in Somalia that cannot be denied.

VIVA SOMALIA

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Sunday, 7 October 2012

FRESH BEGINNING CONTINUES AS PRIME MINISTER IS NAMED

New Confirmed Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid

Well there you have it, wave goodbye to the transitional (Dowlaada ku meel gaarka 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 form an administration and to make his presence felt. He unquestionably has to bring in new faces that are qualified to the task. This is the key to change. We have altered and reformed with new individuals and now is the time to continue the trend.

Somalia is consisted of millions of citizens so he must question himself, why are we only faced by pupils, who have corruption circling their careers, wanting governmental posts? He has to search far and wide over the oceans to pick top candidates for positions.

Mr Prime Minister, do what is right for Somalia and never accept rewards for favours. Please realise that wealth is temporary but history is permanent.

We are willing to support the Government and we are waiting for your programs. Change has come to Somalia. Just make it the right change.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)