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Mogadishu through Instagram Part 3

A lot has changed since my part 2 of this epic series titled "Mogadishu through Instagram".

Here it is, Mogadishu through Instagram part 3! Care to enjoy history before your own very eyes.

Just passed KM4 entering Maka Al Mukarama Road. Leads you to all the landmarks throughout the city.

The kings of the road, Caasi's (Bus). A mode of travel for many. Riding one is definitely unforgettable journey. Highly recommended! Read my popular "20 Mins inside an Caasi" article

Restaurants are now a common sight in Mogadishu. Lets just say we Somalis are arrogant with our cooking because we damn well sure can cook! 

New Airport coming soon! Landing in Aden Adde International Airport is a must for travellers. Really does seem for a minute as if you'd be landing in the Indian Ocean. Beautiful!

Due to popular demand, now rightfully re-named Banadir Beach Restaurant.

The obsession we Somalis have for SYL is indescribable. #WadaniFever must return

High rise buildings are …

A letter from Somalia. The Land.

This is a message to all Somalis in this generation and the next generation.

Our beautiful Country is asking us these questions: I am a Country in the Africa Continent, my name’s Somalia, my people are Somalis and they have one culture, one language and one Religion. And I have a lot of natural resources comparing to other Countries.

 I must admit that I have the best agricultural land, nice weather, longest coast in Africa, a lot of fish and also I possess crude oil not to mention my two ever flowing rivers Shebelle and jubba and also my lovely mountains and my beautiful tourist attraction sites.

So why don’t my people realize that they are the luckiest people on earth? And why don’t they seek their natural resources of which I have in abundant? Why are they fighting and what they fighting for? 

I am prosperous, productive Country and I am a large and beautiful country in every way you look at me. All I need from you is to have peace and I promise you that I remain prosperous.!


The 8 commandments for Diaspora on returning home

1.Stop the Arrogance
However smart and confidence you may feel, note that someone else is taking this as arrogance. Sometimes it’s best to let others shines so do not make the mistake of thinking that you know everything about everything just because you had access to Google for the last 10 years. Some youths here carry 4 or 5 degrees and did this in a warzone. Just because you had a western education and speak with a good English/American accent does not make you the messiah Somalis have been waiting for.
2.Learn Af-Somali
This is crucial for your survival (in oral sense). People will look at you and judge you. Make sure your Af-Somali game is stepped up and ready to converse at any given time. You should already know that we are an oral nation so having some type of ammo (Not guns) is important. Kids as young as 8 would test you and so would Caasi (Bus) drivers. You must be able to reply as fast as possible without any hiccup.
3.ATM/Cash Machine? Forget all that Rubbish, Welcome to the…

Eid mubarak!

I wish all my readers a prosperous Eid filled with joy.

As a Somali, Xalwa is very much always on the menu come Eid. Without Xalwa is like having a television without access to electricity.

Eid Mubarak to you all and many more
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Some more Quick videos - Beautiful Somalia

For those privileged enough to have witnessed landing in Somali soil would tell you there is no experience other. The beauty, the immense land we posses and the wonders of Somalia are truly something special.

For those who haven't, no need to worry, I have compiled a video to show you exactly what I mean.

I get so frustrated and motivated when I witness youths from other countries speak about their lands when in FACT I know very well Somalia beats them all.

Unity is the key to use all this great wealth.

Soomaaliyaa Soomaali ba leh (Somalia belongs to Somalis)

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Mogadishu through Instagram Part 2

2 and a half years have already passed by since coming home to our promised land and a lot has changed. 
As always, a city belongs to its citizens and I thought as a resident of Mogadishu, it rightfully is our duty to rebrand this historic city.
Here, I have compiled An updated photos while travelling across our ancient city through my ipad/iphone.
You may remember my first post titled "Mogadishu Through Instagram" - Well, here it is, part 2.
Care to enjoy and if using them, please show the credits.
Mogadishu through Instagram Part 2

Cars lining up for petrol in Ceel Gaab Petrol Station
Bike Rent/Tea lady/Social Area/Bus Terminal - only in Xamar Weyne

A new petrol station on construction in AbdiAzziz District
A group of cows looking to "Occupy" this mansion under construction
A spelling error? Luckily an alert citizen had corrected before we could
An "Old World vs New World" - Self employed Businessman in downtown Mogadishu
Lido Beach can get pretty busy with parking…


Ramadan Kariim and Deep apologises that i haven't been writing lately, just had a hectic schedule and a lot of travelling. Time flies so quickly.

We still here, home sweet home Alhamdulilah and as was the trend these last few years, life is still buzzing in Mogadishu.
I wanted to share with you all some videos I had been taking on my iPad while travelling across our ancient city. Not perfection, but hey, at least I tried to show you all some visuals footage's! After all, so much negativity had been heard from the capital but life goes on here.
I love my city and proud to be based here working and contributing my effort in my beloved motherland.
Different scenes around the Lido Area

National Theatre road towards Ex Parliament

Care to enjoy! 
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Quick Note!

I know I’ve been kind of quite recently, but I think you can guess it’s to do with the hectic schedule. We have so many programs lined up coming. Our youth4Change project has been rekindled for another year where 80 youths are to take part in a rehabilitation program in our centers.
I was also away from Mogadishu for over 2 weeks. I recently took part in a forum for youths with UNDP in Tunis, Tunisia. All countries were present and I was there for Somalia.
For now, I came back into a city that is changing very fast and growing by the day. If you had been away for only a week, you would see so many changes going around.
Our main aim is always security and if we can build that, we are going to be successful inshallah.

I’ve got 2 more trips to prepare myself for but in the middle of all that, I should have an article posted up.

Keep posted!
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Support our Troops

Exactly 4 years ago, doing simple things like what I am doing now, speaking to young men my age within the military, would have got me into a lot of trouble. You see when Al-Shabaab was in control of the capital, you wouldn’t dare approach any individual within the army. This would mean either you’re providing intelligence or are planning to excute an order. But with the enemy at the back foot, I wanted to spend as much time with these young guys who are always in the headlines and see for myself inside the everyday life of our soldiers.

“Dayuusbora Dayuusbora” shouts out a young soldier named Arabay, not his real name but was given to him due to speaking with a heavy tongue. “Moriyaan Tartiib Kaabo” I jabbed back. “Moriyaan” is a term, which recently I was told is quite frequent among foreigners to take it back to their own countries to label any menace, used for a trouble maker who sits in checkpoints with the intention of collecting a self-controlled tax on passer-bys or any activit…