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April 8 @ 5:00 pm
Marking 100 years of the Dervish Movement

Join us on April 8th to commemorate the centenary of the Dervish Movement and it’s impact on Somali arts, literature and academia! In 1920, a…

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Join us on April 8th to commemorate the centenary of the Dervish Movement and it's impact on Somali arts, literature and academia!

In 1920, a Somali colonial resistance movement which spanned over twenty-five years ended through the use of British colonial aerial bombardment, by the Royal Air Force. The war was titled the ‘cheapest war in history’ by British papers and its leader, Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, was forever etched into history as the “Mad Mullah of Somalia”. The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of a poignant moment in Somali history but also the remnants of colonialism on the continent of Africa.
To commemorate the Dervish movement, Dr. Said Salah Ahmed, a teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota and internationally-acclaimed poet and cultural historian will join us alongside other historians, academics, researchers and media professionals to provide a brief background on the history of the movement, while demonstrating how it is still relevant to Somalis and Somalia today.

Panellists:

Dr. Said Salah was previously a biology teacher in Somalia. In 1984-1985, Ahmed directed his first feature film, The Somali Darwiish (alt. The Somalia Dervishes), with Amar Sneh serving as producer. With a budget of $1.8 million, the 4-hour-and-40-minute epic was devoted to the revolutionary Somali Dervish Movement. In the film dialogue you can hear seven languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, English and three regional dialects. The movie included an actual descendant of Mohamed Abdullah Hassan as its star, Sheikh Osman Mohamoud Omar, and featured hundreds of actors and extras. Following the start of the civil war, Ahmed emigrated to Minnesota. He subsequently wrote a children's book The Lion's Share, which served as the basis for a Somali folklore-based play that he both penned and produced for the SteppingStone Theatre. Some of his poems have been translated into English by the Poetry Translation Centre.

Mohammed Artan is a videographer, student of Islamic discipline, publisher, and historian. He was born in Somalia, raised in the Netherlands and, currently lives in England wherein he did his degree in Film & Videography at The University of Northampton, followed by a teaching degree. He taught filming for several years before focusing exclusively on book publishing. He was the founder and managing director of a production company that served as training and educational platform for film producers. He is also the founder and managing director of Looh Press, a publishing company specialising in Islamic, African, and Somali studies resources.

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This event will bring together esteemed academics to contemplate what the future of social mobility will be for the global Somali community across international jurisdictions. The panel will comprise of academics, writers and experts on social mobility to reflect on the progress made in the last twenty years, the challenges and opportunities for the future as well as the potential for greater impacts in our native Somalia.

Our panellists for the event are as follows: Dr. Hodan Isse (American Economist and Academic); Hashi Mohamed (Barrister and Author of 'People Like Us') and members of Civil Society from East Africa.

Tech 2020: The Future of the Horn of Africa

We are delighted to present a special side event on technology in collaboration with the Fifth Annual International Somali Awards 2020.

This event will explore the potential for Fintech and Health technology for 2020 by looking at developments within and outside of Somalia delivered by Somalis.

Panellists include:

Abdalla Mohamud - Hormuud Head of International Affairs

Noura Abdi - Cyber Security Specialist

Khalid Hashi - CEO Ogow EMR