Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Somalia collapsed, but byproduct is a great publisher

This is pretty amazing:

Bandhigga Buugta Soomaaliyeed
25th-26th October,2008

Jointly Arranged by

Scansom Publishers, SSUF, Somali Publishers and Writers Association


Saturday 25th October, 2008

Opening and welcoming statement by: SSUF Chairman: Ahmed Hassan

Opening speeches and introduction Scansom Publishers: Mohammed SH. Hassan The enocuragement of minority languages by the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs ( Kulturradet).

Keenadid Mohamoud who currently teaches Somali at Goteborg University will illuminate us about the newly started Somali course programe. The initiative has been widely welcomed by the Somali community in the Diaspora.

Stockholm Stad Bibliotek Rinkeby & Tensta Libraries – Karin Sohlgren

Bashir Osman: Somali Teachers Association in Sweden.

Book Tour & Lunch

The Somali Publishing Industry in the Diaspora, Mohammed SH. Hassan, Scansom which is the leading Somali Publishing house in the Diaspora. The Company has published and distributes as well over 170 different titles of Somali books covering a wide range of issues and topics.

Karin Sohlgren: A librarian at Rinkeby Public Library and consultant to the Swedish Agency of School Development. Karin is in charge of finding good and relevant books for pre-school children. Karin will share her experiences with us and will give as well the information of the Somali resources and material collections in Rinkeby and Tensta Public Libraries.

Axmad Farah “Idaaja” and his publications: A leading Somali Cultural Historian, Author and a former member of Somali language Commission board. Wrote and published over 10 titles of Somali books covering a wide range of issues and topics. Currently lives in Nairobi

Khalid A. Gul and his Publications: A leading Somali writer, Poet and cultural Historian living in Denmark. He has written and published over 13-15 different titles of Somali books covering a wide range of issues.

Bashir Amaan ( The Principal of Al-Azhar Islamic school in Stockholm. The challenges and the opportunities of running private schools in Sweden )

Abdiaziz Xildhibaan living in UK Is one of the promising Somali writers of the future. So far the author has published 5 excellent books. The Author will share his elaborate His publications.

Axmad Farah Idaaja and his diverse Publications, including the just released play Dabkuu Shiday Darwiishkii

Said Shire living in UK has just published a new book about business ( Furaha Ganacsiga). It is one of the rare publications about such an important subject. The book is a new release in 2008

Abdifatah A. Abubakar (The author lives in Italy) and His Publications include Asaaska Suugaanta Soomaaliyeed, which is a very difficult subject and the author has written it in a very simple and clear method. Currently his 2nd book is under publication ( The Somali Trees), and hopefully should be ready during the book fair event.

Abdullahi Diiriye Carralle ( The author currently lives in Denmark) is one of the pioneers Who substantially contributed in developing and translating the structure of Somali poetry (iisaanka Maansada) in the mid 70`s. The Author has laid a solid foundation for For this difficult subject. His first book was published in the early 70`s. An updated and Revised Version of the authors research was again published in Sweden 2003 which is still so far probably the only published book about this subject. The Author will share his experiences with us during the event.

Abdi Bashir & Yusuf Hassan ( from Sweden) will present their respective publications, We shall listen as well a poem conducted by Abdi Bashir.

1 comment:

Brian Barker said...

I believe that the promulgation of English as the world's “lingua franca” is impractical and linguistically undemocratic. I say this as a native English speaker.

Impractical because communication should be for all and not only for an educational or political elite. That is the position of English at the moment.

Undemocratic because minority languages are under attack worldwide due to the encroachment of majority ethnic languages. Even Mandarin Chinese is attempting to dominate as well. The long-term solution must be found and a non-national language, which places all ethnic languages on an equal footing is essential.

An interesting video can be seen at
A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at