Day Four – Tuesday 26th July 2016

8.30 – 10.30 Panel on Language

This panel is set to discuss current developments in research and knowledge production of Somali language. It is an extension of the first Somali language and linguistics workshop held here in Hargeysa, Somaliland in December 2015 and will present what was done then, what is being done now and initial plans for the language and linguistics panel, which will be part of the SSIA conference to be held in Hargeysa in 2018. The panel will briefly present the work of the following scholars, all of them attending the 9th HIBF for special side meetings and events: Dr. Martin Orwin, Senior Lecturer in Somali and Amharic from SOAS, University of London in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa.; Dr. Jama Musse Jama, an ethno­mathematician and author who has a PhD in African Studies specializing in Computational Linguistics of African Languages; Dr. Morgan Nilsson, a linguist from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who is working on Somali language; Mr. Said Salah Ahmed, poet, playwright and literary critic; Mr. Mohamed H. Raabi, an independent scholar from Somaliland who has published several Somali language and literature books with a main focus on the grammatical aspects of the language; he is also one of the founders of ACALAN; Mr. Moubarek Ahmed, a PhD candidate from Institute of Languages at the Center of Studies and Research (CERD) in Djibouti; Dr. Abdirashid Ismail, a senior lecturer at the University of Djibouti; Mr. Abdirahman Farah ‘Guri Barwaaqo’ is a connoisseur of the Somali language, an art critic, currently the Head of Department of Culture and Language at Hargeysa University; Ms. Saynab Aadan Sharci, the founder of Galool, and author of Somali education and resources as well as of Somali-English learning resources for young Somalis in the Diaspora; Dr. Mohamed Diriye Abdillahi, independent scholar and linguist; Mr. Sied Muhumed Jibril, Associate Professor and Vice President for Academic and Research at University of Hargeysa; Miss Tirsit Yetbarek is a PhD student In the Department of Linguistics and Philology of the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia; Mr. Mustafa Abdullahi Feiruz is a linguist and the editor-in-chief of Somali Studies a peer reviewed academic journal published by the Institute for Somali Studies in Moqadisho Somalia; Mr Khainga O’Okwemba is a broadcaster at the KBC English Service in Kenya; Mr. Mohamud Mohammed Abdillah, Director of the Institute of Somali Language and Literature Studies of Jigjiga University in Ethiopian Somali Regional State; Dr. Hussien M. Adam is the Founder of the Somali Studies International association .

10.30 – 10.50 Remembering Cabbaas Idiriis (ex- John Drysdale) by Said Jama Hussein

The late Cabbaas Idiriis, a.k.a. John Drysdale, a former British army officer, arrived in Somaliland in 1943 in his teens and served alongside Somaliland soldiers during WWII in Burma and Singapore. During his long career as a career officer, diplomat, businessman, historian and publisher, Drysdale turned into a prolific writer and analyst of political events in Somaliland, Somalia, East Africa and Southeast Asia. The late Cabbaas Idiriis shall be remembered for his dedication and diligence in the development of Somali speakers and as the first foreigner to acquire Somaliland citizenship and vote in Somaliland elections. Hargeysa International Book Fair is paying homage to a great British-Somalilander who passed away this month in his adopted hometown.

11.00 – 13.00 Panel: Sooyaal – major classical poetry and music session

Every year, HIBF dedicates this panel to prominent poets, dramatists, actors and singers and musicians. This year the session will be dedicated to older generation artists.

16:00-17:00 Books – Self help

16:00 – 16:10 Hebaq Bubal, Xusuusqor Dhakhtar

16:10 – 16:20 Farax Macallin, La hadal naftaada

16:20 – 16:30 Abdirizak Mohamoud Osman, Mathematics: Home Study Guide Series

16:30 – 17:00 Leadership during difficult times by Mohamed Ali Bile

Mohamed Ali Bile has three decades of experience in planning and leading development programs with the United Nations, especially in conflict-affected and fragile zones and brings in-depth expertise on Middle Eastern and East African socio-political affairs. Skilful in negotiations and dealing with difficult government partners, he has worked with governments, UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank and USAID funded programs. He trained at California State University, University of London, Harvard University, UNESCO IIEP (Paris), IIE Matei Urbino (Italy), Maastricht University and the Somali National University and is fluent in English, Arabic and Somali with some knowledge of Italian. In this session, he will share his views on good leadership and what it is to take hard decisions.

17.00-17.40 Meet the author: in conversation with Amma Darko

Author Amma Darko was born in 1956 in Koforidua – Ghana. A graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Industrial Art, Amma worked for a year with the Technology Consultancy Center. While living in Germany during the early eighties, she wrote her first novel: Beyond The Horizon, written in English but translated from the manuscript into German and published first in that language. Her second novel The Housemaid was published by Heinemann. Subsequent novels published by Sub-Saharan (Ghana) are Faceless (now a West Africa Examination Council Literature book); Not Without Flowers (won 2008 Ghana Book Award); and, just published, Between Two Worlds. She also contributed a short story “Color of Poverty” to the Amnesty International – Germany, collection. Her work is translated into German, French, Spanish, Turkish and Slovenian.

Chair: Mohamed Ali Bile has three decades of experience in planning and leading development programs with the United Nations, especially in conflict-affected and fragile zones. He brings in-depth expertise on Middle Eastern and East African socio-political affairs.

17.40-18.20 Meet the author: in conversation with Maxamed Xagi Ingiriis

Author of The Rise and Fall of the Siad Barre Regime, 1969–1991, Mohamed Haji Ingiriis is a Somali scholar specializing in the field of African Studies. He is now completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford. This book is a critical repositioning of the study of military regimes in Africa. Documenting and delving deep into the reign and rule of General Mohamed Siad Barre in Somalia from 1969 to 1991, the book puts emphasis on African agencies—ostensibly shaped by external beneficiaries and patrons—over what went wrong with Africa after the much-awaited post-colonial period. It does so by critically engaging with the wider theoretical and conceptual frameworks in African Studies, which more often than not tend to attribute the post-colonial African state ruptures to colonialism.

Chair: Safia Aidid is a Somali-Canadian doctoral candidate in African History at Harvard University. Her research focuses on Ethiopia and the Somali region.

18:45-19;30: Spoken word in Somali

Mohamud Sh. Ahmed Dalmar will share Irdho, his first book-length satirical work. The book consist of a poem of almost 900 verses, about an imaginary fictionalised story about the Somali language, travelling to Europe, and seeking asylum in the UK.

Farah Ahmed Cali is a writer and poet, and will share new insights into the use of particular words in particular written form of mixed prose and poetry in his book Rasmi. Gamuute has spent many years researching the metrical structure of Somali poetry, and his work will provide further insight into the complexity of this art form.

 Chair: Rashid Sh. Abdillaahi “Gadhwayne”, literary critic and historian, author of Adduun iyo Taladii.

19:30-20:00 Book signing and traditional dance.