Day One – Saturday 23rd July 2016

Launched Day

08.30-10.00        Opening session: On Leadership and Creativity

Quman Jibril: Why HIBF and why on Leadership – on behalf of the Organization

Opening address: Dr. Hussein M. Aden – Developing International Academic Leadership.

Leadership may be grouped into two main categories: state orientated leadership, and civil society focused leadership styles. An aspect of civil society leadership is cultural and academic leadership. Dr. Hussein M Adam will take as an example the formation of the academic leadership organization, the Somali Studies International Association (SSIA), founded in 1978.

Mr. Maxamed Yaasiin Colaad will introduce the theme of the year and will focus on business leadership. The qualities and characteristics of effective leadership, culture and its impact on leadership, the challenges of Somali culture and traditional ways and how to develop these and align them with effective leadership to achieve success.

Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Saad Ali Shire will deliver the welcome address and officially open the Book Fair on behalf of the Somaliland Government after greeting honorary guests.

10.00-11.00. Panel discussion – Leadership, Youth, Creativity and Transformation

Said Salah Ahmed, teacher, author and playwright will his presenting reflections on “Leadership in Somali traditional culture”. Fathima Mohamed Ismail (senior medical student) and Abdirashid Jeeni (youth activist) will discuss the theme of this year’s festival from various angles informed by their own personal experiences and their academic and professional experiences.

11.00-12.00 Book display, meeting with the media – open conversation.

Coffee served, international and prominent Somaliland guests will meet the media. In a parallel session, traditional dancers will entertain the public outside of the books venue.

12.00-13.00 Photography, art, design: touring in display.

The HIBF showcases works of different visual artists, including photographers and painters. Participants include: Patrick, Amira and other artists

Lunch for guests at Guleid Hotel

16.00-16.50 Books Presentation (Somali session)

16.00-16:20 Muna Axmed Cumar with Xaawa Jaamaca Cabdi, presents her second book “Gaaraabidhaan”

16:20- 16:35 Sacad Xaddi will present his first book “Kaydka Xikmadda Soomaalida”.

16.40- 16:55 Axmed C. Ismaaciil (Axmed Jeesto) Tabaha Akhriska

 17.00-18.30 Plenary speech by Professor Karikari followed by a panel discussion on Media & Leadership

Panel: Fin Rasmussen (MSI), Conrad Heine (Somaliland Focus UK and journalist), Hussein Cali Nuur (Senior Journalist), Maxamuud Cabdi Jaamac (Director of SOLJA).

In collaboration with Media Support International (MSI) and the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA), the media panel aims to bring together local media and political leaders and international observers in order to move beyond the impasse and to strengthen media networks as Somaliland continues to develop its democratic project, and to encourage political leadership to work with the media to build a truly independent media environment which is fit for purpose and respected in the eyes of the world.

Professor Kwame Karikari is the former Executive Director of the MFWA. He has for several years been a professor in journalism and mass communication at the School of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana. He has also been involved in training journalists in several African countries over the years. Educated at the City College of New York and Columbia University in New York, Professor Karikari previously practised as a journalist, including serving as the Director General of the public Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in the early 1980s. He has also been an activist pursuing social justice and human rights causes in Africa, including democratic reforms in Ghana. He serves on the boards of a number of African and international rights organisations and on the editorial boards of academic publications.


19.30-20.30 Traditional dancing, music and poetry session