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Famous Somalis

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


A
  • Abdisalam Aato film director, producer, entrepreneur, media consultant
  • Asli Hassan Abade first female pilot in the Somali Air Force (SAF)
  • Ali A. Abdi sociologist
  • Liban Abdi Norwegian footballer
  • Hassan Abdillahi journalist, social activist
  • Mohamed Deq Abdulle taekwondo practitioner
  • Muse Hassan Sheikh Sayid Abdulle politician
  • Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid model, actress, entrepreneur
  • Yussur A.F. Abrar banker, entrepreneur
  • Abdusalam Abubakar scientist
  • Fowziya Yusuf Haji Adan politician
  • Ibrahim Hassan Addou scholar, politician
  • Maxamed Daahir Afrax novelist, playwright, journalist, scholar
  • Abd al Aziz al-Amawi scholar
  • Elman Ali Ahmed entrepreneur, activist
  • Abdiweli Mohamed Ali economist, professor, politician, former Prime Minister
  • Omar A. Ali entrepreneur
  • Warsame Ali scientist
  • Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed economist, diplomat, politician
  • Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed politician
  • Halima Ahmed political activist
  • Hawa Ahmed model
  • Mohammed Ahamed footballer
  • Sharif Sheikh Ahmed politician
  • Shire Jama Ahmed linguist
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali activist, writer, politician
  • Yasmine Allas linguist, historian
  • Hassan Gouled Aptidon politician
  • Arawelo monarch
  • Abadir Umar Ar-Rida cleric
  • Faisal Jeylani Aweys taekwondo practitioner
  • Farah Mohamed Jama Awl writer

B - D
  • Zahra Bani javelin thrower
  • Uways al-Barawi scholar
  • Abdirahman Jama Barre politician
  • Abdi Bile former middle distance runner
  • Aden Abdullah Osman Daar politician, first President of Somalia
  • Ayub Daud footballer
  • Olol Diinle sultanate
  • Waris Dirie model, author, actress, human rights activist
  • Abdirashid Duale entrepreneur

E - F
  • Asha Haji Elmi politician, peace activist
  • Hassan Abshir Farah politician
  • Nuruddin Farah novelist
  • Mo Farah track and field athlete
  • Abdirahman Farole politician
  • Ali Feiruz musician, composer

G
  • Musa Haji Ismail Galal linguist, historian
  • Ali Khalif Galaydh politician, former Prime Minister
  • Umar Arteh Ghalib politician, former Prime Minister
  • Ali Mohammed Ghedi politician

H
  • Osman Haji politician
  • Abdihakim Mohamoud Haji-Faqi diplomat, politician
  • Ali Matan Hashi senior military official, politician
  • Iman Hashi singer, songwriter
  • Siham Hashi singer, songwriter
  • Abdiqasim Salad Hassan politician
  • Mohammed Abdullah Hassan religious leader, established the Dervish State
  • Amina Moghe Hersi entrepreneur
  • Mohamud Muse Hersi politician
  • Aden Ibrahim Aw Hirsi political scientist
  • Daud Abdulle Hirsi general, national hero
  • Abdirizak Haji Hussein diplomat, politician, former Prime Minister
  • Nur Hassan Hussein politician, former Prime Minister

I
  • Abdisalam Ibrahim Norwegian footballer
  • Hanan Ibrahim social activist
  • Mahamud Ibrahim sultanate
  • Yusuf Mahamud Ibrahim sultanate
  • Jaylaani Nur Ikar politician
  • Abdullahi Ahmed Irro military professor, general
  • Ahmed Mohamed Islam politician
  • Edna Adan Ismail activist
  • Abdullahi Issa politician
  • Hirsi Magan Isse scholar, revolutionary


J

  • Hassan al-Jabarti mathematician, theologian, astronomer, philosopher
  • Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti scholar
  • Jama Ali Jama politician
  • Jama Musse Jama ethnomathematician, author
  • Mohamed Jama kickboxer
  • Mohamed Osman Jawari politician
  • Fatima Jibrell environmental activist

K - L
  • Dahir Riyale Kahin politician
  • Maryam Kassim politician
  • Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn scholar
  • Salaad Gabeyre Kediye senior military official, revolutionary
  • Yusuf Ali Kenadid sultanate
  • K'naan musician, poet
  • Abdi Kusow scholar, writer
  • Mohamed Mooge Liibaan musician

M
  • Aar Maanta singer-songwriter, actor, composer, instrumentalist, music producer
  • Magool singer
  • Adan Mohamed Nuur Madobe politician
  • Osman Mahamuud sultanate
  • Mohamed Malimey football coach
  • Mustafa Mohamed Moalim aviator
  • Ayaan Mohallim fashion designer
  • Idyl Mohallim fashion designer
  • Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed diplomat, politician, former Prime Minister
  • Mustafa Mohamed long-distance runner
  • Ali Mahdi Muhammad entrepreneur, politician
  • Mohamed Haji Mukhtar scholar, writer
  • Hassan Sheikh Mumin poet, playwright, broadcaster, actor, composer
  • Maryam Mursal composer, vocalist

N - Q
  • Hodan Nalayeh media executive, marketing consultant, activist, entrepreneur
  • Yusuf Haji Nur politician
  • Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar diplomat, politician
  • Rageh Omaar journalist, writer
  • Abdisalam Omer economist
  • Ladan Osman poet, teacher
  • Ismail Jim'ale Osoble lawyer, human rights activist
  • Khadija Qalanjo singer, folklore dancer
  • Abdullahi Qarshe musician, playwright
  • Abdallah al-Qutbi polemicist, theologian, philosopher

S
  • Abdulkadir Ahmed Said film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor
  • Hasan Adan Samatar singer, guitarist, theatrical performer
  • Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke diplomat, politician, former Prime Minister
  • Abdirashid Ali Shermarke politician
  • Abdi Farah Shirdon economist, politician, former Prime Minister
  • Mohamoud Ali Shire sultanate
  • Fatima Siad model
  • Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo politician
  • Abdi Sinimo singer, songwriter
  • Shaykh Sufi scholar, poet, reformist, astrologist

T - Z
  • Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed Timacade poet
  • Abdourahman Waberi author
  • Ahmed Mumin Warfa botanist
  • Abdi Warsame politician
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame ("Hadrawi") songwriter, poet
  • Yasmin Warsame model, activist
  • Abd Al-Rahman bin Ahmad al-Zayla'i scholar

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This page was last modified on April 7, 2017.