slot machine wins-Hadraawi: Tribute to the poet on the lips of every Somali

Time:2022-09-26 15:10:13 source:slot machine wins
HadraawiImage source, Mary Harper

The Somali people are known as "a nation of poets" and there is no greater poet of modern times than Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, who has died in Hargeisa, the capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, at the age of 79.

Tens of thousands attended his funeral. Many travelled from across the region, including Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The vast crowds at his graveside were testament to the respect and affection people have for the man known simply as Hadraawi or "master of speech", a nickname he was given as a young boy growing up in Yemen where he was sent to live following the death of his mother.

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said: "Hadraawi's death is felt in every Somali household."

When I made a documentary about him in 2017 almost everybody I spoke to immediately started reciting one of his poems or singing one of his songs. Schoolgirls, waiters, millionaires, beggars, soldiers and government ministers all knew his poetry by heart.