A series of Somali success stories in the diaspora.

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    Refugee Turned CEO: How This Entrepreneur Found A Sweet Spot For Creativity In War-Torn Somalia.

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    Some twenty-nine years ago, Mohamed Bashir Oman, was born in Somalia’s troubled capital, Mogadishu. At a time when the first shells of artillery had just begun to drop and the walls were just getting ridden with the first spray of bullets, Somalis could be seen fleeing the flashpoints of the war that had just broken out in search of safe zones.

    Mohamed Bashir Oman, better known as ‘Maxamed Midnimo,’ was only a child when the attacks became an everyday affair and like most other families, his family had moved from place to place in search of peace and quiet, however temporary.

    Life became sort of nomadic for them as they were often migrating – and this was largely because a ‘safe zone’ was only so for as long as it was. The warring factions were drawing precariously close and running seemed like a temporary fix at best, unless it meant fleeing the country entirely.

    Midnimo and his family did get some much-needed and long-sought respite when the opportunity to flee Somalia for the Netherlands as refugees presented itself. His family seized the opportunity, relocated to Europe, and set out to start life anew with the trauma of the ongoing war behind them. Midnimo, thus, spent much of childhood and teenage years as a refugee in a foreign land.



    But he wasn’t going to allow refugee status stop him from fulfilling his dreams. Full of ambition from such a young age, he was determined to make the most of the situation. Thus, he had a normal childhood, stayed in school, and went on to study Graphic Design.

    He also went on to work as a Community Educator and this is where his stock began to rise. Such was his obvious dedication to the growth of the Somali Community in the Netherlands that he rose through the ranks.

    Having started out as an educator, his doggedness saw him become a board member of the Somali Community Organization in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and subsequently, its Chairman.

    "On a summer vacation to Africa in which he visited his home country along with two other African countries; Ethiopia and Djibouti, Midnimo was exposed to several promising business opportunities."

    Some of these ideas had connections with his field – advertising/design. Upon his return to the Netherlands, he was probably bursting at the seams with ideas.

    Somalia did begin to recover from the ravages of the long-standing chaos when some semblance of peace began to surface in 2012. Scores of citizens who had fled the country at the peak of the violence were making a comeback to their homeland. Some had even moved on from counting their losses and were now setting up businesses of their own in Somalia.

    And before long, Midnimo hopped on the bandwagon. Since the vacation, he had given a lot of thought to going back home to work on the opportunities he had identified on his earlier trip and it augured well that the country was now coming out of many years of turmoil.

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    Sure, the Somali entrepreneur had made up his mind to venture into business in his country of birth, but he wasn’t about to just dive in head first. He wanted it to be a calculated entry. So, he spent most of 2013 conducting market research, learning the ropes, and getting to grips with vital numbers from the Somali market.

    That groundwork, together with some support from members of his family, eventually led to the establishment of Daauus Creative Design Agency in 2015.

    From the ground-up, Midnimo has built a budding company in Somalia which currently employs no less than 13 people amongst whom are designers, photographers, marketers, sales representatives, and a host of others.

    As Midnimo says; “My dream was to start something that makes not only me happy, but my beloved ones as well. I may have come with the business idea, but no one can be successful without the help of passionate people who strive to help them realize their goals. Although it took some time to find ambitious minds, I’m glad that I now have a team that believes in the business philosophy.”

    "Two years after the company kicked off operations, it took home Goobjoog Business Radio’s Marketer of the Year Award in Somalia."

    The following year, Daauus was named Business of the Year at the International Somali Awards in London. And it sure looks like there is more in the offing.

    Despite the war-induced travails of his early life, the Somali entrepreneur does deserve some credit for choosing to return to his home country with a mindset formed around contributing to the rebuilding process.

    Although parts of the country are still prone to intermittent unrest, Midnimo is committed to making things better – quite the inspiration for Diasporans who are nursing thoughts of returning to the motherland and effecting change.

    https://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2019/..._spot_for_creativity_in_war_torn_somalia.aspx
     
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    Congratulations to STEP Academy’s First Admitted Harvard Applicants.

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    Congratulations to STEP Academy’s First Admitted Harvard Applicants


    Latifa Said and Mohamed Ahmed are the first two students admitted to an Ivy League college. Both Said and Ahmed attended the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program that allows Minnesota juniors and seniors to earn college credits at no cost.

    https://stepacademymn.org/2018/06/0...p-academys-first-admitted-harvard-applicants/
     
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    Refugee Students’ Success in Kenya Inspires Others.

    KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya–Refugee students at this sprawling settlement in northwestern Kenya and in the Dadaab refugee complex on the other side of the country have defied the odds to score high grades in Kenya’s national examinations for primary and secondary school students.

    Their achievements are inspiring others to study, with the hope of one day attending university.

    “I worked hard in class, despite insufficient teachers and learning equipment at the school,” said Abdiweli Hussein, a 20-year-old Somali native who has been a refugee in Kenya since 2008. Hussein scored 67 points out of possible 84 in Kenya’s secondary-school exam. The minimum score needed to enter a university is 46 points.

    “Life as a refugee is hard, but one needs to focus on studying to achieve their dreams,” said Hussein, who now wants to pursue petroleum engineering at the university.

    His success so far has not been easy. “I don’t know where my parents are,” said Hussein. “I was brought here by my aunt.”

    But hard work, drive and passion helped him to achieve his goal of finishing secondary school with good grades.

    “I’m very grateful for scoring such high marks despite all the difficulties and challenges that come with being in a refugee camp,” he said. “I want to encourage other refugees to work hard in class because it’s the only way they can change their lives.”

    His classmate and fellow Somali, Abdirahman Abdi, 19, scored 73 points out of 84.

    Abdi’s relatives brought him to the camp in 2008. His parents had left their home to find food and never returned. He didn’t know if they were still alive. Today, he wants to study computer science at a university.

    “I want to encourage other refugees to work hard so that they can change their lives,” he said. “My aim is to go back to Somalia and help rebuild the nation by helping young people access education.”

    Hussein and Abdi both attended Waberi High School in a camp that is part of the Dadaab refugee complex, where more than 235,000 refugees and asylum seekers live. Roughly 50 miles from the Somali border, Dadaab is a cluster of camps that comprise one of the largest refugee settlements in the world.

    The Kakuma complex, near Kenya’s border with South Sudan, now holds more than 185,000 refugees.

    A 14-year-old among them, Magot Thuch Ayii, scored 413 points out of 500 in Kenya’s primary-school exam, becoming one of the top students in the country. Magot, who is from South Sudan, was a student at Kakuma’s Cush Primary School.

    Over a million candidates registered for the primary-school exams, while more than 615,000 took the secondary-school tests. The Ministry of Education oversees the exams. Kenya adopted the exams in 1985 after education reforms that established study tracks that include eight years of primary education, four of secondary education, and then university study for the best students.

    Refugee students here and elsewhere in Kenya’s camps have been performing well in the primary and secondary examinations, despite the trauma they go through as displaced people, said officials with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, which runs schools in the camps.

    “They perform very well despite numerous gaps, such as insufficient teaching and learning materials, untrained teachers and overcrowded classrooms,” said Mohamed Hure, an education officer in Kakuma. “Refugees can perform very well if they are provided with the right school environment and adequate resources.”

    Last year’s performance by refugee students has especially inspired other candidates in the camps to study for this year’s national examinations.

    https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2018/04/refugee-students-success-in-kenya-inspires-others/
     
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    This is such a beautiful thread. Good on you @AussieHustler for doing this.
     
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    Georgetown Graduate Inspires Next Generation of Leaders in Somaliland.

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    With the power to decide a student’s future, college admissions exams are one of the most stressful hurdles on the path to higher education. For the SAT, the exam used by U.S. colleges and universities to make admissions decisions, students are advised to get lots of sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and show up on time.

    Typically students don’t have to make a 500 kilometer drive across international borders to reach the nearest testing center. That’s what Somaliland resident Najib Abdihamid Ahmed had to go through, driving all the way to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take the SAT exam so he could apply to Georgetown University in Qatar. But Najib Ahmed isn’t a typical student.

    Now a graduate of Georgetown’s Qatar campus, he was a member of the first graduating class of the headline-making Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Somaliland, an American-style boarding school for grades 7-12, personally founded and funded by successful American hedge fund trader Jonathan Starr in 2008.

    Somaliland, often described as a poor but relatively stable oasis in an unstable region, is an unrecognized nation that broke away from Somalia 25 years ago. Starr’s founding mission was “to build a transformative school in a place the world had written off as hopeless,” then to send the best and brightest to top colleges and universities around the world. For his development plan to work, they would then have to bring their newly acquired skills and valuable diplomas back to Somaliland to become the doctors, lawyers, teachers, and future leaders the struggling republic desperately needs. But there was no guarantee his gamble would work.



    “One of the biggest challenges for students in Somaliland is the idea of returning to their country if they have the opportunity to work and live abroad. Returning is a sacrifice not many are willing to make,” explains Najib over the phone from Abaarso, where he now works as the Dean of Boys, and on the faculty of English, history, and social studies. “Being amongst the first cohort of students, my success abroad was as crucial as my return to Somaliland. If I hadn’t returned, over a hundred of Somaliland’s top young minds would not have considered returning upon graduation. Joe convinced me going home was the right decision.”

    Joe is Joseph Hernandez, the director of admissions at GU-Q. “When Najib mentioned that he had been offered the opportunity to contribute to the administration of his former school, I encouraged him to take it.” Joe recalls that he was impressed with the quiet applicant from this new innovative school in Somaliland the first time he met him. “When we find a student that has done well in high school and has overcome the odds to do it, that gets our attention.” Recognizing his potential, Hernandez worked to secure the financial aid that made Najib’s enrollment possible.

    “I was a typical 17 year old when I came to Doha. I chose Georgetown because I did research and knew it was a top school, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career. I only knew that I liked political science, writing and reading books.” But his transition wasn’t easy. The summer heat was unexpected, his luggage was lost, and on his first trip, Djibouti officials deported him back to Somaliland’s capital Hargeisa because his unofficial Somali passport wasn’t recognized. With campus support, he overcame homesickness and culture shock to embrace student life. An honors student, he was a member of the Debate Team and Science Club, and played for the men’s basketball team, graduating with a degree in International Politics in 2017.

    His education has served him well as a teacher back in Abaarso. More significantly, he currently helps design parts of the curriculum—a requirement for the continued accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the same institution that accredits top schools and universities in the U.S. and around the world.

    Najib speaks humbly of his achievements, but there is unmistakable pride when he shares plans for the future - increasing Somali teaching and administrative staff, a teacher-training university for Abaarso alumni to support the struggling education system in Hargeisa, boosting recruitment drives in more remote regions and neighboring countries, and blue-sky plans to add a primary school someday.

    Georgetown University in Qatar has since accepted three more students from Abaarso. Starr, who leaves the day-to-day running of the school to a new headmaster and now spends much of his time in New York raising school funding, knows that the story of his students matters to many people. “Since Najib was part of our first class, he was the pioneer braving a new country and a serious university without any proof that an Abaarso student could make it in such a place,” he says. “That’s why I am so proud of Najib. Our alumni can see that he is back in Somaliland even after graduating from one of the top universities in the world. They can see him thriving, and that is an inspiration.

    https://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2019/...next_generation_of_leaders_in_somaliland.aspx
     
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    La kulan Yasmin Cusman, aas-aasaha shirkada Samawad Energy.

    Yasmiin Cusmaan Muuse, waa aqoon-yanahad #Soomaaliyeed, oo aas-aastay shirkada Samawad Energy, taasi oo bixisa adeegyada cad-cadeeda ka dhaliya korontada, kana howlgasha gobolka Geeska #Afrika.



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    St. Paul has its first Somali-American City Council member

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    Kassim Busuri is the first Somali-American to serve on St. Paul city council

    St. Paul's first Somali-American City Council member was sworn in at City Hall Wednesday, in a ceremony that began with a prayer and ended with two standing ovations.



    Kassim Busuri, 32, will represent the city's Sixth Ward, filling the seat that longtime Council Member Dan Bostrom vacated when he retired in December. The other six council members appointed Busuri to serve out Bostrom's term, which lasts until the end of 2019.


    "This year is going to be wonderful," Council President Amy Brendmoen told Busuri before he was sworn in. "We're so, so excited to work with you."

    Busuri, who is education director at Minnesota Da'wah Institute and child care center director at Bright Start, was one of seven candidates to seek the interim council member position. As part of the interview process, candidates had to confirm that they do not plan to run for the Sixth Ward seat in November. The entire council is up for re-election this year

    Before the speeches and celebration began Wednesday morning, Imam Hassan Mohamud spoke to the crowd, offering a prayer and words from the Qur'an.

    "Allah stated in the Qur'an, chapter five, verse two, we work together for the benefit of humanity," he said. "Thanks God giving us this opportunity to serve the people of St. Paul."

    Mayor Melvin Carter offered the new council member a few pieces of advice — and accolades.

    "When we have an opportunity to seat someone like Council Member Busuri, who has spent a lifetime in community, in service to community in different capacities, who brings not only passion and commitment but a deep capacity and love for our city, that's good not only for Ward Six but it's good for our entire city," Carter said.

    The Sixth Ward, located on St. Paul's East Side, includes the Frost Lake, Hayden Heights, Hazel Park, Payne-Phalen, Phalen Village and Prosperity neighborhoods.

    "I am thankful and I am humbled," Busuri said after he was sworn in. "This is the city that I love the most, and I will continue to serve."

    In an interview, Busuri said he's already started meeting with Sixth Ward residents and business owners. His top priorities for the ward are filling empty storefronts, reducing crime — especially youth violence — and preserving and building housing.

    Busuri was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and spent his early childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya before immigrating to the United States with his family in 1996. A St. Paul resident since 2010, he lives with his wife and two children, ages 2 and 4.

    http://www.startribune.com/st-paul-has-its-first-somali-american-city-council-member/505417792/
     
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