I say Salam to everyone Somali if they exude positive energy and we make eye contact. If they come across hostile I don't say anything. And if I do say Salam and they don't reply back, I smile knowing that the angel on their shoulder replied to my Salam for them. It's a win win situation.
Don't forget to smile too. Smiling is the easiest form of charity.
I nod, hooyos I dont even acknowledge.
Fuck that, they talk way too much. They're already observing a vivid description of how you walk, look and everything. No nods for eedos. I keep it movin.
Farax's(45+) I make sure not to break eye contact cause I know them niggas thinking dhaqan celis, but the eye contact and nodding I do let's them know I'm real to the culture.
Dudes around my age, I nod or say, "Wassup-" then keep it moving without waiting for the reply
In Johannesburg , it's where Somalis congregate the most, I used to greet elders walking by asalamucalaykum , that's it .In a mosque , could be a store or Maqaaxi but not a stranger walking the street. You give them the Somali nod or eye contact and walk away.
Most Somalis were basically introverted themselves , they hang around with those they know.
Also in Soweto it's same.
It's much different in townships and as far as Western Cape, there are few of us , the one who was born in this soil or the one living past 20 years and kuwa straight out of tuulooyinka Somalia , despite qabiil difference we help each other out in times of crisis.
I was driving on this particular route as I always do , in the middle of nowhere , completely surrounded by wildlife , 200 miles away from Cape Town, the furthest township , rest stop and petrol station are hours away, there are no civilization apart from this highway , it's a bad omen if your vehicle breaks down, bad luck happens all the time especially at night, so it was almost sunset there was a diverging lane and I saw an elderly Somali pleading for help but cars kept driving, I drove u turn on the lane exit headed towards him,he looked beaten up and confused, he was a store owner 7 hours drive , the route he was driving happened to be heavily congested due to a road collision earlier , its where his truck was hijacked at gun point , left beaten half dead in the scorching desert,
I helped him get up and offered him a ride to the nearest township where there was pharmacy and a police station to report the incident.
Luckily there were Somalis in that township and who knew him.