Launch of Somali Week Festival: Leadership & Creativity, Chaired by Donia Jamaal
Artists are leading public figures in the Somali region, and artistic forms of expression offer the public a means of engaging with new values and ideals, including ideas of good leadership. In the launch event of Somali Week Festival 2016, Prof Ahmed I Samatar will introduce the theme, the interconnections between leadership and creativity and the importance of creativity for the Somalis in the Horn and the diaspora. Scholar Ahmed I. Samatar will be joined by singer-songwriter Ahmed Naji Saad.
Prof Ahmed I. Samatar is the founding Dean of Macalester's Institute for Global Citizenship and has lectured at many universities and colleges across the globe.Samatar, whose expertise is in the areas of global political economy, political and social thought, and African development, is the author/co-author/editor of five books and over forty articles and reviews. His current research interests are in the areas of leadership and the state in Somaliland.
Ahmed Naji Saad is one of the most established and cherished of Somali artists. Born in Mogadishu, he is a singer, songwriter and music composer. Ahmed has dedicated himself to the preservation, education and promotion of Somali culture and music. His work has been highly influential for many Somali through independence, the civil war, and exile abroad.