7:30pm- 8:30: Discussions with Said Salah Ahmed
Said Salah is esteemed playwright, poet and teacher, will talk about Leadership in Somali Traditional Culture. He will recite poetry that pictures the image of the leader in the minds of Somali people, and he will also read some of his most famous and intriguing stories. This will be followed by the performance of his one-act play featuring his 50-year journey as an artist, which he has produced specifically for this year’s festival.
8:30-9:30: Book Launch and Discussion: Malkadii Muuse Gaalaal, by Mohamoud Hagi Ibrahim Mohamoud
Malkadii Muuse Gaalaal is a new book written by Mohamoud Hagi Ibrahim Mohamoud on the life and academic legacy of late Muuse Hagi Ismail Galaal. The panel, led by Rashid Sheekh Abdillahi, historian and writer, will consider the life and works of the scholar, a Somali literary champion whose role in the preservation and promotion of Somali literature and culture is recognized by all. Personalities who knew Musa Galaal, including playwright Said Salah Ahmed, linguist Dr. Martin Orwin, and Rashid Sheekh himself, will recount the story of the of the man and the scholar. Mohamoud Hagi Ibrahim is a poet, oral literature connoisseur and collector and his previous works, including a book on the traditional way Somalis manage their camels.