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Under a watchful eye: Somalis in the media

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture

Thursday, 29 October 2015 from 18:00 to 22:00 (GMT)

Under a watchful eye: Somalis in the media

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In the latter half of the past decade Somalis have come under strict scrutiny from the international media, which continues to draw on negative stories that fuel the stereotypes associated with Somalis today. 

This conversation will explore the different ways in which Somalis can challenge the one-sided view currently being offered by the media. It will look at a range of platforms such as national and international media and tools like social media to empower the people to have their voices heard and change their own narrative.

Mohammed Adow is an Al Jazeera journalist based in Doha, Qatar.  Over the past 15 years Adow has been a key journalist reporting on sensitive issues such as the Ogaden fighters in eastern Ethiopia, the post election violence in Kenya and the rape culture in Mogadishu’s IDP camps.

Nadifa Mohamed is an acclaimed novelist based in London; she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelist in 2013. Her debut novel, Black Mamba Boy, about her father was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the Betty Trask Prize. Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, which follows the lives of three women amidst civil war has been described as ‘unforgettable’ by fellow author Taiye Selasi. Nadifa is currently working on her third novel. 

Ugaaso Bocoow is a Somali-Canadian comedian and Instagram phenomenon who reached stardom with her comedy sketches of Somali society and culture.  She was recently featured on BBC Trending for utilising wit and humour to showcase a light hearted side of Mogadishu, in contrast to the all too-often stereotypical narratives of war, poverty and terrorism.

Dr. Idil Osman holds a PhD from Cardiff University where she also teaches journalism, media and cultural studies. Her thesis examined Diaspora media involvement in the Somali conflict. She is the author of the recently published article 'The Somali Media, Diaspora communities and the concept of conflict re-creation'. Idil is also the co-author of 'Somalia to Europe; Stories of the Somali Diaspora', a book that chronicles the civil war experiences of Somali Europeans and their subsequent migration to the UK. Prior to commencing her PhD, she worked as a journalist for the BBC and the Voice of America, specialising in stories related to the Horn of Africa.

Live performances:

Ladan Osmanis a Somali-American poet and a teacher. Her published work include her full-length collection The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony, which won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, and her chapbook, Ordinary  Heaven, appears in Seven New Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Boxed Set. Osman will read some of her fantastic poetry

Faisal Salah is a young nasheed and spoken word artist whose work is often centred around his Islamic faith. Salah’s work reflects his intrinsic enthusiasm for inner peace, love and fulfilling the Islamic way of life in modern society. Salah has showcased his talent on the Spoken n’ Heard Tour 2015 and the Ilm Arts Festival 2015.

 

Ladan and Faisal will be joined on stage by young and upcoming poets based in London; Asha Luul Mohamed, Laila Duale and Abdinur Alaale

 

Do you have questions about Under a watchful eye: Somalis in the media? Contact Kayd Somali Arts and Culture

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Oxford House in Bethnal Green
Derbyshire Street
E2 6HG London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 29 October 2015 from 18:00 to 22:00 (GMT)


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Kayd Somali Arts and Culture

 

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture is an organisation that coordinates regular artistic and cultural events in the UK including the popular Somali Week Festival. It aims to contribute to the appreciation of the Somali culture and its diversity through art, literature, poetry, music, theatre and debates and discussions. 

http://www.kayd.org/

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