Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame 'Hadrawi'

Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame 'Hadrawi'

Poet + Songwriter + Writer
Born 1943

Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame 'Hadrawi' is a prominent Somali poet and songwriter. Hadraawi is considered by many to be the greatest living Somali poet. Born in northern Somalia in 1943. Some have compared Hadraawi to Shakespeare and his works have been translated internationally. During the years of General Mohamed Siyad Barre's dictatorship that ended in 1991, he was locked-up in solitary confinement for five years.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born in 1943.
1953 10 Years Old Hadrawi was born in Burco, situated in the former British Somaliland protectorate. His family was poor and consisted of one girl and eight boys. In 1953, at the age of nine, he went to live with an uncle in the Yemeni port city of Aden. … Read More


1963 20 Years Old In 1963, he became a primary school teacher. … Read More


1973 30 Years Old In 1973, Hadrawi wrote the poem Siinley and the play Tawaawac ("Lament"), both of which were critical of the military government that was then in power.
1978 35 Years Old 1 More Event
For this dissent, he was subsequently arrested and imprisoned in Qansax Dheere until April 1978.


1991 48 Years Old Hadrawi relocated to Great Britain in 1991. … Read More


1999 56 Years Old In 1999, Hadrawi returned once more to his native Somalia, this time settling in Hargeisa. … Read More
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