Somali Awards Ceremony 2012 – the marking of an astonishing day for Somali’s


By: Allin Nuh

LONDON (Somalilandsun) – The awards ceremony marked a remarkable day for Somali’s. Somali’s all over the world came flooding in to watch and take part of this amazing event. It was incredible to see such young people receiving awards for spectacular achievements. I met up with one Somali group from Copenhagen, Denmark, who were promoting their group ‘Codka’. Codka is an independent online media conglomerate consisting of a think tank, a web magazine, a discussion portal, as well as a professional news agency owned by the dansksomaliske diaspora in Denmark. They are a group of young Danish-Somali people who stunned many of the people there that day with the amazing and humorous presentation. For me personally, I was extremely enthusiastic to see young Somali’s like myself willing to make a change and set standards for other around the world.

It came as a surprise to many people there when the Turkish Ambassador, Ali Kemal Aydin, turned up and congratulated Somali people on their achievements and their progression from the tragedies of the 1990’s. He was awarded and also congratulated by Liban Noah, who has a very good relationship with the Ali Kemal Aydin.

There were many famous Somali artists who also attended the prestigious event: Maryam Mursal, Fadumina Hilowle, Ikraan Caraale, Abdi Fatax, Nimco Yassin etc… As usual, Maryam Mursal had the people off their feet and dancing exuberantly to her music and the sheer entertainment she brings made this event almost faultless. She is one of the most famous Somali artists of all time, travelling to globe to promote Somali music from as early as the mid-1970s. There was also a young group of Somali’s hailing from Hayes, West London, who gave the crowd Goosebumps by performing one of the culturally embraced Somali dances, Dhanto. I think that almost set the whole event alight, not only because they were so young and performing such a culturally cherished dance, but they were also residing from the UK.

For me personally, I found it remotely pleasant to see many people of different tribes mixing together to enjoy this event and having conversation with one another without even knowing their tribe or clan. If this occurred back in the motherland, I don’t believe many of the Somali Diaspora would still be here in Europe, but that’s something that has to be dealt with at home. This event made me think a lot and gave me huge belief that the future of the Somali’s might be bright after all.

This marked a great day for all Somali’s across the globe and hopefully this event will have an effect on other Somali’s around the world to achieve similar successes in future and continue to brandish the Somali name in a positive and encouraging light. We are in times where people worry about how the next generation will turn out, but from what I’ve seen in this event, the future of the next Somali generation seems to be quite exciting and we hope to fulfil our ambitions.