Somaliland: FT List’s Ayan Ashur Among ‘25 Africans to Watch’


Ayan Ashur the founder organiser of the Hargeisa International Book Fair

By Abdirisak Itaqile
Somalilandsun-The award-winning international daily newspaper, The Financial Times (FT) has picked Somaliland-born artist Ayan Mohamed Ashur as one of the newspaper’s 25 African rising stars.
The FT’s list named “25 Africans to watch” include activists, English Premier League footballer, entrepreneurs and politicians from different countries of Africa.
Describing Ayan Ashur, the Financial Times wrote:
“The founder-organiser of the Hargeisa International Book Fair spurns the risk of terrorist attack from al-Shabaab jihadis. Instead, the courageous arts guru draws sensual poet-performers, celebrates Somali culture and fosters education, equality and human rights wherever she can. She also puts on London’s annual Somali Week Festival.
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