By Noah Aare
It is amazing that the goals, objectives and ideals of man can change so easily. That means man’s hopes and ideals may and often change with time. For instance, back in the forties and fifties, all Somalis had one hope; one dream and one ideal only: liberating all Somalis from the yokes of colonialism and uniting them under one flag. Of course, for that, many had suffered. And for that cause, many had lost everything they had. And for that cause, many had of course died sad and painful deaths.
Fortunately, in 1960, our hope finally materialized. And as part of the wind of change that swept across Africa, British Somaliland gained independence on June 26th 1960 and with joy and fanfare, Somalis everywhere unbelievably together sang:
- “Maanta, maanta, maanta, waa maalin weyne maanta, maanta, maanta, maanta, madaxeen banaane maanta!
- Bal kaalay Canabeey calankan walaclee waa cawadeenee aynu ciidnee…
- Ayaanba, midbaa ka sii mudanee, ma dhaafaanku maanta weeyaanee!!!
- Magowgii candhadii golaha marisee, aan maalo hasheena maandeeqeey! And so on and so forth!
And just seven days later, Italian Somalia too, gained independence from Italy and the two young sisters immediately embraced one another uniting and with high hopes that the other three would flow suit. And with renewed vigor, joy and great self-esteem, Somalis again sang together:
- Goormaan lulanayey, lixdankii, lugooyadii na daysayee, lixdii saac,… Kowdii luuliyo labaa midowday!
- Shicib yahow wanaagsani walaalayaalow, waaxyahayagii rumaadow, walaalayaalow,
an is weheshano. ..walaalayaal aan wada jirano walaalayaal
And further expecting that the dream of Greater Somalia was forthcoming, Somalis kept singing and sparing no effort in realizing that:
- Allahayow kariimka ahow keli, keli ma doonaynee shanta meel isgu keenee!
- Shanta oo is wehesha ey wacnaydaa, calan inay wadaagaaney wanaagsanaydaa.
- Anagaa ag joognoo, orgabaha cunaaya ka ilaalinaynoo, na adoonsan maayee.” ……
Umadaha aduunka dadka loo abuuray way ogsoon yihiine NFD ayaa leh?
Ilaah baa ku siiyoo NFD adaa leh…
- Oo wajeeray calanka hoo, hud iyo nacabaa cunaaya hilibkeennii hor joogsoo ha ka huleelee yaanu dalkeenana dib ugu hoyan!
- Nimaan hadlan hooyadii qadisee, hantidaadu lama huraan weeyee, ha ka seexanin, ha ka seexanin, hawsha kuu maqan, Hawdow macaagiyo, haybso calankaaga, soo hanaan raacoo haybso calankaaga….!
- Saddex baa maqan ee mudanoow maanta noogu dhaqaaq mudanoow madaxii wadankow mudanoow!
But in 1963, Colonial UK once once again betrayed Somalis as it announced ceding NFD to Kenya that just got its independence despite NFD choosing otherwise in its region-wide referendum and declaring to join Somalia.
And betrayed Somalis once again had to sing:
- Ingriis colownoo, uubuhuu qodaayey NFD ku tuurye, waan idin eryeynaaye Iglan nooga dhoofa!
- Ingriis colownoo is agjoogimaynee waan idin eryaynaaye Iglan nooga dhoofa!
Friends, these few stanzas alone express how much nationalism, hopes, dreams and aspirations Somalis had in those days. Unfortunately, that nationalism and joy short lived and we tumbled. And sadly Somalis assumed that our new fledgling democracy would immediately bring forth prosperity. But since that was impossible, many Somalis turned their anger inwards and soon we had to start fighting one another. And worst yet, huge mistakes were made by the ruling so-called “revolutionary regime” that had finally become a merciless dictatorship.
And in 1991, Somalia collapsed and with it all its hopes and aspirations. And to date, our traditional noble way of life admired by many and described as the best pastoral democracy of black Africa, is tatters. And one can hardly believe that the whole nation is slinging in mud from which we have years if not centuries to swim out.
Today, 51 years later, Somalis live the lowest of low. And the irony is that people who once prided themselves as the greatest community in this world, today brag on nothing more than tribalism, false self pride and low self-esteem. And worst yet, its intellectual is so indifferent to the national plight refusing to face the catastrophe facing his people. And in short, a total madness devours poor Somalis threatening even their existence as people. That is sad and pathetic!
Perplexed of that ugly fall, on July 9th, 2011, Mr. Muse Ali, a trained teacher, a diplomat and a writer who currently lives in Ottawa, launches a new book, (The untold history of Northern Somalia) that elucidates that history live and wants us to share with him.
His new book is enlightening, educational, and persuasive as it exposes the great traditional values of the Somaliland people; their unique way of life, of living and of doing things with integrity and diligence. But it also laments the decades long lost opportunities as a result of the massive civil war that placed many in trauma as it struck communities with heavy blows landing them in misfortune.
However, it calls our people in general and the intellectual in particular to wake up, address and redress the stark realities and abandon their current false self-esteem. It urges them to spring back from that catastrophe with resilience and transform that misfortune into new opportunities.
In his book, Mr. Muse, also presents the hitherto untold qualities of the Somaliland people in an unprecedented but factual way that is based on realities. He urges the Somali intellectual to wake up an lead their communities recover from their long trauma and unconsciousness so that they regain their recollections. He further urges them (intellectuals) to explore life once more by boldly facing the challenges of the twenty first century with new vigor and determination.
And finally, he invites everyone to that great event! It is worth to be present and participate in that unprecedented launch. It is important to not miss to grab your copy because it is your history! It gives your children the opportunity of a life time:…u eexo ilmahaaga! Help them know the noble history of their great ancestors; the great values of their people; their unique way of life and of doing things. Let them learn to uphold their traditional values of sharing for years to come. Help them know the compromising, coexistence and kindness of their great forefathers toward one another with mutual respect.
By Noah Aare