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List of famous people from Somalia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Somalia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Somalia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Somalia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People on this list include Hanad Zakaria Warsame and Amal Aden.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Somalia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Somalia?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Iman Abdulmajid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Iman Abdulmajid age 61 - Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, professionally known as Iman, is a Somali fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her charitable work. ...more

Yasmin Warsame is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Yasmin Warsame age 39 - Yasmin Abshir Warsame is a Canadian model and activist of Somali origin. In 2004, she was named "The Most Alluring Canadian" in a poll by Fashion magazine.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Ayaan Hirsi Ali age 47 - Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American activist, writer, and politician. She is known for her views critical of female genital mutilation and Islam and supportive of women's rights and ...more

Hawa Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Hawa Ahmed age 28 - Hawa Ahmed is a Swedish fashion model of Somali origin and winner of Cycle 4 of Sweden's Next Top Model.

Waris Dirie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Waris Dirie age 52 - Waris Dirie is a Somali model, author, actress and social activist. From 1997 to 2003, she served as a UN Special Ambassador.

Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid age 59 - Abdi Farah Shirdon is a Somali businessman, economist and politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Somalia between October 2012 and December 2013. Shirdon is credited with having overseen ...more

Ahmed Ismail Samatar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Ahmed Ismail Samatar Ahmed Ismail Samatar is a prominent Somali writer, professor and former dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College. He is the editor of Bildhaan: An International Journal ...more

Hirsi Magan Isse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Hirsi Magan Isse Died at 73 (1935-2008) - Hirsi Magan Isse was a scholar and one of the leading figures of the Somali revolution. A part of Somalia's political elite, he was a leader in the Somali Salvation Democratic Front, one of the ...more

Abdullahi Issa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Abdullahi Issa Died at 67 (1921-1988) - Abdullahi Issa Mohamud was a Somali politician. He was the first Prime Minister of Somalia during the trusteeship period, serving from February 29, 1956 to July 1, 1960.

Aden Abdullah Osman Daar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Aden Abdullah Osman Daar Died at 99 (1908-2007) - Aden Abdulle Osman Daar, popularly known as Aden Adde, was a Somali politician. He was the first President of Somalia, serving from July 1, 1960 to June 10, 1967.

Mohamed Farrah Aidid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Farrah Aidid Died at 62 (1934-1996) - General Mohamed Farrah Hassan Aidid was a Somali military commander and faction leader. A former general and diplomat, he was the chairman of the United Somali Congress and later led the Somali ...more

Mohamed Afrah Qanyare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Afrah Qanyare age 76 - Mohamed Qanyare Afrah was a Somali faction leader and politician who was based south of Mogadishu in the Daynile District. He served as Minister of Security in 2006 but was dismissed after ...more

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed Died at 78 (1934-2012) - Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was a Somali politician. He was one of the founders of the Somali Salvation Democratic Front, as well as the Puntland State of Somalia, where he served as the autonomous ...more

Adan Ahmed Elmi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Adan Ahmed Elmi age 51 - Adan Ahmed Elmi, also known as Aden Mireh Dholayare, is the 4th Agricultural Minister of the separatist Republic of Somaliland. He became the Agricultural Minister on May 10, 2002, after the ...more

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Osman Yusuf Kenadid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Osman Yusuf Kenadid Osman Yusuf Kenadid was a Somali poet, writer, teacher and ruler.

Sharif Sheikh Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Sharif Sheikh Ahmed age 51 - Sharif Sheikh Ahmed is a Somali politician. Between 2009–2012, he was the President of Somalia. He also previously served as the Commander in Chief of the Islamic Courts Union, the group of ...more

Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Cawl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Cawl Died at 54 (1937-1991) - Farah Mohamed Jama Awl, usually credited as Faarax M.J. Cawl, was a Somali writer. His surname Cawl means "gazelle", which was the nickname of his great-grandfather who was the Sultan ...more

Mohamed Nuur Giriig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Nuur Giriig Died at 67 (1935-2002) - Mohamed Nuur Giriig was a Somali singer, specializing in traditional Somali music.

Islam Feruz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Islam Feruz age 21 - Islam Feruz is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a centre forward for Championship club Blackpool on loan from Chelsea. He is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Chelsea ...more

Hassan Dahir Aweys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Hassan Dahir Aweys age 82 - Hassan Dahir Aweys is a Somali political figure who was added to the U.S. government's list of terrorists in 2001. Aweys was the head of the 90-member shura council of the Islamic Courts Union ...more

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke age 55 - Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke is a Somali diplomat and politician. From 2009 to 2010, he was the Prime Minister of Somalia. He subsequently briefly served as Somalia's Ambassador to the United ...more

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Salaad Gabeyre Kediye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Salaad Gabeyre Kediye Died at 39 (1933-1972) - Salaad Gabeyre Kediye, also known as Salah Gaveire Kedie, was a Somali senior military official and a revolutionary.

Muse Hassan Sheikh Sayid Abdul... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Muse Hassan Sheikh Sayid Abdulle age 76 - Muse Hassan Sheikh Sayid Abdulle is a military figure and politician.

Hadrawi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Hadrawi age 74 - Hadrawi is a prominent Somali poet and songwriter. He is considered by many to be the greatest living Somali poet, having written many notable protest works. Hadrawi has been likened by some to ...more

Ahmed Farah Ali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Ahmed Farah Ali age 67 - Ahmed Farah Ali also known as Idaajaa is a Somali literary scholar and publisher of written folklore.

Abdi Sheik Abdi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Abdi Sheik Abdi age 74 - Abdi Abdulkadir Sheik-Abdi is a Somali author based in the United States.

Hassan Gouled Aptidon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Hassan Gouled Aptidon Died at 90 (1916-2006) - Hassan Gouled Aptidon was the first President of Djibouti from 1977 to 1999.

Ali Maow Maalin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Ali Maow Maalin Died at 59 (1954-2013) - Ali Maow Maalin was a Somali hospital cook and health worker from Merca who is the last person known to be infected with naturally occurring Variola minor smallpox in the world. He was diagnosed ...more

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Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal Died at 74 (1928-2002) - Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal was a Somali politician. He was the Prime Minister of Somalia during the early and late 1960s. He also served as the second President of Somaliland, a self-declared ...more

Mohammed Abdullah Hassan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohammed Abdullah Hassan Died at 64 (1856-1920) - Sayyīd Muhammad `Abd Allāh al-Hasan was a Somali religious and patriotic leader. Referred to as the Mad Mullah by the British, he established the Dervish State in Somalia that fought the 20 year ...more

Maxamed Daahir Afrax is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Maxamed Daahir Afrax Maxamed Daahir Afrax Ph. D. is a Somali novelist, playwright, journalist and scholar.

Dahir Riyale Kahin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Dahir Riyale Kahin age 65 - Dahir Rayale Kahin is a Somali politician. He previously served as a senior officer in the National Security Service of Somalia. From 2002 to 2010, Kahin was also the third President of ...more

Sharif Mohamed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Sharif Mohamed age 27 - Sharif Mohamed is a Somalian soccer player.

Mohamed Osman Jawari is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Osman Jawari age 71 - Mohamed Osman Jawari is a Somali attorney and politician. He is the current Speaker of the Federal Parliament of Somalia. He also briefly served as acting President of Somalia in August and ...more

Yasin Osman Kenadid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Yasin Osman Kenadid age 98 - Yasin Osman Kenadid was a Somali intellectual, writer and linguist. He was an influential literary scholar, having written a seminal dictionary of the Somali language.

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Mohamed Haji Mukhtar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Haji Mukhtar age 70 - Mohamed Haji Mukhtar is a Somali scholar and writer.

Abdirizak Ibrahim Mohamed Atta... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Abdirizak Ibrahim Mohamed Attash age 46 - Abdirizak Ibrahim Mohamed "Attash", is the Post and Telecommunications Minister of the autonomous region of Somaliland. A member of the Peace, Unity and Development Party, he has held ...more

Abdulqawi Yusuf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Abdulqawi Yusuf age 67 - Dr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is a prominent Somali international lawyer and judge.

Zamzam Mohamed Farah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Zamzam Mohamed Farah age 26 - Zamzam Mohamed Farah is a Somali female athlete from Mogadishu who competes in the Women's 400m. She was one of only two Somali athletes in the London 2012 Games.

Mohammed Abdillahi Ogsadey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Somalia
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2010 Portland car bomb plot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Somalia
2010 Portland car bomb plot The 2010 Portland car bomb plot involved an incident in which Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American student, was arrested in an FBI sting operation on November 26, 2010, after attempting to ...more

Jama Omar Issa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Jama Omar Issa age 95 - Aw Jama Omar Issa commonly known as Aw Jaamac, was a Somali scholar, historian and collector of oral literature of Somalia. He wrote the first authoritative study of Dervishes.

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Ali Dirie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Ali Dirie age 9 - Mohammed Ali Dirie was one of 17 people connected to arrests on June 2 and June 3, 2006 in the 2006 Toronto terrorism arrests. He was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison. In 2013 ...more

Abdirashid Duale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Abdirashid Duale Abdirashid Duale is a Somali entrepreneur and the CEO of Dahabshiil, an international funds transfer company.

Barkhad Awale Adan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Barkhad Awale Adan Barkhad Awale Adan, also spelled Burkhat, was a Somali journalist. He was the Director of Radio Hurma, based in Mogadishu, Somalia. He was killed in 2010 by a stray bullet during intensive ...more

Sheikh Mukhtar Robow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Sheikh Mukhtar Robow age 46 - Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, also known as Abu Mansur, is a Somali rebel leader and spokesman for Somalia's Al-Shabaab.

Aboo Thaabit is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Somalia
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Mohamed Mohamud Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Mohamud Ibrahim Mohamed Mohamud Ibrahim is a Somali politician.

Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan is a Somali politician. From 4 November 2012 to 17 January 2014, she served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia. And comes from the ...more

Jama Korshel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Jama Korshel Jama Korshel was a Somali army Major General and former Head of the Somali Police Force. He was the Vice President of the Supreme Revolutionary Council.