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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
age 63 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
age 42 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
age 49 Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American activist, writer, and politician... She collaborated on a short movie with Theo van Gogh, entitled Submission. Critical of Islam, it provoked

Hawa Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Somalia
age 30 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
age 54 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
age 61 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 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 78 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
Dec. 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
age 53 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

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
age 54 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 23 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 84 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

Salaad Gabeyre Kediye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Salaad Gabeyre Kediye Dec. 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
age 78 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 76 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 71 Ahmed Farah Ali also known as Idaajaa is a Somali literary scholar and publisher of written folklore.