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Famous People From Somalia

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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

Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid (Somali: Zara Maxamed Cabdulmajiid; 25 July 1955), mononymously known as Iman, is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A former muse of designers ...more

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Yasmin Warsame is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Age: 42

Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Yasmin Abshir Warsame (Somali: Yasmiin Abshir Warsame, Arabic: ياسمين ابشير ارسام‎; born May 5, 1976) is a Canadian model and activist of Somali origin. In 2004, she was named "The Most ...more
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Age: 49

Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (; Dutch: [aːˈjaːn ˈɦiːrsi ˈaːli] (listen); Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali Arabic: أيان حرسي علي / ALA-LC: Ayān Ḥirsī 'Alī; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan, 13 November 1969) is a Somali-born ...more
Hawa Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Age: 30

Birthplace: Somalia

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

Birthplace: Galkayo, Somalia

Waris Dirie (Somali: Waris Diiriye) (born 1965) 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

Birthplace: Dhusamareb, Somalia

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

Birthplace: Gabiley District, Somalia

Ahmed Ismail Samatar (Somali: Axmed Ismaciil Samatar, Arabic: أحمد إسماعيل سمتر‎) is a prominent Somali writer, professor and former dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester ...more
Hirsi Magan Isse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Dec. at 73 (1935-2008)

Birthplace: Somalia

Hirsi Magan Isse (Somali: Xirsi Magan Ciise, Arabic: هيرسي ماجان عيسى‎; 1935 — 2008), commonly known as Hirsi Magan, was a scholar and a leading figure of the Somali revolution. Part of ...more
Abdullahi Issa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Dec. at 67 (1921-1988)

Birthplace: Afgooye, Somalia

Abdullahi Issa Mohamud (Somali: Cabdullaahi Ciise Maxamuud, Arabic: عبد الله عيسى محمد‎ (November 11, 1922 – March 11, 1988) was a Somali politician. He was the 1st Prime Minister of Italian ...more
Aden Abdullah Osman Daar... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Dec. at 99 (1908-2007)

Birthplace: Beledweyne, Somalia

Aden Abdulle Osman Daar (Somali: Aadan Cabdulle Cismaan Daar, Arabic: آدم عبد الله عثمان دار‎) (December 9, 1908 – June 8, 2007), popularly known as Aden Adde, was a Somali politician. He was ...more
Mohamed Farrah Aidid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Dec. at 62 (1934-1996)

Birthplace: Beledweyne, Somalia

Mohamed Farrah Hassan Aidid (Somali: Maxamed Faarax Xasan Caydiid, Arabic: محمد فرح حسن عيديد‎; December 15, 1934 – August 1, 1996) was a Somali military commander and political leader. A former ...more
Mohamed Afrah Qanyare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Afrah Qanyare Age: 78

Birthplace: El Buur, Somalia

Mohamed Qanyare Afrah (Somali: Maxamed Qanyare Afrax, Arabic: محمد افراح قنياري‎) (born c. 1941) was a Somali faction leader and politician who was based south of Mogadishu in the Daynile ...more
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)

Birthplace: Galkayo, Somalia

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed (Somali: Cabdullaahi Yuusuf Axmed, Arabic: عبدالله يوسف أحمد‎‎; 15 December 1934 – 23 March 2012) was a Somali politician and former Colonel in the Somali National Army. He ...more
Adan Ahmed Elmi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Age: 53

Birthplace: Hargeisa, Somalia

Adan Ahmed Elmi (Somali: Aden Axmed Cilmi) is the 4th Agricultural Minister of the separatist Republic of Somaliland. He became the Agricultural Minister on May 10, 2002, after the resignation ...more
Osman Yusuf Kenadid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Osman Yusuf Kenadid

Birthplace: Somalia

Osman Yusuf Kenadid (Somali: Cusmaan Yuusuf Keenadiid; Arabic: عثمان يوسف كينايديض‎), was a Somali poet, writer, teacher and ruler. He created the Osmanya alphabet for writing Somali.
Sharif Sheikh Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Age: 54

Birthplace: Middle Shebelle, Somalia

Sharif Sheikh Ahmed (Somali: Shariif Sheekh Axmed, Arabic: شريف شيخ أحمد‎; born 25 July 1964) known as "The Father of Modern Somalia" because of his achievements when served as ...more
Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Ca... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Cawl Dec. at 54 (1937-1991)

Birthplace: Las Khorey, Somalia

Farah Mohamed Jama Awl (Somali: Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Cawl, Arabic: فارح محمد جامع عول‎; 1937–1991), usually credited as Farah Awl, was a Somali writer. His surname Cawl (Somali pronunciation: ...more
Mohamed Nuur Giriig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Mohamed Nuur Giriig Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)

Birthplace: Berbera, Somalia

Mohamed Nuur Giriig (Somali: Maxamed Nuur Giriig, Arabic: محمد نور غيريغ‎) (1935–2002) 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

Birthplace: Kismayo, Somalia

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

Birthplace: Dhusamareb, Somalia

Hassan Dahir Aweys (Somali: Xasan Daahir Aweys, Arabic: حسن طاهر أويس‎) (born 1935) is a Somali political figure who was added to the U.S. government's list of terrorists in 2001. Aweys was the ...more
Omar Abdirashid Ali Shar... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke Age: 55

Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke (pronunciation ; Somali: Cumar Sharmaarke, Arabic: عمر شرماركي‎) (born 18 June 1960), popularly known as Omar Sharmarke, is a Somali diplomat and politician. From ...more
Salaad Gabeyre Kediye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Salaad Gabeyre Kediye Dec. at 39 (1933-1972)

Birthplace: Harardhere, Somalia

Salaad Gabeyre Kediye (Somali: Salaad Gabeyre Kediye, 1933 – 3 July 1972), also known as Salah Gaveire Kedie, was a Somali senior military official and a revolutionary.
Muse Hassan Sheikh Sayid... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Age: 78

Birthplace: Somalia

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

Birthplace: Burao, Somalia

Mohamed Hadrawi (born Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame in 1943) (Somali: Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame (Hadraawi), Arabic: محمد ابراهيم وارسام هدراوى‎) is a prominent Somali poet and songwriter. He is ...more
Ahmed Farah Ali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Somalia
Ahmed Farah Ali Age: 71

Birthplace: Mudug, Somalia

Ahmed Farah Ali (Somali: Axmed Faarax Cali) also known as Idaajaa, is a Somali literary scholar and publisher of written folklore.