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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.
  • Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid (Somali: Zara Maxamed Cabdulmajiid; 25 July 1955), mononymously known...  more

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  • Yasmin Abshir Warsame (Somali: Yasmiin Abshir Warsame, Arabic: ياسمين ابشير ارسام‎; born May...  more
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali (; Dutch: [aːˈjaːn ˈɦiːrsi ˈaːli] (listen); Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali Arabic:...  more
  • Hawa Ahmed

    Age: 31
    Hawa Ahmed is a Swedish fashion model of Somali origin and winner of Cycle 4 of Sweden's Next...  more
  • Waris Dirie (Somali: Waris Diiriye) (born 1965) is a Somali model, author, actress and social...  more
  • Abdi Farah Shirdon is a Somali businessman, economist and politician. He served as the Prime...  more
  • Ahmed Ismail Samatar (Somali: Axmed Ismaciil Samatar, Arabic: أحمد إسماعيل سمتر‎) is a...  more
  • Hirsi Magan Isse

    Dec. at 73 (1935-2008)
    Hirsi Magan Isse (Somali: Xirsi Magan Ciise, Arabic: هيرسي ماجان عيسى‎; 1935 — 2008), commonly...  more
  • Abdullahi Issa

    Dec. at 67 (1921-1988)
    Abdullahi Issa Mohamud (Somali: Cabdullaahi Ciise Maxamuud, Arabic: عبد الله عيسى محمد‎...  more
  • Aden Abdullah Osman Daar

    Dec. at 99 (1908-2007)
    Aden Abdulle Osman Daar (Somali: Aadan Cabdulle Cismaan Daar, Arabic: آدم عبد الله عثمان دار‎)...  more
  • Mohamed Farrah Aidid

    Dec. at 62 (1934-1996)
    Mohamed Farrah Hassan Aidid (Somali: Maxamed Faarax Xasan Caydiid, Arabic: محمد فرح حسن...  more
  • Mohamed Afrah Qanyare

    Age: 79
    Mohamed Qanyare Afrah (Somali: Maxamed Qanyare Afrax, Arabic: محمد افراح قنياري‎) (born c....  more
  • Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed

    Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)
    Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed (Somali: Cabdullaahi Yuusuf Axmed, Arabic: عبدالله يوسف أحمد‎‎; 15...  more
  • Adan Ahmed Elmi (Somali: Aden Axmed Cilmi) is the 4th Agricultural Minister of the separatist...  more
  • Osman Yusuf Kenadid

    Osman Yusuf Kenadid (Somali: Cusmaan Yuusuf Keenadiid; Arabic: عثمان يوسف كينايديض‎), was a...  more
  • Sharif Sheikh Ahmed (Somali: Shariif Sheekh Axmed, Arabic: شريف شيخ أحمد‎; born 25 July 1964)...  more
  • Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Cawl

    Dec. at 54 (1937-1991)
    Farah Mohamed Jama Awl (Somali: Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Cawl, Arabic: فارح محمد جامع عول‎;...  more
  • Mohamed Nuur Giriig

    Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)
    Mohamed Nuur Giriig (Somali: Maxamed Nuur Giriig, Arabic: محمد نور غيريغ‎) (1935–2002) was a...  more
  • Islam Feruz

    Age: 25
    Islam Feruz is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a centre forward for...  more
  • Hassan Dahir Aweys

    Age: 85
    Hassan Dahir Aweys (Somali: Xasan Daahir Aweys, Arabic: حسن طاهر أويس‎) (born 1935) is a...  more
  • Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke

    Age: 55
    Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke (pronunciation ; Somali: Cumar Sharmaarke, Arabic: عمر شرماركي‎)...  more
  • Salaad Gabeyre Kediye

    Dec. at 39 (1933-1972)
    Salaad Gabeyre Kediye (Somali: Salaad Gabeyre Kediye, 1933 – 3 July 1972), also known as...  more
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  • Hadrawi

    Age: 77
    Mohamed Hadrawi (born Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame in 1943) (Somali: Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame...  more
  • Ahmed Farah Ali

    Age: 72
    Ahmed Farah Ali (Somali: Axmed Faarax Cali) also known as Idaajaa, is a Somali literary...  more