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in Numbi Cafe Convo

16th July - 7-10pm | A Conversation

Abdul Adan and Hashi Mohamed

A partnership with Numbi Arts

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An event co-organised with the Somalian cultural organisation NUMBI ARTS.

A conversation between the barrister and BBC broadcaster Hashi Mohamed and the awarded Somali-Kenyan writer Abdul Adan in which the later will also share some reading / extracts from his latest published works:

'The Lifebloom Gift',

'The Somalification of James Karangi',


and 'Making Corrections'.

'If one’s fury is intense enough, he can defeat anyone.'

- excerpt from The Somalification of James Karangi

"When he was told one needed hard work to attain personal independence, the already overweight Ted stood up from his seat immediately and made two circular laps around the room, before coming back to sit down, saying amid gasps: ‘This is it. Hard work itself.’"

- excerpt from The Lifebloom Gift


"Each time he said a Somali sentence with correctness he felt his temper rise, and lost patience for repetitive lessons."

- excerpt from The Somalification of James Karangi


Abdul Adan

Abdul Adan was born in Somalia, grew up in Kenya, and later lived in the United States and Kazakhstan. His work has appeared in Scarfmag, Kwani?, African-writing, Gambit: An Anhology of Newer African Writing, Jungle Jim, The Caine Prize Anthology of 2014 and 2016, and elsewhere. He is a founding member of the pan-African literary collective Jalada, a numbi resident artist and the fiction editor for ScarfMag. His short story 'The Lifebloom Gift' was shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing.


Hashi Mohamed

Hashi Mohamed is a barrister at No5 Chambers and a part-time broadcaster at the BBC. Hashi was born in Kenya to Somali parents, raised partly in Kenya but mainly in London. He presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4, most recently on terrorism and how nations react, and also on unaccompanied refugee children and their experiences in Italy.   Hashi was called to the Bar in 2010 by The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and practices in public law and human rights related cases, though his main area of focus is Planning & Environmental law. Most recently, Hashi has been appointed as Special Adviser to David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of terror legislation as he undertakes to review the United Kingdom’s anti-terrorism laws.

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