Ahmed Farah Ali

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Ahmed Farah Ali (Somali: Axmed Faarax Cali) also known as Idaajaa is a Somali literary scholar and publisher of written folklore.[1][2]


Ali was born 1948 in Mudug, Somalia. Nicknamed Idaajaa, his magnum opus is the publication of the story of Somali oral poetry (including a large collection of examples): Poesia orale somala: storia di una nazione (edited by Francesco Antinucci and Idaajaa in 1986).


Ali was a political analyst and worked with the BBC Somali-section. He is also the editor of the work several poets. The collection of Ismaciil Mire's poems introduced, annotated and written down by Ali while at the Academy of Culture in Mogadishu in 1974. He also directed the program 'Fanka iyo Suugaanta' on the Somali section of the BBC.

Ali currently hosts a weekly radio segment on VOA Somali titled Dhaqanka iyo Hiddaha literally meaning Culture and Heritage.


  1. ^ http://www.somaliuk.com/Forums/index.php?topic=6486.0
  2. ^ Susan M. Hassig; Zawiah Abdul Latif (2007). Somalia. Marshall Cavendish. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-7614-2082-8. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 

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