Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed Timacade

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Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed 'Timacade'
عبد الله سلطان محمد
Born Cabdillaahii Suuldaan Maxamed
Gabiley, Somalia
Died 6 February 1973
Kalabaydh, Somalia
Occupation poet
Ethnicity Somali

Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed 'Timacade' (Somali: Cabdillaahii Suuldaan Maxamed, Arabic: عبد الله سلطان محمد‎‎) was a Somali poet. He was among the most prominent bards of his day.


Timacade was born in 1920 in the small town of Galooley, situated near Gabiley in the northwestern Somaliland region of Somalia. After having spent some time in Ethiopia and Djibouti in the 1940s and 1950s, he returned to Gabiley and took part in the independence movements against the then ruling British administration of the former British Somaliland protectorate.

Timacade was famous for his numerous poems, particularly his one euphoric paean to liberty that marked the June 26, 1960 celebrations of British Somaliland's independence from the British and pending reunification with Italian Somaliland days later.

Later years[edit]

In his fifties, Timacade suffered from a throat illness. He was eventually taken to Jomo Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to undergo a number of treatments.

Timacade died on 6 February 1973 in Kalabaydh, Somalia. He was buried in Gabiley.

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