|Regions with significant populations|
|Somali and Arabic|
|Islam (Sunni, Sufism)|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Issa, Gadabuursi,Surre, Biimaal, Gurgura,gurre, Bursuuk, other Dir clans, Isaaq, and other Somali clans. Saho people(Gadafur)|
As a Dir Ali Madahweyne sub-clan, the Akisho have immediate lineal ties with the Issa, the Gadabuursi, the Isaaq, the Surre (Abdalle and Qubeys), the Biimaal (who the Gaadsen also belong too), the Bajimal, the Bursuk, the Gurgura, (the Quranyow sub-clan to be precise as they claim descent from Dir), Gariire, other Dir sub-clans and they have lineal ties with the Hawiye (Irir), Hawadle, Ajuraan, Degoodi, Gaalje'el clan groups, who share the same ancestor Samaale.
Akisho members are predominantly adherents of Sunni Islam. Akisho groups and their related clans are reputed to have migrated from Somali Ethiopian region all the way up North as far as the country Chad, the Sudan, and Northern Eritrea are said to be inhabited by Akisho and many Dir tribes.
The Warre prefix in front of many Akisho clan names is Oromo language, means "the clan of" or reer (Waa-Reer) in proper Somali. There are also Akisho Oromo that has similar names. For example, the Warre Miyo are referred to Reer Miiyo in Somali as well found in Akisho oromo, but Warre Miyo in Ethiopia. Other clans related to the Aksiho are the Gariire, Warre Dayo,Gurgure, Layiile, and Aw Said's of Lower Jubba. In terms of subsistence patterns, the Akisho are mainly camel herders, agro-pastoralists, supplementing their cattle herding with cereal cultivation.
The Akisho inhabit both the Somaliland region of Somalia and Ethiopia in Samali region. In Somaliland, Akisho members live in the Woqooyi Galbeed Province, Hargeisa, Arabsiyo, Wajaale, Ala’ibaday, and Gabiley. In Ethiopia, where the Akisho are among the most widespread Somali group, Akisho members inhabit Jijiga, Dire Dawe, Baale (Nagelle), Baabule, Fayaanbiiro, Qabri-Bayah, Fiq, Hara-Maaya, Harar, Obra, and Dadar. Fadeyga godanta booraale gursum and many more geographical regions. Currently, the sultan of the Akisho clan is Muhiyadiin Odawa.
Also the Madahweyne Dir, Akisho clan is one of the largest Dir sub-clans within the borders of the Somali region of Ethiopia based on the Ethiopian population census. They also live in the Oromia region reaching further past the town of Metehara along with the Afar region. Many Akisho's live in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
The Akisho live in Jigjiga woreda where they make up a large part of the Kabri-beyah and Faafan Zone. The Dir-Madaxweyne Akisho, along with the Gurgura, Issa and Gadabuursi subclans of the Dir represent the most native and indigenous Somali tribes in Harar.
The Akisho name is originally derived from "Cayisho" which means in old Somali the (Cayilsan) "Fat One." the Gurre and gurgurre both the are very closely related to the Akisho, use a nickname and were referred to the Oromo and Somalis as the traders or Gurgure from the old Somali and Oromo word "gorgortan" which means one who sales and trades.
According to the folklore historians of the Southern Suure Dir of the Mudug region, the Akisho and gurre and the Gurgure madahweyne Dir produced some of the most famous Somali folk heroes like the Somali queen Araweelo who was Warre Miyo. Also the Akisho and Gurgure clans were instrumental in spreading the Muslim faith in the hinterlands of Ethiopia. The Sheikh Abba Hussein in Southern Ethiopia is said to be of Dir, as well as Awbarkadleh and Awbuube who are two major saints of the Somalis. Currently Muhiyadiin Odowa is the Sultan of the Akisho.
The information in contained in this Response was provided by Matt Bryden, a consultant and Somali specialist now working with the United Nations Institute for Research on Social Development (UNRISD) in Nairobi (16 June 1998). He stated that the Akisho "are related to the Dir clan family, and live mainly between Jigjiga [in Ethiopia], Hargeysa and many regions in Ethiopia. In Somaliland, they have been awarded a seat in the constituent assembly. They face no threat of persecution in any of the areas in which they live." The Research Directorate was unable to corroborate the Akisho's participation in the constituent assembly nor whether they face "persecution."
According to the Ethiopian Review the Akisho may be more numerous in Ethiopia than they are in Somalia (30 Apr. 1996). For additional information on the Dir clan and the Akisho sub clan, please consult Patrick Gilkes' The Price of Peace: Somalia and the United Nations 1991-1994 pages 144-148, and the appendix of Somali clan families.
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The Akisho clan consists of 12 major sub-clans:
- Reer Warfaa
- Reer Dalal
- Reer Robleh
- Reer Hawadee
- Reer Foofiye
- Reer Agal
- Reer Geedi
- Ali Idoora
- Ali libaan
- Ali Ibrahim
- reer Adeele
- reer cadow
- reer geele
- reer allaale
- reer xildiid
- Waro(Waa-Reer)-Heebaan (Curad Akisho)
There is no clear agreement on the clan and sub-clan structures and many lineages are omitted. The following listing is taken from the World Bank's Conflict in Somalia: Drivers and Dynamics from 2005 and the United Kingdom's Home Office publication, Somalia Assessment 2001.
In the south central part of Somalia the World Bank shows the following clan tree:
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