Hawo Tako

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Hawa Osman also known as Xawa Taako
حواء عثمان تاكو
Born 1925s
Jigjiga, Ethiopia
Died 1948
Mogadishu, Somalia
Religion Islam

Xawa Cusman also known as Xawa Taako Arabic: حواء عثمان تاكو‎‎)(1930s - 1948) was a prominent early 20th century Somali nationalist.[1] She was born in Jigjiga, Ethiopia, and she hailed from the Absame sub-clan of the larger Darod clan.


Taako participated in the 1948 riots in Mogadishu that followed the visit of the Four-Power Commission, where she was killed.[2]

She later became a symbol for Pan-Somalism, and her struggle was taken up by the nationalist Somali Youth League (SYL) political party. The SYL, for its part, would go on to produce numerous influential Prime Ministers and Presidents of Somalia.

In the 1970s, a monument was erected in Mogadishu in honor of her courage and sacrifice for the Somali nation, and there is another one underway in her birth place Jigjiga. Several schools in present-day Somalia and Ogaden are also named after her.

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  1. ^ Kaplan, p.93
  2. ^ Castagno, p.73