Borama, 26 Jan. 2008–Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Hassan Sheikh Mumin, the celebrated Somali playwright, who died in Oslo in the middle of January.
Present at the funeral were Somaliland Ministers, opposition leaders, poets, singers, prominent figures and thousands of people of Awdal and other Somalilanders who came from all regions of the country.
Also present were a 12 member delegation from Djibouti led by Djibouti President’s Cultural Advisor, Hashi Abdillahi Orrah. Orrah has told that audience that Djibouti government had posthumously awarded the playwright the highest cultural medal. Djibouti Minister of Culture, Ali Abdi Farah, had laid the medal on the body at Djibouti Aiport.
“I have the decree in which the President Ismail Omar Geilleh has awarded the medal to late Hassan Sheikh Mumin. I will hand it over to Hassan’s family,” said Orrah.
Ahmed Mohammed Silanyo, leader of the main opposition pary Kulmiye, described Hassan Sheikh Mumin as a teacher of the Somali nation.
“He was farsighted and legendary artist. His death is a loss to all Somali speaking people,” he said.
Dr. Mohammed Rashid Sheikh Hassan, a former BBC staff who had interviewed Hassan a number of times, described Hassan as a philosopher who was ahead of the people in his thinking, noting that a memorial night will be organized in Hargeisa where Hassan’s works would be discussed. He also said that a cultural Center to be named after him would be established.
A number other speakers have all given glowing tributes to Hassan’s legacy and personality.
He was buried at his father’s Mausoleum in Ahmed Guray area of Borama town.
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