Somaliland: Gabiley Region Is the Mother of Nationalism, Education, Poetry and Economy

By Ismail Lugweyne

Historians agree the birth of world civilization have started in the Middle East like Mesopotamia the land of the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates and Egypt. According to historians civilization started in Egypt 3100 BC andMesopotamia in 3200 BC. These two areas are widely considered to be the cradle of world civilization. Many different elements must come together before a human community develops to the level of sophistication commonly referred to as civilization. However archaeological evidences indicate that, agriculture, availability of water and education are the natural elements that helped the formation of world civilization. Geographically, Gabiley is located 54 km west of Hargeisa the capital of Somaliland to the north by the Gulf of Aden to the west Somaliland region of Awdal and the south the Somali region of Ethiopia formerly known as Zone 5. Deriving from above historical evidences, Somaliland land town of Gabiley is core of education, source of farming and mother of nationalism poetry. The town is also the place where many popular journalists like Nicmo Samriye that I previously written about her tilted as Nicmo has been recognized and voted as the most admired, most respected, most popular, most influential, most iconic female journalist among the Somali speaking people anywhere in the world which you can find in the Google had enter the title of the article originates from   Gabiley. According to my understanding the popular journalist Ahmed Hassan Cawke also originates from Gabiley. Other famous personalities like Idris Egal who was once upon time a leading popular journalist during the times in Somalia also originates from Gabiley. The two brothers professor namely Ahmed Ismail Samatar and Abdi Ismail Samatar are also originate from Gabiley. Ahmed was the former dean the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College and Abdi is the professor of geography and chair of the geography department at the University of Minnesota. The late prominent poet during the pre- and post-colonial period also originates from Gabiley.

According to Wikipedia Timacade was born in 1920 in the small town of Gabiley which is situated near Somaliland region of Gabiley in 1920 and subsequent  living in Ethiopia and Djibouti in 1940 and 1950 respectively, he returned his original home town Gabiley in an effort taking part for the liberation movement against the British administration. This great leader has died on February 06, 1973 in Kalabadh and buried in Gabiley.  The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. A leader like Timacade is one who sees more than others see who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader like Timacade. We fight neither for glory nor for wealth nor honours; but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life.”Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. If your action. Inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don’t follow discouraged leaders. They follow those who persist with hope. Those who command themselves command others. It’s better to die fighting for freedom than to live life in chains.”Every one of us knows that, the late Abdillahi sultan Timacde was great Freedom fighter whose nationalist poems have deeply inspiring us. He was unbelievably true nationalist that all Somalis everywhere admire him reason being free from tribalism mentality freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle, and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor. This is the place that our great poet Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed ‘Timacade’ who is still recognized both Somaliland and Somalia alike as the source of Somali nationalism apart his nationalist poetry which is still admired by Somalis alike. The late Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed ‘Timacade was of those who lead the Somaliland liberation movements against the British colonial administration. Timacade was famous for his numerous poems and his joyful poetry to mark independence celebrations in June 26, 1960.His nationalist poem Kan Siib Kana Saaar still stands unchallengeable art of poetry in any time. This art of poetry has found its thought and the thought has found words. Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks poetry.

Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed ‘Timacade poetry expresses emotions that we cannot be put into words.Timacade poetry healed the wounds inflicted by nationalism. Late Abdillahi Suldaan Mohammed Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life .Timaccde Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. His Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. His Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. His poetry was nearer to vital truth than history, instead of combat fight, Timacade age can be used his poetry as bullet.  His Poetry stills the mother-tongue of all Somalis alike. Abdillahi Suldaan poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. His Poetry is the crown of literature which is admired by all of alike.  Everyone time we listen his Poetry, we thinks reading a book or novel. Late timacde was soldiers using his poetry to liberate us from the British colonial administration. Each of his word bears its weight and that is why read his poems quite often. His poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain. His poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.

During the colonial days his Poetry was a political act because it involves telling the truth. During the colonial days his poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class, but late  Timacade poems is  poetry of all times. Teach our children his poetry, it opens minds for them, lends grace to wisdom and makes them knowing the heroic figures marked by our history. A grain of his poetry suffices to season a century. Basically poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe. Late Ttimacade originates from Somaliland town “Gabiley” which is heart of farming land. And everybody of us wants to support his own region and economy and farming. If we can preserve the land and if we can preserve the ocean, we all know, deep inside that we’re doing the right thing. Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world. I have always enjoyed going barefoot and when I was growing up I seldom wore shoes, even when I went into town. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” teaching the children of Gabiley how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the centre of an education.”  Good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist. The farmer from Gabiley not only gives riches to his town, but riches all Somaliland. Farming is eating act. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of all of us. Farming is like digging knowledge from the earth and Gabiley is a fountain of knowledge. A business which involved trade and services generates work opportunities and the revenue for the government that is benefited by the societies in various forms and the famous businessman like Ibrahim Dheer, Xoogsade and Oomaar originates as well from Gabiley.Sheikh Ali Bayle who was an Islamic scholar and ex-breading the Islamic religion also originates from that town.

Being written many articles about Gabiley, many could wonder what encouraged me to write these continuous with regard to Gabiley even though I am not origins from that historical town, the answer simply is, our daily experiences has an impact and determines with the way we think normally and deriving from this basic fundamental fact. When gave someone’s life importance, this is not happened out of coincidences, but there is reasons that influenced to make it happened. I have learned directly or  indirectly few exceptional friends that every one of them has admired me. The worst miser is not the stingy personalities, but he is the one who fail to reveal the good things that he experienced in practical life. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. The best moments in reading are when you read someone important to you like the personalities that, their names listed in the above. “History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness. In conclusion, there are two people in the world namely these who read history and those we read their history which is in the case for the people that, their names listed in the above. In the event you don’t know your past history, then you are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” History is not often about dates and places and wars. It’s about the people who fill the spaces between He who doesn’t understand history is doomed to repeat it. Finally, it is hard to throw away history. It was like you were throwing away a part of yourself. To every one of us, our history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. It is an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art.

Ismail Lugweyne. Rabasoro55@hotmail.co.uk

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