This film was recorded in the Dadaab Refugee Camp. This song is about the Somali flag and all that it has gone through.

“I hope for nothing but peace and success for Somalia. It was only 2 years ago when we were hearing nothing but bad news from there but that’s changing now… for the better. This piece was inspired by an African proverb, ‘to get lost is to learn the way.’” -Mohammed Maow

Fadumo Sunny and Ibrahim tell a story about lives converging from world apart.

Hersi is a former US Marine and veteran of Iraq. In this video he recounts his experience as a Muslim in the American school system and the US military.

Young, hip, Somali poets discuss the beauty of Poet Nation.

Hersi from Poet Nation explains where his poetry comes from.

Qaybti Libaaxa (The Lion’s Share) is about animals in the Somali desert who worked together to kill a large camel. Now they must decide how to divide it. Will the portions be equal? Not with the lion in charge! The other animals come to understand, “the lion’s share is not fair!

Abdi Phenomenal in “City of Struggles” pleads Somalia to put the guns aside and reunite. This video was shot on the road to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Northeast Kenya.

Ahmed Hopkins Abdullahi tells his people that they should spare a buck or a dollar to help the people back home.

Hersi discusses some of his thoughts on Somalia. Don’t be fooled by the title. At the end of the poem he exclaims- “Hanoolaato Somalia!”

Ahmed Alimici interviews Somali football legend Macalin Giftin.

This video is the full game of the Hoops for Hope 2012 Somali Basketball Championship with Via Roma versus Ohio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This championship game was the final of a week long tournament ending on Somali Independence Day.

Slam dunks from Ohio in the semifinal game versus Seattle in the Hoop for Hope Somali Basketball Tournament in Minneapolis on June 30, 2012. The first dunk was by Zak Farah. The second dunk was by Rabile Takilo.

This video was for the Hoop for Hope basketball tournament at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, June 25th to July 1st, 2012.

A message to the young generation in new poem.

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Voices of Dadaab is a documentary about a young college student’s return to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya where he spent 5 years as a child. The film also shows recent newcomers from Somalia and those who have lived in Dadaab for twenty years and how they have made the best of their circumstances.

This is a trailer for the Voices of Dadaab documentary about a young college student’s return to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya where he spent 5 years as a child. The film also shows recent newcomers from Somalia and those who have lived in Dadaab for twenty years and how they have made the best of their circumstances.

Check out the full video for Poet Nation’s live event that was in collaboration with I Am a Star and their $5 Facebook action campaign with Music for Relief and K’NAAN. This event was on February 3rd, 2012 in Minneapolis.

The crowd sings the Somali National Anthem at the conclusion of Poet Nation’s live event that was in collaboration with I Am a Star and their $5 Facebook action campaign with Music for Relief and K’NAAN. This event was on February 3rd, 2012 in Minneapolis.

Al Jazeera’s The Stream spoke to several people in the Somali community using art and culture as a platform to discuss serious issues in the Somali community including Poet Nation.

Abdi Phenomenal in “City of Struggles” pleads Somalia to put the guns aside and reunite.

Somali poets and rappers in a cipher on the streets of Minneapolis during the Somali Independence Day celebration.

On Saturday, August 27th, 2011 a fundraiser for the Somali famine started at Profile Center on University Ave SE, Minneapolis and walked all the way to the State Capitol in St. Paul.

The 2011 Somali Basketball Hoop for Hope Championship played by Minnesota’s Via Roma and Atlanta.

Poet Nation’s Hersi reflects on modern day Somali role models and heros during Somali Independence Week in Minneapolis.

Renaissance is a 2011 twist on the original Somali National Anthem performed by Poet Nation poets: Abdi Phenomenal, Abdullahi Bashir and Madar Darmaan.

The Somali Tigers are the most famous Somali soccer team from Minneapolis. They are the Manchester United of Somali soccer teams; they are loved and despised… but they often win. This video explores this question during the Somali Independence Week soccer tournament.

Ahmed Omar recites a poem about child soliders in Somalia. Currently there are 2000-3000 child soldiers in Somalia.

This poem is about the love for poetry.

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Poet Nation is a Somali arts and culture hub that engages youth from around the world through poetry, music and story-telling.