I’m a lucky girl. Despite being a relatively obscure blogger, I’m in a fortunate position of having access to an amazing network of Somali intellectuals, writers, journalists, and film makers, who not only continue to push us harder, but act as a source of inspiration for many of our media pieces here at AfroLens. I’ve…

Words of Wisdom from Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man! Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live … Continue reading

You Complain that I am an Immigrant?

I randomly came across this on someone’s Facebook status: Your car is German. Your vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your kebab is Turkish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are American. Your tea is Asamese. Your shirt is Indian. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Chinese. Your … Continue reading

Qamuus (Dictionary)

Qamuuskay ba iga maqaan. Yan ku eedaya? Waba yab? Af somaaliga waxaa ii barey waba asaga. La’aantis wa dhib. Walayal. Qamuus cusuub baan u bahanahay. Ya ii gadi doona. Qoofki ii gado waxey heelo doonan. Qaado oo Federation oo baris iyo basto mushakil aah. Waxey dooran karan, hilib chicken isteak ama  ribs oo caloosha  uu … Continue reading


Qabiilo..maantay maxaad ii tartaay? Walaalahay sookaayo baad ii keyntay laakin kuuwii aan iskuu aaf, iis kuu dhaqan, iskuu deen, iskuu wijii, iskuu hoyo, waad iiga dhiishay. Mantaay Qabiilo waan kuu fuuray!! Dhinbii, xuuman, ooyiin, iyo beyr xanuun uun bayaa igu sabiisay. Qabiilo Qurankii wuxuu kuu yirii mantaay madaa kaa so bixiin. Walaaltinimo iyo iis garaasho uun … Continue reading

Unemployed and in Toronto??

The FREE, paid training ($10.25/hr, 35 hrs/week) course will instruct youth on job search skills development for 4 weeks, with the goal of assisting them in securing full-time employment. Please be advised that our contact information has changed. If you know any eligible youth who could benefit from a high commitment training program, they can … Continue reading