By Abdi Ismail Samatar
Abdi Ismail Samatar presents a transparent and foundational background of Somalia on the sunrise of the country’s independence while Africa’s first democrats seemed. whereas many African nations have been ruled by way of authoritarian rulers once they entered the postcolonial era―and students have assumed this as a regular function of political management at the continent―Somalia had an real democratic management. Samatar’s political biography of Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen breaks the stereotype of brutal African tyranny. Samatar discusses the framing of democracy in Somalia following the years of keep watch over by means of fascist Italy, the formation of democratic enterprises through the political fight, and the institution of democratic foundations within the new kingdom. even supposing this early situation didn't final, those leaders left at the back of a robust democratic legacy that could offer a version of excellent governance for the remainder of the continent.
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Anbaro passed away when Hussen was six. Soon thereafter Hussen began his duties as a camel herder, which kept him away from the settlement for prolonged periods. However, his religious father wanted to ensure that his sons gained a basic knowledge of Islam and consequently looked for a Quranic teacher. Once Haji Hussen secured the service of a teacher from the coastal port of Eil, he arranged that his camel herd did not move too far from the settlement so as to enable his children to learn the Quran.
Tusso was kind to Osman but not to others. One day Osman accidentally dropped a dozen plates on the floor as he helped set the dinner table for Tusso and three of his friends. Abukar and Tusso’s Ethiopian cook did not scold the boy, but Osman feared the worst from the boss. To Osman’s amazement, Tusso did not even reprimand him. In contrast, the accountant was not as kind to his cook. Early in 1923 Tusso thrashed the cook and chased him into the resident commissioner’s house. Tusso struck the cook in the presence of the commissioner and his wife.
The chapter concludes the study by sifting through the conceptual and historical contributions of the Somali experience to the study of democratic leadership in postcolonial Africa and Somalia. Aden A. Osman From Orphan to Nationalist Leader T he Africanist literature on African leadership in the immediate postindependence period paid little attention to the early life experience of African liberation leaders and how this defined their leadership qualities after independence. Knowing those early experiences throws much light on the political courses individuals pursued, how they conducted themselves as heads of liberation movements, and their times as presidents and premiers after independence.