Amin Amir Mohamednur Madowe
1st of July is a big day for all Somalis around the world and the Somalis who live in Canada also celebrate two events together that is Canada day & Somalia day. This is the day we have in common.
Last Sunday all the Somalis who live in Edmonton come together at Randle Park north of Edmonton, Alberta. To celebrate the independence day of Canada & Somalia together, young and old come together to enjoy & talk about past /present (Somalia) with a day of music, food, children events,
This gave me opportunity to talk to many people from my country Somalia. After asking different people the past and present situation of our country Somalia and how they get all the political news a name that was more familiar to me was brought to my attention ..AMIN AMIR .. and each & every person I talked to mention his painting. (We don’t have time to go on the news and read news from websites .. Amin shows us in plain picture said one Somali elder
I decided to write about Amin and support his painting My Hero of our Independence Day
The name Amin Amir is not strange to the Somalis for he is well known for his political cartoons,
Amin Amir runs his own website: http://aminarts.com/
Where he daily draws cartoons, to many this is the best alternative to the numerous, unreliable and biased Somali websites.
Amin Amir, through his painting, addresses issues that affect Somalia. For this he is loathed and loved in equal measures.
On the other hand he is admired by the majority and especially myself. Amin I am always proud of you because you always trust in your instinct, and because of your hard work i am writing this in return in the day of Somalia Independence Day in collaboration with Canada Day.
His use of satire and humour is captivating and has earned him a wide spread admiration to his audience.
He inspires through his creativity, knowledge and talent. He got the pulse of the country in his hands always reading correctly what is at hand. For this majority of us are attracted to his website for information.
His arts make us most of the time laugh our rips off especially when it ridicules while at the same time reminding us of the painful conditions and sufferings at home.
His work truly captures the attention of all and makes people talk about their country and the complex challenges its facing.
He is without any shroud of doubt the voice of the voiceless. He advocates for change, justice and peace in his beloved country.
He entertains, informs and educates his audience through satire. His cartoons depict the reality on the ground. Through his paintings he tells the unfortunate scenarios and what the country is going through in the hands many callous individuals and groups who put their selfish interest before the interests of the nation and its people.
His mastery of political cartoons is doubtfully as entertaining and enlightening as no other. His clever wit hits hard against tribalism, injustices and corruption.
A true hero!
By: Mohamednur Madowe
Community Development Activist, Currently working at GCS Energy Services Ltd.