Somali Posters Preservation Project

In recent years much of Africa has been involved in political turmoil, and Somalia is no exception. Because of the civil war there, the threat to written and recorded information has dramatically increased. As one of three institutions holding the largest Somali collections in the world, Indiana University has made a commitment to preserving and providing access to these materials many of which came to the university from the collections of the noted scholar of Somali language and culture, B. W. Andrzejewski. Most of the posters which appear at this site were deposited at Indiana University between 1979 and 1981 by the Somali Studies International Association.

Through a grant funded by the Department of Education Title II-C, IU has been able to preserve sound recordings and paper media. This web site represents an effort to convert large paper posters to a medium that will last longer and be more widely usable by students and scholars of Somalia and its culture.

The original posters are housed in the African Studies Ephemera Collection in Wells Library at IU. The accession number (AN) is the number of the original poster. If you have any further information on these images or have questions regarding the African Studies Ephemera Collection please contact Marion Frank-Wilson, Area Specialist for the African language and literature collection. (Phone: (812) 855-1481). For a brief overview of the Libraries' African Studies collections, click on the IUL Source.


Please click on the button to retrieve the image.

In several cases there were two copies of a poster and each varied slightly in color from the other. Both copies were included, and therefore there will be two buttons. In one case there was a two sided poster, and again there are two buttons. We have added color bars along side the images so that users will be able to tell where the color quality has been improved. In the future we hope to have higher resolution files of the images.


Image scanning by Ann Duncan-Gibbs.

Last updated 1-20-2000.

Image #: 7 (AN51) Sedka dadweynuhu waa sun seeftii kacaankuna waa sideedii isna seegi maysaan. [Mogadisho: s.n., 19--] 34.5 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 8 (AN52) Wareega 8aad Ciyaaraha Ardada Carbeed, Muqdisho, 1979 = 8th Tournament - Arab students games. [Mogadishu?: s.n., 1979?] ("Somalia welcomes the brethren Arab youth.") (Artist: Amiin Caamir.) 33.8 x 49.5 cm

Image #: 9 (AN61) Haweenka Soomaliyeed waxay garab iyo Gaashaan u yihiin Gobanimo u Dirirka Adduunka Gaar Ahaana, Jabhadaha Gobanimadoonka Soomaali Galbeed, Abbo, Eriteriya iyo Falastiin. Mogadishu: Gaxtaan & Goobe, 1981. 34.5 x 49.5 cm

Image #: 10 (AN50) Kobcinta Dhaqaalaha Dalka: Kor u Qaadida Garaadka Siyaasiga iyo ka Hor Tagga Suuqa Xaaraanta. Mogadishu: [s.n., 19--] 34.5 x 49.5 cm

Image #: 11 (AN47) 15ka Maajo 1979. International Year of the Child. [Mogadisho?: s.n.] 1979. (Artist: Jeylani.) 34.8 x 49.4 cm

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Image #: 12 (AN48) Self-determination for the oppressed peoples in the Horn of Africa. [Mogadisho?: s.n., 19--] 33.8 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 13 (AN49) Toban sano oo halgan ah nin ka soo baxay baa la dooranayaa. [Mogadishu?: s.n., 1979?] ("A man who had gone through ten years of struggle will be elected.") (Artist: Gaxtaan.) 34.4 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 14 (AN46) Special session of the Somali Socialist Revolutionary Party (XHKS) represents a stage in the struggle for socialism and social progress. [Mogadisho?]: XHKS, [19--] (In Arabic.) 49.9 x 35.6 cm

Image #: 15 (AN45) 18ka Juun, 1979 = 18th June, 1979. [Mogadisho?: s.n.] 1979. (Artist: Amiin Caamir) 33.5 x 49.3 cm

Images #: 16 & 51 (AN44 & AN6) 8da Maarson, 1981: World Day for Women., [Mogadisho?: s.n.], 1981. 34.6 x 49.2 cm

Image #: 17 (AN43) The Arab nation: Let Us Work for a United Arab Goal. [Mogadisho?: s.n., 1974?] (In Arabic.) 49.4 x 34.9 cm

Image #:18 (AN42) The rich resources of Africa belong to its peoples..." [Mogadisho: s.n., 19--] (Artist: Jeylani.) 35.0 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 19 (AN41) Xubnaha na matalaya waa qaybo ka mid ah xoogagga kacaaneed ee leh astaamahan. [Mogadishu?: s.n., 19--] 35.4 x 49.5 cm

Image #: 20 (AN40) Mugdi Olol baa ifiya, suuqa xaaraantanan gumac baa xalaaleyn kara. Mogadishu: Amin Caamir, 1979. 49.5 x 34.8 cm

Image #: 21 (AN39) Hambalyo 8da Maarso. Maalinta Haweenka Adduunka: Congratulations and Best Wishes for 8th March, 1981. [Mogadisho?: s.n.], 1981. (World Day of the Woman.) 34.5 x 49.5 cm

Image #: 22 (AN38) 15ka Maajo 1979. Iloobi Meyso Taariikhda. Iloobi Meyno Taariikhda. [Mogadisho?: s.n.] ("History won't forget ; we won't forget history.") 34.5 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 23 (AN28) Qofkii doonaya horumar siyaasadeed iyo mid dhaqaale wuxuu doonaa midnimada shacbigiisa - Jaalle Siyaad 10/12/79. [Mogadishu?: s.n.], 1979 ("Whoever wants economic and political progress will strive for the unity of his people.") 35.1 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 24 (AN25) 8da Maarso 1980. Waa Maalinta Haweenka Horusocodka Ah.,[Mogadisho?: s.n.], 1980., ("8th of March is the day of the progressive woman.") 34.6 x 49.2 cm

Image #: 25 (AN24) X.H.K.S. wuxuu ummadda Soomaaliyeed u horseedayaa nolol aayatiin wacan leh. [Mogadishu?: s.n., 19--] ("The Somali Socialist Revolutionary Party is leading the Somali nation to a good life.") 49.4 x 35.4 cm

Image #: 26 (AN14.2) 15ka Maajo 1979. Tacliinta Tacab Iyo Difaaca Kacaanka. [Mogadisho?: s.n.] 1979 ("Education, toil and defense of the revolution.") (Artist: Jeylani.) 34.5 x 49.3 cm

Image #: 27 (AN13) 15ka Maajo 1979. Triumph of Socialism is Inevitable. Mogadisho: SRYU U.DH.K.SO. 1979 (Artist: Jeylani.) 34.5 x 49.5 cm

Image #: 28 (AN10) Ha Guuleesto Sannad Caruureedka. Mogadisho: [s.n.], 1979.,("May the year of the children triumph." Artist: Jeylani) 34.7 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 29 (AN3) Ha Noolaato Sannad Guurada ee Qarannimada Shacbiga Soomaaliyeed. [Mogadisho?]: Gaxtaan & Goobe, 1980. ("Long live the anniversary of the nationhood of the Somali people.") 34.9 x 49.9 cm

Image #: 30 (AN4) Ha Noolaato Sannad Guurada ee Qarannimada Shacbiga Soomaaliyeed. [Mogadisho?: s.n., 19--] ("Long live the anniversary of the nationhood of the Somali people.") 34.9 x 49.9 cm

Image #: 31 (AN1) Dhismaha X.H.K.S. Waxuu Dayactiray Tusaalooyinkii iyo Guulahii Uu Soo Hooyay Kacaanka, 21 Oktoobar. [Mogadisho: s.n. 19--] 34.5 x 49.5 cm

Images #: 32 & 33(AN53b) Ciidammada howsha gargaarka soomaliya u midoobay rajo soo celinta Operation Restore Hope: United Task force Somalia. [S.l.]: UNITAF, [1992?] 27.8 x 21.5 cm

Image #: 34 (AN36) Cali bin Abu Taalib iyo Xasan iyo Xuseen. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] (Title in Arabic.) 31.8 x 23.0 cm

Image #: 35 (AN35) Sheikh Abdulqadir Jeylany. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] 22.6 x 31.8 cm

Image #: 36 (AN65) Mecca, the sanctuary of Allah. Singapore: Suleiman Mar'i, [19--] 37.0 x 28.9 cm

Image #: 37 (AN31) Nebi Yuunis = The Prophet Jonah. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] 33.1 x 22.7 cm

Image #: 38 (AN29) Nebi Ibrahiim iyo wiilkiisa Nebi Ismaaciil = Prophet Ibraham and his son prophet Ismail. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] 36.0 x 25.0 cm

Image #: 39 (AN33) Buraaqo = The Creature that carried the Prophet to Heaven in the Micraaj, according to popular belief., [S.l.: s.n., 19--] (In Arabic.) 35.4 x 24.4 cm

Image #: 40 (AN37) Nebi Yuusuf khamiiskiisa iyo aabbahiis Nebi Yacquub = Prophet Joseph's coat and his father, prophet Jacob. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] 34.8 x 24.4 cm

Image #: 41 (AN32) Allah, Muhammad, Ali, Fadhimah, Hasan, Husein. Bombay: CAL-CO, [19--], (In Arabic.) 34.4 x 25.0 cm

Image #: 42 (AN34) Baba Tazuzddin., Delhi; Bombay: S.S. Brijbasi & Sons, [19--] (In Urdu.) 34.5 x 24.6 cm

Image #: 43 (AN30) Sayid Cali bin Abu Taalib iyo Camr ibn Wudd al-Camir iyo Dagaalka Al-Khandaq = Master Ali Bin Abi Dhalib and Amr Bin Wudd Al-Amiry in the Battle of Al-Khandaq. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] 34.4 x 24.5 cm

Image #: 44 (AN18) Ha Noolaato Sannadguurada 4ee Udhis; Bad, Xoolo, Beer iy Barwaaqada Dhulkeenna kala soo baxa; Turub, Qaad iyo Jaro Waqti lagu Dhumiyo Horumar laguma gaaro. [Mogadisho?: s.n., [19--] 35.0 x 49.4 cm

Images #: 45 & 46 (AN59) The Revolution continues on its way to implement Socialism. [Mogadisho: s.n., 19--] (In Arabic.) 49.3 x 34.4 cm

Image #: 47 (AN26) Laba kacleynta kacaanka 21ka Oktoobar 1980 waxay ku leedahay. [Mogadisho?: s.n., 1980?] 34.5 x 49.3 cm

Image #:48 (AN16) Ha waarto maalinta Haweenka Adduunka 8da Maarso 1981. [Mogadisho?: s.n., 1981?] ("Long live Woman's Day.") 49.1 x 34.5 cm

Image #: 49 (AN27) Shaqaalaha Adduunkow Midooba. [Mogadisho?: s.n., 1981?] ("Workers of the world unite!") (Artist: Goobe.) 34.6 x 49.3 cm

Image #: 50 (AN2) Ha Noolaato Sannadguurada 11ee kacaanka 21ka Oktoobar 1969-1980. [Mogadisho?: s.n.] ; Nuur & Nasiib, 1980. 34.2 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 52 (AN11) Xoghayaha Guud ee X.H.K.S. ahna madaxweynaha J.D.S. Jaalle Maxamed Siyaad Barre. [Mogadishu?: s.n., 19--] 34.5 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 53 (AN60) Workers of the world unite: 1st May, Symbol of the struggle of the workers of the world. [Cairo?: s.n., 19--] 34.9 x 49.3 cm

Image #: 54 (AN23) 19 Agoosto, Sanad Guurada 8aad ee Guulwadayaasha = 19th August, 8th anniversary of the militia. [Mogadisho?: s.n.], 1980. 34.5 x 49.3 cm

Image #: 55 (AN8) Si xun u dherge iyo seefta kacaanka isa seegi maysaan = The sword of the Revolution will not miss you, O you who got rich by crooked means. Bringing the revolution back to course. [Mogadishu: s.n., 19--] (Artists: Amiin Camir & Cabdi Gaab.) 34.6 x 49.3 cm

Image #: 56 (AN9) X-U-S-S wuxuu hambalyeenayaa sannadka caruurta. [S.l.: s.n.], 1979. ("Congratulations from XUSS on the occasion of the Year of the Children.") 34.4 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 57 (AN12) African Unity is Indispensable. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] 35.1 x 49.4 cm

Image #: 58 (AN20) Nin aqoon ku xaday qalin, khayr kama macaasho. Mogadishu: [s.n., 19--] ("The one who steals knowledge by means of a pen will not gain any good.") 49.9 x 35.2 cm

Image #: 59 (AN64) There is no god but God and Muhammad is His messenger. [Mogadishu: s.n., 19--] (In Arabic.) 35.4 x 54.5 cm

Image #: 60 (AN5) Cali bin Abu Taalib iyo Xasan iyo Xuseen. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] (Title in Arabic.) 58.3 x 45.1 cm

Image #: 61 (AN62) Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tijany. Cairo: [s.n., 19--] 40 x 56.2 cm

Image #: 62 (AN15) Buraaqo = The Creature that carried the Prophet to Heaven in the Micraaj, according to popular belief., [S.l.: s.n., 19--] (In Arabic.) 57.0 x 41.0 cm

Image #: 63 (AN14.1) Sayid Cali bin Abu Taalib iyo Camr ibn Wudd al-Camir iyo Dagaalka Al-Khandaq = Master Ali Bin Abi Dhalib and Amr Bin Wudd Al-Amiry in the Battle of Al-Khandaq. [S.l.: s.n., 19--] 55.9 x 40.3 cm

Image #: 64 (AN63) Prophet Joseph with Zulekhah - the king's wife. [Mogadishu: s.n., 19--] 57.0 x 39.3 cm

Image #: 65 (AN66) The Ka'bah in Mecca: Qur'anic verse from Qur'an 3:96-97. Cairo: [s.n., 19--] 69.7 x 49.8

Posters we don't have information about:

Image #1: (AN53a) - 31.8 x 17.6 cm

Image #2: (AN54) - 31.8 x 17.3 cm

Image #3: (AN55) - 31.6 x 16.8 cm

Image #4: (AN56) - 31.8 x 17.2 cm

Image #5: (AN57) - 31.8 x 16.8 cm

Image #6: (AN58) - 31.8 x 17.3 cm


Other Web sites which bear interest:

Archives of Traditional Music

Department of Afro-American Studies

Archives of African American Music and Culture


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