Six Poems on #CadaanStudies by Mohamed Eno Blog

Haash-Taag Cadaaneed


Anoo haruur gurtoo sita haan caanuhu ka huluq leeya

Ku ma hamin inaan ka hadlo haash-taag caddaaneede

Balse ha moodin hadal la’aanteyda inaan hurdeysnahaye

Waa hubaal Safiyooy in halganka loo hanweynnahaye

Hambalyaanna idin wadaa iyo hal iyo nirigteede

Iga hooya hadiyadaad ku hanateen hash-taag caddaaneedka

Weynu hor degnaa hadeey korodhu halista dagaalladu e

Hoobiye kol leysku garaacayo ka ma hakano duulaanku e

Kamana hibeysano hudhud ku hanjama heer aqooneede

Oo yiri hodanta ‘Humanities’-ku waa hal bacad lagu lisaye

Waa kuwii horey u haqbiyey hanad-qaadka dhaqankeena e

Heeb-soocana u hiigsaday hal abuurka ummaddeenna



Out of drunken stupor

Lepers last night opened

Malodorous can of worms

Sullying the kiln of learning

With this cunning confession:

We mastered, they said,

The horrendous tactics

In the colonial books

We borrowed the best of leaf

From the brilliant fathers

Who branded blacks primitives

A people barren of thoughts


Condoning suppression

Not condemning oppression

Feeds from

Our ambitious project

Of a super white

And a sub black

It even sets

The sacred rules

Of what is science

And what is not,

Who is genius

And who is not,

In our monopoly

Rebranded recently

Caddaan Studies Association

In every conceivable #-tag



On Humanities Butt

From a mouthful of words

A colonial kid belched:

Be you a Harvard grad

A top notch from York U

Lafoole, SIDAM or Makerere

Sitting on your butt all day

For little valued Humanities

Shuts you,

Novice of the Horn,

Out of the condo reserved

For the social sciences genius


Suffice it to say


That the formula of thought

Is situated in the algorithm

Of Cadaan Studies

So the wider Horn society

May venerate forthwith

The pride of culture

In the social sciences



Of Unpropitious Albinos

Hana the harlot got

An albino baby too bogus

In the naming ceremony, lo!

Conflict among the concubines:

From Elizabeth’s land came

A petition too urgent

Uncle Sam’s son emerged

With another one astonishing

While a trio of the Horn

Pushed a plea to the elders

Who overruled earlier verdict

To make albino an African

By way of Caddaan Studies Association


Out of the impending frustration

A cadaan umpire sought

Traditional midwife’s advice:

Should we name albino

By his blue eyes too pale

Or should we place the name

By the black of his skin!



Hash-Tag Sage

Oh youth of the Horn

You intimidate knowledge

With unremitting lethargy

Neither is that tone offensive

Nor do I mean it wrong

But you may fathom not

The worth of a cadaan sage,

A social scientist,

Against a lethargic bard

Engaged in learning

From long dried up

Ponds of the Humanities


Imagined Racism

After all that the Horn had said

What is in a color, anyway?

What should race mean to you?

Yes, race!

Should mean nothing to you

Like it means much to me.

Suppose I am a racist

Oh, no! Don’t suppose

But take it I’m one

Why should it dig deeper

Into your dark soul?

Why do you hate me

For what I was made?

What I have learned

From the pioneer who

Came from Eliz’s isle?

Professor Mohamed A. Eno is Dean at St Clements University Somalia and teaches courses in African Studies and Applied Linguistics & TESOL. He is Adjunct Professor at Atlas University of Somalia and Senior Faculty and Researcher in the Academic Section of the English Department at ADNOC Technical Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prof. Eno (with Prof. Abdi M. Kusow) is the recipient of David R. Maines Narrative Research Award 2015, with award winning article: “Formula Narratives and the Making of Social Stratification and Inequality,” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 2015, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 409-423. He is the author of Vertical Articulation: Poems (2015); Wizard of the Two Niles: Poems (2015); Guilt of Otherness: Poems (2013); Corpses on the Menu: Blood, Bullets and Bones (2013); and a volume of essays titled The Bantu Jareer Somalis: Unearthing Apartheid in the Horn of Africa (2008). He is coeditor of the Journal of Somali Studies, and reviewer and member of the editorial board of several academic journals. Prof. Eno’s research focuses on various aspects of the African society. His publications are available at:

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