The Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) has bestowed the prestigious Grand Patron of Arts Award upon His Excellency President Muse Bihi Abdi of Somaliland, in recognition of the country’s unwavering support for literature and the arts.

The momentous award presentation took place on July 21, 2023, during a gala dinner organized by President Abdi himself to celebrate the participants of the 16th Hargeysa International Book Fair in Somaliland.

This special occasion saw attendees from across the literary world gather to honor the advancement of literary culture in the region.

Dr. Wale Okediran, the esteemed Secretary General of PAWA, had the privilege of presenting the coveted award to President Abdi. Dr. Okediran, in a post on social media, shared a heartwarming picture of the moment when he handed over the beautifully crafted Award medal and Certificate to the esteemed President.

The Grand Patron of Arts Award is a testament to President Muse Bihi Abdi’s commitment to nurturing and promoting the arts within Somaliland and beyond.

Under his leadership, the nation has fostered an environment where literature and creative expression flourish, fostering an inclusive literary community and providing a platform for diverse voices to be heard.

PAWA, the leading continental organization dedicated to the advancement of literature and the arts across Africa, acknowledges President Abdi’s significant contributions to the literary landscape. His support has not only enhanced the cultural identity of Somaliland but also contributed to the enrichment of African literature as a whole.

The Pan African Writers Association commends President Muse Bihi Abdi for his remarkable dedication to the arts, and this well-deserved recognition reflects the profound impact of his leadership in the cultural sphere.

With this award, PAWA aims to inspire other African nations to emulate Somaliland’s commitment to nurturing creativity and preserving the continent’s rich cultural heritage.

PAWA remains steadfast in its mission to promote and celebrate the literary achievements of African writers, and this momentous occasion marks yet another milestone in the journey towards a more culturally enriched and interconnected Africa.


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