Africa's First Democrats: President Osman and Premier Hussen of Somalia

5:30 p.m. Lecture
6:30 p.m. Book signing and reception

Abdi Ismail Samatar provides a clear and foundational history of Somalia at the dawn of the country’s independence when Africa’s first democrats appeared. While authoritarian rulers dominated many African countries when they entered the postcolonial era, Somalia had an authentic democratic leadership.

Samatar's political biography and history of Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen contradict the stereotype of African dictatorship. These leaders left behind a strong democratic legacy that provides an understanding for the ways we study and understand leadership and democracy in Africa and beyond.

Hubert H. Humphrey, former Vice President and our school's namesake, is cited in the text, as he was the first and only American leader to visit the country during those years.

This event is co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Office of the Dean and the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy.

Event Information:

This event is free and open to the general public. Directions and parking information for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is available here.

To request accessibility accommodations, please contact Molly Buss (, 612-625-5309).

April 11, 2017 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
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