Postcards from the Diaspora

Facilitated by Rakiya Abdulahi, Afi and Asma Kabadeh

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    Produced by young Somali people with Sabjit Natt and Hafsa Yusuf for the Numbi archive: Coming Here, Being Here

Past Event

This event was on Thu 1 Oct, 6.30pm

Online Reading Group

Watering the Imagination

This workshop is based around Diriye Osman’s Fairytales for Lost Children (2013), a collection of short stories about the queer Somali experience. Participants are invited to read a section of the text and reflect on what it means to use history as a tool for forging our own futures. Texts are provided in advance, with large-print and audio versions available.

This event is free, but spaces are limited and advance registration is required. Registration will close two days before.  This event will take place on Zoom; attendees will be sent a link and guidelines ahead of the event.

Please email to book.

Whitechapel Gallery with NUMBI: Postcards from the Diaspora

A series of readings and workshops curated by Kinsi Abdulleh, artist and co-director of NUMBI, a Somali-originated African-centred arts and heritage organisation. Sessions are led by black womxn and gender non-conforming artists, writers and thinkers engaging with language, decolonisation, intersectionality and diasporic thinking.

People of all genders, sexualities, faiths and ethnicities are welcome. 

Texts are provided in advance, with large-print versions available. An audio recording of each text is available upon request. If you have questions or requirements concerning access and inclusivity during these events, contact us on

About Rakiya Abdulahi

Rakiya Abdulahi is a community organiser and data analyst by day and DJ by night. Their work aims to centre queer, black (particularly Somali) people and experiences. They co-facilitate a monthly queer meet up and encourage access for all to the arts.

About Afi

Afi is a community organiser, model and dancer involved in the London Ballroom scene.

About Asma Kabadeh

Asma Kabadeh is a project coordinator at her local community centre. She holds a masters in Migration & Diaspora Studies and her research is mainly focused on the experiences of the Somali Diaspora in the UK.