axmedPuntland Development Research Center (PDRC) pays tribute to late Ahmed Sheikh Jama, a member of PDRC Advisory Board, who passed away after a short illness during this blessed month of Ramadan.

Puntland/Somalia lost one of its veterans of culture. The late Ahmed Shiekh Jama – the former Puntland Minister of Information, Communications, Culture and Heritage, and the General manager of Puntland’s Cultural and Heritage Agency – before He passed away at his home in Garowe on the 9th of June 2014. Born in Las Anod district in 1942,the deceased is survived by 4 children, number of grandchildren and 2 wives. PDRC conveys condolences to the family, relatives, workmates, and friends who will miss him dearly.

The late poet, politician, educationist, religious scholar, journalist and teacher will be remembered for his contributions and commitment to peace, freedom, literature and education in Somalia, especially at the forefront of peace building efforts in Puntland State.

He was an active member of the Somali “AGA”, Horn of Africa Academy of Languages, which is based in Jigjiga, Zone 5 of the Somalia Ethiopian Region. Late Ahmed was well-known, probably throughout Somalia and the Horn of Africa, as the writer of a satirical/humorous poem on the Somali version of “Animal Farm”.

The late Ahmed was an inspirational leader to all of us at PDRC. His contributions have been invaluable to the direction of the organization. He was a champion for peace who had exceptional knowledge and skill as a peace builder in Puntland and greater Somalia. The soft spoken leader demonstrated the perfect model of dignity, honesty, and integrity inspiring unity and nationalism wherever he went. He inspired thousands of students, and communities to be better neighbors and responsible citizens through education and dialogue.

He will live on in our minds and in the soul of the Puntland public as we continue to appreciate his wisdom and literature as we emulate him.

We pray to Allaah, almighty and Mercyful, to rest his soul in peace and grant him paradise in the hereafter.