About Me


NAME   :           Abdulkadir Mohamoud Walayo

DATE & PLACE OF BITH:   Mogadishu-Somalia


Diploma scuola Avviamento Professionale   a tipo Commerciale

Diploma Scuola Media Supriore 1968 – 1971.     Certificate on Journalism and News Agency Management at International School of Journalism in Berlin (Formerly GDR) from Dec.1974 to May 1975.

Certificate on Journalism and Media Management organized by California-based World free Press Institute and Network for the Defense of Independent Media in Africa (NDIMA) held in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya 10th April 2000 to May 21st, 2001.

Certificate on Print and Electronic Media at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi, Kenya from 5th February to 29th April 2008

Certificate on effective Board committee skills EBCoS Effective Board Committee Skills at Imperial Hotel, Hargeisa, Somaliland from 2nd to 8th September 2008.

Sept. 28th, 1968.          Joined the Somali News Agency (SONNA).

1968 – 1973 :          Reporter of Somali News Agency (SONNA).

1973 – 1976 :          Editor-in-chief SONNA HOME & FOREIGN DESKS.

1976 – 1979:          Deputy Director & Acting Director of SONNA.

1979 – 1984:          Press Councilor at the Somalia Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.  –    Somalia Mission’s Focal Point to the Nairobi-based UN Agencies especially United Nations environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Center for Human Settlement ( UNCHS) HABITAT.

1985 – 1987:   Advisor at the Information Dep’t in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1987 – 1988 :  Chief of Cabinet office of the Minister of Information.

1988 – 1989:   Advisor for the Minister of Information.

1989 – 1991    Director of Somalia News Agency (SONNA).

1977 – 1993 :        In addition to my regular job, I was part-time Correspond of Italian News Agency (ANSA) in Mogadishu.

Jan. 1993 :             Joined (UNOSOM DIVISION AFFAIRS (DCHA) as National Information Assistance.

Sept. ’93 – Jan.’95:       Transferred to DCHA/Resettlement Unit as National Officer and Deputy Senior Coordinator.

Feb. – Nov. ’95:      Officer-in-Charge for the international organization for Migration (IOM) and Information Officer carrying out a survey on internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

June 29th – July 6th ’98:     Translator for BBC-sponsored Training Program for Somali Local Journalist held at Merka, Somalia.

March ‘97:    Member of a Pressure Group in charge of Public awarness and Information.

January – July 2000:     Consultant for Somali Television Network STN in Mogadishu, Somalia.

May3rd 2000 – June 28th 2001:           Coodinator for Eastern Africa Media Institute Somali Chapter (EAMI-S)    Member of EAMI Kampala-based Regional Governing Council.

June 28th 2001:      Elected as Governor for Eastern Africa Media Institute Somalia Chapter (EAMI-S)

July 28th 2001 – May 31st 2002 :        Radio Program Assistant for UNESCO CIVIC Education Project for Somalia.

August 2001:       Elected as Spokesman for Somali National Olympic Committee (NOC).

September 2005:        Elected as a member of   Non-State Actors (NSAs) representing the media professionals in accordance with the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and ACP countries.

1st Sept 2004 – 31st January 2006:    UNESCO Focal Point Civic Education Project South Central of Somalia.

July 2006 – February 2009:                 Project Manager,  SAACID-implemented National Endowment for Democracy-funded project for education on democracy, good governance, rule of law, conflict resolution/management etc for Mogadishu Districts

January – August 2007:      Project Manager, USAID/CARE funded project on media empowerment for Journalists in South Central Somalia.

July – September 2007:     Media Advisor,  [National Reconciliation Congress held in Mogadishu from mid July to August 31st 2007.]

Sept. 9th to Nov. 23rd, 2008:    Deputy Chairman, Supreme Council of Benadir Region in charge for the formation/election of Mogadishu Municipality City Council and Benadir Regional administration.

Nov. 2008 to February 2009:    Advisor on International Relations in the Office of Somali Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia

March 2009 :  Spokesman for Transitional Federal Government (TFG)

January 2010:   Member of Somali Contact Group on Counter-Piracy representing TFG and I was instrumental for the establishment of the group and contributed a lot for its recognition on local and international levels.

Conferences attended/covered  

  •    EEC/ACP Parliamentarian Conference, (Annual Session) held in Kinshasa, Zaire. 26th March – 1st April 1973.
  •    22nd Session of OAU Liberation Committee held in Mogadishu in 1974.
  •    East & Central Africa Summit Conference in Mogadishu 1974.
  •    OAU Council of Ministers emergency conference on Arab/Israeli dispute in Addis Ababa in 1973.
  •    OAU Liberation Committee Meeting in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1974.
  •     First Extra-ordinary session of the OAU on the question of Angola held in Addis Ababa in 1975.
  •     37th session of the Council of Ministers of the OAU summit conference on Heads of State and Government held in Nairobi, Kenya in June 1981.
  •    First joint Technical committee of Kenya/Somali road link (Garissa/Kismayu) held in Nairobi on the 26th of May 1982.
  •     Fifth Session of the commission of Human settlement HABIRAT Held in Nairobi. Kenya in 1982.
  •     UNEP Session of Special Character held in Nairobi, Kenya 10-18 May 1982.
  •     ITU Plenipotentiary Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya 28th Sept. 5th Nov. 1982
  •     Second Conference of Ministers of Information to the Non-aligned countries held in Harare, Zimbabwe, June 8-12, 1988.
  •     The Regular meeting of Arab League Information Ministers conference held in Baghdad, Iraq on Sept. 6, 1988.
  •     Second Humanitarian Conference on Somalia held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 3-5 December 1992.
  •    Fourth Humanitarian Conference on Somalia held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 29th November – 2nd December 1993.
  •    EU-Somalia Unit-sponsored seminar on Decentralized Political Structure for Somalia held at Lake Naivasha, Kenya 20-22 June 1996.
  •     World Press Freedom Day held in Kampala 3-5 May 2001.
  •     The 10th anniversary of Windhoek declaration on promotion of an independent and pluralistic Media in Africa held in Windhoek, Namibia on 3rd and 5th of May 2001.
  •      Conference on Broadcasting Policy and Legislations for East Africa and Great Lakes Region held in Nairobi between 18th and 20th October 2001.
  •     Press Freedom violation monitoring workshop held in Accra, Ghana. 17 – 10 April 2003.
  •     Global Water Partnership (Eastern Africa) Nile Secretariat Entebbe, Uganda 18 July 2003
  •      International Roundtable on Media Law Reform in the Horn of Africa Addis Ababa 21 – 23 October 2003.
  •      IFEX General Meeting held in Baku Azerbaijan June 2004.
  •      Workshop on the protection of IDPs under the auspice of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UNHCR and Geneva-based International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) held in Merka on March 12 2006.
  •     Joint Consultative meeting between Somali NSAs and the UN, World Bank and European donors on Somali
  •      Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP) and EU/Norway Country Strategic Paper (CSP) held in Kampala, Uganda 29th – 30th May 2007.
  • Non-State Actors (NSAs) General Assembly held in Entebbe, Uganda 8th – 10th March 2008 
  •     11th congress of Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) held in Cairo November 24th – 26th 2008
  •     Somali Parliamentary conference held in Djibouti 20th to 30th January 2009 under the auspices of United Nations.
  •     Meeting on the implementation of Code of Conduct Maritime Security held in Djibouti February 1st – 3rd February 2010.
  •     Workshop of Experts on Maritime Security and Safety held in Addis Ababa 6- 7 April 2010.
  •     Working Tour:  Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Gabon, Ghana, Djibouti, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Italy, Egypt, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Former USSR, South Africa, Namibia and Azerbaijan.


Somali, the mother language, English and Italian (fluent), Arabic (fair) and Kiswahili (understand)

Presentation of country papers to local and international conferences

  • The state of Somali media at World Press Freedom Day held in Kampala 3-5 May 2001
  • Presentation of Somali paper on media law in Somalia. Excerpts of the paper were part of the conference’s final report in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Oct. 3rd, 2003.
  • The State of IDPs in South Central Somalia at a workshop held in Merka, Southern Somalia and sponsored by OCHA, UN country team and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  • Presentation of paper on the relation between the civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media under the USAID/CARE sponsorship held in Merka in 2006.
  • Major of several policy formulations during my tenure in office in the Somali mission in Nairobi ranging from consolidation of Somali-Kenyan relations to e.g. banning of Kat importation in Somalia, an open amnesty to all dissident groups in Nairobi and other important initiative at national and international level.
  • On behalf of the Ministry of Telecommunications, signing of ITU convention in Nairobi, Kenya in 1982.
  • Granting interviews to international and local media outlets covering issues ranging from security to reconciliation to political decisions and Somalia’s relationship with its international partners interpreting, in its best way, the government policies during the present transitional period.



Author of a Book under the title “MY LIFE IN MEDA FOR FOUR PLUS DECADES”. Insha Allah, it would be launched soon.


Conferred with the best student of electronic media award with a certificate and a silver-plated trophy from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication in 2008 under the USAID-funded Civic Society and Media in transition program

While in Sweden I initiated the launching of:

  2. Somali Womens’ Forum in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  3. Somali Anti-Narcotic Intiative SOMANARIN in Eskilstuna, Sweden

Physical Address

304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124