COMMUNITY FIGURE, Mahamed Y. Abdi
- September 2, 2020
‘Community Figure’ is a campaign that aims to celebrate black creators, artist, entrepreneurs, authors, educators and influencers. We have so many amazing people doing great things in our community, but we just don’t hear about them. Each week, we will introduce you to a community figure and their work.
Meet your Community Figure, Mahamed Y. Abdi
Mahamed Y. Abdi is an architect and an entrepreneur. He is the founder of Sasaa, the first pan African inspired restaurant in Denmark, which celebrates Africa, the African culture, traditions and the African people through food, art, music, and poetry. Mahamed is also a member of the Project Committee of Architects Without borders Denmark, a Danish humanitarian organization who creates development using architecture and planning as tools. He is currently involved in a project in Kenya as the project manager. Mahamed has a deep passion, high ambition, and great love for Africa and his aim is to work and live in Africa, contributing with architecture and entrepreneurship.
- Which norms do you see yourself breaking or would you like to see yourself breaking?
It is important for me to break the stereotype about Africa and Africans both with Sasaa, and my profession as an architect, and as an individual.
- What inspires you to be and do what you do today?
I get inspired by adding value to my surroundings and in the world I live in. I get inspired by creating, designing and sharing knowledge.
- How do you see the reshaping of the black future?
The reshaping of the Black-future depends on self-understanding and self-acknowledgement of the value of one’s roots and culture, and to use this as an inspiration to create a future where the Black is self-sustaining and independent of Western-hand or any hand for that matter. Entrepreneurship is the key to development. We therefore need more Danish-African entrepreneurs who can create growth, value and recognition for the black community in Denmark, and in Africa. The Black future IS and can ONLY be found in Africa, and as long as Africa suffers from hunger, poverty, oppression, corruption and is led by corrupted selfish leaders then there is no such thing as Black future. What we have is more like Blacks building a White future
To connect with Mahamed and follow his work
Sasaa restaurant home address: Blågårdsgade 2A, 2200 København
Sasaa restaurant Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sasaa.kbh/
Sasaa restaurant Instagram: @Sasaakbh