Actor, Mohammed Hajji Ahmed is with me today to discuss his role in 'A Crack In the Sky' a new play based on Ahmed Ismail Yusuf''s life story andhis 2013 book, “Somalis in Minnesota,” Yusuf tells the story of a young shepherd boy’s journey from Mogadishu to Minneapolis.
|Mohammed Hajji Ahmed (pictured above)|
Mohammed, did you find any similarities between your struggles and the character’s?
I’m an immigrant since 2015. I’ve been in the United States for three years, and I’ve worked for six months now, acting,publishing and getting my academics together. I could understand the struggle of juggling many things. (Like the character, Ahmed, from Somalia who sought refuge in Minneapolis).
How long did you practice? About a month. The lines were never finalized until the first night of the play.
What makes the character you played so special?
99% of us (Somalis) are nomads. He (Ahmed) was the only Somali on campus. For me, he had courage and will. The people who helped him were human beings so they didn’t look at skin color or religion. He came from Somalia to America and became successful, I don’t even know how describe that. That made it beautiful.
Will you be in any future performances?
You know Somalis are great at oral poetry, we’ve entertained hundreds back home without microphones and without technology. I have plans to do some short films and would like to use social media to publicize those.
Thanks for joining me, Mohammed.
Thanks for having me.
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