The Ten Commandments to being a Carefree Somali Womyn.

I. Thou shalt love aniga by any means necessary.

”Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.” – Audre Lorde

II.  Thou shalt not shame naago that look like aniga.

Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. -Alice Walker.

III.  Thou shalt religiously attire thyself with a dirac at formal events.

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance. -bell hooks.

IV.  Thou shalt honor thy heritage.

“In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.” – Alice Walker.

V. Thou shalt pursue our passions with zeal.

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” – Mae Jemison.

VI. Thou shalt proudly wear the crown of a Feminist unapologetically.

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again” – Sojourner Truth.

VII. Thou shalt continue to ku nool in the moment.

‎”Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” – Oprah Winfrey.

VIII Thou shalt surrender thyself completely to the power of niiko.

“Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out.” — Tina Turner.

IX. Thou shalt strip thyself of any toxic energy with dhaqso.

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. ” – Alice Walker.

X. Thou shalt not allow a moment to pass without channeling Hoyoo Araweelo.

“I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.'” – Katherine Dunham.

by Riya Jama

(photo credit: Hans Feurer: Iman for Kenzo 1983)