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June 29, 2019
Unproductive, uncreative and lazy folks look forward everyday for an afternoon chat to listen to city gossips at tea and caffe shops. This is particularly true to the bulk of men in Africa and Middle East. No wonder they remain backward and had been frozen in time and space for centuries.
While those who live in Western hemisphere and in the so-called Asian Economic Tigers are too tired to have time and energy left for the day after hard work from morning till late in the afternoon. They do their lazy hobbies and leisure only in the days they are off work. So, as routine, they rush home after long working hours to catch up with what needs their attention before they retire to bed to recuperate energy for next day’s productive work. No wonder they are advanced and powerful as peoples and as nations.

On my own experience, I do recall a true story. My engineering colleague, Mohamed Xabashi, and I went to UK for industrial training on sugar production and technology some years back. At the time, we were both employees of Juba Sugar Project JSP at Mareerey in Lower Juba Region of Somalia.

While we were in training in different cities of England, Mohamed never woke up in the morning until late. He missed many hours of training. Our trainers didn’t like Mohamed being late all the time. One day in Derby in Midland England, where the Rolls Royce engines are manufactured too, Ms. Cook, the supervisor of the factory, asked Mohamed why he was being late for the training every morning. Mohamed’s response surprised everybody. He said, “I came from the City of Harar in Ogaden Region of Ethiopia. Harar men don’t work. They only chew chat and produce kids. Harar woman works for the man and family”. Ms Cook was taken aback a bit. But, the English men present started asking Mohamed how could they get hold of Harar wives, to the embarrassment of Ms. Cook. It was hilarious.

Have your say on the observation.

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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