Nurrudin Farah, in conversation with Zuhur Ahmed, former host of the KFAI program "Somali Community Link"
Acclaimed writer Nurrudin Farah is finishing a three year stint at the University of Minnesota with a staged reading of his play, "A Stone Thrown At The Guilty" at Rarig Center at 7:30 pm this coming Friday and Saturday night, Dec. 7 & 8, 2012.
In addition to winning many literary awards, Farah is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times and Washington Post.
Born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia, Nurrudin Farah is recognized as one of Africa’s most influential authors. Farah grew up in Kallafo, in the Somali-speaking Ogaden region of Ethiopia. He graduated from Punjab University in Chandigarh, India in 1970, and later attended the University of London and University of Essex, where he studied theatre.
Farah fled his homeland Somalia in 1991, shortly before the fall of the country’s dictatorship. He has lived in many countries over the years, including Nigeria, Uganda, The Gambia, Sudan, South Africa, Germany, and the USA. He speaks several languages, including Somali, Amharic, Italian, Arabic, and English.
A distinguished writer and academic, Farah has taught at several major international institutions. He was associate professor at the University of Ibadan in Jos, Nigeria and also taught at the University of Bayreauth in Germany.