Somalinimo (till I dhimo) | Free Word

What does it mean to hold on to your identity in the diaspora?

Step into Somali-British writer Amina Jama’s Somalinimo (till I dhimo). This immersive recreation of a 1990s migrant Somali living room is a homage to the rich Somali culture, Black Britishness, migration, and the creativity that arises from displacement.

Exploring the immigrant experience and what a front room can say about the ties that bind us, the living room will also feature a library of titles from the East African diaspora provided by The Reading Agency, free for you to explore throughout the season.

Amina Jama is an alumna of Barbican Young Poets, co-host of BoxedIn, and has performed internationally with Speaking Volumes. Her work often explores displacement and dual cultural identity and has been commissioned by the BBC, Nationwide, The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the London Mayor’s Office. Her debut poetry pamphlet is edited by Jacob Sam-La Rose and will be published by Flipped Eye later this year.

The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. Their vision is for a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life.­


Somalinimo (till I dhimo) first opened at the Roundhouse, and is supported by Arts Council England.



Season branding: THREAD Design | Photography: @iftiinwadaa and Rowan Spray