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The International Somali Awards is an award ceremony honouring the greatest achievements of the worldwide Somali community and promises to be one of the most important ceremony of its kind ever staged. An innovative, unique and prestigious ceremony, The ISA pays tribute to inspiring Somali success stories from all walks of life, and recognises inspirational role models from the fields of business, social work, sports, education and entertainment.


These categories are a testament to those visionaries who are instrumental to the success within the following sectors:

Sports Person
of the Year

This award will be presented to a sporting star that best represents the ideas of sportsmanship and determination to reach new heights. We encourage voters to look for an individual whose sporting achievements are world class, who is a respected ambassador for their sports and who has shown a passion for excellence throughout their career.

of the Year

This award will recognise a business that demonstrated exceptional business model, which navigated a path to success in challenging times. We are looking for a business with values of creativity, innovation and corporate social responsibility. The winner of this award will be an established and respected business that has achieved commercial success.

Outstanding Educational

This award is to recognise the top achievers in education at high school, college and university level. This is an opportunity for you to nominate top educational achievers to celebrate their success, in addition to developing and rewarding high performing individuals.

Best Entertainment Award

The best entertainment award is to honour and recognise personalities from the field of entertainment, across different areas such as movies, music, television, sports, social media, theatre and dance.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime achievement award recognises the impact of an individual from a specialised field, whether through sports, business, entertainment, culture or arts. The recipient will be a high profile leader and pioneer with a proven track record of success covering the values of ambition, dedication, hard work and creativity.

Outstanding Contribution
to the Community

This award recognises those who are part of an entity or have been recognised for an individual action that has made an outstanding and significant contribution to the society by delivering important community initiatives.

Innovative Award

This award is given to a group or an individual who has used creativity appropriately to improve or develop new processes, methods, systems, products or services in addition to encouraging others to do the same.


Nominations are now closed.

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2018’s International Somali Awards will take in London.

  • 24/08/17 - 24/10/17: Nominations opens
  • 11/12/17 - 12/03/18 : Voting opens
  • 04/04/18: Awards presented

2017 Winners

Sportsperson of the Year
Mukhtar Ali

Footballer recently signed to Chelsea FC – a prodigious talent with the potential to be the greatest Somali footballer of all time.

Business of the Year
Hass Petroleum

A local investor, a market leader and a household name - using cutting-edge technology and creating jobs.

Best Entertainment Award
Ahmed Naaji Sacad

Iconic voice of peace and patriotism - one of the most prominent and cherished of Somali artists.

Outstanding Educational Achievement
Ahmed Adam Roble

The Brixton schoolboy, police cadet, Southwark Youth Council member and charity fundraiser who just won a scholarship to Eton sixth form.

Innovative Award
The Somali Museum of Minnesota

Offering an unparalleled opportunity for young people in the US to connect with Somali history through traditional Somali arts and innovative technology programmes.

Outstanding Contribution to the Community
Abdimalik Muse Coldoon

A groundbreaking journalist who highlights social and political issues often ignored by mainstream media, disrupting taboos and raising awareness.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Hawa Abdi

Physician, human rights activist, founder of the Dr Hawa Abdi Foundation.