Hibaq Farah

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FinishedFinished answering on Sep 09 at 18:45 BST

Ask me about:

  • Entering Journalism
  • Finding internships during university
  • Books
  • General advice
  • Living in Somaliland
  • Sewing/ Dressmaking
Answers

Aw, nice question! 

Okay so, this isn’t necessarily recent - but, it’s one that I always go back to when I need a little inspiration. It is written by Ava Duvernay last year and titled ‘Why Art Is The Antidote For Our Times’. Ava wrote this for Time's, ‘The Art o…

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what are you currently reading?

Hibaq Farah - 1 week, 4 days ago

Right now, ‘Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam’ by A. Helwa. It feels like a breath of fresh air.  I’ve even paused reading it because I don’t want to get to the end of it! I’ll leave you with this quote from the intro to hopefully…

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How did you learn to sew/dress make?

Hibaq Farah - 1 week, 4 days ago

Hey! So, I did GCSE Textiles back in school and as part of our final project we had to produce a garment; from designing, pattern cutting, sewing - all of that. I was a pretty ambitious 16 year old lol and for some reason, I decided to design a very complicated dress. It was inspired by Japanese st…

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What 3 books would you recommend?

Hibaq Farah - 1 week, 4 days ago

 

  1. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (her essay “The I in Internet” is probably the best thing I’ve read all year.)

  2. More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth (if you are a journalist/ working in the editorial world, this should be compulsory read…

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I feel like I’ve literally just entered/ began my journey - but so far, so good, alhamdulillah. The hardest part has been trying to get past my fear of sharing things I write (still working on that lol).

J
ournalism is of course ~ very white ~ so at first it was a little difficult finding my f…

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Have you ever wanted to be a fiction novel writer?

Hibaq Farah - 1 week, 4 days ago

In short, no. I’ve never wanted to write fiction. I often joke around that my literature degree broke me in so many ways lol; my ability to read one book at a time and even challenged any love I had for fiction. I think analysing and pulling apart fictional books for a few years has just left…

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I’ve been trying to figure this one out lately too! I think it all depends on the type of journalist you want to be. For me, I’ve always known that I didn’t want to specialise in one specific type of journalism (e.g sports journalist/ fashion writing etc) but I also know that just…

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how was it living in Somaliland?

Hibaq Farah - 1 week, 4 days ago

Honestly, the best time of my life! I was there for about 6 months and stayed in Hargeisa. If I didn’t have to finish the rest of my degree, I would’ve stayed longer. I loved everything about the city; the easy-going & welcoming people, the food, being around family, our culture, ev…

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Changing the perception of muslim women in the media?

Hibaq Farah - 1 month, 1 week ago

Yes, you are right - the way we are seen in the media is both troubling and dangerous. We know that media representation of Muslim women can lead to hate crimes. (I’m sure there are statistics) So what do we do to challenge those narratives? This is something I think about often, it’s o…

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If I were you, I’d start by asserting myself a little more in the meetings and just ensuring that he understands that he can’t dismiss your opinion like that. If you are communicating politely, he needs to do the same! For example, if he changes the conversation again say “sorry, …

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How to make things better with my mother in law?

Hibaq Farah - 5 months, 3 weeks ago

It is your husbands’ responsibility to ensure his mum does not make such comments. When you can, try to just remove yourself from the situation and not respond *however* talk to your husband ASAP and tell him to have this conversation with his mum! Asking him to do so, should not feel like he…

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How do you deal with imposter syndrome?

Hibaq Farah - 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Honestly, I think everyone goes through imposter syndrome. For me, it comes and goes. Sometimes, I feel really confident about my work and other times I cringe at the thought of even sharing anything I’ve done. 

 

For me, the more secure I feel in my identity, values and purpose -…

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How to get journalism work experience?

Hibaq Farah - 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi there!

There is time! Don't worry! I studied Literature at uni too and when I was in my 2nd year I had a huge panic about this. I ended up taking a year out and gaining a lot of experience in Journalism.

Here's the thing: Journalism is SUPER competitive. Most of the time, Guardian internships are …

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How difficult is it to adjust to life back in Somalia?

Hibaq Farah - 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey Faduma!

 

I'm really happy to have seen this - I moved to Hargeysa in 2018 for 6 months and it was the best decision I've ever made! It wasn't my intention to stay that long but Somaliland was a DREAM to live in and I had the most amazing experience. Can’t wait to go back iA.

&nbs…

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Should I ask out the girl I work with?

Hibaq Farah - 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey!

 

Ok - so, I think you should consider a few things first:

1) What are your intentions?

2) Are you in a position to ask her out?

3) What are her circumstances?

 

I’m not sure what position you are in (as in, whether or not you are looking to get married or just sort of c…

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To be honest with you, twenty was not that long ago for me - so I feel like I am cheating a little here. Anyway, here’s what I’d tell myself: 

 

Time is precious. I don’t mean to say this to ignite total chaos and stress into your life but instead, to nudge you to appr…

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