Mogadishu: Images from the Past

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Posted in 1900 - 1960 Italian Period, Y: Unknown locations by rickjdavies on 29 August, 2009


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  1. Abdulahi Aden said, on 21 September, 2009 at 11:46 am

    This´s my old high school, had a lot of name´s during colonial time LICHEA, then REGIONERIA, and last Yusuf Kowneyn

    • Carole said, on 31 October, 2009 at 5:31 am

      This building was on the Via Lido.

  2. rickjdavies said, on 21 September, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Abdulahi

    Thanks, where was this school located? Can you show us using Google Maps? Or some other way?

    • Abdisataar Sharmaan said, on 26 April, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Liceo sciantifico ,later Dugsiga sare Xisaabaadka iyo Cabiraad,Via Republica,waddada Jamhuuriyadda, short before Jubba Hotel Left side of the Road or before the Post Offic Building

      • MICHAEL WARD said, on 27 April, 2015 at 2:22 am

        Just to say that I was born in Mogadishu in 1948. My father was District Commissioner for Chisimayo. it wuld be lovely to hear from anyone born around that time

  3. Malaaq said, on 22 September, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Yusuf al kownen

  4. Barakat said, on 23 September, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Very interesting, I am omani but born in Africa..I am looking for some information and photos of an omani governor in mugadishu between 1870-1900 called Suleiman bin hemed …can anyone please help me in this…

    Thank you

  5. angelucci said, on 14 May, 2010 at 4:05 pm


  6. Indhageelle said, on 26 May, 2010 at 8:42 am

    It is Yusuf AlKowneyn Secondary School in Mogadishu. It is about 150 meters to West Jubba Hotel. Thanks to Abdullah Aden

  7. Indhageelle said, on 26 May, 2010 at 8:43 am

    It is Yusuf AlKowneyn Secondary School in Mogadishu. It is about 150 meters to West from Jubba Hotel. Thanks to Abdullah Aden

    • Ahmed Sabrie said, on 9 September, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      Is is Liceo Ginnasio,Mogadiscio, Corso Italia, funded by the italian government as “Scuole Italiane all’Estero, and then renamed Kownen Secondary School.

  8. jacques said, on 16 January, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Seems like the old Rava hospital infornt of the old parliment .

    • Francesco said, on 26 January, 2011 at 11:34 am

      No, confirm it is my school. I studied there for seven years between 1954 and 1961. Old italian liceo ginnasio leonardo da vinci.

  9. Nur Abd-Qadir said, on 14 May, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Liceo Ginnasio Leonardo da Vinci, corso Republica, Mogadiscio-Somalia, but later given the name Yusuf Al-Kowneyn Secondary School.

  10. MICHAEL WARD said, on 27 October, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    jaques – i was born in the Rava hospital on 1 February 1948 so your comment is very interesting to me….do let me know how to reach you…my email is

  11. ikar bana said, on 10 March, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    This building is in Boondhere District, wa called as a school. LICEO GINNAASIO).till the building stands in the same place,

  12. mohamed abdullahi hagi ismail said, on 24 April, 2014 at 6:49 am

    This building was where I studied 3 years as my middle school , it was middle and high school and we were taught Italian language , The school was run by professional Italian teachers , the school was named Liceo Scientifico Leonardo Da Vinci , il preside si chiamava Dino Donatelli . the dean;s name was Dino Donatelli from Italy .

  13. bruno d said, on 28 January, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Originally was the “Ginnasio De Bono”, then after WWII renamed ” Liceo scientifico Leonardo da Vinci” . After Somalia independence was renamed “Yusuf AlKowneyn Secondary School”…….BD

  14. Sayyid Osama said, on 1 December, 2021 at 7:10 am

    This building is now a campus of one of the university’s in Mogadishu Called City University(YK Campus). And the building is still has his unique Inforont design.

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