July 11, 2019

Columbus, Ohio: Somali Culture; things to do


Somali Culture in Columbus, Ohio

More than 60,000 Somali people now call Columbus home, which makes their community the second-largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the United States.  (The largest population is 120,000 in nearby Minneapolis, and another large group lives in San Diego.)  Most of these African people arrived after 1995.  Columbus has approximately 20 Somali restaurants.  Most of the Somalis continue to dress in traditional style.

Somali men in Columbus, Ohio
Somali men in Columbus, Ohio


Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center  591 Industrial Mile Rd., (614)-272-9994.  Built in 2014, this is one of the largest mosques in the region. 

women's side of mosque at Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center in Columbus, Ohio
women's side of mosque at Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center in Columbus, Ohio

prayer schedule in mosque at Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center in Columbus, Ohio
prayer schedule in mosque at Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center in Columbus, Ohio


Global Mall  2210 Morse Rd., Northland.  Set up like a true African market, the stalls at this small mall are filled with of traditional Somali clothing and everyday necessities.  A barbershop and popular Somali cafĂ© are also located here.

interior of Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio
interior of Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio

interior of shop in Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio
interior of shop in Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio

bracelets for sale in shop at Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio
bracelets for sale in shop at Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio


Hamdi Grill  1784 Huy Rd., Linden, (614) 447-0199.  Daily 10am-11pm.  The cuisine of West Africa is prepared here using seasonings that include cumin, cardoman, garlic, and fried peppers, plus some secret spices and a mix of roots.  Hamdi spiced tea is a very sweet mix of cinnamon, cardoman, and cloves--sort of like Indian chai.  Popular dishes include steamed goat, pasta (Somalia was an Italian colony), chappati, and fresh mango juice.  During Ramadan, the restaurants are closed for lunch but are jumping after sunset, when fasting ends.

menu of Somali fare at Hamdi Grilll in Columbus, Ohio
menu of Somali fare at Hamdi Grilll in Columbus, Ohio

traditional Somali fare at Hamdi Grilll in Columbus, Ohio
traditional Somali fare at Hamdi Grilll in Columbus, Ohio



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July 9, 2019

Columbus, Ohio: 400 West Rich; things to do


400 West Rich  400 West Rich St., Franklinton, (614) 725-5324.  Open to the public on 2nd F of the month, and some Wed.

exterior courtyard at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio
exterior courtyard at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio


This artist collective is inside a century-old, two-story brick building that formerly was a warehouse.  It has a gritty, edgy feel, with unfinished concrete floors and original pane-glass windows--many of which are artistically broken.  Artists working in a variety of mediums fill the spaces here with their studios.  The exterior wall is covered in graffiti, while inside the walls display artwork and the air is filled with the fragrance of sawdust, paint, and glue.

hallway at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio
hallway at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio


While visiting I encountered these artists:

Woody Blackwell 

works by Woody Blackwell at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio
works by Woody Blackwell at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio


just jerry

workshop of Jerry Strine at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio
workshop of Jerry Strine at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio


Eric S. Murphy 

Eric S. Murphy at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio
Eric S. Murphy at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio

self-portrait by Eric S. Murphy at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio
self-portrait by Eric S. Murphy at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio



Trump portrait by Eric S. Murphy at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio
Trump portrait by Eric S. Murphy at 400 West Rich artist collective in Columbus, Ohio



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