Garissa County MP contestant takes diaspora by storm with supporters jostling for the chance to host her in different cities

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By NepJournal November 10, 2016 00:42

Garissa County MP contestant takes diaspora by storm with supporters jostling for the chance to host her in different cities

By NJ Correspondent:

Garissa County MP contestant Maryam Sheikh Abdikadir poses with America's first Somali-American parliamentarian Ilhan Omar. Maryam was among the invited guests to Ilhan's win celebrations.

Garissa County MP contestant Maryam Sheikh Abdikadir poses with America’s first Somali-American parliamentarian Ilhan Omar. Maryam was among the invited guests to Ilhan’s win celebrations.

Days after arriving in the USA to attend attended a book pitch at the international conference for writers held at Richmond, Virginia, Garissa County women parliamentary hopeful Maryam Sheikh Abdikadir had a difficult time balancing between her official assignments and attending to supporters who overwhelmed her with requests to host her in different Somali inhabited cities.

But despite her tight schedule, Maryam did not disappoint her supporters and managed to attend meetings in Virginia, Ohio and Minneapolis where she addressed thousands of Kenyan Somali diaspora who lined up the airports and town halls to accord her heroic welcomes.

The Somali community in Ohio and Minnesota gave Maryam a warm reception where she addressed them on issues touching the community and shared her manifesto.

“We welcome Maryam and support her candidature because of the values and principles she stands for.

Supporters welcome Maryam to the party.

Supporters welcome Maryam to the party.

During the official function, Maryam won a poetry contest organized alongside the event earning her a standby agent to cap her literary venture. She landed the prize after impressing at the international writers’ conference.

Maryam is a great writer and her write ups on social media are educative and impressive earning her a huge following.

She declared her bid to go for the Garissa seat in October 2015, an idea well received by friends and followers. A book she authored is set to be launched when she comes back to the country.

Maryam commands a huge following both online and offline and has continued to champion the welfare of the less fortunate, social justice addressing the same on different platforms.

She has a long career with UN and other international organizations that spans over twenty years. She has a great deal of experience on grassroots community work and national policy framework.

Supporters welcome Maryam on arrival in Minnesota.

Supporters welcome Maryam on arrival in Minnesota.

 

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