A high-school in Vaughan, a city in Ontario, Canada has been renamed after Hodan Nalayeh, a Somali-Canadian journalist who was tragically killed in Somalia during an attack on a hotel in Kismayo in 2019.
Hodan was well-loved for her portrayal of Somalia which countered the international media’s image of the country. She established Integration TV, which is the first English online TV platform targeted towards Somalis across the world.
In a series of tweets posted to the late Hodan’s Twitter account, the Naleye family stated that they accepted the name change in honour of Hodan with a “heavy-heart and with a deep sense of gratitude”.
This is said to be the first high school in the region to be named after a person of colour.