Haji Mohamed Ahmed Liban (Xaaji Maxamed Axmed Liibaan), born in in Harardhere (Xarardheere) in 1904 was an influential SYL player and a staunch anti-colonial activist. It is said that he recited over 600 poems, both written in Somali and Arabic. He died in 1989.
Here is a short stanza of one of his poems (recited in 1948), revealing his burning desire for Somalis to overcome clan-divisions and direct the focus towards pan-Somalism:
arrintii ka qalloocan Rabbi haw qummaneeyo
Reer Qabiilo-Qabiilo, Rabbigay ha ka qaado
Qalalkii nagu raagay, Qod kaleetoo ha aado.
The purpose of the Somali people! – Oh Allah, please strengthen it!
For their crooked affairs – Oh Lord please straighten it
That clan, that tribe [meaning clannism] – My Lord, make it disappear
This lingering epilepsy has prevailed amongst us – Let it go somewhere else