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Omayya Abu Hanna

Omayya Abu Hanna

Sector : Media , Journalists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Finland
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1961
  • Age : 55
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Umayya Abu-Hanna (born 17 March 1961) is a Palestinian-Finnish writer, journalist, and former member of the Helsinki City Council born in Haifa, into a Palestinian family. She moved to Finland in 1981. In 2011 she moved to Amsterdam where she resides with her South African daughter.

In the 1980's Abu-Hanna was a member of the Helsinki City Council (The Green Party) and member of the Real Estate Board of Helsinki. In the 1990's she was a journalist, documentary maker and columnist. She became known to the wider public as the first non-white presenter of the weekly current affairs news-program Ajankohtainen Kakkonen at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. In the 2000's she was member of the Arts Council Finland (2004-2009) and was the first chair of its Multicultural Board. Abu-Hanna was also the cultural diversity adviser of the Finnish National Gallery (3 museums of fine art).


Her first novel Nurinkurin was published in 2003. Her book on identity Sinut was published in 2007. A manual for the cultural field Multikulti 2012. A cultural history of modern Helsinki Alienin Silmin 2014. She was the co-writer of "A changing world, perspectives on heritage" with case study of museums in Afghanistan. She is working on a book of ethics for children.


Achievements and Awards

"Larin Paraske award", The Kalevala Women’s Association 2008

"Finn of the Year", The Finnish Civic Society 2004

"Kristiina of the year award 2004", Christina Institute, the University of Helsinki

Finland Award 2003, Ministry of Education

Bonnier grand journalist award 2002, for best journalistic innovation of the year

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