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Nadia Adan’s incredible story is the stuff of film scripts


by Kate Demolder
30th Jun 2021

Nadia Adan

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Nadia’s mother arrived on O’Connell Street in 1994 with Nadia in tow. She was just “four or five” years old.

Nadia Adan sees value in everything. In fact, it’s her job; selling high-end cars and antiques, the pioneering 31-year-old is forever looking for her next big thing. Such is life when you flee a war torn country – 1990s Somali, Eastern Africa – for pastures greener. Kate Demolder interviews. 

Few things strike you when you meet Nadia Adan first. Her accent being one of them. “People meet me and assume I’m foreign, and then I open my mouth!” she laughs. It’s true, a heady mix of Firhouse and Dundrum, Adan’s lilt goes from light and sunny to fierce in a flash.  Her enthusiasm is infectious, proffering a genuine astonishment around the success in which she’s found herself. “I’ve been very lucky,” she says modestly,...

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