"Twenty-six people were killed in the attack and fifty-six others wounded, among those killed are.foreign nationals three Kenyans, one Canadian, one British, two Americans, and three Tanzanians".
"We lost somebody who wanted a future for us that was reimagined into a healthy image of us", said the Somali visual storyteller based in Toronto. "I got his dead body this morning and have just buried him", she said. "We control the hotel now".
The attack is the latest in a long line of bombing and assaults claimed by Al-Shabaab. "She told stories of the most vulnerable people in some of the most challenging situations".
A presidential candidate for upcoming regional elections was also killed.
He said most of the victims were patrons of the hotel, which is often frequented by lawmakers and local officials. These are the prominent people. The toll is likely to rise.
At least two journalists and a United Nations agency staff member were also reported to have been killed.
Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, died in the attack, Mogadishu-based independent radio station Radio Dalsan confirmed to the AP.
Galow, who lives in Fairfax, Va., but is now in Somalia, went on to say that Nalayeh's words of encouragement were like having "dreams come back to the country".
Saciido Shaie, a Somali activist in Minnesota, said Nalayeh had wanted her two sons and younger generations of the Somali diaspora to know about her country of birth.
Some of Nalayeh's previous social media posts depicting people smiling and going about their lives re-circulated on Twitter as news of her death spread online - images, people noted in their posts, that were at odds with the depiction of Somalia as a place devastated by decades of civil war, starvation and conflict.
Aden Aw Hirsi, Somalia's Minister of Planning and global co-operation, said on Twitter: "We are heartbroken by their sudden violent deaths".
Kismayo resident Osman Nur told Reuters the explosion destroyed parts of the hotel and nearby businesses and security forces were deployed across the city.