Is the nationality of a Somaliland’s citizen Somalilander or Somali?





This is the title of a public debate that will take place tomorrow evening, 24th February, at 7.45, at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre.

After almost 29 years of independence, many people in Somaliland are unable to differentiate their national identity from their ethnicity as Somali.  This debate is to increase awareness among the Somalilanders about the crucial role that national identity plays in building commonalities and unity as well as diminishing differences and clannism within a nation’s state.


The Hargeysa Cultural Center was opened in August 2014 in Hargeysa, Somaliland. The Center was established by Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF). Since its establishment, the Hargeysa Cultural Center has become an important feature in Hargeysa’s cultural landscape. The success of the center owes much to the respect that RCF has gained from its work on running the annual Hargeysa International Book Fair, which, now in its eighth year, has become one of the most admired cultural events in the region.

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