See also:
» 02.10.2009 - Somaliland peace pact hailed
» 25.08.2009 - Crackdown on independent media ahead of election
» 11.08.2009 - Union denounce conviction of journalists
» 28.05.2009 - Somaliland agrees on fixed election time
» 28.05.2009 - Somaliland agrees on fixed election time
» 30.04.2009 - Somaliland mediation committee rules in favour of the president
» 14.04.2009 - Somaliland lash on Eritrea interference in Horn of Africa
» 20.08.2004 - Somaliland now counts on four universities

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Science - Education | Society | Politics

Professor urges modification of Somaliland's name to "Somalistan"

afrol News / Awdal News Network, 6 April - Professor Ali Mazrui, the famous African historian and eminent political thinker, asserted Somaliland's right for recognition and urged Somalilanders to intensify their lobbying in Commonwealth countries . He made these remarks during a dinner hosted in his honour by President Dahir Rayaale Kahin.

For his part, President Rayaale questioned the logic of people calling Somaliland and Somalia to remain united on the basis of common language, culture and religion. "Well, we know that Arabs too share the same and yet they are separate Sovereign states," he said.

Professor A.Mazrui, an admirer of Somaliland's unique model of traditional and modern democracy, called upon Somalilanders to promote their cause in Commonwealth countries.

In a speech to the two houses of parliament on 22 March, Professor Mazrui said: " I think if Somaliland lobbied enough in African and black countries of the Commonwealth who constitute almost half of the group's membership, Somaliland would stand a better chance of penetrating this club than the African Union at this stage."

In another lecture at Hargeisa University, Professor Mazrui spoke about various topics such as African issues, democracy, globalization, modernity, and clash of civilizations. A rare occasion for Hargeisa University, the lecture hall was packed with students, faculty members and scores of other participants.

Answering students' questions about Samuel P. Huntington's theory on Clash of Civilizations and its relevance to Africa, Professor Mazrui said that the central theme of Huntington's theory was that now the cold war had ended, future conflicts would be less and less between states and collusions of ideology would be more between civilizations and cultures. "I asked Huntington," said Professor Mazrui, "Sam where have you been? Clashes between Civilizations have been going on for 500 years and the main aggressor has been the West.".

Professor Mazrui had a around table discussion with prominent Somalilanders at Mansoor Hotel on Thursday where he raised again the growing role of Somaliland in the democratic process of Africa. He underlined that Somaliland's unique model of reconciliation and state-building based on both traditional and modern systems deserved more attention from the African and international community. On the same night, the Professor had a dinner with members of the civil society in Ambassador hotel.

On Friday, Professor Mazrui left for Berbera and visited the historical sites there including the old Mosque and the Berbera Water supply built by Turks during the Ottoman Empire. He also visited the important historical sites of CEEL-GEEL. On Saturday evening, the Professor flew from Egal International Airport back to United States via Addis Ababa. In a press conference before his departure, Professor Mazrui expressed his gratitude for the warm hospitality accorded him during his stay in Somaliland.

Commenting on the name confusion between Somaliland and Somalia, Professor Mazrui said: "You may consider modifying your name like Somalistan, which has similar ending like those of other Islamic countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan etc." Professor Ali Mazrui has a huge influence and connections not only in the academic world but also on policymakers in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was chosen by Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, as an Icon of the Twentieth Century. Somalilanders, therefore, hope his visit and the positive remarks he made about Somaliland would enhance their country's quest for recognition.

Professor Mazrui arrived in Somaliland on an official visit on Tuesday, 21st March 2006. Meeting him at Hargeisa Egal International Airport were Information Minister Abdilllahi Mohamed Duale, Foreign Minister Edna Adam Ismail, Finance Minister Hussein Ali Duale and Culture and Tourism Minister Osman Ali Bile. Also present at the airport were Dr M. Rashid Sh.Hassan, the Director of African Renaissance Center for Social Science Research Media and Development (Arecsmed), Mohamed Said Gees, the Director of Academy of Peace and Development, Abdi Yousef Duale (Boobe), the Coordinator of the Academy of Peace and Development, Adam Mouse Jibril, the Representative of Sub Sahara, and other representatives of the Academic Institutions and Civil Societies.

Professor Mazrui had the first taste of Somaliland culture at the airport where a group of young Somaliland artists greeted him with traditional songs and folklore dance.

- Create an e-mail alert for Somaliland news
- Create an e-mail alert for Science - Education news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news
- Create an e-mail alert for Politics news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at