Monday, January 20, 2020

Somaliland Book Festival Aims to Promote Culture, Preserve Language

A weeklong festival of books, culture and literature kicked off Saturday in Hargeisa, the capital of the internationally unrecognized breakaway republic of Somaliland. Authors, artists and...

Britain scraps £9million foreign aid for Ethiopia’s Spice Girls

British taxpayers will no longer fund Ethiopia’s version of the Spice Girls. Admitting foreign aid could be spent better elsewhere, ministers pulled the plug on...

Lonely Planet Publishes Travel Guide on Ethiopia, Djibouti & Somaliland

Lonely Planet, a leading publisher of world-class travel guides, released a new, very comprehensive guide to travellers wishing to get the best out of...

Sudan: Forgotten musical heritage revived with violins and synths

Hugely popular across the African continent in the 70s and 80s, the music of Khartoum was almost extinguished in 1989 when the hard-line religious...

How to verify photos and videos on social media networks

Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria – or, in fact, pretty much any story that’s in...

U.K. FOREIGN AID FUNDING ‘UNDER REVIEW’ AFTER ‘ETHIOPIAN SPICE GIRLS’ RECEIVE $6.5M

All-female pop group Yegna were granted funds to build a media platform online. The International Development Secretary has announced that the U.K. government's funding of...

Duale Lauds Young Somalis Poetry BBC Award

Deqa Nuux Yonis has won the BBC Somali Young Female Poet award as the broadcaster celebrated its 60 years of service in the Horn...

Arabic Billboards are popping up in Middle America. Why?

One reads 'Ahlan wa Sahlan', while the other translates to 'human being' Unless you've been living under a digital detox rock, you'll know that the US...

ABDI QAYS: Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Poet and Playwright

Occasionally an artist has a moment that makes even skeptics think “O.K. maybe he is the best.” Abdi Qays achieved this in the late...

A literary snapshot of Somaliland – A Country Full of Pleasant Surprises

I spent last week at arguably the most well-organised and longest-running book festival in East Africa, the Hargeysa International Book Fair. It was my...

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More Soldiers, Civilian Officials Abandon Puntland Responsibilities to Re-align with Somaliland

Thirty police officers of Boocame district, Sool, who had, hitherto, been loyal to the Somalia Federal state of Puntland laid aside their allegiance to...

Somalia PM Pauses Implementation of $112-Million WB Project

Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Khaire Saturday suspended a World Bank-funded development deal signed between Finance Minister Abdirahman Beyle and representatives of three regional states...

Can Ethiopia Hold a Credible, Free, Fair Election in 2020?

PM Abiy Ahmed, upon coming to power in April 2018, promised to hold democratic, credible polls with a clear timeline The much-anticipated announcement of voting...