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PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA? NO THANKS, I’M STICKING WITH MEAT…

Somalia; Seaside resort, Indian Ocean and the longest coastline in Africa. Soon as you finish that starting line in this article, I have a slight feeling you might be craving for fish. No? Well I guess you a Somali like me.
Ever since I can remember, we are a nation who loves our meat. You cannot show me a menu where meat is not involved. Impossible! Meat has evolved around my life from day one. Steak, lamb, beef, (Our favourite cuisine, Xiilib Aari) and will do till I change my mind.
But we have to inquire ourselves, with a vast quantity of fish in our shores; one must ask, why on earth aren't we eating all that fish? Is there something in our DNA which bans fish? And why haven’t we taken advantage of our long coastline with all that cuisine?
I am not here to say not all of us don’t eat fish. Yes, there are many people in our community whose diet only consists of fish. But I am talking about from my observance through my lifetime with the general community, including myself.
Fish …

NO, WE DON’T WORK FOR TALK TALK

It’s not a buried top secret inside the Somali communities that as a population, we are a community who like to have a discussion. And then chat some more. It’s been imbedded in our DNA ever since known to us. Whether we socialize with reference to sports, work, and politics or whatever else, we just cannot seem to talk any fewer, and it’s not stopping any-time sooner. Here in Mogadishu, The capital, it’s no stranger. Ever since I've been here, I am certain that I've talked more in these 5 months then I did the Last previous 5 years! But what is it that can we have so much info to express ourselves? Like I said, it can be anything, just as long as the conversation is moving steadily along and everyone is taking part, this is the goal. Take part. Put your info. Whatever it is, contribute.

Lately, settling into my new home environment, apart from the usual politics talk, we Somalis are now talking about the opportunities we have. Never in the last 21 years has this topic been exp…

I’M A DIASPORA, GET ME OUTTA HERE!

The day I arrived back home, a lot of people did not expect me to last this long. I’ve witnessed things and met people who I would never have associated with back in London. Warlords, no nonsense private security guards, rude cousins, pushy uncles etc...  I also met some very good people, wonderful aunties, established hard working individuals etc.. But none expected that I came to settle in this magnificent city and make it my home once again. 5 months in, I’m still here. I must admit though, I have doubted myself constant times but realised in order to grow as a human, sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone.
I’ve heard bombs go off, I’ve met both presidents, previous and current, met MPs that made me realise anything is possible in this city if they have made it. I’ve also re-united with long lost family members, seen the house I use to live at and privileged to be witnessing the resurgence of our great country. I tried to fit into society, i.e.; wearing local customary …

PRIME MINISTER RECEIVED WITH FULL CONFIDENCE

The new Prime Minister of Somalia has been fully accepted with full votes and not a single rejection. Mr Shirdon now starts the process of selecting ministers to run his cabinet. This is another major chapter in our progress.
The MPs unanimously backed the ex-businessman, nominated by newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Before the vote Mr Shirdon said he would form "an effective government to deal with current situation".
What the new prime minister now has to do is make the right choices in selecting ministers. We cannot afford to lose time in this wonderful progress and select figures that are not qualified to the task. Mr shirdon’s cabinet must consist of ministers who are loyal to the nation as a whole and have only Somalia as their main intention. Gone should be the days of greed and corruption.
We have a nation to rebuild which has a vast amount of resources with population of only 10+ Million Somalis. The time has arrived to re-brand Somalia and focus on makin…

A SENSE OF BELIEVE

There is a great sense of believe hitting the political atmosphere in Somalia. The last week alone, I had the privilege of speaking to few former candidates who were running for the Presidential seat in Somalia. Some have returned to their “homes” in places like Americas or Europe. But there are some who are not willing to leave the nation as a whole. It shows the determination that we as Somali’s finally have for our great Country.
I met Abdurrahman Badiyow yesterday (07/10/12) in Nairobi. A very intellectual man who really wants change for the nation whether it’s just a little progress or more ambition for the nation. Mr Badiyow is a very smart man. A sophisticated individual who is always seeking for more in Somalia. He could have thrown in the towel and headed back to America but has decided that he wants to contribute his wealth of ideas to Somalia.
Now, heading back to the scene of the Presidential election, there were a vast amount of candidates from the Diaspora all looking to l…

FRESH BEGINNING CONTINUES AS PRIME MINISTER IS NAMED

Well there you have it, wave goodbye to the transitional (Dowlaada ku meelgaarka as we call it) era. Play time is over; we now boast a legitimate federal government in Somalia. After continuous fails and a lot of hard work from numerous transition governments, we have now the 3 major professions vacant. The President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, House of Speaker Mohamed Jawaari and a new confirmed Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid.

Mr Shirdon Saaid’s job was the last outstanding post left. Saaid, a political newcomer, has been a prominent businessman in neighbouring Kenya. It remains to be seen if he can handle the pressure of administrating Somalia with issues regarding: Security Terrorism Corruption 4.5 Formula The Sovereignty of the State Somaliland Piracy And building Institutions Supporting the IDPs
The Prime Minister and his Administration have a tough task ahead of them. But with the determination we all putting effort too, one will surely prevail. He now has, with maximum, 2 weeks to for…