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Published On: Thu, Feb 16th, 2017

Proposal of New Name for Somaliland Republic

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Since the world is well aware of Somaliland now, I would propose the following name for the country to speed up its recognition. This name is derived from the historical nature of Somaliland location in the world. Such name would also remove the confusion of jealousy name-competition of Puntland and Jubbaland (which are provinces of Somalia) with Somaliland. The new name would also help world media or news reporters, who are not familiar with Somaliland, distinguish it from Puntland and Jubbaland.

The Sahel, a word derived from the Arabic ‘Sahil’ meaning sea coast or shore, is a semi-arid belt. The Red Sea is part of Sahel Region in Africa. The Sahel region is one of primarily agriculture and pastoralism, which is negatively affected by periodic droughts.

So, I would propose or recommend the name ‘Sahel’ for the country name to replace Somaliland because it is the natural name of Somaliland since Somaliland shares the description of semi-arid land with pastoralism in the East and agriculture in the West and located at the Red Sea.

In ancient times, Arabs used the call Somaliland coast Sahil, especially in the days of Awdal Muslim Emirate (The Adal Sultanate or Kingdom of Adal as a multi-ethnic medieval Muslim state located in the Horn of Africa. The kingdom flourished from around 1415 to 1577. The sultanate and state was established by the inhabitants of the Harar and controlled large parts of Somaliland, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea.


1. Name of the country In English Language

⁃ Country: Sahel

⁃ Type of Government: Sahel Republic or Republic of Sahel

⁃ Citizen or citizens of Sahel: Saheli/Sahelis or Sahelian/Sahelians

2. Name of the country In Arabic Language

⁃ الساحل

⁃ جمهورية الساحل

⁃ الجمهورية الساحلية

⁃ مواطن : ساحلي او ساحليون

3. Magaca Dalka Luqada Af Somaliga

⁃ Dalka: Saaxil

⁃ Jamhuuriyadda Saaxil

⁃ Muwaadinka: Saaxili/Reer Saaxil

4. The current Region of Sahel whose capital is Berbera would become: Guban Region

⁃ منطقة جبن

⁃ Gobolka Guban

Ibrahim Hassan Gagale
Date: February 16, 2017

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  1. Gobaad says:

    A big NO, thanks. Sahil does sound good at all. I would rather keep this existing name: “Somaliland” and Somalilander because Haybadeeday leedahay because we were Somaliland and Somalilanders since the colonial time. Why do we want to change it now?

    Puntland Somaliland’s original name would have been okay, but was taken by Majeerten to replace Majeerteniya.

  2. Somebody says:

    Somalistan ?
    Issaqistan ?

  3. Gobaad says:

    Kuwiina u bixi, moron!

  4. Somebody says:

    I am a Somalistani ! Good honest, beautiful and a very, very nice sounding name. Far better sounding than somalilanding which sound’s rather ridiculous.

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