Opinion makers

Somalia remains a polarised country, where public opinion varies greatly depending on which particular self-governed regional entity or non-state actor an individual may support.

In recent years there has been an explosion of blogs and online news sites – popular blogs such as Warya Post and Sahan Journal, an independent online news site that covers Somalia and the diaspora, which often mixes politics with light-hearted posts about what Somalis to follow on Instagram or the love lives of Somalis in America. Have all garnered huge attention and audience reach both at home and abroad.

There is also a new crop of opinion makers emerging in Somalia, including commentators like Abdi Aynte, journalist Fatuma Abdullahi founder of the online news blog Warya Post and Ilwas Elman, the noted human rights activist and youth, peace and security advisor to the UN in 2017.