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Somalia to rebuild Somali language and culture academy

Storyline:National News

The president of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today laid the foundation stone of the Somali Language and Culture Academy in Mogadishu following a bilateral agreement with Djibouti early this year to revitalise the Somali language and culture.

Speaking at event , President Mohamud stressed the importance of rebuilding the academy, “Nation without language and culture is like tree without root therefore, I am uplifted when I see efforts that serve for that purpose. We must preserve our language and culture.”

The academy was home to the first ever written Somali official Script 52 years ago and many Somali poets and arts which are heritage for the upcoming young Somali generation. However it was destroyed during the civil war and has remained in ruins since then.

The entertainment and cultural industries of the country have disappeared since the collapse of Somali central Government in 1991 and any efforts to reclaim may need time and patience.

A week-long conference on Somali language and the establishment of regional Somali Language academy was held on 21st February this year in Mogadishu.

The conference was attended by Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, his counterpart Djibouti president, Ismael Omar Guelleh and delegates from four Horn of Africa nations with Somali speaking inhabitants.

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