The arrest and sentencing of Somalilander Naima Qorane for publishing pro-unity poetry is just the tip of the iceberg in a state that's eager to maintain its sovereignity as a nation.
A deal brokered by Ethiopia to develop the port at Berbera will have a ripple effect across the Horn of Africa.
The self-declared territory of Somaliland has held peaceful elections since it broke away from Somalia in 1991. But last month's polls triggered protests that should be cause for reflection.
In a remarkable extension of technological leapfrogging, Somaliland will become the first country in the world to use iris recognition in a presidential election.
It's wrong to blame climate change for famine and conflict. These can either be prevented, or the impact minimised, if institutions and mechanisms of good governance are in place.
You can now pay your way with apps, cryptocurrencies and other digital alternatives. Physical money might one day look like a relic of the past.
Qatar withdrawing its troops has reignited tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti which the UN and African Union are trying to mediate. This comes as Eritrea is also embroiled in the Yemen civil war.
Al Shabaab is facing stress under increased pressure from the government and the regional states. But it should also be noted that predictions of its collapse have come and gone before
Separation is intended to deal with problems and provide an acceptable alternative, but history shows it may not be the solution.