The Somaliland Cultural Association of Edmonton is celebrating 20 years in the community, hosting a Saturday cultural event at the St. John Cultural Centre.

The association is hosting the party — with members of the women’s association and Gurmad supporters — at the 10611 110 Ave. center from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The free event includes a live concert.

There will also be entertainment from event organizer and emcee Abdullahi Mohamed, who goes by the name “Captain Abdul.”


“After covid, it was tough but finally people can come out and just everyone gets to know the Somaliland community here,” he said.

Somaliland Cultural Association Of Edmonton Marks 20 Years In Community
Somaliland Independence Day celebration organizer Abdullahi Mohamed, left, poses at the 2018 celebration in Edmonton with attendees Kaltun Sahal, Nima Askar and Anran Hassan. Postmedia, file

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia on May 18, 1991. While considered part of Somalia by most of the international community, the region, bordered also by Ethiopia and Djibouti, has its own money, elections, and judiciary.

Somaliland was previously colonized by the United Kingdom while the rest of Somalia was colonized by Italy.

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