In Africa's most populous nation, a differing of opinions is a given. But when it comes views on homosexuality and queerness in the country, ... those of the elite take precedence. The colonial legacy in Nigeria has left the country, like many others, with a bias against non-heterosexual relations. And this has in turn been eaten up and spat out by the major religious institutions in the country.
Having inherited Dahabshiil, his father’s disintegrating money- transfer company, as the conflict in Somalia worsened, Abdirashid Duale rebuilt the company and established it as the world’s leading hawala (informal fund-transfer system) outfit.
With more than 2,000 employees, a presence in 140 countries and an annual turnover of $140m, Dahabshiil is behind the phenomenal mercantile success of the Somali diaspora.
It handles a significant part of the $1.5bn in remittances received by Somalia, and plans to build a full-service bank in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa.
For Duale, boosting Somali business is in everyone’s interest: “Practical alternatives will protect vulnerable Somalis, particularly younger generations, from the pressure put on them by extremist groups linked to piracy and terrorism.”
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