Issa is one of the major tribes in horn of Africa and live in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somaliland. The Issa’s geographical homeland starts from northwest of Ethiopia’s city of Dire Dawa, Djibouti and to historic northern Somaliland city of Zeila at Salal Region. Issa crown their young tribal chief in Zeila City as part of ritual trip that started from Dire Dawa to Zeila, which covers the entire land of Issa tribe. This trip took about seven months and covered more than 200 kilometers.

The 19 year old chief tribe of Issa inherited more than 500 years old culture and bylaws of Issa tribe from his forefathers. The chief tribe of Issa Mustapha Mohamed Ibrahim born 1995 at the year that his successor passed away. This handsome and tall young chief was brought up under watchful of Issa’s elderly in Dire Dawa City of Ethiopia. The chief has special qualities like patience, tolerance, and peace. Ugaas Ibrahim is very quite and dependable man. He is God-fearing man who practices his religion regularly and a conservative.

It was amazing to witness the young chief following 500 years old tradition of his forefathers, after he drunk the milk of goat and cow that belong to a family who provided similar milk to every elected chief tribe of Issa in last five centuries.

The customs of Issa tribe is one of the oldest in the horn of Africa, and the chief is the most powerful man in the tribe and organizes social life of the community, and ensures unity. The chief is the main contact and symbol of Issa, and other neighboring tribes communicate to him directly in case of problem solving or cooperation. The history writes that former Issa tribal chiefs mediated other tribes of the region in civil wars.

The chief tribe is devoted to serve the community and possess experience and skills in problem-solving because he is the brain behind Issa tribe. The chief has consultants who are strong between the communities, and are widely respected.

The new tribal chief of Issa tribe comes after gap of about 14 years between the new chief and his late descendant who received the crown on 1935. The Issa tribe disclosed the identity of the new chief on last year’s 14th Ramadan.

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High-ranking officials from Somaliland, Ethiopia and Djibouti were present at the ceremony at Zeila City of Somaliland, including Premier of Djibouti and Ministers from Somaliland and Ethiopia. This illustrates the traditional link between the people of the three countries, who share culture, language and religion despite their love to peace and stability at time that region is passing through security instability particularly the vicious Somalia.

The government of Somaliland organized the ceremony in Zeila and cabinet members received the new chief to the city.

President of Djibouti Ismail Omer Gaileh is from Issa tribe, and welcomed the new chief to Djibouti – the modern homeland of Issa tribesmen. Issa share Djibouti with Afar and other Somali tribes. Reliable sources ensured that chief is much powerful than Gaileh when it comes to Issa’s affairs.

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By: Abdulaziz Al-Mutiari



  1. When will the somali people move beyond tribes? It has no place in the 21st century and it's loyalties and structures only bring more problems than they solve. The prophet muhammed pbuh said to only use tribes to know of your lineage and family connections. It should have no other use but these people cling to it as if it is the savior to their problems.

  2. ToSomalilandPress: "WAR LA QABO, XIISO MA LEH!!!".
    It was a major news event with a historical and cultural significance in the Horn. Yet, you ignored it. I hope it was not because of envy — the event was showcasing the unity of West Awdalites in contrast to the divided house of their brethren in Somaliland.

  3. What i couldn't understand and many people don't understand is why an international recognized government promute clan interest rather than national interest. Jobouti always had jealousy toward Awdal that they would get Lowyacado and Saylac area one day and today they have Mr. Riyale who assisting them to make Jabouti's dream reality.
    People are not agaist promuting Somali old culture but when you have governments spending a lot of money people are too suspecious about it and they should be. Mr. Ismail gale is playing with fire and he need to back off from Awdal. He should let the Somali/Somaliland live together and he should stop puting one community agaist another. His currency fran should be spend to help Jabouti economy rather than claiming Saylac. Mr. should know with or without Somaliland or Somalia there is international border and that should be respected. Shame on my uncle Riyale who is helping Jobouti to grap our land/Somaliland, Awdalland and Somalia as some still claim.
    No more Mr. Ismail's free fishing in Awdal coast and no more Mr. Riyale making his cousin happy. Mr. Gale is puting his house in fire since Jobouti isn't home to his clan interest. He should get his hand off these traditional Ugases are cultural values.

  4. What a ridiculous tribalism!! The Somaliland government should be ashamed of itself for wasting time and resources on such an outdated and useless ritual, instead of focusing on the many problems we face at home. This only shows us that the Riyale government is not fit for purpose and should be replaced.

  5. samaroon clans are one of narrow mind and mindless people in this area, they jealous about issaq and issa which have biggest land and resources.
    jealous doesnt give u anything my friend thats why most people call borama black hole beggars city.

  6. You fool, did you hear anyone speak about clan, we are talking about countries Jabouti and Somaliland and you talking about how much you hate Samaron. Come out of your hate world you racis moreon. We only talking governments and if any government is racis it Jbouti like or not.

    People who stablished and lived Jabouti for over 100 years, the new arrivals who came from Somali Etopian region that belong to Jabouti governing clan chased them out and they argue they are not Jaboutian what a racis government and racis administration. Keep up your racis comments i'm you will get the rewards sooner or later.

    • hello Mr. Ayaanle i think it's time to move forward not backward and get up from your deep sleeping, let me explain you some think that you miss,,,,,, i want you to put and locked up in your main that never Djibouti will fall down and both community (ISSA and ISAQ) will live 4 ever and the land that u r talking about is an Issa land 4 a long time, you know in SAMARON there'r good people who care's about the others like the ex-president of somaliland but ur situation is out of line so it's better to connect ur self online … My advice to you is to go right now to the nearest hospital 2 cure ur self because u r a dam fool sick ……..byeeeee and i may thank my brothers n sister about the speech : ADAL,ODAH and SAMAROON thank u guys………..

  7. u sick mind ayanle………it's amazing to witness ur weak comment about Mr.Gelleh and Djabouti. As far as I know Jabouti is the only homeland for all somali ppl. It always tring to make political consilidation in Somali and clan tolerance as well.As it said b forward and get back 2 ur nearst hospital….

    Djabouti……Homeland 4 all Somali…….long life

  8. Culture and state is absoultly different from tribisim. Kindly understand the context and comment on it

    Respectfully urs

  9. vive issa waa wada issa nina aro madeero je five en paysbasje dit mon famile issa peace paece insha allah mon nom mahamed kaourahn wais