Because of anomalies in the British Nationality Act at the time of Decolonisation, and the manner in which nationality was defined by many of the newly Independent States in East Africa (including Somalia), there are large numbers of people unaware of their rights to British Nationality.
STATUS OF SOMALIA
Somaliland (the northern part of modern-day Somalia) was a British Protectorate from 1898 until 25.06.1960. Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).
The area in the south was an Italian territory from 1889.
From 26.06.1960, the Protectorate became independent and six days later, on the 01.07.1960 joined with the south to form Somalia. It is considered a foreign country for UK Nationality purposes.