some people in here are actually trying to compete. somalia at the moment has zero urban planning.
not a single shantytown qualifies to be a town, let alone a city.
mogadishu was the only city somalia had because it had modern urban planning before the civil war.
like i said before, any coastal settlement in somalia has the potential to boom and surpass any coastal settlements/towns/cities in africa
primarily due to somalia's strategic location.
raaskamboni, kismaayo, marka, baraawe, hobyo, garacad, eyl, bender beyla, raas hafun, raas caseyr, boosaaso, laasqoray, xiis, berbera, and seylac all have
the potential to become vibrant cosmopolitan cities in somalia.
Not all coastal town can boom. Only coastal towns with modern sea port or coastal towns that have tourism potential. In Somalia the towns surrounding fertile land or rivers have the biggest potentials.
But it also depends on the government and how they allocate/distribute wealth. It is not only the job of the town people but the government to develop a city. This is not a city state type of country, unless if it is what you aiming for since all these tribal states resemble city state like of governance. But when we look at the normal standard of developed countries it is the role of the government to establish towns or develop existing towns. That's why the towns of Somalia looks ugly today because everyone is building what they want and where they want. There is no sense of law and order when it comes to establishing a modern city in Somalia.