Abt Z Box

If you were born and raised in Ethiopia, you’d know the story of the man who dug a hole. He loved gossiping! Dude simply couldn’t put a zipper to it. When, finally, a dear friend told him a secret he should guard with his life, he felt it’s about time he got the spade work going. He dug a hole. Told it all his friend’s secret. Put the dirt back & sealed it. The story doesn’t end there. But my interest in it only goes as far as “the hole”. 

I’ve always seen the hole as a sort of “comment box”, a “wailing mountain”, if you will. A place where you go to scream your lungs out and get a relief without being scrutinized. That’s how the internet has always been to me. Which maybe why i’m more outspoken here, than there. Not easy: being Ethiopian, female and opinionated. A girl needs an “issue box”, or two, to be sane.

Be that as it may, this collection of rags used to not always go by the aforementioned name. It was entitled “Your world & Me”, taking residence at: abesheet . blogspot . com. When all blospots got blocked by you-know-who, I decided to bring my complaints to wordpress and minimize the accusative tone in the title.

You won’t be getting much in the form of “edification” (from the word “edify”, meaning: Enlighten, inform, educate, instruct) here. In the words of somebody nobler, this page won’t edify a cow! But you will see your world as reflected through my eyes. Hope you like what you saw :).

The nick name “abesheet” (meaning “female abesha”) does not stand in support of any Abyssinian ruler (past & present) or atrocities done by him/her!

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Arefe  |  April 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hey i just wanted to say congra for you nice article.,,Hard times.I laughed my guts out.
    the comment section doesn’t work though.

  • 2. abesheet  |  April 19, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you arefe, for the kind words. Especially coming after all those comments before you. Which i found flattering, by the way, but realized that perhaps it may not look as flattering to friends and family members. So had to hit the delete button.

    Thank you for being here for a sister.

    Best wishes.

  • 3. sira salata  |  April 21, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Seifu Fantahun Occupation—-Entertainer….Ohh my god, who made him so, for which of his deeds….’ anchi abesheet, cheguarayen meletshiw eko ‘…kidd’n
    well I admit that he was a kind of comic at the start of Addis zema….on his way then, he was unable to add more styles…he just stick to his ‘dirk yale keld, yehone difret bicha yemolabet’. For me, he mistakenly interprete the concept of being straight and eventually becomes a ‘Zertach’. Especially when his freinds start to work well on the other FM, he becomes more ‘derek’ to outsmart them. ‘Abo yemecheresha yetebanenebet mood mankesakes jemiro neber’. It is obvious that, if an entertainer can’t change styles and creativity then who dares to give an ear (abesheet about this ‘ear’ issue, I may have something to say). Ye seifu ‘ neger eko ‘ it is a kind of known, My village findatoch start to cheer with it for sometime then they just pass over it, ehhh’ tadia tekorboal ende ‘. But the Addis zema host….continues his ‘ mezertet ‘ as he does for 1.Muluken Melesse, the issue may need some ‘ chikichik ‘, but what ever the case, ‘ sewyew yemayawkew wust gebto wuha manborachek yelebetim ‘ 2.Teddy Afro….sorry I wasnot around to hear the programme, but finally realized that he aired the programme with a backgound of ‘ Lebo ‘ song…He is really ‘ Defar zertach ‘……Thus, his Addis Zema art play could be concluded as a good start but a dormant and lame presence, predicted as ‘ soon to die ‘.
    About the so called fim he tries to make, Ohhh my god, can u help me loughing…I first have heard the theme of the film from a freind. I considered that freind as an ‘ Asfaw neger or fogari’ coz, never shall I expect a comedy fim of that theme from Seifu(those days…he was a kind of comik man, for me even). When I see the film and his acts, especially his eyes while romancing that cute gal or fearing that nice actor……I was thinking him as a bad stage performer. Neither is he a good writer, producer nor radio host. So how can u guys call him an entertainer…For which of his deeds??????….abesheet can u pleasssse change ‘Entertainer’ with ‘Amater Entertainer’ pleassseee.
    Had I been u, I would have refered his job as one of Mezertet, melefle or medrek….. c ya

  • 4. sira salata  |  April 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Arefe,

    I thing the sister’s comment section will work very well after now.
    I sware not to spoil her good works. For that I asked her excuses, which she deserves.

  • 5. Meriem  |  July 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Can I comment on the so called Seifu Fantahun? (3. sira salata | April 21, 2008 at 6:49 pm) mentioned him very well but yeteresa neger, about his film “Yifellegal”. How many of you know yetesereke mehonun? from the film EMMATES MARK. (sorry if I made a spelling error but it is yeferenj film) esu gin shimtit argo kade. I read it on Ethiopianreporter.com under the title “seifu lemin yiwashal” cos on his radio program he started “lemin Yiwwashal?” kind of awaraj program. Though it was good program but when he comes to his YETEGALETE SIRKOT, shimtit adirgo new yekadew. Pls guys pray for Teddy Afro Monday is wossagn ken lesu (21 July). Ya melatamma esun annekaktot hede. Pls can I ask you one favour for those of you who live in US (I am living in Ethiopia) pls mok yale tiffee leseifu situlign.
    Ameseginalehu

  • 6. Abresh  |  September 22, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I wish you could put u r mail id somewhere I look evevrywhere in each page of u r site hoping that u r address might be…. finally I found out that u r bit …
    So do u have gut to put ur mail id plz

  • 7. kelil  |  May 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    talent with out good literacy has made an hebesh called teddy afro
    a stupid!! BECAUSE why did he say ,” ba iwqet yaltebetere chinqillat
    ………..” to seifish and teborne on the magazine qumneger?
    it’s illiteracy itself what compelled him to say ‘ the illiterates =bewqet yaltebexere.’ publicly though the expected is not the word.

  • 8. Carla  |  May 28, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I wasn’t born in Ethiopia, and never heard that story, but I enjoy reading about lives so different from my own. Isn’t that the point – to learn from others’ diversities and make the world a better place?

    You definitely think outside the box. I like your writing style, some thought provoking and interesting ideas – keep it coming!

  • 9. Alemush  |  June 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Tadias,

    I have a mailinglist with abeshas all over the world. We discuss, share and reflect on contemporary issues in and outside Ethiopia above polictics and cross borders.

    Would you like to join us?
    I hope so!

    . a

  • 10. Lula  |  October 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

    So abesheet, you are now in the US of A? Just curious. Love your site.
    See ya

  • 11. hilina  |  October 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    hi tsfaye it is a fantasitic person now i live in adis
    u are write the truth of ethiopan situation i like it all book yeburka semeta & yegasetenaw mastawesa
    i wash u all the best

  • 12. shemelis wesin  |  January 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

    how addis ababa university and dire dawa university work together

  • 13. andthree  |  May 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Hola Abesheet!

    Can you help a brother out and post the list of the top ten books you have ever read? And if you have already done that, can you please point me to the link?

    Thanks

  • 14. andthree  |  December 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award; hope you don’t mind.

    http://andthree.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/the-versatile-blogger-tibebes-response/

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