I like Lidetu, I can not lie [First posted on Facebook]

When I was at my last job in Ethiopia, Lidetu Ayalewu used to come around to visit one of his “yager lij”s who worked there as a Program Officer. I never liked Ato Lidetu. I don’t know what it is about him: his bubble cheeks, his weight-to-height ratio, or the fact that he was an Amhara politician [I grew up being called “YeWelamo lij” by the Amhara neighboring kids whose parents mistook my dad’s “YeBudda medhanit” Qindib tebasa for being from Wolayita; although my dad considered himself part of the proud Moja Amharas, and a 9th or 10th kinsman of one Emperor Zar’a Ya`qob]. Anyway, something about him got on my nerves. So I walked by without giving him the due my co-workers did every mini/celebrity who stopped by our humble NGO. I walked by with my chin up, nose in the air, and a “fuck you if you think you are better than the rest of us” attitude.
[You know, as “complexam” Habeshas are wont to do! πŸ™‚ ]
But I knew, knew!, he was a righteous person. A righteous person is not a person who does the right thing all the time. He may not even be the kind of person who does good things all the time. A righteous person, for me anyway [and according to the bible – for those who care] is, like King David, a person who lives by what he believes, and does what he considers to be right and true to himself and those around him.
[Say somebody who is not your married ex-boyfriend who gives you frantic calls on Messenger, quoting:
“α‹¨αˆαŠαŒαˆ­αˆ½ α‰ α‹›
α‹αˆ°αŒ€αŠ• αˆ›αŠ˜ αŠ α‹ˆα‰€
ነገሩሡ α‰€αˆŠαˆ αŠα‹
ኸሎ αˆˆα‹­ α‹«αˆˆα‰€”,
right after un-friending you on Facebook – so his dumb-bass wife won’t suspect what was up :)]
Lidetu, on the other hand, proved righteous: before the 2005 election, during it, and in the immediate messy aftermath. I saw him as righteous as I saw the only politician whom I loved, and considered the sole voice of reason in the Parliament back then: His Majesty Professor Beyene Petros!!
I knew why Lidetu decided for his party to take its seat when ene Birhanu Nega α‰°αˆ˜αŠ“αŒ­αˆ¨α‹ αŠ¨α“αˆ­αˆ‹αˆ› αˆ²α‹ˆαŒ‘! Because β€œbilt lij yesetutin yizo yalseQsal”. Because, in politics, no one fucking owes you anything. No one cares if you have the truth on your side. If you don’t have the military might, you win wars by winning small battles everyday [through compromising, haggling, settling for less than perfect or ideal].
In the years following, I watched him mean what he says and say what he means [or try to, because in a country of perpetual tribalism, of “Him who doesn’t see things my way talatye newu”, it is difficult to be heard above the patriotic/the giDel teGadel/the β€˜he who isn’t with us is against us’ fervor]. After I left home, I didn’t keep a tab on Ethiopian politics [Because it is disheartening! Because it is either feast or famine. It is “Abiy is my Hero” today, then “Abiy is a demon” tomorrow. No maturity. No room for errors. No one willing to wait and see]. But I kept a weather eye on Ato Lidetu, to still find him not lacking in righteousness. To always try to be a grown up and do the best he can with the little he is given.
So… maybe you don’t like his politics. Maybe you don’t like his person. Maybe you don’t approve of what he did yesterday, or the day before. But spreading hate against him on Facebook, calling him names, threatening violence against his person: that is not going to help Ethiopia, Ethiopiawinet, or yourself. It only tears a β€œsebez” out of the β€œsaar bett” shack we have for Democracy and hope to build with a sturdy material on a foundation of rock someday.

May 3, 2020 at 2:06 am 1 comment

Year 11: A Friday the 13th kind of year

Here is my CoVid19 catch phrase: We are all gonna die, you just don’t have to lose your breast over it.

End is Near Sign With Stormy Background

March 13, 2020 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Sign Petition, and save lives.

I have a little sister with a compromised immunity, and an aunt going through Chemo. Please Sign Petition and save their lives.

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February 12, 2020 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Three for the road, and then some

For my [α‰ αŒ£αˆ αˆˆαˆα‹ˆα‹³α‰½αˆα£ αˆˆαˆ›αŠ¨α‰₯αˆ«α‰½αˆ] Ethiopian readers, and all those who, through the years, asked what my real name was, why I was refusing to post my photo, and where one can get copies of my “books” per chance one was unable to shop on Amazon, this link can be considered my “αŠ αˆ˜αˆ°αŒαŠ“αˆˆαˆ”/ “‘α‹›αˆ­ α‹­αˆ΅αŒ₯ልኝ”፣ “‘α‹›αˆ­ α‹«αŠ­α‰₯ርልኝ”/ “መልካም α‹¨αŒˆαŠ“ α‰ α‹“αˆ” gift to you.

If you are, on the other hand, one of the many who never gave a shit/stopped giving a shit long time ago and/or are the fucking cunts who stopped talking to me after I asked them for an advice as to how to bring my sister into this country [the way their sisters/brothers/wealthy uncles did for them]; consider this a richly deserved middle finger for the fucking waste of a friend you turned out to be. (I am dying, so I get to be a jerk).

If you have time to spare, listen to my favorite version of “Silent Night” as recorded by “Simon and Garfunkel” [you might want to turn the volume of your laptop up to get the whole meaning]. I also like the following songs for various reasons: “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” by Gayla Peevey because it is innocent and dumb; “Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” by Brenda Lee because it is cute; “Dominick the Donkey” By Lou Monte because I like all things Italian :); “Feliz Navidad” by JosΓ© Feliciano because it reminds me of those warm showery evenings in downtown Escondido which Chris used to walk me through on the way home back when he still enjoyed being my husband; “The Nightmare before Christmas”, as covered by Fall Out Boy, because the lead-singer sounds super hot; and “Mary’s Boy Child” by Boney M. which never ceases to make me cry every time it came up on Troy’s iPod [because God, as personified by Jesus, was the only one who loved me when I was a fat/ugly/miserable wretch of a teenager; and because I do not feel let down by him, despite a breast cancer diagnosis at what could be seen as the prime of my life].

Honorable mentions shall go to: the hilarious Bob Rivers’ “Twisted Christmas” collection, the smart and sassy “The 12 Days of Christmas” album by the Cappella group “Straight No Chaser”; Jim Carrey’s version of the movie “How the Grinch stole Chrsitmas”, the timeless classic “A Christmas story”, and “The man who came to dinner” which is a black and white comedy made in 1942 and actually has a line “For New Year’s Eve broadcast, we’ll have as guests…Jascha Heifetz, Helen Hayes, Schiaparelli, the Lunts, Dr. Alexis Carrel, with Haile Selassie on shortwave from Addis Ababa.”].

Enjoy.

December 14, 2019 at 7:03 pm 2 comments

“Seattle is being taken-over by East-Indians”; and other “racist” musings from a terminally-ill black girl [who can no longer afford to live in the Emeral City] :)

To read more, click on image or go to: bogusfacts.wordpress.com.

On the issue of “Xenophobia”, listen to my favorite podcast: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/whom-cowbell-tolls

November 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

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