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Will the real “First Lady” please stand up?

We’ve all heard & and been upset with it (perhaps for various reasons). The Amharic equivalent of the word “First Lady”, (“Qedamawit Emebet”) being applied to P.M. Meles Zenawi’s wife. However, is Azeb Mesfin really a first lady?According to Wikipedia, a reliable and dear friend of mine, the word “First Lady” is a term applied to the wife of an elected male head of state. And Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, although the real leader behind the crown, ISN’T ‘head of state’… yet, anyway. There is a man he is supposed to report to and bow before the signature of. This dude is real, alive and well. Well.. maybe not that well but alive enough to embarass those shallow Ethiopians (like me) who like to have their president good and functional. It’s not known if this man has a wife, but if he does, the good lady would definitely go by a different name. So you’d think, atleast for appearances sake, the ENA people not to refer to his 2nd in command’s wife as “Qedamawit Emebet”. Don’t you? Unless they are trying their hands on political satire. Which is very unlike them.*Azeb Mesfin is an Ethiopian women’s right activist, businesswoman, member of parliament, and political spouse. She is also the vice President of Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA).[1]Azeb is the wife of Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi and the mother of three children, Semhal, Marda and Senay Meles.*

March 20, 2008 at 3:35 am 2 comments

The many names of P.M. Meles Zenawi

Here is what the description of a group I created on facebook reads:

Dedicated to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who is undoubtedly the most controversial Premier the country ever had.

He’s bald and stocky, with a kind of goatee that makes no mystery where the idea for his animal cartoon representations came from. He’s been called names, had white-house-front-door protests, and an award (or two) for his name. Some see him as a genius in the wrong profession. To others, he is a smooth-talking dictator who turns on the charm when he thinks it would serve him some [evil] purpose :-). One thing is certain! He is an individual, and has managed to remain an individual, in a country where such notions are frowned upon.. sometimes.. to the pain of death!! For that reason, atleast, I raise my glasses to him! Long Live, your premiership! People like you are in short supply!
(pun intended :-))

If, on the other hand, his Premiership asked google, like Jesus did his disciples, “who do the people say that I am” he’d come up with the following results in just 21 pages:

“Meles Graziani”

“Neo-Nazi Abyssinian dictator”

“a complete thug”

“hated dictator”

“the 15th Worst Dictator in the World”

“A Terrorist”

“the dictator (Ethiopian prime minister)”

“a very insecure man”

“a terrorist .. also leads the terrorist mercenary regime”

“Implacable, Vindictive and Malicious: the criminal Abyssinian dictator”

“a psychotic neo-. fascist who replicated Haile Mariam’s brutality”

and on the *other* hand…

“a versatile fellow”

“People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) chairman”

“head of government for Ethiopia”


“Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia”

“one of Africa’s young leaders and senior statesmen”

“our beloved Chairman”

March 17, 2008 at 7:24 am 2 comments

Would an Oromo King/Ruler have done better?

First of, I consider myself an Ethiopian, although my head is no longer in the clouds about what the name represents (and been made to represent) after reading, among others, “Oromiya: Yetedebekew YeGif Tarik” and “YeBurqa Zimta”. Not that the racism against Oromos (and the rest of non-amhara Ethiopia) was a news to me. Grew up being abused for being “wolamo” because my father taught among, and knew the language of, the people of Wolaita. Not to mention the bitter memory of seeing my cousins (born from Oromo fathers) tip-toeing to where the teacher sat to whisper their grandfather’s name. Which is why i grew up despising the word “amhara”, even if my father’s father is a “Moja” & “proud Amahra” (so they say) from Shewa. I have an Oromo blood too, like almost every other Ethiopian I know, through my mother’s grandmother; who left home (Homa, Wellega) when young, came, and brought up her children (and grand children) in Addis Ababa. Still, i consider myself Ethiopian because i do not see the word “Ethiopia” as representing neither amhara nor Tigray. And, more importantly, because I have choosen long ago never to judge a philosophy by it’s abuses. (For we all agree “Ethiopianism” is a philosophy and a noble one at that).

Anywho, I joined the group not only because I want to know what it means being a Non-Ethiopian Oromo, but also to post a question, i.e. Do you think an Oromo King would have done better?

I want you to take your time and ponder over this question. It’s true that Oromiya’s children have suffered, just the way the rest of Ethiopia suffered, under the rules of it’s “Abyssinian” leaders. And because Oromos were bigger in number and Proud-er, the atrocity may have looked targated against them (us). However, don’t you think the answer is less complicated and more universal than what we are trying to make it here?. That, rulers kill those who opposed them and refuse to bow for them, period? Especially if they have been obsessed with the concept of “unity at any cost” like our kings and heads of states have been and lately are?. Do you think an Oromo king would have let his opposition roam free and hesitate before killing all those who refuse to come together under his “wing”? Unity, if you haven’t noticed, is what every leader starts preaching when he comes to power even if (in TPLF’s case, for example) “unity” was the last thing in it’s mind before assuming power! Unity Sells, that’s the way i see it, when you are on top. It was the Amhara’s who wanted unity at the time of Dergue (and Haileselassie I), it’s the Tigres (once considered ethnicist) that are preaching Unity these days. If, Insh Allah, a leader from the loins of an Oromo father came to power: do you really think he’d hesitate from trying to sell us (and killing if refused) this very product that was used as an excuse & justification for all the injustice done to children of Oromo, and the rest of non-Amhara Ethiopia?

At the risk of sounding sentimental & you-know-women, I consider you guys my brothers and sisters (whether oromo or Ethiopian) more close to me than I consider non-Ethiopian africans. Because, I have been through what you been through and we are men-in-arms, if nothing else. I think that’s what matters, in the end. Who you can identify with, rather than what type of blood (if such differentiation is possible) they got running in their viens and cappilaries (check spelling) :-).


March 14, 2008 at 11:25 am 15 comments

“Habesha & Ethiopianism”

The following post was taken from a facebook group entitled: “I’M OROMO NOT “ETHIOPIAN”! ANI OROMOODHA!” The writer did not intend it for a public forum (although he’s said he doesn’t mind it being posted here) so I am to blame for possible grammatical errors he may have committed.
The basic component of human life is our identity. There are certain identities we do choose to be while there others that we are born with. Oromummaa is our identity, the stamp that we carried when we came out to this world. We did not choose to be born Oromo. Hence we should be proud of who we are.
However colonizers and oppresser have been trying to make us ashamed of who we are by dehumanizing and defacing Oromummaa. They want us to convert to their identity not because they love us but because they want exploint our human and natural resource by enslaving us.
The two false identitiies oppressors try to impose on us are Ethiopianism and Habasha. I would like to point out what this concepts stand for and why oppressors use it to as a cover up for their heinous crimes.
Ethiopianism: As some one mentioned Ethiopia of the bibilical era is different than the today’s empire. Since the Habashas assumed this name to gian material support from the west, they have made it their identity. Therefore in todays world Ethiopia does not stand for a country. Its rather an identioty of the Habasha groups. Todays Ethiopia is very similar to the aniciant Abyssinia.Both terms refers to the semetic Amhara-Tigrian cultural identity. Take example. Whats Ethiopia’s cultural dance? Eskista. Whats Ethiopia’s cultural food? Injera. Whats Ethiopian language? Amharic. Therefore Ethiopianism does not leave room for other nations and nationalities subjugated in that empire. Hence if you are an Oromo, you do not fit to the Ethiopianism identity even if you make an exterem makeover. Neither does Ethiopianism leave any spot for you.
Habasha: This is the one they always push on you. Some how they were able to confuse large number of people that every body in the empire is Habasha. This terms refers only to those who migrated from Southern Arabian region some 3000 years ago. However as I mentioned above, since they dominated and subjugated all nations and nationalities, they have imposed their identity on them. Once you have enslaved somebody, then you should be able to do whatever you wish any ways.
What is really obscure about the term Habasha is when you ask them, sometimes they say its the name for all black people. Then you ask them if Sudanese are Habasha. They will sa NOOOOOOOOO. Why? Because Sudanise are too dark for racists Habasha rulers who imposed such identity. It is funny while they try to make you believe Oromos are Habasha, they would immidiately tell you, the Boaranaa Oromos of Kenya are not Habasha’s. How about Ogandenians? They are Habasha’s only of they speak Amharic and wear pants instead of their traditional marxoo. What a hypocracy!
But why do they always insist that Oromos are both Ethiopians and Habashas? Because they love you? No! They loveeeeeeeeee what harmee Oromiyaa got to offer. They dont care about Eritrea been independent except Asab port. They dont care about Ogandenia going away except they dont get salt. But Oromiyaa feeds their belly and they are nothing without Oromiyaa. Therefore they always love you?Dude when a Habasha telling you that we all are Ethiopian/Habasha and he loves Oromos, be aware that he is telling you he just love the dammaa Baalee, bunaa Jimmaa,sangaa Harara, warqii/ziqaya Wallagaa, qamadii Arsii, Xaafii Adaa’a. Certainly not you!!

March 5, 2008 at 12:54 pm 1 comment

“Kentiba” (Mayor) Barack Obama?

By the way folks were behaving in taxis and offices here in Addis, you’d think Barack Obama was running for Mayor of Region 14 on the upcoming by-election, instead of becoming a presidential nominee for the land of the free & country of the obese (not my word). People have been threatening to put a sad end to my existence for saying I would rather have Clinton as a president. Because, I explained, I’ve read somewhere that most blacks weren’t taken-in by him and even if he was elected president, he’s sure to be assiacinated. Their response: typical Ethiopian! (which commits all types of fallacies in the book and totally ignores there ever was a reason given). I.e. that i was ashamed of my race and gender! And the muttered threats i mentioned above.

Infact, if the 26th African Cup of Nations hasn’t put water to the ‘Obama-fever’, I doubt yours truly would have been alive and typing even as we speak. But it did! And nobody seems to mention the ole feller anymore. I ofcourse didn’t dare ask what became of the broza, for obvious reasons!! (I like my neck the way it is, good & unbroken). But I guess I should be thankful to our nation’s indiscriminant football “fever” for once. (Have always hated football, long before I lost some of my good “solid” friends to it. Back when I was but a young girl always going to bed crying because somebody at ETV decided to cancel “Talaq Film” in favor of it). There must be some grain of truth to what they say. That even a broken clock is right twice a day!

February 19, 2008 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

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