From highlighting the function of the symbolic victory of Adowa in redefining the ethos of being Ethiopian to equating all oppressive Ethiopian regimes from Emperor Menelik II to Meles Zenawi in suppressing freedom in general, this past week Ethiopians on facebook covered a wide-range of perspectives. Covering a wide range of opinions, including Ethiopia is young nation with antique civilization, Adowa as a source of Ethiopians subjugation opposed to freedom, Emperor Menelik as a black colonist versus redeemer of Ethiopia, Oromia Shall Be Free, and Ethiopians should still continue to fight for political freedom, and many others. But they all highlight how Ethiopians hold branched out perspectives on at least hypothetically common values such as the victory of Adowa and other cultural mores. They also discuss how the victory of Adowa is manipulated by various regimes of Ethiopia.
However I strongly believe that snuffing out the liberty of putting such divergent views on public media will lead us to more incongruity as a nation and eventually stifle public growth. Therefore, as one this past week’s zeitgeist on social media amongst Ethiopians is about victory of Adowa I have decided to round up some facebook posts together with some other blog posts that caught my attention during the week.
The discussion about the victory of Adowa was set with two beautifully written and profoundly moving articles on addisnegeronline by its founding journalists who are in exile: Mesfen Negash and Tamrat Negara. Tamrat’s article “የ አደዋ ልጅ አልነበርኩም፤ አይደለሁም፤ ምናልባት ምናልባት ወደፊት ልሆን እችላለሁኝ!” that can literally be translated as “I am not from Adowa but I might be one in the future” which actually comes as response to Mesfen’s article “የአድዋ ልጆች፤ምኒሊክ፤መለስ” እና እኔ” its English equivalence could be “Sons of Adowa, Menelik,Melese and Myself”
These two articles, which both are shared on Addis Neger’s facebook page are judicious equally in their analysis and presentation but signify at least two contrasting views of victory of Adowa, Emperor Menelik, freedom and of course the whole notion of Ethiopia.
Unlike these two luminous articles the reactions and comments to these articles are not as such incandescent. But it a splendor of social media and anonymity, yes a few of them are outrageous and transgress limits but the majority of the commentators were so decent. My hope is these kinds of discussions and debates will continue offline to traverse real harmony amongst ourselves. If you think you have missed a lot on this issue please look at this page created by Abel Wabella to carry on the debate amongst Ethiopian bloggers and e-public.
Another blog post that comes to my attention is that Ethiopia plans to take away its army from Somalia by the end of April. Elsewhere on YouTube, video which epitomizes Ethiopian maids’ crisis in the Middle East is currently debated over. Actually De Birahan have given a detailed perspective on the current issue of human right abuse of workers in general titled “Cultural Revolution in Ethiopia” taking the incident as an anecdote.
Meanwhile Africa Review wrote Ethiopian dissidents have formed National Transitional Council in a bid to depose the incumbent government. International Rivers reported that the national parks of the Lower Omo Valley in Southwest Ethiopia are under threat. Are you weary of depressing blog posts round up of mine? Please do not be there is few encouraging post- PEN International, the writers’ organization dedicated to promoting literature and freedom of expression, opened a new center in Ethiopia