ሕይወት…ሞት

ለማይሞላ ዓለም ስንባላ ለማይሞላ ሕይወት ስንጉላላ እየተራመድን በሞት ጥላ ሥር ሆነን ሞትን ግን ዓላየነው መኖሩን ረስተነው… *** Dedicated to Eyob Mekonen, a young Ethiopian reggae artist (37) who passed away this past weekend unexpectedly due to stroke. May he rest in peace. Here is one of my favorite songs from his only album, “Ende Qal” – Negen Layew – “I long for tomorrow…Can’t wait to … Continue reading ሕይወት…ሞት

Ethiopia: The Millennial Generation and the Transition after Meles Zenawi

Hello Friends:  Change has come to Ethiopia in the past few weeks unexpectedly. Both the country’s long-serving Prime Minster Meles Zenawi and the Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Abune Paulos have passed away due to natural causes, according to reports, though there are also other speculations. The Chief of Staff of the Military, General Samora Yunus, is believed to be sick as well.  For those demanding change … Continue reading Ethiopia: The Millennial Generation and the Transition after Meles Zenawi

When authors physically die …

When authors physically die, what do you do? Do you just cry, or do you remain tearless, cherishing their living words? Death recently took away two of my favorite writers: Sibhat Gebregziabher and Mamo Wudneh, both Ethiopia’s literary giants. Gash* Sibhat, like the French Émile Zola, was a free thinker, an advocate of naturalism, a witty and unique storyteller, an avant–garde who immortalized forgotten souls, young … Continue reading When authors physically die …

Feeling Blue

I wish I can let it out: The pain, the torment, That is eating me … Right at this moment. Unfortunately, I can’t. I am just torn between this and that: Between choice and lack of it Between the expected and the unexpected Between the planned and the unplanned Between the possible and the impossible Between the exciting and the dull Between having and not … Continue reading Feeling Blue