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Chaltu as Helen: an everyday story of Oromos traumatic identity change

Posted: Onkoloolessa/October 19, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (3)

(by Tigist Geme | OPride) – Author and novelist Tesfaye Gebreab released his eighth book “Ye Sidetengaw Mastawesha” – an immigrant’s memoir ­– online, as a free PDF, after an alleged fallout with his publisher, Netsanet Publishing Agency (NPA).

The dramatic decision to distribute the book for free – at an estimated loss of $30,000 – came, according to Tesfaye’s people, after NPA leaked a doctored copy of the book following the author’s refusal to omit two controversial chapters, one of which is about Oromo.

Tesfaye is not new to controversy, especially one involving the divergent Oromo and Ethiopian narratives. His well-received book, YeBurqa Zimita – the silence of Burqa – is the first major work of contemporary Amharic fiction with main Oromo characters based on a true story.

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3 Responses in THE COMMENT SECTION

  1. darajee

    Oct 21, 13 at 8:48 pm

    don’t believe him guys, he was & is typical shaibiya who has an interest on enjoining the misery of our Oromo people!

  2. naji

    Oct 22, 13 at 7:08 am

    DEREJE. WHAT YOU TALKING? THIS GUY. WROTE. A BOOKS ABOUT THE REALITY. WHY. ABYSINIAN. WORRY THIS. MUCH . IS ABYSINIAN SCARED OF THE TRUTH .

  3. Nammo Jabbessa

    Oct 24, 13 at 3:38 am

    The people who are campaigning against Tesfaye are not in realty campaigning against him as such as they pretend to be. Tesfaye is only a cover to their hiden motives. They are indirectly fighting anything Oromo and Orommummaa. Of corse they are scared of the revival of Oromo and Orommummaa. How many of the people who now condemn Tesfaye and their likes have ever wtitten about Oromo and Orommummaa. This is the difference between them and Tesfaye. He lived among the Oromos and studied what the Oromos feel and think about themselves and the people who have come from the neighbouring regions and lived among them. It was never important to them to know about Oromo and Orommummaa though they lived among them for generations. I do not know how many have read the article written by the so called ‘dagna’ who I guess started this campaign on Ethiomedia against Tesfaye. In the article he shamelessly wrote that he knew the Oromo as people but he has never come across the history of the Oromo land. Let me say this. The Oromos are part of the Cushitic people living on the land of Cush in the Horn of Africa. The Oromos do not live with the borrowed history of the Cush in the Bible. They have ever been part of it. I wish the ‘dagnaw’ do some research and find by himself that in the original Bible written in Hebrew it was written as Cush not Ethiopia. Which aspect of the current Ethiopian brand really reflect the ancient Cush and land of Cush such that I comfortably feel I too belong to it.