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“I am Ethiopian, as truly and wonderfully as that is, and no one has the right to define, reduce, or otherwise dismiss my identity”; Dr. Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin

Much has recently been made of my ethnic identity although this is a matter of no relevance whatsoever to a reasoned discourse on the existence of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange. However, when the unnecessary gets in the way of the important, however unpleasant it may be, it must be faced. I am Ethiopian, as truly and wonderfully as that is, and no one has the right to define, reduce, or otherwise dismiss my identity. I do not apologize for or defend who I am, as each one of us, whoever we are, has a God-given set of circumstances that uniquely defines us.

My reality is that, born in Addis Ababa, I first left Ethiopia with my family at the age of four to live in New York city, accompanying my father, Zaude Gabre-Madhin, who was a senior United Nations official, prior to which he served in the Imperial government. Upon returning a few years later, my family then left Ethiopia again, escaping the chaos of the new Dergue regime, this time to Rwanda and later Togo, Malawi, and Kenya. I thus grew up in six different countries, going to school in French as well as English, and learning Swahili along the way. Throughout this time, my parents, to whom I owe everything, instilled in me and my sisters the deepest love and pride for our country Ethiopia. As I grew up in different cultures, grappling to understand my adolescent identity, I drew on the stories my parents told me of my heritage and of those who came before me. My mother, Bizuwork Bekele, who never missed a chance to boast about her beloved Harar, shared stories of my incredible great-grandmother, Imahoy Saba Yifat, from Menz and Gondar by origin, who lived in rural Hararghe as a widow after the Italian invasion and was one of the few women fighters of her time standing up to the invaders to defend the land and her six children. I heard about her son, my grandfather, Ato Bekele Haile, a respected magistrate serving as a judge in Harar town, himself of Gurage and Amhara ancestry, and of my mother’s birth in the historical site today known as the House of Rimbaud. As a young child, I loved to sit for hours with my maternal grandmother, Imahoy Beletshachew Habte-Giorgis, a witty, intelligent,and extremely strong-willed woman who would often exclaim in Afan Oromo which she and her children, including my mother, spoke fluently, as she laughed recalling how she managed her coffee farms in the areas around Jijiga, Fedis, and Deder, where many of my relatives still live today.

My father, for his part, mostly to amuse his daughters, named the water tank in our UN provided house in Kigali, Rwanda, “Bulga Springs” to recall his father’s birthplace in northern Shewa. He would proudly speak of my grandfather, Fitawrari Gebremedhin, a noble and highly disciplined official in Emperor Menelik’s time, who later settled in Wolaita Soddo in the late nineteenth century, marrying my grandmother, Woizero Ayalech Alaye, niece of the great Wolaita King Tona. At the age of seven, I remember visiting Soddo where my father was born and where many of my relatives still live, to spend time in his last years with my grandfather who was then nearly a century old. A tall, dignified, and handsome man, deeply religious, my grandfather showed me and my sister his coffee farm and I remember him speaking of my much loved late grandmother, and of his childhood and the family still in Bulga, and his laughing politely, not understanding, as I chattered to him in English with children’s jokes I had learned in New York.

Thus I grew, within and outside Ethiopia, celebrating all the different identities and cultures that are woven beautifully into the tapestry of my identity as an Ethiopian. To my parents, always , we were Ethiopian and that was something to be deeply proud of, recognizing and cherishing all of our different ethnic strands. I never knew until much later, nor did it matter, which particular ethnic group I should claim. In my extended family, my aunt married a man from Wollega and my uncle married a woman from Asmara, my great aunt married into the Abba Jifar clan in Jimma, and the list goes on. So the Ethiopia I knew growing up with my cousins was a kaleidoscope of identities bound together in one Ethiopia.

This is my Ethiopian story, and it is unique to me, as each Ethiopian would similarly have. It is the story of my Ethiopia, the Ethiopia for which I have enduring love and to which I have returned after thirty years to contribute in the best way I know how. This is my Ethiopia to which I bring all the global experiences which have shaped me, as I have lived my adult years in Mali, Switzerland, and the United States, trained and worked in some of the best institutions, and traveled and explored dozens of countries around the world. This is my Ethiopia that represents all of my heritage, the strong and courageous women and men in my family through the ages whose blood flows in me. This is my Ethiopia for which I am willing to work, fight, and believe all things are possible. This is my Ethiopia to which I have brought my US-born sons, to instill in them the pride and love of all that we are as Ethiopians. I would like to teach them that in our increasingly inter-connected world, they are Ethiopians but also global citizens.

Ethiopia is ours, to claim, to build and to restore. Rather than engage in destructive ethnic bigotry, far better to embrace all of what we are and to build together a better future for our children. My personal identity is irrelevant to my choice or ability to lead an initiative to bring a better marketing system for all Ethiopians, regardless of their ethnic roots or which corner of the country they claim. A market is above all a connection between humans, an exchange of goods and money that links two sides. The market is neutral as to who is on either side, it is the connection that counts. I have always

found traders to be the most pragmatic people in the world. Let us too live by this market principle: we are far richer and far stronger if we build on our connectivity to each other in meaningful ways, and that much weaker if we seek isolation and succumb to narrow divisiveness. Let us be like the market. I believe it is our only hope

By Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin, PhD

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143 thoughts on ““I am Ethiopian, as truly and wonderfully as that is, and no one has the right to define, reduce, or otherwise dismiss my identity”; Dr. Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin

  1. Well said, Eleni. As usual, your writing is very interesting, and educational, though I have no idea at all to what prompted you to write about your story in general, and your identity in particular. With no doubt, I believe, you are one of the real jewels of Ethiopia. Furthermore, you are a great hope, and pride for all of us who carry Ethiopia, in our flesh, blood, and spirit from where ever we are. Thus, even when our physical presence cease to exist in this world, we still will continue to carry Ethiopia in our spirits. May God bless us all, and look after Ethiopia!

  2. Thanks for sharing the reality behind the seen and your future ambition for our be loved home, Ethiopia.

    God Bless U and Your Effort.

  3. You are right Dr. Eleni! you paved the way to modern market system in Ethiopia. You are right that the market accepts the one with legal value to the other party regardless of who the either party is, where he comes from, and to which ethnic group he belongs. Feel proud as you made such very essential contribution to your country and your work will flourish as patriots follow your footstep. Please give no attention to nonsense criticisms because if we all accept ethnic detachments as some want it too, we all will go to the ditch where we will not come back.

  4. it is really great identity and love your passion. I Hope a day will come that a woman like you will get an opportunity to lead our country. God bless you !!

    • This has been my prayer for a long time, Ethiopia needs her daughters as much as she needs her sons. It is historical, we are daughters of Queens of Sheba, Candance (Hindeke)— Queen Zewuditu, Etge Taitu- and so forth. Let the leadership move back for mama, she knows how to take care of her children. Go for it Dr Eleni

  5. You are one true Hero! Ethiopia is so lucky to have you and I have a lot to learn from you. “Ethiopia is ours, to claim, to build and to restore.” that is so true.. its time for all of us to take our eyes from the others and start asking our-self what we can do to improve and create a better Ethiopia. God bless you for all the things you’ve done.

  6. I rely proud of by all expression and words and am rely admire of your background and your approach on Ethiopia. May God bless the rest of your jobs.

  7. Okay, it’s good to know. Sadly i heard peoples making different claims about your ethnic which i always wondered why it’s an issue. And you are one of the few peoples who influenced me. AS YOU ARE ETHIOPIAN YOU DID A NOBLE THING FOR ETHIOPIA. Theo, i am not sure if it will keep making difference. I don’t know why you left as i don’t know how you get this opportunity to make such a dream to be alive. Well i wish you all the best and i know we are who we claim not what others say. So, i agree with you IF YOU SAY YOU ARE ETHIOPIAN THEN YOU ARE!

  8. She is the most beautiful mind and body and incredible person she is so much more …i wish every one feels the same

  9. That is wonderful story, Dr. Elleni. You need not be upset for any of the unpleasant comments made. Yet, there is one thing to worry about depending on the class people who forwarded this comment of whatsoever: if they are from the ruling party (EPRDF), it is their trademark and are continuing to treat Ethiopians by the letters of their names, places where they are born from….whatever; if these people are one of ordinary citizens like me, underline that people are made the victims of this obsolete thought. So kindly just find the route cause of the problem and lets eradicate it all on the face of Ethiopia. Imagine how your children/grand children or so are to be judged. obviously if the pace continues not in what their soul has but their language and geography of their origin. Thank you.

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  11. I like the way you put is. We love that story but do your bosses like stories like this? I hope not and you know it well. Being Ethiopian is a cover to TPLF to oppress the others, to suppress their struggle to liberate from ethnicity of TPLF.

    • Tokechaw u suck ,ur old crap has no way in the new minds.She is an amazing person that needs a wow !please use ur mind for sometime in ur life….u really suck even to know and people like u r full of crap crap!!!

  12. you are an inspiration to all Ethiopian women, whatever people say, no body will deny u are brave lady, a woman of strength and power.

  13. Really, it is more a thousands of thousands books. Bravo Eleni! You did it and you will also do it! Everything needs struggle. Remember back Copernicus….. Never give up!

  14. Most of us, especially the ones from urban areas, do fall into her category of mixed ethnic backgrounds. It is also undeniable that the future will see a generation that would be hard-pressed to call themselves this or that. The process is already taking place, and has been ever since. However, what might elude the reader in this article is the authors failure to lay a clear distinction between ethnic pride and chauvinism. In fact she has shunned ethnic identity as unnecessary and irrelevant. For me, she lacks appreciation to cultural identity or otherwise she wouldn’t have used such careless words on the subject. One reason could be the fact that she wrote it from her own perspective. As much as there are people with her reality, there are also others whose family trees can only be traced back to belong to one ethnic identity for a considerable span of generations.

    For me ethnic pride, the ability for one to say with confidence I belong to this group, to speak the language and perhaps represent their own culture is part and parcel of being human and has its own values and therefore need to be given appropriate respect. What I find rather dangerous is ethnic chauvinism. That mine is better and superior than yours. Individuals who have this kind of feeling for me are either ignorant or have less love for humanity. The consequences are also huge, extending from petty favouritism, the likes we witness on a daily basis, to ethnic cleansing.

    So the long process of integration, in my opinion, should not take place through forceful integration intended to deliberately override one culture over the other, or for that matter articles that ignore the realities of millions such as this one, but through implicit means such as education, economic integration, cultural mingles/expos, awareness programs, and the like. Economic capability also ensures access to travel, which enabled Eleni to realise its “irrelevance” in the end, and experience other cultures which can contribute to a large extent.

    • Ow God when can ppl learn to think beyond this ,am so tired of “ethnic shit” it’s an old school social and personal disorder, wake-up it’s a new era!!

    • Well said. This is an opinion from a true expert. For the first time, Yes, there are people who cannot tie their identity with one ethnic group. However, as GINDALBS has put it, we should always give space for those who have an ethnic identity to express their languages, cutlures etc. That way, we all feel that we are all Ethiopians despite having different color, languages, and all other things.

  15. This is what we miss…. let’s think about unity and collectivism instead to narrowing ourselves to useless and divisive ethnic based thinking. We are Ethiopians, we shall work for Ethiopia…I respect Dr. Eleni’s thought expressed above and contribution to her country….please let’s know how to be grateful to those who unreservedly contribute to their beloved country ….

  16. Quite readable. Dr. Eleni, you are indeed a good representative of an “Ethiopian” in terms of heritage. Your descent (ancestral background) is a lesson for those advocating narrow ethnicity.

  17. People have the right to reflect their feeling in their own way unless they cross the legal boundary. Therefore, I do not see the importance why some people take their precious time to declare their ethnic background or citizenship.

  18. Anybody who claims himself as an Ethiopian should read this a million times….i luv it…May the Lord bless you with everythin doc.. we pray for you

  19. I was made my mind to believe her identity based on here say says differently. To tell the truth our identity is the established self out of ups and downs, has been cultivated in the wisdom imprint in our mind from the knowledge, skill and experience we capture in life. This was and has been all of us define our identity. Unfortunately, with evil aim, TPLF planted ethnic narrow thinking epidemic to our people. The triple of the quadrant of Ethiopian people surely express her/himself paradoxical ethnic background like you. (I also believe that the names by which ethnicity named may show cultural differences and geographic areas where these cultural differences resided but not genetic variations in Ethiopia). It is true, just like you many Ethiopian in diaspora went back to home to invest their knowledge and money thinking that the political arena is workable. Some of them sensed the situation was not favorable immidiatly

  20. I was made my mind to believe her identity based on here say says differently. To tell the truth our identity is the established self out of ups and downs, has been cultivated in the wisdom imprint in our mind from the knowledge, skill and experience we capture in life. This was and has been all of us define our identity. Unfortunately, with evil aim, TPLF planted ethnic narrow thinking epidemic to our people. The triple of the quadrant of Ethiopian people surely express her/himself paradoxical ethnic background like you. (I also believe that the names by which ethnicity named may show cultural differences and geographic areas where these cultural differences resided but not genetic variations in Ethiopia). It is true, just like you many Ethiopian in diaspora went back to home to invest their knowledge and money thinking that the political arena is workable. Some of them sensed the situation was not favorable immediately and step back. Some of them had been spent their money to vast projects, shared their knowledge but pushed back being drained economically and mentally. Those stay long working?longer adhered to the systems of TPLF or supported by TPLF( prefixed by “Lematawi bale Habt”) are considered either ethnically linked or politically baptized. I can feel being in your place how much you suffered when you had been working in that institution. Most people shares the pain that you feel when you work with the TPLF vagabond business companies which forced you do things out of rule. You may stay long with despair being between deep and hill to decide your peaceful exit. We heard and know from you. You have contributed a lot implementing original business idea. God bless you!

  21. Dear Dr. Eleni,

    Thank you very much and God bless you for sharing such a wonderful story! After all, it is not only YOUR story but also OUR story. In the days when ethnic identity did not matter, our ancestors traversed the country and added beauty to the already existing harmony. It was later that the lines followed different directions and ethnic matters happened to be matters of dissension and disunity. Though it seems that that beauty is marred, we can still strive to remake history towards strengthening our oneness. In spite of the seemingly inherent differences, there is an undeniable oneness – the spirit of Ethiopian-ness. Though some try to shake this off their shoulders, the internal attraction and motif is still there. In an age where the effects of globalization is affecting every corner of the world and the whole world is moving towards becoming one village, local dissension is illogical.

    Coming to your story, I know of your decision to come to Ethiopia leaving your prestigious position at the World Bank. While you could have led your life and educate your sons in the luxuries of the US, you came to Ethiopia for a noble cause. And, I also know about the initiative you spearheaded at the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). Bringing ECX to this level and effecting successful succession of the leadership has a volume of messages for everyone who knows you here at home.

    I would like to encourage you to gather your courage to press forward in realizing your vision for your motherland!

    God bless you!

    Dr. Lidetu Alemu

  22. Thank you for telling us your beautiful story.I for one have a very simillar heritage .But let me take this opportunity to say that we are proud of your achievements which makes you a pioneer not only in Ethiopia but also Africa.Long live Ethiopia,long live Dr Eleni.

  23. I am Ethiopian, as trully and wonderfully as that is, and no one has the right to define, reduce or otherwise dismiss my identity; Thank u Dr i wish every one of us feel the same way. me living in my home land Ethiopia, for the last 6 years, i have never heard any citizen actually say am Ethiopian, rather people say, like am oromo, guragay, Amhara, tigre……… Even here in the USA people are the same. Am just so happy that you’re the prefect example for those who dont understand what it means being Ethiopian.

  24. Well said, I wish we all feel this way about our identity rather than fighting with each other over ethnicity , we all are Ethiopians and that’s what should matter !!!

  25. Ethiopian greatings! Dear w/ro Elleni, as True IthioP’yawinet mean a mixed nation of all races under God hence lead free, independent and prospereous life in hear z earthly domain, too; u realy made great good deed zat z so called contemporary learned &/or wise men-women of ‘Ethiopia’ never dared or even noticed to say aloude. We r proud of u. U r our ICON. Let H. God and H. V. Mary be wz u & urs!

  26. Dr. Gebremedhin,
    I admire you for what you did to give back to society. You could have earned a living elsewhere if not for the love of Ethiopia. The circumstances in Ethiopia has put all its children at loggerheads for obvious reasons. We have an undemiocratic and ethno-centrist government rampant with corruption. Although you were trying to contribute to your country’s well being, the idea that you were not able to see what goes on around you is difficult to understand. People could call you names because they cannot believe that you were incapable of seeing what they daily experience. They experience ethnic favoritism, corruption, and the dominance of one ethnic group in all platforms; political, military, security, business, even religion. Can you offer any explanation why you were working with/helping the dictator that is ruling Ethiopia? I doubt it that you can do that with a clear conscious.

  27. That is typical story of many Ethiopians, which we don’t know until the Meles regime comes and remind us the need to check. I real share almost the same many ethinic groups whcih I did not even take the time to check. I am an Ethiopian, that is all I need to ermember. So what is Eleni’s point now? I hate when peopel try to use their ethinicity as a ladder to power…

  28. God Bless you Dr. Eleni. I am one of your admirer and your background, except your internationalism, is the same. The same kind of interwoven Ethiopian backgrounds.
    Wish you the best!

    Solomon

  29. God Bless You – Eleni. You put your point and I feel my point too in an interesting fashion. Some are trying to take our identity for their evil will – but we are and will continue to be Ethiopians.

  30. Dear Madam, beneath this statement of yours which you stated so humbly lies a strong criticism of our current situation. True! we have been infected with a virus of viewing every Ethiopian with its ethnic identity. May be you have suffered of that. But a rational mind is forced to admit that the fame and respect that you acquired is the result of your talent, handwork and passion for your country, not otherwise. We love u. Thank u. May God be with u and your family.

  31. After all people who are digging the wrong side should check them self first!
    Be proud you are a primary and free citizen!

  32. good things shall come out of Ethiopia you are amazing citizen!!! God blees you and bless your Son!

  33. It awesome you know what she put it all the things i an feeling about Ethiopia and being Ethiopian in a manner i have it in my mind…. this is what is being intellectual and and having extra dimension…. this is the only way of thinking to take our country one step ahead of where we are now…….
    Thank you again

  34. July 25,2012pm

    I really appriciate Dr.Eleni opinion,That’s all Ethiopians share this idea.
    Dr, god bless u and ur family.

  35. OOOOh, I love this woman. She is one in a million. Ethiopian wonen, girls and Afircan first ladies plz follow her ways. She is the pride of Ehiopia….even Africa. A woman of wisdom, courage, talent, innovation…God bless her & everything of her.

  36. Dr Eleni. I wish there are lots out there who think the way you do. That is the way for ensuring a better future for the country we all love. this obsession with one’s racial identity should stop as it does no service for the good of our shared future. This should start from the leaders, leaders should lead by example.

  37. I heard but now I see your minds beauty. I am proud of you Dr. Eleni. Go and shine for your beloved country and fellow Ethiopian. You have immense potential to go up. God bless u.

  38. wow!!!!! everything in your story is really amazing. i have no idea about this composition. remeber; what pushes you to writh this is worthing. otherwise we all would remain in the dark about you. I LOVE YOU. AND PROUD OF YOU .

  39. You are right, Elleni. You tried to show clearly how ppl should see what it Ethiopia means. Normally it is valid for other nation having multiple ethnicity. Well defined … (nationality).

  40. Dear Dr Eleni,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!!! Please Dr, you should never be disappointed by some dirty ideas, if any. It is natural to observe good and bad things in among diversity. I boldly recognize your commitments. Still I expect much more from you so that the livelihood of our society will be improved.

  41. I thik you are African rather than Ethiopian only, “Fess Ethiopian” Min Yaregilishal Tinish eko new…I think u mension all, and you are Ethiopian too rather than a women.
    I believe in Marketing….An Eritrian lady in the state have a nice restaurant and the journalist reported as “Ethiopian Food” … it was non sense read about who is she in such social media…But to mee is good bussiness opportunity to all Ethiopian and Eritrian through the publicity. by the same talken we are talking about Ethinicity but Addis is becaminig a capital city of Africa many eyes are in Ethiopia with a lot of money… Is those mountains which hinder our mentality to think beyond…any way YOU ARE REALY WHAT YOU PUT…..Fess moltowal beteseb mastedader enkuwan yemaychil hulu sinekif afun molto newu…nice start with all the obstacles, with no supportive legal issues and a lot of unhealthy traders…Fantastic Dr Eleni

  42. Eleni…I am your biggest supporter. I share your story as the most important project in Ethiopia to date. Who thought you would be this big hanging out together in kenya as kids! took the words right out of my mouth. Lets be proud to be an Ethiopian and move only think about the country forward.

  43. To me it says the whole stroy is wrapped up in three points
    1)I am not from Tigray as some ppl labeled me
    2)I dont like the song in titeld ( biher biher )
    3)I am me !

  44. Thanks Dr. Eleni. Please send this as an email to Meles. Unless we have someone who take the lead and united us, we will still remain like this and the vulture Meles will play on us.

  45. As to me, you could have written your amazing Biography from the very beginning and obtain public recoginition. In all cases, It is possible to say that your Biography is exactly what Ethiopia is.

  46. This connection of ethinicities, reagrdless of the ranks and files of ancesstors, is not peculiar to Dr Eleni. What is so peculiar is her visible contribution to this country in the’best ways she knows how’. Had you all, who owe this country in many ways-sadly including in getting asylum and citizenship in other devloped states, contributed positively in ways that benefits Ethiopia, we all would not have been the way we are today, poor in gut and head. This lady deseves the warmest applaud from the heart of all those who truly love Ethiopia not those who have more than two stickers of Ethiopia’s old flag labled’I Love Ethiopia’ and then spit on their brothers and sisters in the streety. Please all of us let’s claense our minds from a nonsense divissive bigotry and let’s walk what we talk for this country.

    I realy thank Dr. Eleni for doing what she can in the best way the world witnessed!!!!! History forgets those who writes nonsense but never forgets those who DO best things.

  47. it is magnificent for all ethiopians to hear & see such incredible understanding of diversity. Dr.your paterna-paternis showed us the clear picture to which we are categorised. but we do not yet feel free for tplf is always in charge to snatch out our unity. now we are knoking the door to national & individual freedom as well, having a mind for some pionier will come & open it up. May GOD be in your side

  48. I deeply appreciate your ideology! We Ethiopians greatly proud of having you!GOD BLESS YOU AND ETHIOPIA! Hero!!!

  49. I do understand that Dr Elene has huge reputation professionally. I stand for that and respect her professional quality. I respect the comments of her supporters as well. What I still do not agree and I am not clear is that “why should Dr Elene be bitter about the comments/questions on her ethnicity/citizenship” whereas it is obvious that she left the best job in the world Bank, not because she is an Ethiopian or not because the present ruling party is democratic, but simply because of the intention of boosting the fame of the corrupted TPLF leadership by working closely with.

  50. Dr. Eleni is one of the very few Ethiopians who demonstrated that change and progress are still possible without even occupying a political office. I’ve a great respect for you. I wish you were the head of this nation! We really need people like you; who can move us!!!

  51. @Gindalib, I appreciate your coments, I have realy respect your ideas. On your explanation in the first few sentence I just want to give u a space to think on her side…. since culture for her living in East, west and central africa… is dificult to make even a sentence…you might know how u become universal as u move away from ur country of origion. But for as living in Addis or in one region our whole life we should have at least mension Coffee, or other cultural expressions…

  52. This is the type of attitude we…Ethiopians don’t have yet…..may never have in future….God bless you…where ever you are….

  53. Thanks Doctor … You truly represent how we Ethiopians are defined! I will always quote yours……. “Ethiopia is ours, to claim, to build and to restore. Rather than engage in destructive ethnic bigotry, far better to embrace all of what we are and to build together a better future for our children.”

  54. menew menhon? does someone accusing what u done or planing to? or what was that? but as of me i am very proud of u. Berchi. Geta Yibarkesh! may God protect u n your family shield in His wings and lean on Almighty God. u have the right doing the good deed too. berchi.

  55. Dear Dr.
    wonderful thoughts and brave ideas from bright lady. As a neigbour to the respectful people of beautiful Ethiopian am asking permission to share thougths and ideas;………. Ethnicity is a destructive tool it hampers and impedes tendency to adopt fair policy to share resources and develop the coutry in order to build nationwide respect for others, but at the same time we have to restore and adopt firm actions that shows we are careful for other’s cause, concerned about others’ and having respect for each others’ and adopt noble values, fairness, freedom for all. Praying for our country causes to be settled amicably

  56. You are one of the women I highly admire and respect Dr Eleni. While engaging in conversations with my connects through out the World, I proudly tell them that you are an Ethiopian, one of the moments I pride myself of being an Ethiopian. You have lifted the face of Ethiopia through your national identity to the world and not through your ethnincity, the world knows and exclaims you as an Ethiopian. During my one year stay in the USA working for a non profit, one of our biggest programs was teaching them to become global citizens, when the world is becoming a small community at the wake of globalization, I don’t think petty thinking and boxing ourselves in ethnicities will do much good to our development. Yes, that’s the Wzo Bizuwork I proudly knew, worked with, you so rightly spoke about, a proud Ethiopian too. Your parents have done so well, you are the jewel of not only Ethiopia, you are the jewel of Africa and of our globe. After all, if an econmists concern is for development, development is for humanity, encompasses all regardless of race, , ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations. Proud to have met you too.

  57. You are one of the women I highly admire and respect Dr Eleni. While engaging in conversations with my connects through out the World, I proudly tell them that you are an Ethiopian, one of the moments I pride myself of being an Ethiopian. You have lifted the face of Ethiopia through your national identity to the world and not through your ethnincity, the world knows and exclaims you as an Ethiopian. During my one year stay in the USA working for a non profit, one of our biggest programs was teaching them to become global citizens, when the world is becoming a small community at the wake of globalization, I don’t think petty thinking and boxing ourselves in ethnicities will do much good to our development. Yes, that’s the Wzo Bizuwork proudly knew, worked with, you so rightly spoke about, a proud Ethiopian too. Your parents have done so well, you are the jewel of not only Ethiopia, you are the jewel of Africa and of our globe. After all, if an econmists concern is for development, development is for humanity, encompasses all regardless of race, , ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations. Proud to have met you too.

  58. Elinye,

    This is great biography and loved each word which is written with great passion! We, people of Harar, touched by your personality and felt pride when we think your root is part of belong to us in particular and Ethiopian in general as citizen of this great nation with aboundant untold history as yours!

    We passionately love you! Emhuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Tedi Samoraw!!!

  59. Well said. But who do you reconcile your wonderful description of Ethiopiawinet with your association and alliance with with killers, brutal dictators that hate Ethiopia & Ethiopiawinet?

    If you really are the person described in your article above, I can never see you working with the Tyranny in Ethiopia whose Market theory is only governed by ethnicity and unholy alliances. Be yourself Eleni!

  60. I really love all the ideas u explain it!We knew u did Ur part when u are working in EXC for Ethiopia,u brought knew way of marketing in Ethiopia.
    God bless u and Ur family.

  61. I have read your story reptedly, and it tells something to me. Your being in Ethiopia after so many years comes from as you are from the different parts of the country. How can an Ethiopian, who have such kind of relatives can live abroad. I have heard your interviews on the radio and telvison, Please be in Ethiopia, in the rest of your life. I wish you will be in Ethiopia by the coming years.

  62. Great and amazing thought which could be an inspiration for this nation. I understand that you are a leader with the power of unification.

  63. wawu!! that is very nice story ! l think U can bring change in this issue as well just as U did with the ECX if U start some project regarding changing the minds of narrow citizens who want to judge people by their ethnic background.

  64. I am proud to be called Ethiopian with you, Dr. Elleni. Ethiopian mind and roots in its finest!
    I must say dear, we need much more people like you in our leadership. People like you with wider vision and benevolence; with the right cause and drive; With better perception, exposure and reflection. You are an inspiration for all of us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, despite the fact and the status-quo.

  65. Thanks Dr. Helen. you put your country interest first. Your are a good example for all Ethiopian who have a potential to change the beloved Ethiopia.

  66. Many thanks Dr. Eleni not only for for what you did but also for successfully delivering what you have promised to deliver on your speech at TED.com. Your are a hero.

    I wish I would have an opportunity to work with you in ECX.

  67. hanks Dr. Helen. you put your country interest first. you are the role model. Those claiming unnecessary ethnic ideologies will be ashamed.
    you are so intelligent

  68. Ethiopia has been officially judged not safe for Ethiopians to live in by long standing enemy. Still darkness is moving to steal and kill our love and beauty in diversity. Dr. Eleni! You are not alone! God Almighty is watching His best so NO FEAR! Be focus on the Big Picture that makes you strong and beautiful in soul! Big love costs too high! Melkam Addis Amet

  69. i really need her to be our next PM,after males. she is so smart and i like her ideas, and she just came back to help Ethiopia. this is a big lesson our people should learn. God bless Ethiopia

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  71. When i read all these comments,i see how much we love our Ethiopia…but one very important thing that i personally miss is what we owe our Ethiopia and that is to learn to agree to disagree….without this we have no future…not even a married couple can survive without it….this is the basic of democracy!!!!!!

    Thank u Dr. Eleni…your personal story speaks for millions of Ethiopians!!!!! ONE LOVE!!!

  72. Eleni is a hero and a role model for me; and I personally never care about her ethnic origin. I am rather shocked at the overwhelming ignorance towards ethnicity, especially by so called ‘educated’ and the diaspora community. As much as I hate TPLF and many of its ideologies, I have respects for the wonderful job they did by liberating the Ethiopian population from the old days’ oppression on ethnicities. Please stop being narrow minded, go out and ask our grandparents living in the countrysides (and I am from a rural Ethiopia). Nothing pleases them than speaking, singing, worshiping in their languages. The emperors oppressed them under the flagship of ‘Ethiopianism’ and a pro ‘one-language’ and ‘one-religion’ slogans. You can’t prescribe Ethiopianism without respecting ethnic identity. Our parents in the country sides don’t have the means and skills to express their views on the internet media, such as here. You would hear a different story to what many diaspora and AA dwellers believe is right for Ethiopia.

  73. Wow you are multicultural yourself then. problem here is we never seen one ethiopia it is only oral history which made one by a machine gun, that is sad and unacceptable.

  74. Thanks a lot for speaking eloquently up for millions of us who are have been scratching our emotions when our identities are questioned for the satisfaction of politically and ethnically egotist individuals.HEADS UP TO BE WHOSOEVER WE ARE…..each of are uniquely made and this difference is the beauty of us; we like it or not we will continue intermingling.

    I thank the provocaters also for igniting theb eautiful light from such honorable, inspiring and beautiful Ethipian lady. AHUNIM WEDEFITM YIMECHISH ELENI

  75. know is the time for we ethiopian to develop change and show more courage …we’re proud to have you Dr eleni.. much respect

  76. Nice story… U have written it well. But we had been telling Ur bosses this for the last 20 years about stopping ethnic divisions….
    @ haddy what the f**K are u talking abt leave the Ppl to express their own feeling…

    • I don’t get it, are u trying to teach patriotism in Ethiopian land? Ethiopians are well known, when it comes to this we all are together and no one can deft us and the hole world know as.
      Know the fact u trying to talk or speech about the ethics issue that’s not how u present your self. And how our ehincsim would came together.
      #1you left the country for ur own sake with ur family lived all ur life with out even concern a single thing for the country u were born. Why know?
      #2you talk two different things. One is that u really know how to fix our market strategy.Two ethics but u haven’t tell us what u can do about problem

    • Didn’t finish. Are u out off job, u have nothing to do so u bring some stupid ideas so u can play with peoples mind?
      This is what i have find when it comes to people like u. After they have spend all this years in school, instead of they have come the most educated people they became the most selfish and dam about everything. When u trying to fix blames somes are fixing problem.
      All am saying is that how much do u care for my people? And be very spesfice ur dream for the country you have left for over 50 years.
      And are you nationalist or ur one sided mind ?

      • you are definately pesmistic….how about you what you bring except …..can you yours share ?then we will ..

  77. The over talking asses …the bad this even being this dramatic no much good movies are there in the country…Guys admit it u guys can never come back !seems being simple is at catch no way out just talk …being wise is gone long ago!

    • The over talking asses …the bad thing is even being this dramatic no much good movies are there in the country…Guys admit it u guys can never come back !seems being simple is at catch no way out just talk …being wise is gone long ago!

  78. I’m proud of you!!!! may god protect all the people of Ethiopia like you who inspire and wakes up those(me) in deep sleep and forgot about what their country means for them..you can be a good example for those who dreams to come and work in their beloved country but cant do it…god bless you and the people of Ethiopia!!!

  79. I’m really truely ethiopian too. I’m proud of you a’re truely ethiopian too. pls share us you endigenous knowlege especially about the ECX. may god bless you with your beloved families and bless ethiopia too.

  80. የዶ/ር ኢሌኒ ታሪክ ልክ አንድ ልብወለድ ዉስጥ እንዳለ ኢትዮጵያዊ ገጸባህሪ የሚያስደምመዉን የኢትዮጵያዉያን ዉህድ ህዝብነት የሚተርክ ነዉ::
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    ኢትዮጵያዉያን በቅርቡም ዘመን ሆነ በቀደመዉ ዘመን የተዋሃዱ ህዝቦች ናቸዉ:: በኢትዮጵያ ዉስጥ ማንም ሰዉ ብሄሩን ቆጥሮ ከአንድ ወገን መሆኑን አስረግጦ መናገር አይችልም:: የዶ/ር ኢሌኒ ታሪክ ልክ አንድ ልብወለድ ዉስጥ እንዳለ ኢትዮጵያዊ ገጸባህሪ የሚያስደምመዉን የኢትዮጵያዉያን ዉህድ ህዝብነት የሚተርክ ነዉ:: እራሳቸዉ የጎሳ ፖለቲካን እንድ ጀማሪ ፈላስፋ ሆነዉ በመላ ሃገሪቱ ህዝብ አዕምሮና ልብ ዉስጥ የረጩት ሰዎች እራሳቸዉ የነጻ የአንድ ወገን ኢትዮጵያዊ ብሄር ደም የላቸዉ:: ይህንንም ልባቸዉና አእምሮአቸዉ ያዉቀዋል:: እስኪ በኢትዮጵያ ዉስጥ እኔ እጅግ የነጠርኩ የዚህ ብሄር ደም ብቻ ያለብኝ ወገን ያለኝ ሰዉ ነኝ የሚል ሰዉ ይምጣ::

    በቅርቡ ዶ/ር ፍቅሬ ቶሎሳ ስለ ኦሮሞና አማራ ህዝብ የጋራ የመነሻ ታሪክና የጋራ ማንነት አስገራሚ ጽሁፍ አቅርበዋል:: በተደጋጋሚ እንደተነገረዉ የትግሬ : ጉራጌ : አማራ እና የሌሎች ህዝቦች የጋር ማነትና ታሪክ ምን ያህል በጥልቅ መሰረት ላይ እንደቆመ ብዙ ጸህፍት ብዙ ብለዋል:: እንዲሁም በርካታ ኢትዮጵያዉያን ምሁራን እና ፖለቲከኞች ብሎም ሀይማኖታዊ ሰዎች ኢትዮጵያዉያንን በጎሳ ፖለቲካ ቅርቃር ዉስጥ መክተቱ የሀገሪቱን ተጨባጭ ሁኔታ የማይወክል ከመሆኑም በላይ ለመጻኢዉ ትዉልድ የመጠላላት እና የመፈራቀቅ ሂደትን ስለሚፈጥር ከጎሳ ፖለቲካ በመዉጣት እዉቀትና ሀሳብ መር የፖለቲካ መስመር እንከተል ሲሉ ሰብከዋል ተከራክረዋል:: አሁንም ብዙዎች እየተከራከሩ ነዉ::

    አሁን ዶ/ር ኢሌኒን የገጠማት ሁኔታም የመነጨዉ ይሄዉ አገሪቱ የምትከተለዉ የጎሳ ፖለቲካ ዉጤት ነዉ:: አንድ ሰዉ መልካም ከሰራ የጎሳ ቆጠራ በሌለበት አገር ዉስጥ ስለዚያ ሰዉ ማንነት ማንኛዉም ዜጋ ሰዉዬዉን በአዎንታዊ መልክ በመቀበል ስራዉን ያደንቅለታል:: ብሎም ታላላቅ ስራዎች እንዲሰራ ያበረታታዋል:: ዶ/ር ኢሌኒ ይህ ነገር ስለገጠማት ደፍራ ወደ ህዝብ ማዉጣቱዋ ስለ ሰብዕናዋ ሁለት ነገር እንድገነዘብ አድርጎኛል:: አንድኛ ሰብዕናዋ በግልጽነት ላይ የተመሰረት አንዲሁም እዉቀትዋ በድፍረት ላይ የተንተራስ ላመነችበት ጉዳይ ፊት ለፊት ተሙዋጋች ሰዉ መሆኑዋን ቁልጭ አድርጎ ያሳያል:: ብዙዎች እንዳሉትም ይህች ወጣት ምሁር አለም አቀፋዊ ዜጋ ጭምር እንጂ ኢትዮጵያዊ ብቻ አይደለችም:: ደግሞም ያደረገቸዉ ሀገራዊ አስተዋጽኦ ቀላል አይደለም:: ጥያቄዉ ግን ዶ/ር ኢሌኒን የገጠማት የማንነት ጥያቄ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያዉያንን እየገጠመን አይደለም ወይ የሚለዉ ጉዳይ ነዉ:: እኔን የገጠሙኝ ሁለት ክስተቶች አሉ:: አንዱ ስራ ለመፈተን ሄጀ ሲሆን ሁለተኛዉ ደግሞ አሞኝ ሃኪም ቤት ሄጄ የገጠመኝ ጉድ ነዉ::

    ስራ ለመቀጠር በተደረገዉ ኢንተርቪ ላይ አንዱ ፈታኝ ሳያመነታም ሳያቅማማም ስምህ የነፍጠኛ ስም ይምስላል ሲል ፋይሌን እያስተዋለ ተናገር:: “ነፍጠኛ ማለትህ ምን ማለት ፈልገህ ነዉ?” ብለዉ በራሱ መረዳት የራሱን ትርጉም ሰነዘረልኝ:: የሰጠዉ ትርጉም ትክክል አለመሆኑን አስረዳሁት:: እናም ጭቅጭቃችን ቀጠለ:: በመጨረሻም ኢንተርቪዉን ሳልደረግ በዚሁ ተለያዬን:: ልብ በሉ በዚህ አለማቀፋዊነት በሚሰበክበት ዘመን: የአንድ መስሪያ ቤት ሰራተኞች በርካታ ማህበራዊ መሰረት እንዲኖራቸዉ የሰዉ ሀይል ልማት ሳይንስ በሚያስተምርበት ዘመን አሁን የእኔ ስምና በስሜ ላይ ተንተርሶ በራሱ እይታ ያቀረበዉ የነፍጠኛነት ፍረጃ ምን ያህል ከተጠይቅ የራቀ እንደሆነ አስተዉሉ:: ደግሞም በሌላዉ ገጠመኝ አንድ ክሊኒክ ልታከም ሄጄ በተመሳሳይ መልኩ የሚገርም ክስተተ አጋጥሞኝ የማንነት ጥያቄና የተንሸዋረረ ፍረጃ በማህበረሰባችን ዉስጥ እንዴት አንዳበበ ማስተዋል ችያለሁ:: ነርሱዋ ስሜን ጠርታኝ ስገባ ዶክተሩ የእኔን ፋይል ያገላብጥ ነበር:: እዉነት ለመናገር ዶክተሩን ሳዬው ልክ የታናሽ ወንድሜን መልክ ስለመሰለኝ በደስታ ስሜት ነብር እፊቱ ያለ ወንበር ሳብ በማድረግ ቁጭ ያልኩት::

    ዶክተሩ ከአሁን አሁን በሽታዬን ይጠይቀኛል ስል እርሱ የጠየቀኝ ጥያቄ ግን በጣም የሚያስገርም ነበር:: ስምህ የነፍጠኛ ይመስላል:: ይሀን ስም ለምን አትቀይረዉም የሚል በጥያቄና በአስተያዬት የታጀበ ሀሳብ ሰነዘረ:: እኔም ፍጥጥ በዬ ነፍጠኛ ትጠላለህ ማለት ነዉ ብዬ ብለዉ ኮስተር እንዳለ “በምድር ላይ በጣም የምጠላዉ ሰዉ ነፍጠኛ ነዉ” ሲል መለሰልኝ:: እናም በል ደህና ዋል ሌላ ክሊኒክ ሄጄ መታከም አለብኝ በእንዲህ አይነት ዶክተርስ መታከም የለብኝም ብዬ የታላቂቱ አገር የመጻኢ እድል ድንገት በህሊናዬ ዉልብ እያለብኝ ቢሮዉን ጥዬለት ወጣሁ:: ይሄ የእኔን ገጠመኝ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያዉያን ከሚገጥማቸዉ የቀን ከቀን አጸያፊ የማንነት ፍረጃ አንጻር አዚህ ግባ የሚባል ጉዳይ ሆኖ ሳይሆን ማህበረሰቡ ዉስጥ እየተንሰራፋ ያለዉን በማንነት ለመፈረጅ የመራወጥ ጉዳይ ለማሳዬት ያህል ብቻ ያመጣሁት ነዉ::

    እንግዲህ ዶ/ር እሌኒንም ሆነ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያዉያንን የሚያሸማቅቅ የማንነት ተጥይቅ በማንሳት ከልዩነቱ ይልቅ የጋራ ማንነቱ የበዛዉን ኢትዮጵያዊ ማንነት በልዩ ልዩ አጥላሚና አቆሻሽ ህሳቤ የሚያጠቁሩ ዜጎች ከዬት መጡ? ለምንስ እንዲህ ያለ ህሳቤ ተንሰራፋ? መልሱ ግልጽ ነዉ:: የጎሳ ፖለቲካ የፈጠረዉ የተንሸዋረረ አስተሳሰብ ነዉ:: ስለሆነም እንደ ዶ/ር ኢሌኔ አይነት ታላቅ አዕምሮና ድፍረት ያላቸዉ ዜጎች ሁሉ ይህ የጎሳ ፖለቲካዊ እሳቤ እንዲለወጥ ታላላቆቹን የሀገሪቱን ሰዎች ቀርበዉ መምከር አለባቸዉ::

    የማህበረሰብ አስተሳሰብ የፖለቲካ ስርአት ዉጤንት ነዉና ዜጎች በመሳሳታቸዉና አሉታዊ አስተሳሰብ በእኛ ላይ በመለጠፋቸዉ ልንበሳጭ አይገባም:: በተረፈ በርካታ አስተያዬት ሰጭዎች እንዳሉት አንችም በሚገርምና በሚመስጥ ስነጽሁፋዊ ገለጻ እንዳሰፈርሽዉ የምታምኝበትን ነገር ለመስራት በርች:: አሉታዊ ነገሮች ዉስጥሽን ሳያደበዝዙብሽ ለሀገርሽ ታላቅነት ትጊ:: እግዚአብሄር ይባርክሽ !

    የጥበብ አምላክ ጥበብን ለሁሉ ይሰጥ !

  81. Dr. Elleni,,proudly and sincerely speaking, you did excellent and you made it clear that you brought a significant change that helps our Country indeed. God bless you and keep you in Christ.
    Good job.

  82. Dr. Eleni Z.G.
    I am proud of you! It is absolutely reflects almost all Ethiopians. I do not care from which ethnic group you are. You did an extra ordinary job at ECX.

  83. Dear Dr. Elleni, first of all why u intend to write such a long story of u? in my opinion no need to write such history? to be an Ethiopian does not mean being from various ethnic ancestors. If u r Ethiopian just u r. u may be for example from Gurage fully. but doesn’t mean u r half or something like that. If i can guess the reason u wrote is… i read some post that ” Dr Eleni G/medihin has stolen huge amaount of miney from the ECX and go to kenya to estabilish new company in colabration with others.. this is done because she is from Tigray …the weyane rejim let her to do such corruption. ” even i remember in another post they wrote “ye G/medhin lij” the want to shew the reader she is from Tigray. that was embarrassing. But in my opinion these are rubbish individuals who has nothing to do/to be busy… rather confusing and insulting people and try to fight people. Any ways Dr. Eleni is a smart lady ever…. so dont worry about such embarassing issues. Ethiopia is Ethiopia… no need to say from here .. from there. this is by itself grouping urself to one side. Thank u.

  84. So what can I say!? Do we loss a person to lead as to one to form a unity or or it is not possible for us to come to one unite? I think our elder like Dr. Elani have to do more and more to wash our mind to think for unity and to work to gether to care our country Ethiopia. Plis you all who are in the status of Dr. Elani do the same thing in different manner on different issue for one final goal then we all follow you.

  85. Dear Dr Eleni,
    Really we are proud of you, you are making a difference! really positive and you did it! we all learn a lot from you, the love of humankind and the country. thanks a lot
    Tekeba Tsige

  86. Yes Dr Elleni, you have come foreward at the right time. The current trend of ethnicity as practiced in Ethiopia is proving to be destructive. We can see who is benefitting from the ongoing reckless activity. Certainly not the masses of people from the different ethnic groups in Ethiopia. Unfair destribution of scarce resources is a time bomb and a recipe for disaster. We need true visionary leaders to anticipate that. We certainly need to promote the cultures , languages and traditions of our different ethnic groups in a way that will highlight best practices and harmonious coexistance. I do not see this being emphasized so far. In my view the way foreward is to initiate open dialogue about everything happenning around us including the destorted view on ethnicity and federalism as practiced in the country. We need courageous people who are willing and capable of listenning to other people’s views however different they may be from theirs. Dr Elleni’s input supported by comments like that from Shenkut and others are good starters. We need to hand over this nation to the next generation in peace, prosperity and harmony not in chaos, hatred and distraction.

  87. Dr. Elleni you said it very precisely with a thoughtful and well organized information.
    However; you have completely forgotten that the same people that hired you are the ones who perpetuated ethnicity in Ethiopia so that they could stay longer in office in what is known then the colonial terms us “divide and rule.” Therefore; although you are right to defend yourself against that attach from fellow Ethiopians, you must be also aware that the same people you have been running around created the same environment.
    I would not have cared for a second as to where you come from, what language you spoke or education background you have as far as you are a committed individual who sees purpose in his/her life, and a commitment to your country.
    However; in this text, you failed to mention that the same people who put you in charge have created such environment so that they could do whatever they want to do in this country. Are you aware that tens of thousands were put in jail because of their ethnic background? Are you aware that thousands were denied access to scholarships because of their ethnicity? Are you aware that many were removed from offices and were replaced because of ethnicity? Are you aware that loans in banks are based on ethnic backgrounds? No!!!!!! because you just want to make a point of reference for yourself that, although you are from the same ethnic group as the X prime minster, you are worth and better than all of them. Which I will say no!!!!

  88. wow, i have no words to describe how mesmerising and intelegently written, you have impacted my life with your article. god bless you, you are one of a kind.

  89. Dear Eleni,
    I wanna multiply you 90 million times and create an awareness in all of us minds your great taught and deeds. Thank you very much my lady.

  90. Dr. you are awesome and elegant as truly you are too () I have always been proud of you and you are my only anticipation and optimism to exotic all inclusive advancement of your ECX to capital/stock market BEYOND DOUBT)))))0)

  91. I have great respection to D/r Eleni, as i read her profile. b/c as she talk she is truly Ethiopian. also i would like to appreciate her great talk about ECX. /from wolayta /

  92. what a dynamic educate you are, It is not where you are from but what is there in your mind matters. I also observed what you have done as macro type of project and it is really intellectual out put and time tells in future, I encourage you go further without being affected with uneven stumbles on your way. Go further and further.as this could change new generation for more healthy life.
    Elleni is special on top of her status as PHD. holding young and foresighted women.
    It is advisable to keep an eye 360 degrees while swimming in society . keep it up.

  93. This is the reason that we need to be educated… To be free from narrow mindedness….. not to have paper with a very shallow and narrow understanding of Identity in Ethiopia….
    Thanks for being honest and your wider perspective. Thanks for claiming back our proud and also heroism of Ethiopia to show to our generation. Its really true… we, as Ethiopian, our families are so multi-ethic collection. I have almost all ethnicity in my family linage. ….
    Thanks for giving us more energy and power to feel ETHIOpIAN again

  94. This is the kind of voice I have missed so much and the one I want to see dominating the current discourse related to the situation in our country. Indeed, I can see that Dr. Eleni, you are not just an Ethiopian, but you are what Ethiopia means, and I should say your story would wonderfully represent what so many Ethiopians are and wish to be recognized for. Unfortunately, we have been forced to disregard this fact of our identity and confined to one and only one of the boxes Ethiopia has been made of. This road we have been treading for years has now brought us to where we are now. If we could stop the blame game, we may still have the chance to redeem our future. For this to happen we need to have this voice of unity and people like you dominating the discourses of our time that are characterized by hatred, blaming, rumours and arrogance.

  95. Well said…….as an Ethiopian with somewhat similar family history, I never really understood all the division by tribe. We all are Human first and Ethiopian second. We have such a rich heritage to be proud of. We all make our Ethiopia who she is as a country. Our diversity is our essence of beauty as Ethiopians. My relatives and friends are ethnically mixed, which was never even something I really thought of…..for me my cousins are all my cousins and my dear friend are just my friends. Their ethnicity or mine has no significance in my relationships. I love my country and it pains me to see all this division. You said it more eloquently. I was moved to tears by your honest and well articulated blog. God bless you.

  96. _ It is very interesting. I appreciate your views on ‘Ethiopian Nationality’.
    _ Don’t you think that this ethnic based attitude should be avoided?
    _ Only one nation ‘Ethiopian’ should be the guiding principle.

  97. You have said it all Dr Eleni. This is what we all need! Ethnic hatered and violence is the virtue of the weak and the illiterate.

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