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Awate Video of the month: “A message to Bresident Obama”

On January 29, 2014 we presented to you, Awate Video of the Month: “Breaking News!” In the same spirit, today we present you another Awate Video of the Month: an Egyptian lady’s message to President Obama.

In case you have a problem understanding the accent, read the text and we hope it helps you. If you can do better, please share your own transcription on Awate Forum below.

This is message to House White.

To the Congress America. And to bresent Barack Obama and Katerin Ashton and Jon Maken and Jon Kerry and to everybody to intrude in the exferes everybody, or…. every beoble in the intrude in the ex affairs of egybt. Blease. Blease listen to me. I am sorry because I don’t sbeaking English very good. But I don’t sbeak English 50-50. This is a message for Obama.

We are egybsian women. we, we don’t need any helbs from Obama. So the question mark for Obama: Do you forget what habben in eleven…eleven Sebtember? Is for..get the beoble America don’t forget. We don’t America to interface, intercede in the affairs of the beobel egysian. Because in the ser, in the ser, in the affairs belong to egybsian only. Are you stand Obama or you are don’t are stand. Are you listen Jon Maken? Are you listen Jon Kerry? Are you listen House White?

The same in ze affairs of belong to we are egybsian only. We are egybsian only. Blease Obama. You sbort trouthan groub with the money of American beobel Whowy? Whoway did you Obama? Whoway did to helbs in the brother in the Muslim brothers-hood. The brothers-hood! The Muslim brothers-hood is killers and liers. And we are so Obama.

Nobody believe a lieres. Nobody believes a liers Obama! Blease Obama listen to me. Stob! Stob Obama! Enough! Enough to helb the, the Muslim brothers-hood. On the finished sbeaking, shutub your mouse everybody. Shutub your mouse all Jon Maken, and Jon Kerry and Ann Baterson and House White.

On the finished sbeaking, my bresident Sisi. My bresident Sisi: Sisi Yes, Sisi Yes! Mursi No Mursi No! And we are so the Mohammed Mursi, So is the bresident badly on the worry or in the mistery.

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  • Denver

    Gorgusum Beach I like very much. yeah! my favorite thing about my trips to Eritrea is meeting others from all over yet having the same common denominator of
    being an Eritrean and having grown-up in an Eritrean household.

  • saay7

    18 year old Eritrean, Ghirmay Ghebreselasse is interviewed after his half-marathon victory in Sweden. (Zeresenay’s record remains unbroken; now ghirmay holds the record for being the youngest to win it)

    • Eyob Medhane


      Forget about the youngest runner for a second. When I fired up my computer this morning to start earning my daily bread, what did I see? This!

      Please, allow me to quote from the article, and shout the last sentence…

      “….I’ll be the first Ethiopian player to play in the National Football League,” said Berhe (pronounced Bur-HEY). “That’s huge for me and huge for my family and huge for the people in Ethiopia. It’s a big feat. Not a lot of people from East Africa are in the National Football League. I LOOK AT IT ALL THE SAME, ETHIOPIA, ERITREA, IT’S ALL THE SAME, JUST DIFFERENT NAME…..”

      Oh no. He deeeA’nt (Snap fingers top to bottom…… 🙂

      Alright now. I see you’re angry, for this young man’s “kehidet”… you must be needing some alone time for solace..I will leave you alone… Keep thinking “where have we gone wrong with this young man. How have we lost him?”… 🙂

      • saay7


        The first thing you do is read the New York Post? What is the headline today: more of the “headless body found in a topless bar” classic?

        Of course, Ethiopia, Eritrea, it’s all the same, just different name. Who doesn’t agree with that? I mean of the 80 ethnic groups in Ethiopia, some of the largest ones: Oromo, Gurage, Sidama, and Somali have their kin in Eritrea. I hope I am not leaving out any group.


        • Eyob Medhane


          I don’t know what your conversation with cab drivers has to do anything with what Nat Berhe, but let me tell you what put a smile on me today.

          I hate football. I really do. I think it’s from right out of the Roman times, when Barbarians used to kick each other’s but and the loser used to be thrown to lion’s cage to be used as a dinner for the lions. There fore, I care less about Nat Berhe’s choice of sport. However, the fact that he managed to poke the eyes of the over bearing, borderline racist ultranationalists made my day. He also somewhat confirmed to me that the new generation of Eritreans are much less interested to sing your “Ghedli woyem mot” songs (because Ghedli gave them both, ghedli and mot (see what I did there? 🙂 ) and much more interested in their habesha identity, which is being threatened to be taken away from them. Gobez Nat Berhe…. 🙂

          P.S.. Usually a conversation that I have with cab drivers, particularly from some other African countries is…

          “Where are you from?”


          “Oh, man…your women are so beautiful. what happened to you guys?” 🙂

          • saay7


            Whatever makes you happy ma man:)

            Your least favorite people in the world, the Arabs, do that too: they play down nationalism (identifying with a nation) in favor of Pan-Nationalsim (identifying with a larger identity.) Africans tried that with Pan Africanism. Good luck with that.

            The taxi story was to tell you that your stereotype of me is all wrong: I am not the stubborn Eritrean who thinks every engagement is an occasion to teach people about Eritrea.


          • Nitricc

            If I had to be drafted in fifth round; I would never mention Eritrea. I would have stick with name Ethiopian. Who wants to brag as Eritrean drafted on the fifth round? He was trying to use it as marketing in getting both Eritrean and Ethiopians as fans but he fifth and 85 percent he is not going to make the team. He might be useful on special teams but that is a hard position to survive

  • AMEN

    is born prematurely in hasty way when EPLF was preparing
    to make its transformation and transition to a modern party.
    PFDJ the members of which are only the President and a only
    a dozen loyalists or members represents only some less than
    2% of the followers of EPLF. So while EPLF retains the 98%
    of the previous EPLF members, PFDJ retains only less than
    The objectives and Goals of EPLF and PFDJ also differ so much
    in that PFDJ doesn’t believe in the freedom of the Eritrean people
    and is against of the independence of the nation and also against
    the proud history written by the struggle of the people as a symbol
    of his heroic values for love of freedom and courage.
    Thus this tiny faction which is born by caesarean method pre-maturely
    has only the reversal,destruction and tainting Eritrean achievements
    and history because of its handicap since birth………(will continue….)

  • 23 things we love about eritre

    23 Things we love about Eritrea

    Eritrea holds a special place in our hearts. On the occasion of Eritrea’s 23rd birthday, here are 23 things we love about Eritrea.

    1. It is a sacred land. A gift from our martyrs.

    2. Eritrea is the only place that is my true home and where I feel like I belong. Everywhere else is just temporary.

    3. The beauty of the land of Eritrea from the highlands to the lowlands, from the Red Sea coast in Massawa to the mountains and valleys outside of Asmara.

    4. It is the land of ancient Islam and Christianity. One of the few places in the world where you can find a mosque and a church only a couple of blocks from each other.

    5. It is totally crime free. The only country in the world where you can walk downtown without looking over your shoulder at night.

    6. Summertime in Asmara and the diversity of the languages heard from teenagers and young adults who come from all over Europe, Middle East and North America, speak more languages than one can count and yet all have incredible love for the people and land of Eritrea.

    7. The heroism of Tegadeltis. It is the land of Yikalo and Warsay.

    8. Gelato and evening stroll on Godena Harnet Combishtato.

    9. Eritrea proves that miracles do happen, sometimes against all odds.

    10. The Jacaranda trees lining Eritrean cities and the Bougainvillea flowers that cover the villas.

    11. The tranquility and perfect year-round weather of Keren and the hospitality of Kerenites. The majestic mountains of Upper Keren (Keren Laelay).

    12. The sense of community that is prevalent in Eritrea. Unlike in New York or Los Angeles, people know you from the time you are born until the time you die. People show up at weddings and funerals uninvited.

    13. The trenches of Nakfa and the stories they would tell if they could talk.

    14. The Sawa Youth Festival. It draws musical talents from inside and outside of Eritrea and brings together Eritrean youths from all over the planet where they party in a fun and patriotic atmosphere.

    15. Every taxi driver is a former tegadalay and has war stories to tell.

    16. Dancing in the streets of Asmara during Independence Week’s Carnival.

    17. The deliciousness and freshness of the food. The best organic food in the West doesn’t compare in flavor to what grows or is harvested in Eritrea.

    18. You don’t have to travel far to see every topographical region. The desert, the sea, the mountains are all within 3 hours. Every topography exists in Eritrea, more beautifully and ruggedly.

    19. The Eritrean people’s diversity and harmony. The nine different languages and customs. One people, One heart!

    20. Gorgusum Beach, its wonderful sea-breeze and salty air. The crashing waves of the Red Sea that bring sand and unique shells. The ferry ride to Green Island and Dahlak Islands.

    21. The strength and resilience of the mothers, particularly mothers of martyrs. They have lost so much and yet they only feel pride and joy. The strength they show is amazing.

    22. The collective spirit of the Eritrean people.

    23. Only 23 reasons? With 5 million Eritreans, there are 5 million things we love about Eritrea! What do you love about Eritrea?

    • Yodita

      Is this another PFDJ supporter gimmick? To be credible, you would have to list the other side of the coin which is glaringly visible to those with conscience. This is too sugary and taken in excessive doses it can alter your God-given metabolic balance, for good. Watch out!!

      • Rider


        I would add one thing to the list. I love the national cycling team of Eritrea. Somebody from Team Eritrea is always at the podium claiming the top prize while Eritrea’s national anthem is playing.

  • Dawit

    The lady reminds me of the “n’hna n’su , n’su n’hna” crowd.

    • Amde

      Dear Dawit,

      I have the feeling I will be able to one day say, I was there to witness a talent bloom and burst onto the world. Fantastic.


      • Dawit


        Thank you for the kinds words.

  • Eyob Medhane


    Could you please pass on what you’re smoking? It sounds so good. …. 😉

    • MAN

      It is a MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and I always pass it on
      around if you are around.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Media, I share you obinion -oh i mean offinion or opinion. but that could be also good to discuss about on how to fight self before complaining about others. I believe, Egyptians in particular and we Africans in general are in trouble not because of others and also I believe the leadership is the reflection of bibol LOl,what do you say? At times I see the culture of Egyptians have changed a lot on those 40 years most probably from last battle 1973. I have difficult time in dealing with Egyptians sorry to say so as it is not acceptable to describe people like that. honestly speaking Egyptians have to go back to their original culture.

  • Kokhob Selam

    but I heard PFDJ and it’s supporters blame others, USA and Weyane. I still want someone to answer to me making starting point his own house.

    • MAN

      Why do we ERITREANS blame others when our guiding principle
      We are not woyanes to act and to be that way.
      And we make it clear from the start our way is our independent
      and self reliant way. But as for some of the PFDJites I do not know.
      They were recently following Woyane/TPLF for some unknown reason
      either for mercy due to fear (like OPDO of Oromia) or deceived woyane
      is the king maker and will get them to power in to govern Eritrea. That
      is my guess.

      • Kokhob Selam

        how many times do you want to see when the so called “Eritrean government” blame others for the clear mistakes he made in history? all you have to do is open Er-Tv “serving the truth” or Hadas Eritrea the only gazette Eritrea had and at any day you want you will see the evidence. you said “our guiding principle” our? whose? and which principle? self reliant? what is the meaning? visit any ocean or desert or any town in this world and if you don’t find Eritreans suffering, you may win of your description. what is self reliant in a nation that is dead almost.

        my friend my original question is -people from Africa blame others ? and you still try to answer to me blaming others before watching you own.

        • MAN

          Who told the one man current government is the Eritrean people ?
          Where did you find that fact ? Or are you hallucinating and in some
          kind of delusion ?
          If you are not from Eritrea—–
          It is the same way like saying TPLF is the Ethiopian people ? Does that
          make any sence ? Of course not ! So DIA is the dictator government
          and the PFDJ party just like TPLF is to Ethiopians – a dictatorial ruler or
          The Eritrean people is either ELF or EPLF and has nothing to do with
          a PFDJ . PFDJ is DIA and is also the current ruler or government.
          If you need some information about PFDJ :
          It is one tiny faction born out of the EPLF and which has obscured itself
          into oblivion because it is rejected by the Eritrean fighters in the fields
          and the people at home and abroad.

  • Media Watch

    The woman speaks badly broken English after she said Sisi yes Morsi no, then she said a few words in Arabic Awate did not translate what she said in Arabic, the woman described Bracka Obama skin colour of something, watch the video for the first 0.27 seconds and read the caption labelled as bad words &%#*. The woman is ignorant and racist the video should be removed from the website not funny at all.

  • Ali Said Abdella 1949-2005

    I remember the late Ali Said Abdalla, Eritrea’s Foreign Minister from 2000 until his death in 2005, used to always say, “Dublomasiyawi” when talking about diplomacy. He couldn’t say “P”. He couldn’t say “V” either. He used to say “Festibal.” Ali Said was of Afar ethnic origin and was fluent in Arabic. He took a hard line position in confronting Weyane and was the man who was PIA’s closest confidante during the dark days of “Fenj Regachoch” and Weyane’s Third Invasion.

  • Kokhob Selam

    I don’t know why people from Africa blame others when in fact the problem is right in their own house. can someone help me on this?

    • MAN

      Because they are giving up hope
      Tesfa Bemequret process lay Nachew !
      At this time many of TPLF supporters are surrendering in
      thousands to the winning G7 and DEMHIT organizations
      in Ethiopia…………and many TPLF are in identity crises
      and despair. The couldn’t believe what their eyes are
      seeing right infront of them. Some are resigning to spiritual
      life in the church.
      That is the reason why !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gebez

    Epic!! Very exhilarating. She has some serious questions and warnings to make to bresent Obama. Shut up your mouth every body. Sisi yes sis yes Morsi no Morsi no. hahahahahahaha

  • Fenomeno

    Video of the month really? I hope it is not because of its message, but because its funny? Off course the Muslim Brotherhood did not live up to its promises, but it never could haven. Imagine PIA would be arrested after a popular revolt (i know its not as realistic as in Egypt). Than elections would be held and a Muslim party would win the elections. However all other institutions are stiĺl in the hands of the same people ( of which the army is the most important. In such a situation it would be very hard for a party, such as the MB who has been repressed for so many years to be truly democratic. So this is the ideal time for a sympatic general to go for power. Off course one could doubt is democratic nature of thd MB, but they were never giving an honest chance and they clearly overestimated their cards.

    However the video is just cheap Sisi propaganda, nkthing sincere about it.

  • Eyob Medhane

    She actually, has a reasonable message, if it were not difficult to see past her really cringe worthy way of expressing it. I wish ‘House White’ would see to her sentiments rather than the funny aspects of it. Having said that my favorite is

    “…So is the bresident badly on the worry or in the mistery…”

    From now on, that will be my motto in life… 🙂

    • Ermias

      Eyoba, I wonder if the House White has seen her message? She does have a good message. She reminded of my Libyan prof who spoke almost exactly the way she did. Certain things you can’t get rid of even having been here for decades.

  • Pappillon

    It would be curious to see how President Obama reacted upon watching the video, if actually he did that is. Very funny. Thanks AT.

    • Ermias

      This is how he responded:

      “uh uh uh…the young woman in the video does have a good point. The American people have heard her plea and my administration will do everything it can to interfere and help the woman because this kind of behavior we see in the great nation of Egypt is not acceptable as it shouldn’t be anywhere in the world including the great nation of Eritrea, which very close to Egypt. No it is not a state in the US. It is a country in Africa. Didn’t you take Geography, dummy. Next question. John, as the US president, I am doing everything I can to help women like the one you saw on the video. We need to raise the minimum wage too and equal pay for equal work….”

  • Sumaa

    Response from an Egyptian lady to Mona, the lady that sent “A message to Bresident Obama”.

  • Bulisya

    I love how Arabs and some lowlanders in Eritrea can’t pronounce the word “P”
    1. People = Beoble.
    2.Police = Bolise. I guess even some people in Tigrigna say bulisya
    3. Parking Lot = Barking Lot. (That’s my favorite one).

    • Amde

      There is this joke about a guy who was driving his car and wanted to park. He sees a spot, but then sees a cop.

      Not wanting to break the law, he drives up to the cop and asks

      “Officer, Officer – Can I Bark here?”

      The officer, somewhat mystified, but broud (sorry “proud”) of his duties as brotector (dammit… “protector”), of first amendment rights responds

      “Sir, you may, as long as you don’t bite”


      • Hayat Adem

        And I happen to know few Somali friends. P sound remains a challenge to most of them. But in a twisted paradox, I hear them struggling to unnecessarily change a proper B to P, like saying Zimpapwe, Parack Opama. They never fail to puzzle me on that: why would anyone run to a challenge trying to be wrong? May be there is a linguistic explanation to this kind of paradox, like, if something in their brain is trying fix them but at the wrong word…I don’t know..

        • Saleh Johar

          Hayat, the problem is all over the place. Different cultures struggle to pronounce different sounds correctly. Italians cannot say any word without adding a vowel in it. Almost all Italian nouns end in a vowel. The Germans and their struggle with W: ve vere sitting in van room vith valter. The French with R sound, etc.

          Arabs (in addition to the P sound) struggle to pronounce any word without adding a vowel in the beginning: eone, etwo ethree. The Philipinos struggle with F which they pronounce as P as in pipty pive for fifty five.The Japanese have a problem with R and L which they often switch. They would say: she “lote me a rettle”… and it means “she wrote me a letter.” They also add an o sound to almost any word. Big Mac is Bigo Macko. Many Tigre speakers from Western Eritrea struggle Z which they pronounce as D. Tigrinya speakers can’t pronounce a double stressed vowel and ee, or aa or extend it to mutilation anaaaa kuntaaa hinaaak, for ana kunta hunak. The Amhara who cannot pronounce many Abyssinian sounds…. For me, the mist fascinating is the cadence of different languages as spoken by its native speakers. My favorite is the Somalis who face difficulty pronouncing J which they pronounce as CH.

          Many years ago I worked for a company whose manager was Jack and he wanted a stock of water jugs tobe sent to the Saudi city, to Gizan. Abdi the warehouse supervisor passed the order to Gemal, an Eritrean driver: ” Chemal, Mr. Chak said take the water chucks to chizan.”

          • Robel Yosef Kahsay

            You forgot “My vife is dirty and I am dirty too” – an Indian trying to say “My wife is thirty and I am thirty two” 🙂

          • Ermias

            me likes ferry mush meester salih what you above writes. good you are a linguist. the nom chamsky of Eritrea.

          • Hayat Adem

            Thanks for the very rich note, I guess every body is challenged by certain sounds.

        • Ermias

          …and where have you been missy? You have been missed here, the house has been on fire, specially with the addition of Mr Mahmud Saleh, whom I nicknamed Mr Splendid but nobody followed through. Yodita is totally on fire too. T. Kifle, Saay, etc…oh my. I can’t keep up any more. I was away for a few days and I didn’t know where to begin.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hey Ermi shikor,
            I am amazed to rediscover Yodita in possession of so much power and fire, all the time wisely spent. In deed, Mahmud Saleh is an added wisdom.

          • Yodita

            But Hayat Adem IS Hayat Adem; no adjectives required. Please don’t disappear. It is not exactly the same without you. Mahmud Saleh is your type of a genius loaded with WISDOM. I now ‘scavenge’ for his intervention. I am beginning to appreciate why Pappillon is so respectful and full of praise of I like it very much when we say nice things about each other (which does not mean we won’t confront from polar ends when requied).