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Negarit 78: ቆሎ ጥጥቆ – Varieties – مواضيع مختلفة

Many people do not like it when I say a language is either poor or rich, living or dead. If a language will not help us you attain a higher level of communication and expression, enable you to seek knowledge and be enlightened, improve yourself and your culture, then it is simply not good.

Even the deaf have a language. Even Parrots can mimic words and children who haven’t been to school yet, can communicate. So, what is the use of language if it doesn’t provide you an access to knowledge? What good is it if it doesn’t enrich your culture, literature, etc. That is what we need to think about.

If you are speaking in one language but you repeatedly use words from other languages to explain a concept, because the word you are looking for doesn’t exist in your language, that language is very poor. What’s does cultured or مثقف (Muthaqef) mean in Tigrinya? What’s is intellectual مهذب متحضر (Muhadzeb, Mutahadir)?

Adib أديب  means well mannered, but it also means, writer, poet, author, literate, etc. While intellectual and cultured are “intelligent persons who use reason and critical thinking.”

Chab Khalid and his Di-Di, the two word song

In an article I read a few days ago, the Algerian writer AHlam Mostaghanemi lamented that the mediocre have become the face of the Arab world. Her own country, Algeria, used to be known as the country of a million martyrs, and was represented by the giant heroes like Amir Abdulkadir, Bin-Badis, Bin Bella, Jemila BuHred, and Hwari Bomedien, but now it is identified with Chab Khalid, the man who became famous thanks to his two-word song, Di-Di.

She says in the nineties she arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, when Chab Khalid and Di-Di was played all over the world, in fashion shows, weddings, parties, etc. She says people always asked her what Di-Di means and when she said she doesn’t now its meaning, they questioned is Algerians still speak Arabic anymore after they were colonized by the French. Ahlam says, taxi drivers, friends and strangers and a gas station attendant asked her about Di-Di. Finally, she decided not to tell anyone she was Algerian to save herself from the bothersome question. And she felt sorry a singer with a song of two-meaningless words was more famous than the real Algerian icons.

She adds, today Arab countries are defined or known by people who appear in and become popular through the famous show, Star Academy. Ahlam explained that many Arabs do not know Mahmoud Al-Sewarka, the Egyptian member of the resistance in the war against Israeli occupation who was caught and jailed for 22 years. Until a released prisoner testified that he was in jail with Mahmoud Al-Sewarka. Until then Israel denied his existence but finally in 1999 he was released in exchange for Israel prisoners.

But there was no one waiting for Al-Sewarka at the prison gates, not anyone from the people he struggled and for whom sacrificed for knew about him. A newspaper wrote about his release in a few sentences in a corner of the paper. On the contrary, the police had to smuggle Mohammed Attiya a Star Academy showman from the airport. Crowds kept coming to the airport to see Attiya for days whenever an airplane arrived from Beirut. When he finally there was a stamped and several of his fans were injured. Ahlam adds, countries that were once known by their heroes are now known by its boys like Mohammed Khellawi the student at Star Academy who moves around with five bodyguards.

And the writer says that she met Jemila Bu-Hreid, a hero of the Algerian struggle, in a flight to Qatar. Ahlam felt ashamed of the fact that Jemila cannot afford to travel first class, but a child just born in the stages of Star Academy boasts he doesn’t travel except in a private government planes, “because he highly popularized the name of his country!”

The Ego of some activists

Now, do you think about the heroes of our struggle? Do you about think where they might be and how they are doing? Do you know Suwera, a man who struggled all his life and then he ended in Sudan as a refugee, lost his eye-sight and still carried leaflets and whatever literature he can find to distribute it in the streets of Kassela until his death, a few years ago? So, be humbled. Those of you who pompously brag that you are struggling, you are sacrificing, you will be forgotten. No one will remember you. All your bickering, no one will be grateful to you. You will be lucky if you find a two-word entry about you in any historical book.

In this time of Corona, remember to humble yourself. You wouldn’t even get a decent burial; three people will throw you into a hole and that is it. Only your loved ones will cry, your friends and close associates. But then they will move on and in a few years,  you will become a hazy memory, remembered on occasions and maybe people will talk about you for a minute until they shift to another subject.

Those of you who want to shape Eritrea to your image, cutting this piece, pasting it to another and forming your glorious fascist state, or your fence of a sectarian enclave, pretending it’s all for the people, no one will be thankful to you. You will be remembered as a psychopath, vulgar, and an ignorant fire starter. Even your relatives will be ashamed to admit they knew you because your history will be a liability to them. Go ahead, gloat, exterminate a race, erase a sect, burn a region, insult Eritreans, disrespect martyrs, belittle Eritrea for which so much was paid, and still is being paid, but remember you will be a faded footnote of history. Who has come to boast about the killers of Ona, Besekdira, Wekidba, Msyam, Hergigo, Sheb and Hazemo. Who will come out and boast that he is proud of his treasonous relatives?

You get the idea.

In Solidarity with Dr. Tedros Adhanom

Tedros Adhanom; not much to say about his but a disclaimer: I have two incidents for which I will not forgive him. A disrespectful bigoted remark he made in a meeting in Tigrai and a noble initiative he threw under the table not even the decency to reply. But I must say that I stand in solidarity with him over the attack he is facing from the racists of the West, and the dimwits of the PFDJ. Tedros plays the ugliest musical instrument there is. I prefer to listen to a donkey braying that the sound of that instrument. He plays the saxophone. And if he can stand the sound of that ugly instrument, I am sure he can tolerate the equally ugly slurs he is being subjected to. If those who are afraid, they will be black and always carry umbrellas, not word off sunstroke or something else, but so paranoid they are afraid their skin-color will darken, racial slur is the understandable. Do what you do best, and in this trying time, incompetent leaders are not qualified to attack you—be they white, yellow, brown or even the color of Avatar.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Teodros Alem

    Corrupted mind tedros “kolo” or as Qabi say it tedros ” whiskey” is about to be fired and is going back to ethiopia to do what he knows best and the only thing that he knows, sabotage. Killing, conspiracy and so on.
    he is rejected by everyone, even pan- africanist except African dictators and China.
    He tried to deceive africans using the usual tplf tribal( racial) game but he is even rejected by pro africanist.
    I am sure he will get a hero welcome in addis or mekele by the likes of qabi .

  • Haile S.

    Selam Saleh,

    Your Negarit 78 is entertaining፡ as usual.

    ነገር ድልይልይ ጸሎት ሃሰውሰው!
    ዘይኣመንቲ ጸልዩ ዶ ኢልካ? ንስኻ እኳ ምስ እዞም ዘይንኣምን ሕማም ኣለካ! 🙂 🙂
    ንምዃኑ ናይ ኣስላማይ ነገር! ዘንጊዕካዮ እምበር ካብ እግዚሄር’ሲ ሕማማት እኳ ኢና ዘለና። ጥጥቖ ክንበልዓሉ ኣብ ንጽበየሉ መዓልታት ቆሎን ጥጥቖን እንዳውረኻ፡ ኣፍ ምድረ ክርስትያን ማይ መሊእካዮ።
    ክርስትያን-ዓወተ ክኣ ሕማማት ረሲዖም፡ ሕገ-ቆንስጣንጢን ካየኽበሩ፡ ቤት ፍርዲን ክሲን ጥብቅናን ደው ካየበሉ፡ ሕማማት ሰሙን እንሃልካ ሂር ይብሃሉ!
    ኣብዚ ዘለናዪ እዋን፡ COVID19 ኣብ ዘጥቃዓና ጊዜ፡ መድሃኒ ሕማም ዓሶ ኮነ ካልኦት መድሃኒታት ብሃሰሰ-ለባም ካብዚ ቫይረስ ከሕውየና ኣብ ንጥቀመሉ ጊዜ ፡ ጸሎት ኣይጎድኣናን እዩ። ሓቅኻ።

    Cheb ካብ ኣዘካርካና ክኣ፡ di di እናበልና እንተሳዕሳዕና እውን ኣይጎድኣናን። ኣነ እኳ ብdidi ቀደም እዝነይ ስለዝጸመመ፡ እታ ደርፊ መንየያ እየ። Aicha ግና ዘይትምኖ ስለዝኾነት እንሆ እጋብዘካ። ዋላ ሰሚዕካ ደምስሳ

    The first lyrics go like this with translation below. Translated to rhyme.

    Comme si je n’existais pas
    Elle est passée a cote de moi
    Sans un regard, reine de Saba
    J’ai dit Aicha, prends, tout est pour toi

    As if I wasn’t around
    She passed just beside
    Queen of Sheba, without regard
    I say, Aicha take all, for you aside

    • Saleh Johar

      Oh! I converted one. Good. An extra credit. Don’t change your mind and stay a good Christian:-)

  • Brhan

    Thanks Saleh for the Negarit #78,

    On COVID 19 and why the PF(DJ) rejected the China aid: It is said that the TPLF and not the Prosperity Party, who initiated the idea to the Ali Baba owner. It is also said that the TPLF insisted the aid to include the whole continent because according to the Weyane for Tigray / Ethiopia to be able to control the epidemic their neighbours , meaning African countries must be equipped with medical instrument otherwise if Sudan sneezes then the next will be them. And Alibaba’s owener agreed. And because it was initiated by Weyane and not by Abiy , Isayas can’t swallow it.

    On why the hero are not respected by their citizens: Forest Gump comes to my mind and sometimes it is from some veterans are found in a very low self esteem because of the trauma of war. Governments such as the US and Canada , have many programs to help the veterans in this regard but what is missing is also the rose of the society. Ignorance of some members of the society plays a negative role. Teach , inform and show about these hero then all will salute at them.

    On Tedros, I agree with you, I wish , he did not speak about what has been said about his collar. He should stick to his field and only speak and challenge only in that area. Look how the two Ts of North America are handling the issue. One is Trump who is in mess in his news briefing and the other is Trudeu who is focusing on saving lives. Ironically we have the third T for Tedros and I wished he remained like that of Canada.