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PEN Eritrea Names 2020 Freedom of Expression Award Winner

(Sept. 18, 2020): Awate.com’s founding editor, novelist, and activist, Saleh “Gadi” Johar has been named PEN Eritrea’s annual Freedom of Expression Award winner, a recognition that awards $1,000.00 and a trophy. The award ceremony was hosted virtually on Friday, September 18,  2020.

On behalf of the award committee, Dr. Daniel R. Mekonnen noted that the prize was established to honor an individual, a group or institution that has made remarkable contribution for the advancement of literature and freedom of expression in an Eritrean context. According to PEN Eritrea guidelines, nominations for the award are made by good standing members of the association only. The award was started in 2019.   This year’s award committee comprised of Dr. Daniel R. Mekonnen, Haile Bizen, and Ermias Ekube. It received eight nominations, but not all of them had fulfilled the required criteria. Dr. Daniel mentioned that the call for nomination has been relatively short as the committee wanted to first secure the monetary award granted by PEN International’s Civil Society Program project.

Following the award committee’s report, Professor Ghirmai Negash was invited  announce the winner. In his presentation Prof. Ghirmai acknowledged the early promising years of Eritrean independence, which was marked by growing literary, artistic, and cultural activities, but was short lived following the Ethio-Eritrean border war and government shutting down of independent press that tragically ended the publication of seven private papers, and imprisoned the editors and journalists. “The day of the award—September 18th –was chosen to memorialize and honor the legacy of the private media, and to remind ourselves  to redouble our efforts in the struggle for freedom and justice,” stated Prof. Ghirmai.

He then announced the winner of the award, Saleh “Gadi” Johar, and said that he was selected for his “remarkable work as editor and founder of the website Awate.com, which changed the Eritrean media scene by practically demonstrating the values of perseverance, integrity and commitment to defending the freedom of expression and promotion of  literature.” In addition to his outstanding roles as editor and manager of  Awate.com, the Award Committee also considered the winner’s publication of books, and numerous articles and essays, as well as his work in his most recent YouTube channel, Negarit, which has recorded 101 episodes until today.

Awate.com, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, “distinguishes itself by its professional integrity consistency, and credibility, but also by accommodating a diversity of opinions and contributors of different linguistic and cultural background,” remarked Prof. Ghirmai Negash.

Emkulu Publisher’s founder Tedros Abraham was the runner up for his unique contribution in promoting Eritrean literature in exile.

Following the announcement of the winner the program was allotted to a brief conversation between Saleh Johar and Weini Sulieman, show host, freelance journalist, and a member of PEN Eritrea’s advisory council.  During the Q & A session Saleh elaborated the drive behind founding Awate.com: to serve as meeting point between Eritrea and the international community. He further explained the focus in primarily choosing English as main medium for the channel was to reach a wider global audience and exert influence on opinion leaders of the Eritrean community, both in the diaspora and the country

When asked how he combines the role of an activism and independent media outlet which is expected to disseminate impartial information, Saleh replied, “Universal truth does not take sides; as long as I am sticking to the truth I do not find it difficult to balance.”

During the interview Saleh corroborated that the crucial role of Awate.com has been, and will continue to be, to speak truth to power, and challenge the prevailing Eritrean culture of conformity and uncritical obedience to authority.

The event was hosted by last year’s award winner, the poet Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu.

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  • bmi1

    Congratulation

  • idris

    Assalam Alycom to all
    would like to Congratulate brother Saleh Gadi. you deserve more,we are proud of you
    Idris

  • Haile S.

    Selam Awatewian,

    Thank to early morning Desbele’s & Brhan’s links, I was able to listen and read Interviews with Abraham T Zere (ATZ) as interviewee of Yoel and as interviewer of SGJ.

    As interviewee, ATZ was asked by Yoel if he follows and replies to Yemane G/Meskel’s (YGM) tweets. Yes I follow, but don’t reply, replied ATZ, “because I don’t want him to block me from his tweets”. I am paraphrasing.

    As interviewer, ATZ asked SGJ if he (SGJ) has “any special message to the Eritrean ministry of information or the minister himself (YGM)”. SGJ replied, ……No. I do not like to talk to walls.

    I am confused. The journalist doesn’t want to react to what is said so that he will depend/live on an interrupted say. The activist doesn’t want to send a message to a wall. He wants the wall to read what is written on the message board on the wall. I am confused more and more guys. The PEN says is inkless, the board says the wall is echoless. Please, any help is appreciated. Thanks

  • tarikh

    Congratulation Mr. Salih “Gadi” and awate.com. Long over due and a well deserved award

  • tarikh

    Congratulation Mr. Salih “Gadi” and awqte.com A well deserved award

  • Kaddis

    Selam Gash Saleh –

    Congratulations to you from Addis – I am so grateful for your service teaching us how to objectively argue our volatile region Ethiopia, Eritrea and beyond.

    More health and happiness to you and your loved ones
    Cheers,

    • Saleh Johar

      Thanks Kaddis,
      Stay safe

  • Aron

    Selam SGJ,
    Congratulations. Keep up the good work. Aron

  • Desbele

    Congratulations Saleh Gadi,
    In 2002 I was transferred from military service to civilian. I already have witnessed horrendous crimes in the military and was happy the private media let out the grievances of the people and criticizing the leadership. But , by the time i arrive Asmara, the media was shut and journalists arrested. One of them , Dawit Habtemichael , a classmate.
    Afterwards, It was a painful experience to act as if you agree on the government’s actions while you hold a completely different view and truth nags your conscience now and them. It almost sends you crazy to think otherwise but nod in agreement to constant lies of the regime as you speak to different people.
    It is at this time, a friend working in NGO starts to bring me a print out of Awate.com articles. I read and immediately burn it as per agreement with my friend. What a solace. I started to live in a world of myself and community I cherish. For the first time, I sensed hope in the future of Eritrea. However few, I understood that there were Eritreans out there who care about human rights and justice than anything else.
    Dear Saleh, please do know there are people in Eritrea who put their life in grave danger just to see the hopeful , future Eritrea in Awate.com everyday.
    Thank you for all your service and keep the good work up.

    • Saleh Johar

      Desbele,
      Glad to hear your testimony. Yes, that was the idea: to give hope in a country where Hope was banished. Still a long way to go, but walk it, we must.thank yiu

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Hi Desbele,
      Wow! This comment would have been one of the best testimony during the Pen Eritrea award!!!

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Desbele,

      Personal experience, be it bitter or sweet, is the mother of breadth of wisdom and conscientious judgement, as can be learnt from your testimony. The good side of life in distress is existence of like-minded members in a society passing through grave strain and suffering however dispersed that may be. As the bad times pass, however, members of a society that opts for life in perpetuity, and its citizens with conscience and positive will-power do come together where endeavors calibrate to produce momentum towards confronting the harsh reality of the present to effect safe transit to optimistic future.

      To do all of that, there are always beginners of the difficult journey. And, dear Desbele, this is what we saw in Awate.com as one of the remarkable illuminator of the path towards changing attitudes.Twenty years ago, during its years of infancy, neither its detractors nor its supporters thought it would come thus far. Breadth of conscientious wisdom and positive judgement of its founder and supporters was indeed, and remains, the driving force behind Awate.com’s success.

      Forgive for late comment, sir.

  • said

    Greeting
    Ayenta your friend (defended by saying IA’s actions in the last 20 years post-independence were justified in light to the war that was waged on the country.)

    let us pray for soul of your friend and many alike Eritreans .

    And so we start beginning of the year our region calendar in misery and hell. Thousands of Eritreans nameless perched dead in Mediterranean sea and vast desert . are not mourned in private ceremonies, mother and fathers deeply mourn in tears of loss are shed on thousands of homes in their pillows. Meanwhile, the nation’s dictator is loved by hard core supporters ,in a crime in which they are complicit, if the past 30 years is lesson and then there will be many more dead yet to come and Let us pray not .

    Let us sincerely pray for human rights, for the rule of law, we will have in Eritrea .
    Let us sincerely pray that IA be thrown out that he holds no power to do the incalculable great harm he did mercilessly before and post independent and zealously he does today .
    Let us sincerely pray there is enough collective unity and intelligence to oppose IA and all his evil works.
    Let us sincerely pray that some Eritrean will be awaken from thier deep sleep and slumbers, that the outrage will finally be fully mobilized, we all will rise, that even regime supporters will have had enough humanity left on them and shame at their own 30 of hypocrisy and to be part of opposition
    Let us sincerely pray for future democracy a free, fair, election, and let us pray will be united to see that day
    Let us sincerely pray that there be no uncertainties, no oppression and no fears that demonized and demoralized us, like sickness ,madness exhibited by far too many Eritreans who dare us with their political immaturity and childish views and irresponsibility, and callous indifference and join their fellow Eritreans in opposite comp .
    Let us sincerely pray that we can forge a zeitgeist that truly values life for all Eritreans even our enemies lives.
    Let us sincerely pray for our children and grand children . Let their futures be in peace ,harmonies ,in much richer in human value and prosperity and hope than we have had experienced in the last 30 years and much reason to believe they will be better days will shine in the shore of Eritrea .
    Let us sincerely pray that PFDJ regime be powerless and do no further harm.
    Let us sincerely pray for a return of our refuge to Eritrea and diaspora to come back to contribute in nation building
    Let us pray that the spirit and light of love return to the hearts of those who call themselves Christians and Muslim and secular , but some how seem to have lost their true faith and human concern .
    Let us sincerely pray with much great fervor for innocent prisoner being held by PFDJ regime ,to be free ,that all victims of a deliberately and cruel violation of their human rights violated and conducted in the names of Eritreans by PFDJ regime without heart, soul , no mercy or integrity or remote semblance of human suffering and understanding about how fellow innocent Eritrean human beings to be treated in most crawl way .
    Let us sincerely pray for the relief from the long oppression , agonies suffered by the people of Eritrean and our neighbouring countries too.
    .
    Let us sincerely pray for the victims of regime to be healed up and have mercy on those who died and those who have been so painfully displaced as refugee .and those could not walk and those weak and sick Eritrean crawl unable to outrun from their deaths.
    Let us sincerely pray, too, for all Eritreans to see the justices ,and light from the darkness
    Let us sincerely pray let us pray IA and his regime to be removed, and not doing further death and distraction.
    Let us sincerely pray for those us in diaspora, that we love those who are our families that left in Eritrea, those very sick and well we cannot be with, cannot be with us to love ,to hug, and that we cannot help much and but we don’t stop worrying about them .
    Let us sincerely pray for ourselves, in our diaspora with loneliness, to be with extended families closeness one day in our despair, in our longing for a sane and better Eritrea .
    Let us sincerely pray for heart less and ease their soul and to break their rigged mind, too. Now this link will help ?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=xn_9imD6COs&feature=emb_logo

  • Eri.Star

    Congratulations ♥️🇪🇷

  • Ayneta

    Merhaba Awate:

    Something for the weekend…..

    Speaking of recognition and legacy [congrats to Saleh again], I had a heated discussion with a friend of mine recently about whether to positively celebrate the legacy of Issaias Afwerki [IA] long after he is gone. It was a polarizing debate and I would like your feedback on the topic. My friend was with the opinion that IA single handedly helped the armed struggle realize its objective of independence and thus he should be remembered as the father of independent Eritrea. When I counteracted by outlining IA’s long list of misdeeds, my friend defended by saying IA’s actions in the last 20 years post-independence were justified in light to the war that was waged on the country. ” He did what he had to do under the circumstances” was his bottom line defense. I, other hand, contended that although his contribution during the armed struggle was undeniably instrumental, his mismanagement of the state of affairs of the country post-independence, particularly the unlawful imprisonment of G-15 and the journalists, disqualifies him from being celebrated as the eventual hero and thus history should not be kind to him.

    How do you think the country handle the legacy of IA?

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Ayneta,

      Dear Ayneta, Hilter and Pol Pot do have legacies and there are people who defend them as well. The measure is what kind of legacy do despots and killer rulers leave behind?!.
      One point, if I may, there is that myth that has been woven in the mind of some compatriots that Isayas had played “instrumental” role in the independence struggle. How about those who enabled him and down the road killed and threw them in dark fox-wholes to rot and die. What will posterity tell the children and grandchildren whose parents have been banished never to be seen again or return.!?. Have you incidentally encountered on some social media outlet a son or a daughter, and even grandchild seeking help to find where his/her long banished parent? Yes, Isayas is also going to leave legacy as did others like him. It will be de javu again, dear Ayneta.

    • Brhan

      Selam Ayneta,
      Do we have IA’s biography from A to Z? His life is secret and he seems never to tell it from A to Z: starting from the Kagnew station issue to G-15 and the deal with PMAA.

  • Ayneta

    Merhaba Awate:

    Congrats to Saleh on getting the recognition he so deserves. I hope he will get the Medal of Freedom once state of law is restored in Eritrea.
    Keep on standing tall and bold!

  • sara

    selam awtistas//
    congratulation- and more so the recognition expressed by forumers has more meaning than from the awarding party..
    elel….elel amna saleh

  • Brhan

    Hello all,
    BBC Tiginya conducted an interview about G-15 arrest on Sep. 17, 2020. One of the points raised in this interview is that the claim of the regime that G-15 were arrested because they corroborated with the enemy a.k.a Weyane. The interviewee replies with a singficant answer: Petros Solomon and Oqbe Abraha were asking the regime to allow them serve even as consulars to the generals who were leading battles at different fronts but the regime rejected their demand. So now who is going to blamed, the regime who was leading the war or the G-15 who were not allowed to have any role during the 2 years of Badme?
    Here is the link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTGFsvkAXf4

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ፒሮ ኤረትራ ዶ
    ኖበል ኦስሎ ይልብሙ?
    ‘ቲ ቀዳማይ ንሳልሕ
    ዳሕረዋይ ግን ንኮለኔል
    ይሽልሙ

    ት ሓደ ንሓርነት ዝቃለስ
    ትሓደ ግን ለይትን ቀትርን
    ይጽዕር ሓርነት ከፍርስ
    ፒሮ ኤረትራ ይልብሙ
    ምበልኩ ኣነስ

    መሰል ጸሓፊ ሕልው ‘ዩ።

  • Haile Zeru

    CONGRATULATIONS Saleh Gadi Johar

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selamat All.
    Congratulations to brother Saleh Gadi. You deserve it. Keep up the good work.

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Saleh,

    Congratulations on well deserved recognition and award. I must say, I have witness all these years to the great work you have started and what you been been able to accomplish. For me personally it has been a home, a reflection, a place of joy, a place of integration, resolve, and hope.

    Knowing what we know now, if it wasn’t for you and the other pioneers like, it’s hard to fathom where our political differences would have been, considering the reckless and vengeful president and government we have.

    You forever will be remembered for lighting the spark of hope, and forgiveness, respect (even to those we disagree with) truthful and person of integrity, similar to the stature of our hero aware.

    Berhe

  • Admassie

    ሰላም አቶ ሣልሕ፡
    እንኳን ደስ አለህ! ለተሰጠህ እውቅናም እሰየው! ድረ-ገጽህ በድቅድቅ ጨለማ በተዋጠ አዳራሽ ውሰጥ የተለኮሰች ሻማ ማለት ናት፡፡ ሌሎች ተከትለውህ የማያቋርጥ የኮረንቲ ብርሃን እንዲያፈሱባትም እመኛለሁ፡፡ አለዚያም ዱዓ እናድርግ፡-))

  • Samuel

    Selam Saleh Johar,
    Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!! Not only the many years struggle for justice but also for making awate.com the home of different groups and independent minded individuals. Keep up the great work.

    Thanks,

  • said

    Greetings

    Congratulations, Saleh
    At Awate we Seek the truth, seek honesty, ask questions, and believe nothing unless it can be verified.
    In Eritrea Tyranny requires that the truth be silenced, that speech be forbidden, and that individual thought be silenced. A major agenda of the state PFDJ apparatus is to silence all dissent and control the mainstream narrative, control information and eliminating truth .Regime mandate complete conformity and censorship writing and speech in order to protect their power structure. This is the state of Eritrea that we live in today.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    Congrats SaleH!!!
    Well deserved!

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam Saleh Johar
    Congratulations Sir, having said that, on the way i have 1 question about ethiopia’s new year and eritrea’s qedus yohannes, as u know ethiopia gov don’t celebrate qedus yohannes but new year to make the day for every religion, ethnic equal new year day but why is all eritreans(muslim and others) “forced” to celebrate “qedus yohannes” when it is orthodox Christian holiday?

    • Peace!

      Hi TA,

      Relax, it is the weekend.

      https://youtu.be/XagYDK11efU

      Peace!

      • Teodros Alem

        peace
        I don’t know about u but i am relaxing. If what i said gave u hard time , it will be ur problem.

      • Abi

        Hello Peace
        You wasted this beautiful music on a humanoid.
        I’m disappointed!

        • Teodros Alem

          abi online azmeri
          What do u know about arabic music? u r stinnky azmeri that attracted only by trash, i know u know nothing about music.
          U r such rural ghetto.
          Zzzzmbam.
          i like arabic music but not this

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Peace,

        Nice and timely …

        and is the other,

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eRhqOdAjWQ&ab_channel=AzamAlhaj

    • Saleh Johar

      Tedros,
      Thank you

      1- Qdus Yohannes in not Christian as many wrongly thought, he is Eritrean.

      2- Sorry, I don’t “know Ethiopia gov don’t celebrate qedus yohannes as a national holiday but new year to make the day for every religion, ethnic equal new year”. But if you are claiming me Ethiopian governments, (the Solomonic blood claimants) were secular, hey were not. The Official religion was the closest church. Cut that out Tedros

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam Saleh Johar
        According to the government of ethiopia “qedus yohannes” is not a national holiday but new year.
        Ok how is qedus yohannes is different from yearly saint George or saint micheal day to be big national holiday???
        In ethiopia there r 7 religious holidays, 4 Christian 3, Islam.

        • Saleh Johar

          Testosterone,
          You didn’t know? WSU’s ghirghis is Eritrean but Addis Michael is not only Eritrean, he is from Keren. And qddst Mariam is also from Keren. If you don’t believe me visit the Daari shrine in Keren

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saleh Johar
            I know in Good old days eris used to fervor “saint t/haymanot” and worship saint t/haymanot more than the rest of the “qudues”(Saints), but i didn’t know qudues yohannes was eritrean, is there any qudus yohannes church in eritrea?? How many ?

          • Saleh Johar

            Horizon,
            I don’t know sane religious people, at lest in Abrahamic religions, who worship saints, they revere them not worship them.

            I know there are a lot of superstitions in Ethiopia, I am not surprised by the hymen’s story.

            Teklehaymanot is also from the environs of Keren, only Mariam was born there.

          • Teodros Alem

            horizon
            What a human hyena
            We r not talking about doctrine, i know saints including mariam is “amalaj”(revere), the point , i just want to know how and why qudues yohannes from all these Saints got to much attention ? and if that is something to do with politics?

          • Saleh Johar

            It is simple Tedros,
            Because Eritreans believe it is a day they should celebrate and have been doing so for many centuries. Is your objection to the New Year, the day, or why it’s celebrated. At any rate, the answer is because they wanted to do that and it is now established as a memorable day.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saleh Johar
            Memorial day make a lot of sense but to avoid confusion they should call it new year memorial and yohannes double celebration day.

          • Saleh Johar

            Tedros,
            ‘They should’? Who has the right to tell a population what to do and not to do? They call it qddus Yohannes and no one has the right to tell them to change that. Please understand the value of freedom of societies–all the struggles are centered around this right.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saleh Johar
            Qudues yohannes is national holiday , eight? I have seen a lot of celebrations by eri tv tgat looks like organized by the gov.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Teodros Alem,
            You do know that Qdus Yohannes is celebrated on 1 Meskerem in Ethiopia. The Orthodox church wouldn’t celebrate any holiday that is not linked to religion. A simple new year would be considered Pagan. Even if it is considered “ye zemen melewecha” it is still Qdus Yohannes.

          • Teodros Alem

            abrehet y
            Qudues yohannes celebration by Ethiopia orthodox church same EOC celebrate ye ametu giyorgis, ye ametu raguael and ao on and it’s not official holiday by the government.
            But since u r a female and most probably orthodox, let me ask u this , is there qudues yohannes church in asmera? how money? which one is more revere in eritrea, qudues yohannes or t/hayemanot?

      • said

        Saleh as you know well Al-Quddūs is one name of Allah
        The name of Al-Qudoos (The Holy One) in Arabic The Most Holy, The Most Pure, The All-Perfect – ALLAH”S Attributes & Names. The ancient roots of the Arabic word Quddūs, as well as the Hebrew word Kadosh, point toward that which is set apart, different, that which is ‘other’. The name al-Quddūs describes the unique, unimaginable purity and perfection that is Allāh, the One whose goodness and righteousness are beyond our understanding.
        According to al-Qurturbi, the name al-Quddūs also describes the One who is glorified and revered by the angels. If al-Quddūs have same meaning in GEEZ ?

        • Saleh Johar

          Yes Said,
          Qddus is an attribute and it is a religious term. Of course its origin is found in all Abrahamic religions. however, the term is understood in different levels in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While Christians describe angels and holy persons as qddus, in Islam it is a description of one God. But remember the concept of God is different in different religions. So, we cannot use one description when dealing with a diverse audience. Issa bdinu w’Mussa bdinu, as they say.

    • Consolation

      Selam TA,

      What you call Ethiopian is not Ethiopian but a version of the old Julian calendar. It was changed to the modern day calendar in use today by a Catholic pope Gregory and is known as the Gregorian calendar. Here is what Wikipedia says:

      The Julian calendar, proposed by Julius Caesar in 708 Ab urbe condita (AUC) (46 BC), was a reform of the Roman calendar.[1] It took effect on 1 January 709 AUC (45 BC), by edict. It was designed with the aid of Greek mathematicians and Greek astronomers such as Sosigenes of Alexandria.

      The calendar was the predominant calendar in the Roman world, most of Europe, and in European settlements in the Americas and elsewhere, until it was gradually replaced by the Gregorian calendar, promulgated in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The Julian calendar is still used in parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church and in parts of Oriental Orthodoxy as well as by the Berbers.

      By now, Ethiopians, at least those who are in the Diaspora, should know that all the Orthodox churches like the Egyptian, Syrian, Greek, Russian, etc. celebrate their Christmass and Easter on the same days as Ethiopians and in fact have the same religious Calendar as the Ethiopian church, which until 1959 was under the Coptic church of Egypt. In other words, what you call Ethiopian is in fact Ethiopian Orthodox Church Calendar. And since there is an Eritrean Orthodox Church, it is natural it should use this Calendar.

      As for Qdus Yohannes, it was always celebrated as a religious and cultural day.

      ENJOY THIS VIDEO

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZLgVdzlmHU

      • Teodros Alem

        conso
        if u think ethiopia calendar is the exact copy of Coptic or any other calendar u r wrong.
        But i know ethiopia calendar has a lot of similarity with Coptic calendar but ethiopia calendar has its own ethiopian uniqueness.
        i don’t know if ethiopia Orthodox church and eritrea orthodox church have same doctrine but qudues yohannes day is no different than the yearly celebration of other ethiopia Orthodox qudueses, according to EOC.
        Pls tell me if u can, i can assume there is a lot of qudues t/haymanot church all over eri but is there any qudues yohannes church in eritrea ? How many?
        i know 1 qudues yohannes church in addis.

        • Consolation

          Hi TA,

          That is why I said it is a version. The fact that a year is divided into 12 months is a Roman invention. The fact that there are leap years to adjust for the fact that a year is 365 days and some hours is again Roman. There were no Ethiopian astronomers to have had the idea.

          Every four years, we add an extra day, February 29, to our calendars. These extra days – called leap days – help synchronize our human-created calendars with Earth’s orbit around the sun and the actual passing of the seasons.

          The Ethiopians Pagumen is a denovation (the opposite of innovation:) because the priest had difficulty with 31 day months and the numerous holidays dedicated to saints and God. Almost every day is some saint’s day one of the main reasons why Abyssinia was left behind despite the fact that it joined the race early.

          • Teodros Alem

            conso
            Topical slave mentality, learn something about “zer yeqob” and others ethiopians and Arabs and u will know , not every thing is invented by white.

          • Consolation

            Hi TA,

            I am very willing to learn. I googled both “zer yeqob” and “ዘር የቆብ” but got nothing. BTW, it is not a white or black thing. The Romans were a very powerful empire in their time and were master builders. The Greeks invented philosophy, logic, most of mathematics. All I am saying is Ethiopians did not invent the calendar because the main features of a 12 month year and the idea of a leap year are Roman. What the Ethiopians did by inventing Pagume is a denovation, charming it may be to say the land of 13 months, but a regression nonetheless.

          • Teodros Alem

            conso
            U will never got anything positive about ethiopia and ethiopian history, thanks to abi azmeri.and his like erased it and replaced it by thier mothers “tella bet” history.
            anyways what I’m saying and what u saying don’t have that different regarding the ethiopia calendar except i see slave mentality in u.

          • Consolation

            Hi TA,

            As I told you, I am willing to learn, I found two Zara Yaqobs, one an Amhara king and the other a Tigrayan Debtera. The Amhara King was typical of his species, cruel and murderous. He killed his own daughters. I used to be horrified by the cruel actions of the English King Henry VIII who had a habit of getting rid of his wives by beheading them. But Zara Yacob beat him by murdering his own daughters. You can find the horror story in the The Chronicle of the Emperor Zara Yaqob (1434-1468)

            https://tezetaethiopia.wordpress.com/2005/06/01/the-chronicle-of-the-emperor-zara-yaqob-1434-1468/

            I will try to learn about the Tigrayan Debtera.

          • Teodros Alem

            Conso
            I told u u can’t find anything positive about ethiopia in Google. I told u tgey replaced it with their own history, the one that u read is most probably addemssie history, search more u will find abi’s mother “tella bet” history..

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Consolation,

            “ What the Ethiopians did by inventing Pagume”

            Are you sure the Ethiopians invented Pagume? If I am not mistaken the original word is greek, epagomenal.

            And adding pagume to the calendar is not unique to Ethiopia. The Egyptians, the Greeks, the Armenian and may be the Romans to have used it or still use it in one way or another.

            Berhe

          • Consolation

            Berhe,

            You may be right. So they even lose that invention? So exactly what is Ethiopian about that calendar then?

  • Fanti Ghana

    Selamat Memhir,

    Congratulations, Boss. It had to be you.

    I hope you feel a certain reassurance that your years of sacrifices to give voice to the voiceless is not passing unnoticed. Please continue this great work that you do for many years to come!

    Thank you, PEN Eritrea.

    • Peace!

      HI Fantish,

      Long time…hope all is well.

      Peace!

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selamat Peace!,

        I am doing well, my friend, and I hope you do too. Stay safe!

  • Peace!

    الف الف مبروك اخ صالح ان شاء الله العمر كلوا افراح أنت الي سويتو مو هين اشتغلت في الكتاب وقدمته بشكل ممتاز فاتستهل كل خير فالف مبروك مرة تانية وأتمنى ل awate.com الاستمرار والنجاح اكتر

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam Ustaz Saleh,
    Congratulation! Well deserved. Never give up even if there are plenty of despairing situations. Keep the light burning.

  • g. michael Tzerai

    Kbur Saleh,

    I want to echo Ema’s beautiful words. I hope this will help bring Awate.com front and center of exchange of ideas of our youth. Thank you for your immense service to our movement.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Saleh,

    Congratulation my dear friend, for the recognition and the award – a recognition well deserved for the hard work you display in the last 20 years in the struggle for justice. You made Awate. com as an institution, with an eye for quality to inform and inspire the Eritrean people in the last 20 years.

    Regards

  • Haile S.

    Selamat Saleh,

    From The Pencil to Pen, an indelible contribution. You deserved it. Congratulations Saleh!

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selam Hailat,

      You yourself also deserve a recognition for being “Natural Born Professor.”
      “From Pencil to Pen!” Why didn’t I think of that!?!

      • Haile S.

        ሰላም ፋንቲ፡

        ኣይሓሰብካዮን፡ ጥዕዩን ጥዑምን ስለዝኾንካ። ዘይከማይን ዘይከምከማይን፡ ተንኮልን ነገርን ቅልቅል ትብለና ሰባት።

    • Abi

      መምህር
      You are unusually slow today. Actually, you and all the slow people upvoting your comment are very slow today.
      Why are you slow guys talking about a pen while the gentleman has already left his mark with an invincible marker?

      I better watch my game…bye

      • Haile S.

        Selam Jetaw,

        Well said on Saleh he is invincible!
        I am around. I am busy skiming an Italian newspaper written during their arrival in Eritrea and trying to understand by translating using google. I will be back later in the evening.

        I saw your comment on the attempts on recruiting Mahmud. The reason is that Mahmud is heavy weight, has connections, tasted all nuances including Meskeremland, young, single, and he is up for grab.

        • Abi

          መምህር
          I like to be the auctioneer:)

          • Consolation

            Hi Abi,

            The guy is probably damaged goods so your auctioning may fail. If he comes here, he will be asked questions as to whether he had joined the Mesfin Hagos bandwagon, and if so, what exactly was the deal with the Weyanes? From what I heard about his pro Tigrayan statements, it is possible that he had succumbed to the lure of either Weyane cash or Weyane delivered power in Eritrea. My sense tells me that the Weyane were certain that the conspiracy they hatched with Jawar to murder Hachalu, immerse Ethiopia in a chaotic disorder, flood Addis with crazed Oromo youth, overpower Abiy’s government and take power. On paper, such a scenario would have seemed a certainty to the long starved people like Mesfin and they would have ceased the opportunity as they would only lose their reputation of which they had little anways. But that people like Mahmoud would join such a risky project seems to me to be too unhinged and I hope I am wrong and that he had nothing to do with it. But his dallying at meskerm.net, a website which has clearly been bought by Weyane, is not a good indicator of his innocence.

          • Abi

            Consolation
            I see you are not a buyer:)
            I know Teg Vet Mahmud for years. He was a staunch supporter reforming the government instead of removing it. The fact is the leading promoter’s comprehension skill is a solid D. Definitely he heard something the Vet didn’t utter. The guy is known for hearing voices. He believes his hallucinations as reality. It is really sad when you see an old person acting childish.

            Nobody in this world knows weyanes better than Vet Mahmud. I don’t believe he made a u-turn and joined hips with them. If he does, he should present his reasoning supported by charts and graphs. A pay slip is not acceptable.
            I have to check this Meskerem site.

          • Consolation

            Abi,

            It is a dirty world and anything is possible. Who would have believed that people like Mesfin Hagos could form an alliance with the TPLF to stab their people? If you visit meskerem.net, a website which had resisted the TPLF for so many years while opposing the government, you will find it changed to a mirror of aigaforum.com. It is a very disgusting sight to see people degrade themselves in that manner. And they are doing all this now as the TPLF is awaiting its last rites.

  • A.Osman

    Selamat Saleh,

    Well deserved recognition, that’s double celebration this September….congratulations!

    Regards
    AOsman

  • Lebam

    Selam Mr Johar,

    Congratulations on the prize and the recognition you deserve.

  • Abi

    Selam Ato Saleh
    እንዲህ ነው እንጂ!!!

  • Ismail AA

    Ahlen Saleh,
    Heartfelt felicitation for this well-deserve (actually earned through hard and sincere work) token of recognition. I join you and the Awate community with joy this celebration. He who toils for justice gets justice at the dawn of dark night. I thank those who care for justice for all .

  • Brhan

    Dear Saleh,
    مبروك
    እንኳዕ ኣሐጎሰካ
    Congratulations
    إنتصارك هو إنتصار الموقع وزواره الذين يطالبون العدالة بحرية الرأي
    ዓወትካ ዓወት ደለይቲ ፍትሒን ናጻ ሓሳብን ኢዩ
    Your victory is the victory of awate.com and its visitors who demand justice and freedom of speech in Eritrea. KUDOS!!

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear all,

      I am very happy— እንኳዕ ኣሐጎሰካ —-
      “Staff (Sept. 18, 2020): Awate.com’s founding editor, novelist, and activist, Saleh “Gadi” Johar …..”

      KS,,