President Obama appoints Ethiopian Professor Gebisa Ejeta and Dr Jo Luck – The World Food Prize

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President Obama has announced his intent to appoint two World Food Prize laureates to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). He has named 2009 World Food Prize Laureate Gebisa Ejeta and 2010 World Food Prize Laureate Jo Luck. (more…)

President Obama has announced his intent to appoint two World Food Prize laureates to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). He has named 2009 World Food Prize Laureate Gebisa Ejeta and 2010 World Food Prize Laureate Jo Luck.

Two other experts with ties to the World Food Prize have have also served on this critical board: 2003 World Food Prize Laureate Catherine Bertini is a past member; and Council of Advisors member Peter McPherson is a past chairman of the board.

Gebisa Ejeta is currently a Professor at Purdue University and serves as the Executive Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. He previously served as Principal Plant Breeder for the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics assigned to Sudan. Dr. Ejeta serves on the Consortium Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, the Sasakawa Africa Association, and the Chicago Council for Global Affairs Agricultural Development Program. He is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Sciences, the Crop Science Society of Agronomy, and the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize. He holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from Alemaya College of Agriculture in Ethiopia, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Purdue University.

Jo Luck is President of Heifer International, a global organization working to end hunger and poverty. She previously served as president/CEO of Heifer International beginning in 1992 until 2010. During her academic tenure, she attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she served on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Advisory Board, and the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Session on Governing for Nonprofit Excellence. Jo Luck was co-recipient of the 2010 World Food Prize. She holds a B.A. from Lipscomb College and honorary doctorates from several colleges and universities.

  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    nice on you brother

  2. koster
    | #2

    But believe me or not you can not fight hunger by simualtenously supporting “friendly tyrants” like Meles Zenawi. This distinguished scientists are capable in their field but does not have the courage to say no to tyrany which is the root cause of hunger and poverty.

  3. Abdii
    | #3

    Congratulations Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, we are proud of your achievements.

  4. ዳዊት
    | #4

    አቦ ይመችህ!

  5. ኖሞና ኖቶ
    | #5

    በጣም ደስ ይላል

  6. YEMM
    | #6

    Gebisa is a clever guy, who loves knowledge and deserves a respect and he is well worth the position he has been given. Ethiopia can produce individuals like this for the benefit of America.

  7. Ordofaa Jaarsoo
    | #7

    He made very proud one more time of my Oromo heritage. This is one more evidence that tells all Neftegnas that we will have no use for their intellectuals after liberating Oromia since we have so many others like Obo Gebisa all over the globe. I dare you this: Once we liberate our beloved Oromia from Tigrayan and Amhara chauvinists, Oromia will be the most advanced state in all Africa in just 10 years and will be the first black nation to send an artificial satellite into space during that period. Why not? We have several scientists working for the space industry throughout the world. You watch!!! Just let’s liberate our Oromia first. That is guaranteed to happen in less than a decade.

  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    First of all i would like to say really so proud of you dear Dr. Ejeta Gebissa. Its your own and your mothers support which brings you to this level with the help of God.

    Just think of those people, who could have the ability but no opportunity to express that.
    Am not to open an argument but for the one who say a junk here above I am really sorry for you to have such though this time and spray a poison among people. I hope this could not give sense to Dr. Ejeta

    Any ways i would like to say again congratulation and fortunately this day is Easter so Happy Easter to you and your family

  9. hiika
    | #9

    which is write oromo is all ways intellectual but don’t toke to much mr.what my people say is “beekumssene honedhani”or “muya balebe now”

  10. Aboma
    | #10


    Since you misspelled your name I have a reason to say that you are not an Oromo.

  11. Babu
    | #11

    Ordofaa….really….why you seem to wait for the Oromiyaa liberation to accomplish what you have written. The reality is Oromiyaa is free but for few paper tigers like you, who have no clue as to what to do on the ground.
    Obbo Dr. Gabbisaa congratulation and you make all Ethiopian proud and keep it up.

  12. Weddy Mot
    | #12

    Mr.Ordofa Jarso is not an oromo. He is weyane to use systematically divide and rule policy. I am an oromo we love our opressed brothers and sisters of all ethinic groups and our beloved country Ethiopia. Please! Bemeceresha seat inkwan beweyane lay ininqa. Rather than to rush for conclusion it is better to look from different angles and filter out all posted comments.God bless Ethiopia.

  13. Assta B. Gettu
    | #13

    Mr. Barack Hussein Obama,

    If you are appointing to the highest position these African Ethiopians for the purpose of getting the American Ethiopians’ votes for your second term presidency in the White House, I will assure you I am not going to cast my vote for you this time for various reasons. I have been gathering some information about your commitment to Christianity. For example, I have posted the following comments on the “TAKE AWAY” web site, and I need someone from your company to disprove my comments so that I can vote for you for the second time. These are my comments:

    Assta B. Gettu from USA
    Is it true Obama’s famous Cairo’s speech was prepared by Imam Rauf according to the following document:
    ‘Obama’s historic speech in Egypt came from me’
    In previous reports researched by the Walid Shoebat Foundation, it was revealed that Imam Rauf has made statements in the Arabic language – while appearing on Arabic media outlets – that completely contradict his moderate tone when speaking english, exposing him as a direct supporter of terrorism, both financially and verbally.
    So who really was speaking on that historic day of June 4th 2009 in Egypt? President Obama or the Imam of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf?
    The Shoebat Foundation has obtained a shocking audio recording of Rauf’s own voice boasting in Arabic that Obama’s historic speech in Cairo was provided by the Imam’s work with the Cordova Initiative in what the Imam called “The Blue Print” which, according to him, was the solution to the Islamic-American divide. Rauf claimed that Chapter 6 of the Imam’s work engineered by the Cordova Initiative was the construct for the entire speech:
    “This is an example of the impact of our work in a positive way to be used by the president.”
    “The blue print,” Rauf elaborated, included everything from U.S. policy to Jewish and Christian relations with Muslims.
    For an Imam in New York to be involved in the orchestrating U.S. foreign policy is quite the claim. In the recording dated February 5th, 2010 Rauf boasted that:
    “We have to look at it [as] how to engineer solutions. At the Cordova Initiative we think of ourselves as an engineering shop. Yes. We have an analytical approach. Our work has been that. IN THE BOOK CHAPTER 6, I WROTE ABOUT THIS BLUE PRINT as to WHAT HAS TO BE DONE BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, what has to be done by the Jewish community, what has to be done by the Christian community, what has to be done by the Muslim community, what has to be done by educators, what has to be done by the media. For example, IN MY BOOK IN THE ARABIC VERSION page 293, what did I write? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO DO. IF YOU EXAMINE THIS CHAPTER YOU WILL FIND THAT THE OBAMA SPEECH IN CAIRO WAS ALL TAKEN FROM THIS SECTION [Section 6]. When you do a job that is very complicated. You ask yourself, what have you accomplished. All these problems can be solved but requires the will to solve it. It requires political will, resources and the right focus. The signs of how to go to the moon was known 200 years ago, but the political will and financial will for it happened during 1960-1961. When John Kennedy said that we will send an American to the moon before the end of the 60’s, he established the financial resources and the political will.”
    Jan. 01 2011 10:01 AM

    Assta B. Gettu from USA
    I don’t understand why Barack Obama, the President of Christian America, supports Mr. Ouattara, a Muslim leader of Ivory Coast of the Muslim North but rejects Mr. Gbagbo, a Christian leader from the Christian South of Ivory Coast.
    Dec. 28 2010 10:14 PM

    Assta B. Gettu from USA
    Mr. President,
    You have done everything possible under your power to help Islam spread throughout the United States of America and to establish the Sharia law and diminish the value of the United State Constitution. Just recently, you have directed the United States Postal Service to remember and honor the EID Muslim holiday season with a new commemorative 44-cent First Class Holiday Postage Stamp. You are determined to change America into a Muslim nation before your term in office terminates. Don’t you think the American people have the power to bring you down if they want to and send you either to Kenya or Indonesia? Don’t underestimate the power of the people of America. So far, they have been patient with you because you are the first black President, and you have deceived them by telling them you are a Christian. In reality, you are a Muslim, not a Christian.
    Nov. 27 2010 08:00 PM

    Assta B. Gettu from USA
    Mr. President, you firmly stood up with strong conviction on the side of the Muslims and protected Muhammad’s holy Quran from being burned down to ashes on the American soil, but you said nothing about those Muslims who burned the American Flags, the Christian Churches, confiscated their properties, raped their daughters, and even murdered the handcuffed Christians in Pakistan. Just four days ago, on November 16, 2010, Egyptian Muslims set 10 Coptic Christians’ homes on fire and completely destroyed their properties. It seems to me you are more sympathetic with your Muslim friends than with the Christian Americans who brought you to the White House without understanding your Muslim heritage. You have purposely avoided using words such as “Islamist terrorists”; instead, you use “extremist elements” whenever you want to talk about Islam. Why don’t you come forward and tell us you are, like your father and step-father, a Muslim?
    Nov. 20 2010 04:09 PM

    Assta B. Gettu from USA
    How can Barack Obama, the President of Christian America, firmly assert Quran is indeed a holy book that says: “Slay them wherever you find and catch them, and drive them out from where they have turned you out; for persecution and oppression are worse than slaughter”? (Quran 2:191) Also, Barack Obama’s holy book, the Quran, says: “I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.” (Quran 8:12) I have never heard Barack Obama telling Muslims to erase Quran 5:51 that says: “Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends. They are but friends and protectors to each other.” How dare the President of Christian America say that Quran is a holy book!
    Nov. 20 2010 12:19 PM

    Assta B. Gettu from USA
    A childhood memory cannot be easily erased or changed: it will remain there until that person dies. In this case, Barack Obama’s childhood memory of Muhammad the prophet and not of Jesus Christ has been proved correct when Obama said unintentionally, “my Muslim faith,” instead of saying “my Christian faith” during his interview with ABC in September 2008. Also, to him Muslim personalities are more important than Christian personalities as we saw him bowing down to the Saudi Muslim King, but he never gave this type of homage to the Christian Queen of England. We are learning more about Obama’s deep Muslim faith each day while we lack strong evidence he is a Christian.
    Nov. 19 2010 07:03 PM

    Assta B. Gettu from USA
    The Muslims all over the world have been expecting for a long time since the death of their prophet Muhammad, who converted by his sword, not by his speech, millions of people into Islam, a person who can convince by his eloquent speech thousands of people that Islam is the greatest religion, and that person is President Hussein Barrack Obama, who frequently glorifies Islam whenever he delivers a speech. The Muslims don’t have to use their swords any more to force the none believers to become Muslims; they have a powerful person, a powerful Imam, whose speech is sharper than their swords: President Obama is their right hand man who can finish the job that Prophet Muhammad started long time ago. Christian America has been cheated and penetrated by Islam, and it will take a long time to find out how Islam was able to take the White House.
    Nov. 14 2010 04:52 PM

    Also, just last week, Dr. Ali Sina have posted a very interesting article about you, and this is what his article says:

    “America, sleep tight! The foxes are guarding the henhouse.

    Kareem Shora Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, in now protecting Americans against the devout Muslims who want to kill them.
    Well, boys and girls, today the fox is guarding the hen house. The wolves will be herding the sheep!
    Mr. Obama who has appointed two devout Muslims to homeland security posts.
    Obama and Janet Napolitano appointed Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim, who was born in Damascus, Syria, as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).
    NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant…?
    Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Doesn’t this make you feel safer already? Was it not “Devout Muslims” that flew planes into U.S. buildings 9 years ago? Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood?
    Welcome to Obamaland where everything is nonsense. Nothing is what it is because everything is what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it is not, and what isn’t, it is. You see? In Obamaland the foe has to be bowed to and the friend has to be snubbed, punished and put in danger. In Obamaland you can become the president even though you are an enemy and an alien with stolen identity. All you need to do is charm the corrupt media and make vacuous promises about hope and change. That is the audacity of fraud.”
    How can I trust you, Mr. President, that you are a good Christian Obama? And if you get another term for four years, Christian America will become Muslim America. This is not good for America and for the rest of the world, and especially for Ethiopia.

  14. Ordofaa Jaarsoo
    | #14

    Weddy and Babu:
    You two are so confused that you think East is North and South is West. I am as pure Oromo as you can ever find or imagine. I am telling you this cannibal cactus-munching weasel and his gangs from Tigray will hit the dustbin of history soon and Oromia will be free. So sit back and watch you lazy creatures.

  15. Anonymous
    | #15

    ObbO Ordofaa, OBOLESOO MALIF AKA HAAREE YADAA .kaka ke kanatu oromoo arasisa.Adabdhu elma seree

  16. andinet
    | #16

    Ordofaa Jaarsoo, are you still narrow-minded in this critcal time? try to think global. Avoid your separatist mentality. Professor Gabisa Ejeta is an Ethiopian. We are always proud of his successes! Stop your venumous ethnicist behaviour!

  17. Higly accomplished
    | #17

    Congratulations! Dr. Gebisa, please advocate in behalf of all oppressed Ethiopians. Dr. Gebisa is a remarkable Ethiopian who came from humble beginning who accomplished a whole lot to the point of to be recognized by the leader of the Super Power of the world. He is an inspiration for all Ethiopians, especially, for the tens of millions Ethiopians who struggle with poverty.
    How can one tell one is woyane or not by his/her comment? woyanes always quickly change every discussion into tribalism to divided Ethiopians. When one of these ruthless woyanes start labeling Ethiopians as NEFTEGNAS using Oromo names, that is a given that these are the typical TPLF trouble makers who work day in day out to divided Ethiopians. Woyanes try to change the subject and switch the blame to former leaders but, Ethiopians from East to West and from North to South are aware that no one had ever been as cruel as ruthless Meles has been. At this critical point of Ethiopian history, every Ethiopian should focus how to remove the tormentors of Ethiopians–Meles and his TPLF cronies.

  18. Higly accomplished
    | #18

    OMG!OMG! As an Ethiopian I am completely embarrassed what this lunatic Asta had to say about the President of United States for advocating for individual religious rights. What a shame! I am afraid this Asta is as bad as that individual who burnt the Muslims Holy Quran and caused unnecessary bloodshed in Afghanistan. The sad thing is that most Evangelical Christian Churches don’t recognize that the Orthodox and Catholic religions as Christians. But thank God for religious freedom that we all have the right to worship what we pleased. Even if I choose to worship a tree, a rock, the sun or the

  19. Higly accomplished
    | #19

    OMG!OMG! As an Ethiopian I am completely embarrassed what this lunatic Asta had to say about the President of United States for advocating for individual religious rights. What a shame! I am afraid this Asta is as bad as that individual who burnt the Muslims Holy Quran and caused unnecessary bloodshed in Afghanistan. The sad thing is that most Evangelical Christian Churches don’t recognize that the Orthodox and Catholic religions as Christians. But thank God for religious freedom that we all have the right to worship what we pleased. Even if I choose to worship a tree, a rock, the sun or the moon, thank God I have the freedom to do that. Abuigda, please remove Asta’s comment.

  20. Ordofaa Jaarsoo
    | #20

    You Andinet and the likes:

    You all guys are jealous for the fact that Our beloved son and President appointed a Laureate Oromo to a prestigious position. I did not say I hate Amharas. All what I said was Oromia will be free and a sovereign state soon in front of wide open eyes and we will have no need of Amhara or Tigrean intellectuals. We will let you live in our new and energetic country but not as a first class citizen. You will have the right to leave our territory leaving your loots behind. We will provide you with ample transportation up to our borders. Then we can breathe a true Oromo and fresh air. You see nothing wrong with that. We love you all as one of God’s people but with no business as usual. You folks have a country some where in Gojjam and Gondar and that is where you belong. It will be a waste of time for you to stay in Oromia.

    By the way, do you know that President Obama has Oromo blood in his heritage on his father’s side? Think about that? So was Julius Nyerere and the name Kenya itself is an Oromo derivative. Think again. Boy, am I educating you or what?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Silte
    | #21

    [Cordoba Jaarsoo],

    There are about five or so of you within the olf that have adapted this extremist view of olf postion.And you guys are in every forum posting your outmoded points,in hope of getting to advertize your table talk politics anong Ethiopians. You yourself know that you have no any acceptance within your siblingns, but you loike to pretend in Ethiopian forum you are the representatives of the people. I assure you there are many factors where your empty cries won’t work in Ethiopia. Chief among these-

    1-Not every oromific speaker is in the same page with every Oromo in every term. There are Christian Oromos who have much in common with the Christian who live in Tigre than an Oromo who may believe in Islam or spiritualism.
    2- We live in the space and information age and the rest of the world is increasingly becoming under western influence. Just witness what is taking place in much of the Arab world. Globalism is connecting every society at a fast rate than your outmoded view can conceive.
    3-The olf is the most divided and weak organization, at and whatever credence it may had in the past it has sadly lost it at the present. Currently it simply exists in name alone; it doesn’t have a single town under her possession.

    4-Finally, Your dream won’t be actualized because Ethiopia is a far cry for feeble olf, and the only hope you have is to take your diehard view with you to the grave.
    Leave Ethiopia for peace loving citizens of all our people from Tigray to Moyle to enjoy it. You few haters of our people we have a place for you we will banish you from that sacred land and leave you to die in refugee camp as Geheez H said.

  22. Religion or Meles?
    | #22

    People, please don’t forget that it is not because of Christianity or Islamic believes that the majority of Ethiopians are being robbed and killed. It is the Godless, greedy money worshipers TPLF who lack human decency that are destroying our people and our country. The focus of all Ethiopians should be on woyanes not on poor Christian and Muslim Ethiopians. Loving God means treating fellow human beings with the same respect and love as we expect from others. And being a religious fanatic is totally a different ball game and totally idiotic moronic.

  23. Assta B. Gettu
    | #23

    Highly accomplishe,

    Catholic Christians and Ethiopian Orthodox Christians have been recognized before the birth of Protestantism and Islam. Protestantism may be a religion, but Islam is not a religion; it is a cult denounced by the entire Christian world for a simple reason that Islam denies the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Islam promotes terrorism, slavery, the subjugation of women, the molestation of children as Muhammad the false prophet molested Aisha when she was nine years old, and the spread of hatred toward the Christians, the Jews, and toward many other nonbelievers. Islam fosters the Sharia law that maims and disfigures the human body created in the image of the Almighty God. Islam prefers the Sharia law to the United States living document – the Constitution – the supreme law of the land. Under this Constitution, every American citizen is free to join any religion and leave that religion at any time he/she wants, and nothing happens to him/her; however, under Islam law, if a person leaves Islam and joins other religion, he would be killed. Quran 4:90 says clearly: “If they turn back from Islam, becoming renegades, seize them and kill them wherever you find them.”

    If you believe in freedom of religion and freedom of expression, why do you desperately entreat Abugida to remove my comment from the millions of my readers? You are nothing but an empty vessel.

  24. Zerayakob Yared
    | #24

    Assta B. Gettu, ‘friend’ of ገዛኢ ሃ,

    ስም ሳንጠራና እዚያው በሽፍንፍኑ እንዳለ, ግን ለአንድ ሰከንድ እንኩዋን የኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ አሽከር ሆኖ ያገለገልለ”ጋዜጠኛ” ነኝ ባይ,

    ኢትዮጵያን ነጻ ሊያወጣ አይችልም:: ህዝብንና አገርን ነጻ ለማውጣት ከተፈለገ መጀመርያ ራስን ነጻ ማውጣት ይቀድማልና !!

    ኢትዮጵያ ታበጽህ እደውሃ ሀበ አህዛብዋ ! ምክኒያቱም ልጆችዋ አሉላትና !

    ኣብ ኩሉ ሓዊ ኣጉድ እሞ, ኣብ ዝሞቐካ ስሓን, is a bad ሕሊና and ፍልስፍና !

  25. Ordofaa Jaarsoo
    | #25

    Listen Silte!!!
    I did not say I hate Amharas. All I eluded to is the fact and eventuality that for sure will to happen; The fact that you Amharas have your own beautiful country which is called Gojjam and Gondar and up to Amhara Saynt. As you already know Wello is an Oromo territory and the people there were all Oromos until they were forcefully and brutally ‘converted’ to Amharaism by a Tigryan king in the 1870’s. They will be ecstatically happy to rejoin with their kin and kits in the new Oromia. We will work out an agreement with the Eritrean government after our liberation to repatriate our lost and found brothers and sisters Beja people in that country which number in tens of thousands. They have suffered enough in the desert just to eke out a miserable living. As far as those Oromo tribes in Kenya, it will go without a hitch.
    In regards to cultural renaissance, the names of those traitor Oromos will be erased out of songs or literature for good. It will be illegal to mention them by name after liberation. The names include Gobena, Jagema Kello, Assefa Ayana, Balcha, Habte Georgis and other lackeys like these. Good riddance!!!!
    There you have it. Again, I did not say I hate Amharas and Tigrayans. In fact they will be provided with ample protection until they leave our new Oromo nation and territory. In fact we will work with the Amhara and Tigray states to forge an efficient and speedy plan in the repatriation of their kin and kits. Then we can concentrate on building our budding nation and work day and night to catch with Europe and America. You see our Oromo people have a different DNA from the rest of people in that part of the world. They are like Germans in Europe. And down the road, we will start a scholarship program where the top intelligent Amhara students can come to our universities for advanced studies. If they are willing to stay and work in the new Oromia they will be given a temporary work permit just for that purpose. They will not be allowed to marry an Oromo or brings their spouses or relatives. Anchor ‘babying’ will be strictly prohibited airtight. I am telling you all this so you won’t be surprised when we take these measures after liberating our precious Oromia. What will be wrong with this?!!!!
    In the meanwhile, I would like to take this moment to thank Abugida and its editors for gracing me with their platform. They are some of those Abyssinians who we consider righteous people.
    Long Live OLF and Oromia will be free very very soon!!!!

  26. Anonymous
    | #26

    Silte, come on! What a total bull s**t! Meles ethnicity has nothing to do why Ethiopians despise tyrant Meles. It is because Meles happens to be pure evil like Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and others like them. Only evil minded people admire and love the likes of Meles and Hitler.

  27. Assta B. Gettu
    | #27

    Orddofaa Jaarso,

    One of your wishful statements is: “Then we can…work day and night to catch up with Europe and America.’

    First, work hard to catch up with Gondar and Gojam, and after millions of years you may emulate Europe’s or America’s civilization. Then, we will liberate you if you demonstrate to us that you have become a real human being, a civilized one like the Amhara people.

  28. Anonymous
    | #28

    Ordoffa Jaarsoaa, it is because of hateful idiots like you why Ethiopia stay backwards.
    Please enlighten us, what are you going to do with your master Meles?

  29. Anonymous.
    | #29

    Assta B. Getu,
    I am afraid you have the same crazy mentality as Taliban extremists. Your extremist views is going to ruin millions of Ethiopians reputations. I have a feeling you might be a woyane working to make Ethiopians look bad.

  30. Ordofaa Jaarsoo
    | #30

    Tell Him Obo Anonymous, tell him!!! To me and all other legit Oromos, Oromia a sweet music to our ears where my beloved Oromos will be truly free for the first time in generations. Silte and the likes are just like those racist elements in the USA who are not comfortable or even detest it like a sickness to see a black man and an Oromo Obama in the white house. Their stomach just can’t take it. Silte and his Amhara and Tigray company will never be able to stomach the idea of an Oromo sovereign state, an Oromia where men rule and where women have full-fledged human and voting rights. You see we are like our kin in Europe. Amhara and Tigrayans are like their kits in Yemen. About 10,000 years ago we used to live at an area what is now Turkey. The Romans and Greeks decided to move west and we opted for traveling south. We settled in the area of what is now Egypt, Sudan (Nubia), Libya and Tunisia. You remember Hannibal? He was a descendant of an early Oromo tribe. A lot of places in all of these countries still have names of Oromo derivatives. It will be for the Amhara intellectuals (If there are any) to find out where they originated before they migrated to Yemen. I am working on a book that documents the origin and all early movements of the Oromo people which will come out as soon as it is completed.

  31. Anonymous
    | #31

    Ordofaa, Here is bad news for woyane like you who goes around using Oromos name to divide Ethiopians. We know who you are buddy! a hateful woyane that works day in and day out to divide and loot Ethiopians. Pretty soon all Ethiopians from East, West, North and South of Ethiopia will sing: Free at last from Woyanes, free at last from woyanes, thank God Almighty that we are free at last from woyanes!

    Here is a must read good news for all Ethiopians and bad news for woyanes:

  32. Anonymous.
    | #32

    #22, you are one total idiot I’ve ever come across in my life time. The fact that you don’t see anything wrong with the inflammatory and insulting remarks you made on the first black President of United States and our Oromo brothers and sisters speaks volumes that you’re indeed a true woyane village idiot trouble maker. If you’re not a woyane then you are foolishly walking on woyanes dangerous hateful racist road. The venom that comes out of your mouth about our Ethiopian Muslim brothers and sisters and Oromos does more wrong than it does good for our country and our unity. You always take Ethiopia a step backword with your backward mentality when Ethiopians try to go forward. Please do us all a favor, just go away and seek a psychological help.

  33. Assta B. Gettu
    | #33


    For your information: Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, the first black Muslim President of Christian America, has released his birth certificate to day for the public that he was born in Hawaii in 1961; however, for me, his birth certificate is not that much important. What is important is that he must also release his Baptism certificate, in which Church he was baptized and who baptized him and what is the name of his God father if he believes he is a dedicated Christian. When Jimmy Carter became the President, on the same week, Sunday, he went to Sunday school to teach the Sunday school children. I don’t think Obama ever goes to Church on Sunday.

    As far as Muslims live in Ethiopia, there will be no peace and no unity in Ethiopia: Christianity is the heart of unity, and because of Christianity, Ethiopia has been a united country. In fact, when Muhammad the prophet saw the unity of Christian Ethiopia, he sent his family to Ethiopia to live in Ethiopia, and they have lived in Ethiopia as aliens for many, many years. They are not legitimate Ethiopians because they are not Christians; Ethiopia is for Christians, not for Muslims. The Almighty God gave Ethiopia to the Ethiopian Christians. Before Ethiopians became Christians, they had the Judaic faith, and that is why we see in Book of Acts that the Ethiopian Eunice reading the Book of Isaiah. If you are a Muslim, I invite you to become a Christian, the religion of the civilized world.

  34. Anonymous
    | #34

    My apologizes to #22. #30 comment is directed @ people like #21 Asta B.Getu and #28 Ordofaa.

  35. Slite
    | #35

    [Ordofaa Jaarsoo],
    I am not here to defend myself from your bluff towards me.You know very little about me ,but you went to characterize me as a dihard Amhara who doesn’t want to see an Oromo person to be ruler or allowing Oromo women freedom of vote,etc.You calim your great great clan once lived at an area near Turkey,and that Hanibl is an Oromo.
    According to your historical crhronology you claim your ancestorial origin to be in Europe.That is remarkable acheivment; this claim argues well for those who chose Latin alphabet for Afan Oromo language.As it becomes clear this puts you and your tribe in close affinity with that of Europian Latinos.Neverthless, the claim of olf,namely that the Oromos are the true black Ethiopians than the rest of us remains open to question.Good luck with your book project;I hope your book will be a learning tool than an old wives tell.Though,I must say,your opening remark about the Oromo origin leaves me scraching my head.My question to you is what are the Turkish and Egyptians up to these days ,and their mentoring of the olf?

  36. Zerayakob Yared
    | #36

    ባለ ስም የለሹ ቁጥር 30,

    ቁጥር 22ን ጠቅሰህ ስታበቃ, ግን ቁጥር 22 ላይ ስላልሰፈሩ ነገሮች አስተያየት ሰጥተሃል:: ዝም ብሎ የመደናቆር መተላለፍ እንዳይሆን በመጀመርያ የስሞችናን የቁጥሮችን ማስተካከልን እናካሂድና, የቁጥሮች አጠቃቀስ ላይ ስህተት ደርሶብሃል ወይንስ በርግጥም በቁጥር 22 ላይ ስለተጻፉት ነገሮች ነው እየተናገርክ ያለሄው ?

  37. Anonymous.
    | #37

    #33 Zerayakob Yared,
    Yiqereta adrglegne:: Please read comment #31.

  38. Anonymous
    | #38

    Why are you changing the chronological order?

  39. Anonymous
    | #39

    #33 Ass B. Getu–the Ethiopian Taliban,
    I rest my case, you’re indeed a village IDIOT and an embarrassment to Ethiopian community and a danger to our cause. You’re very annoying to the core. Out of 2 billion Muslims in the world, only a few brainwahsed Muslims happen to be troublesome. In the same token our own fellow Christians are not all saints either. In fact, because of racism and unfair treatments many Black Americans are converting to Islam.
    Please, Ass B. Getu, take a lesson from Abune Mekorios who respects Muslims and Christians equally.

  40. Abugida
    | #40

    Ass B.Qitu, I hope Abugida come to their senses and banned you from insulting Muslims and the President of United States as Ethiopian Review has stopped you from belittling Muslims on his website. Your extreme and dangerous views brings more harm than it does good to our country and our people. Your inflammatory views only help Woyanes. It is obvious that you’re closely following and influenced by the few extremist and racist Tea Party ideology.
    I am amazed why in God’s name Abugida is allowing you to insult one of the smartest US Presidents and billions of peaceful Muslims.

  41. Anonymous
    | #41

    Ahaaaa!Finally! Thank you Abugida!

  42. Ordofaa Jaarsoo
    | #42

    Where is my last comment? There was nothing derogatory about it. Let it rip.

  43. Concered
    | #43

    Abugida is going to the Dark Age by trashing its best commentators’ views; any way, Abugida is an obscure web site: it is not like Ethiopian Review and web sites. To improve its quality, Abugida must hire a highly educated editor like Elias Kifle or AlMariam. This is not, in reality a good source of information. As its name indicates, Abugida is a pazzle to confuse people like the Ethiopian Abugida used to confuse small children as they progressed from Fidel to Abugida. Wake up Abugida and change your web site’s name if you want to attract many readers. Avoid trashing Ordofaa Jaarsoo’comment and others’.

  44. Undercover
    | #44

    If you don’t think Abugida is not a good source of information, then I suggest you stop visiting Abugida and stick to where woyanes rant 24/7. I’ve a strong feeling that you are not a kind of person that supports Elias and Professor Alemayehu. Most likely you’re a staunch supporter of tyrant Meles and Aba Diablos. Adios Amigo!

  45. Ordofaa Jaarsoo
    | #45

    Where is my last comment? There was nothing derogatory about it. Let it rip. 2nd request!!!

  46. Concered
    | #46

    Dear Ordofan Jarsoo,

    Abugida will never respond to you because Abugida is not a good sorce of information. Abugida does not handle views from highly educated people like you.

  47. Anonymous
    | #47

    You’re going nuts. Stop talking to yourself. Highly educated on what? Being fluent in English language, writing in good grammar and having a Masters degree and PHD doesn’t guarantee commonsense, wisdom, Compassion and sensitivity for injustice and poverty. If you were a highly educated man, you won’t be going around telling people that you’re a highly educated man and support a dictator that has the blood of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians, Eritreans and Somalis, looted Billions of birr and sold the most fertile land of Ethiopia. LOL! Highly educated–my foot! It is obvious that your good source of information is ETV (the woyane propaganda machine) and if you live in the states FOX news. Good bye and enjoy watching ETV and Faux news.

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