Doctor Arkebe Oqubay flying like a pig – By Abebe Gellaw

December 10th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

Until recently, Arkebe Oqubay was known to have spent much of his life on projects of bloody conflicts, corruption, tyranny or gross violation of human rights. It was a total surprise when one of TPLF’s topguns was introduced as a record-breaking scholar.

It emerged that Arkebe has been bragging to friends, relatives and admirers since last October that he got a Ph.D from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with great honor and distinction. He claimed that he shattered academic records, an achievement that guaranteed his name a special place in the honor list of the school. That is good for him, but why is SOAS contradicting this amazing scholar who claims to be the first to hold his PhD in record time and first for his unblemished dissertation?

On November 8th, Isayas Astebeha Abaye, a well-known apologist and flunkey of the dictatorship in Ethiopia, published a “breaking news” story on trumpeting Arkebe’s miraculous and unique intellectual prowess.
According to Isayas Astebeha Abaye, who got the story from the horse’s mouth:
This week Dr. Arkebe Oqubay was recognized as an outstanding Scholar in the Academic [sic] circles of London. He broke the academic record of doctoral school in the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) for the first time by finishing the four year program within 23 months with high honor and great distinction. In this century old institution (established in 1916), the doctoral program is set for four years maximum to defend and finish the doctoral thesis. Most of the candidates defend and finished with difficulties and hardship (if they are lucky and extraordinary).Arkebe has finished [sic] within 23 months and surprised the department of Development Studies, the university professors and students altogether [sic]. Never heard of such great achievements in such short period of time, what a person!!!!!!! His external examiners from Cambridge and other well known [sic] academic institutions awarded him “PASS WITH OUT [sic] CORRECTION” on the spot; which means great distinction with great honor (never happened and never heard of).Arkebe did it!!!! His name and his country’s name is in the history book of this famous University [sic]. What an achievement!!! We are proud of him!!! Congratulations to Dr. Arkebe Oqubay. [That was Isayas Abaye’s badly scripted story, which not only breaks all the basic rules of news reporting but also published online WITHOUT CORRECTION or verification.]

The brazen “story” about Arkebe’s amazing accomplishments in London trended well on the social networking sites creating buzz and excitement among TPLF’s faithful drones who danced and ran victory laps to Isayas Abaye’s song: “Dr Arkebe breaks the record in a century old Academic Institution [sic].”

The big trouble with Arkebe’s “record-breaking” academic achievement is that it was manifestly false. As the story was evidently dubious and nonsensical, we had to send a copy of Aigaforum’s story to SOAS and the University of London for fact-checking and verification. The school’s Directorate of External Relations spent almost three weeks digging through its records trying to verify the identity of the phenomenal scholar “whose name and his country’s name” were said to have entered the “history books”, just to borrow the words of the amateur reporter.

After careful and lengthy investigation, Vesna Siljanovska, SOAS’s communication officer, verified that Arkebe Oqubay Metiku had indeed completed his doctoral studies at SOAS in October 2013. While trying to avoid some of the most awkward questions about the newmint scholar, she disclosed that his dissertation focused on the “industrial policy of Ethiopia”. Siljanovska also indicated that the school never heard of the “scholar’s” record-breaking feats.

SOAS communication officers also tried to explain that the so-called record-breaking achievement is common not only at SOAS but also in other UK universities. “Like many other UK universities, a PhD is usually at least three years in length but candidates can apply to submit after two years of full – time enrolment subject to the approval of the Supervisory Committee and the Associate Dean (Research) of the relevant Faculty. While the majority of candidates studying for a PhD in the UK complete within three years, there are a number of students who complete in a longer or shorter time period,” SOAS said in a carefully crafted statement.

Prof. Christopher Cramer, who teaches in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, also declined to discuss details about Arkebe’s miracles due to the university’s privacy policy. But Cramer wrote in an email that Arkebe achieved nothing extraordinary or unprecedented as claimed in the Aigaforum story. Prof. Cramer was clearly amused by the claim the first “no corrections thesis,” but he declared that the pompous claim was “completely untrue”.
Asked what Arkebe’s new research finding could be on “industrial policy in Ethiopia” that he and his TPLF tyrannical clique formulated and imposed on the poor nation that they have brutalized and robbed for over two decades, Prof. Cramer, who was apparently the good doctor’s adviser, also declined to comment. It should be remembered that Arkebe was one of the architects of the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), the illegal TPLF-controlled business conglomerate that is widely accused of symbolizing apartheid-like crony capitalism sucking the blood and gnawing the bones of the poor people of Ethiopia

One of Ethiopia’s leading rights advocates, Prof. Alemayehu Gebremariam, finds the revelation quite interesting. He says the fact that Arkebe was approved to do his dissertation on “industrial policy in Ethiopia”, a policy paper that he and his TPLF sidekicks had been toying around since TPLF took power in 1991, raises legitimate questions.

“If Arkebe had indeed finished his dissertation in “record time”, it is because he was copyediting his old policy papers instead of doing original research, which is what a doctoral dissertation is supposed to be,” the professor said.

“If Arkebe’s dissertation is of such an exceptional scholarly and scientific quality sufficient to shift paradigms, why is it not published in whole or in part in the leading scholarly journals of the world?” he asked.

Arkebe has a history of being a clumsy publicity hog. When he was the mayor of Addis Ababa, he once plastered his mugshot on huge promotional billboards under the guise of raising awareness on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Azeb Mesfin, wife of the late dictator Meles Zenawi and Arkebe’s arch foe, reportedly ordered the removal of his outsize images from the city centers just within a few days. She reportedly felt that Arkebe would say and do anything for self-promotion and self-aggrandizement.

Prof. Alemayehu wonders why TPLF’s tyrannical midgets seek to puff themselves up as intellectual giants. “Those who aspire to achieve terminal degrees do so because they love research, discovery of new knowledge, truth and make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in their field of study. Conferring a Ph.D. on the unenlightened is like dressing a hoodlum in a designer suit. It looks good but everyone knows that the man under the suit is still a hoodlum,” he commented.

Isaias Abaye and his bosses should take their own advice. He recently warned us about Member of the European Parliament and a great friend of Ethiopia, the Honorable Ana Gomes, who reduced the late tyrant Meles Zenawi into dust with her sharp commentary. To the dismay of Zenawi’s worshippers like Isayas, she bluntly stated that the demise of the cruel and deceitful dictator was a good opportunity for Ethiopia.

In his silly tantrums against the respected MEP, Isayas lamented: “Unlike the early days of the online media, we have all learned not to be easily shocked, surprised, or overly excited by what we read online. Mostly, we try to verify the reliability and reputation of the source. When we read Ana Gomez’s [sic] interview with a journalist from a local private media, we didn’t even doubt the authenticity of this story knowing it is the angry Hana Gobeze….”

Perhaps Isaias and Arkebe do not realize that in the Information Age liars, cheats, con artists and fibbers do not last a nano second without being exposed. Maybe the entire pack of TPLF’s liars, robbers and tyrants can take a lesson from this amusing episode. They should know, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” If Arkebe must be extolled for breaking records, it should be for “record breaking lies” and for telling lies with disgrace. But he must know that his lies will NOT PASS WITHOUT CORRECTION.

It is said that old habits die hard. Sadly Arkebe miserably failed to learn that knowledge must be based on truth. It also appeared that SOAS also failed to equip its windbag graduate with the basic skills of researching at least easily detectable and verifiable facts. Yet SOAS can be forgiven as neither PhD nor professorship changes the character of pigs that are identical with the ones in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. .

In the footsteps of their fallen demigod Meles Zenawi, TPLF’s dictators, robber barons, torturers and their heartless accomplices such as Arkebe and pedler of lies Isayas Abaye have a guaranteed place, not in honor books, but in the trashbin of history. No unimpressive PhD, professorship or self-imagined glories and trophies will change the fate of these dictatorial fibbers.

In the world of Aigaland’s Animal Farm, pigs may soar and fly in the skies. But in the real world we all live in, TPLF’s pigs can only dream of being eagles or falcons. Whatever any pigs dream of, they have to live with the fact that they are just pigs. This is the inconvenient truth that no genius pig with a PhD from SOAS, Harvard or Stanford can change and refute.

Speaking of stellar academic achievement, a recent true story about a truly outstanding Ethiopian scholar has filled our hearts with joy and pride. It was disclosed a couple of weeks ago that Dr. Mulatu Lemma, an award-winning mathematics professor at Savannah State University, was honored as the 2013 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement of Support of Education (CASE). His name and his country’s name is in the history book of academia for being one of the top mathematics professors in the United States. What an achievement!

It should be noted that Arkebe’s record-breaking tall tales of being the most outstanding PhD holder in the entire history of SOAS, even if his dream for academic grandiose has now fallen apart, must be recognized at least for the effort. The “scholar”, who has not yet published a single academic paper or a mini-newspaper article, must be honored named Doctor Arkebe Kedadaw!

While the warriors of truth and freedom such as Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu, Andualem Aragie, Bekele Gerba and Ustaz Abubakir, are languishing in TPLF dark dungeons, Arkebe had the luxury of jetting to Europe in search of academic grandiose. Quite certainly Arkebe is unlikely to get the honors and accolades he craves badly while he is alive. So just like Zenawi, he deserves to be honored with a state funeral!

  1. tewbel
    | #1

    Is there a Ph.D degree for unschooled people?
    There are many candidates that merit such honor.

  2. Tagadlit Adhanoum
    | #2

    How far is the sky? And how deep is the ocean? Whatever a person has done, another person can do it, as the saying goes on!The good scholar from Adowa outshine for sure Galawdios Araia of Columbia University and the disgraced Bereket Hapte Selassie. But I have a serious doubt that he could reach the tail of Professor Merid Waldargey, Tadesse Tamart, Fred Hallyday,Ivan Van Sertima, Malcolm Caldwell and Walter Rodney all of at one time or another were graduated from University of London at SOAS before it turnout to be Tamagne routine joke for side show on 18th street in DC.

  3. Dawi
    | #3

    [[..Speaking of stellar academic achievement....Dr. Mulatu Lemma, an award-winning mathematics professor at Savannah State University, was honored as the 2013 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation ....]]

    Dr. Mulatu’s achievement was extra ordinary indeed but for some reason was not as widely reported in our forums.

    Having said that I think Abebe didn’t have to be too hard on a person that he verified completed the question.

    The “Arkebe Oqubay Metiku” groupies/admirers wrote a ridicules article to fulfill their fancy. The individual in question didn’t give an interview or wrote anything about his PHD. So why call him a liar on this subject? I say it is not called for and is a waste of our time to say the least.

    I understand you have an ax to grind with Woyane and is taking this opportunity but wasting that much effort to smear the man’s legitimate academic qualification is counter productive. There is nothing negative for a man to pursue in an academic field he desires as you try to make sound to be. If you have found and read his PHD thesis and lambasted it for its content it would have been a different story.

    [[..Quite certainly Arkebe is unlikely to get the honors and accolades he craves badly while he is alive. So just like Zenawi, he deserves to be honored with a state funeral!..]]

    Recognizing Meles’s economic achievements regardless of the controversy on its level now and long term impact in Africa is a fair thing to do. I dare say, you, anyone anywhere who is responsible should give the due credit for that. Yes, democracy and freedom is still work in progress and yet to be achieved.

    When we read about Mandela the extraordinary man who liberated South Africa and then kept the country intact it is not without noticing the negative. No one can hide the negative in South Africa.

    After two decades South Africa’s 40 % of the young are unemployed. Life expectancy is among the lowest in the world. Yes, the pursuit of DEMOCRACY is something Abebe and others get high on and like to talk about day in and day out; Yes, Mandela has convinced the white minority regime to accept a transfer of power in a democratic way and a black man has become a president. That is it.

  4. Robele Ababya
    | #4

    Arekebe must be brought to justice for his heinous crimes

  5. Fikreab
    | #5

    Industrial policy is a report prepared by a bought academic consultant from abroad for TPLF while Arkebe was swimming in the whiskey pool. We know such little tricks. Meles Zenawi was plagiarizing a voluntary Colombia university professor who was on TPLF payroll in much the same way he was plagiarizing the globally stupid Alabnian Enver Hojja for free. But thank you the authentic intellectual Abebe Gelaw for bringing to spotlight the deep seated psychological problem of those at the echelon of power of the TPLF. Everyone knows that these people (woyanes) suffer from deep seated inferiority complex and are quite assertive in a bid to redress their feeling of inferiority. Meles Zenawi lost the appetite for learning in the university when he encountered stiff competition albeit from the race he hates (Amharas and Oromos)and his grades began to dwindle. He reportedly began blaming Amhara lecturers for his predicament. The likes of Arkebe and Abay are not born in the first place for any academic excellence worthy of mention but rather for outright robbery.The physics of intelligence states that Stupidity is conserved and is universally true as we know it through the murderous deeds and deeds of TPLF stirred by none other than the likes of Meles and Arkebe. How come that Arkebe comes out of the whiskey bottle and claims a PhD? This is a mockery of academic excellence and an insult to all those who did their own authentic PhD works. Arkebe did not have any evidence of academic achievement prior to embarking on his PhD study. He has not been recorded in publications or scholarly interactions. Therefore, he is not a PhD material in the first place. He did his work on part time basis and his thesis might as well (given his lack of any good credentials) be prepared by a bought academic consultant (thanks to the blood money looted from the bony Ethiopians). A 10,000+ USD must have superbly done the trick while Arkebe enjoys the whisky that he badly needs to make up for the lost time.

  6. aha
    | #6

    Leaving all the narratives about the doctoral degree for posterity, to focus on the Endowment Fund, which I label as TPLF/EFFORT, which conforms with your assertion. I quote: “It should be noted that Arkebe was one of the architects of Endowment Fund for Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), the illegal TPLF-controlled business conglomerate that is widely accused of symbolizing apartheid-like crony capitalism sucking the blood and gnawing the bones of the poor people of Ethiopia”. I frame that as free market capitalism endowed to TPLF/EFFORT, TPLF affiliated enterprises, cadres and foreign corporations in in terms of agro-industries in economic strangle hold of the countries engaged in economic strangle hold of country’s resources and its people on top TPLF’s political strangle hold much like the Dutch Boers of the previous apartheid regime of South Africa over the major economic model of “Developmental State/State Capitalism with the ideologies of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalitarianism and/or state capitalism built into the constitution that denies the silent majority of Ethiopians free market capitalism with private ownership of land as one of the means of production, denies individual freedom, liberty and equality to have precedence over ethnic and secessionist rights, counters Ethiopian nationalism, the sovereignty of Ethiopia and its flag by ratifying the constitution and resorting to the old provincial boundaries of multi ethnic groups in each province than the current ethnic enclaves as the foundation for democratic government, the the current ethnic rule of minority and the anticipated majority ethnic rule as may be reflected with Medrek/OPDM/EFDF/fdre and AFD2/Ginbot-7 in the armed struggle.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    It is a sign of inferiority complex and once a liar, always a liar. After 22 years of tyranny under TPLF dictatorship, Ethiopians shouldn’t expect any less from the very people that have robbed Ethiopia, incarcerated and massacred staggering number of innocent Ethiopians, and the same TPLF that are filled with hate, animosity, racism and LACK of conscience, remorse, guilt, shame, compassion for the poor and respect for human life.
    Free Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu, Andualem Aragie, Bekele Gerba, Ustaz Abubakir and the rest of innocent prisoners.

  8. donna
    | #8

    You can’t blame Arquebe for this. He never claimed he passed his exams with “no corrections” or even that he made history. It was those ultra nationalists and ethnofascists at Aiga who are responsible for that. Imagine what they would have written if someone started a rumor that Obama’s family has some ancestral relationship with some land in Tigre

  9. trtyy
    | #9

    I don’t understand what you are trying to say in this article. You are telling me that personal achievement is not something an individual should be proud of. Whatever your thinking is about this individual, I think it should be an inspiration for people what he did, unless you are questioning the institution he got his education. Can we get over this hatred about people or group of people in the name of Ethiopia. This attitude is old and distractive. We, the new generation, are trying to move on to new ideas. Leave us alone, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Kebede
    | #10

    Smart people challenge ideas, small people attack individuals.

  11. Kebede
    | #11

    Ato Abebe jealous can not stop them.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, there will be flood of non Amhara Phd.

    As we all knows Prime Minster Meles Zenawe had introduced high learning institutions through out the country in every region, in the result of that there will be hundreds of thousands of PHD from Oromo,Tigre,Gambela,Sidama etc…. Regions..

  12. Dawi
    | #12

    aha wrote:

    [[..the illegal TPLF-controlled business conglomerate that is widely accused of symbolizing apartheid-like crony capitalism sucking the blood and gnawing the bones of the poor people of Ethiopia”...]]


    EPRDF inherited a backward economy that had collapsed where most of the country’s capable intellectuals were either dead, in jail or in exile at the end of cold war.

    Compare that to ANC of South Africa that inherited a well developed modern industrial economy, properly developed infrastructure, the best human resources in the continent and a global support.

    We all know that, the South African experience is presented as a classic case of a successful transition to democracy while EPRDF is accused of political repression and various human rights abuses.

    However, what you aha and others are talking about and would like to bring immediately is what is called “democracy” in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda etc. where they are praised when they go through motions of democracy even though these rituals serve very little. In South Africa, the ANC electoral victory marked the takeover of political control by the black majority. However, as part of the transition it had been agreed that the ANC would live intact the existing economic arrangement with its historical economic privileges. Thus a small group of black elites who assumed control of the state were integrated into the existing economic structures left by the apartheid system. Meanwhile, the ordinary black masses of over 20 million were integrated into the new system as beneficiaries of welfare system, not as economically productive agents.

    The following is the result of the talk in democracy in South Africa.

    “..Average life expectancy at birth for blacks has reduced by 13 years from 62 in 1990 to 49 in 2007 … The incidence of HIV/AIDs in South Africa is at 18.5 percent; .. 60 percent of the black population of South Africa today are worse off than they were under apartheid. Twenty four percent of adults are illiterate; the list goes on and on…”

  13. Shegaw Dejene
    | #13

    It is proven fat, No amount of jealousy propaganda or negativity will stop the determined person from succeeding and obtaining his dreams.

  14. Alem
    | #14

    Dr. Arki did not contradict the statement either; ignorance is no excuse. I think he should sue AigaForum for libel [except that would amount to suing self!] Having said that, I would be the first to congratulate him on his hard work.@donna

  15. tazabi
    | #15

    HE is scholarly GREAT! for completing a 4-year program in ONLY 23 months (crash course!!!!!), given the fact that his professors needed 4 years to complete the program. A bunch of qualitative inferior professors! or this days you employ the short-cut namely : Ghost writers

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