Passing the Torch of Leadership to the Next Generation – Abugida

November 5th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

On Sunday, November 4, 2007, North America and DC-Metro Kinijt Youth League held a meeting at Radison Hotel, 2020 Jefferson Davis HWY, Arlington VA 22202. More than 200 people showed up at the event. (more…)

On Sunday, November 4, 2007, North America and DC-Metro Kinijt Youth League held a meeting at Radison Hotel, 2020 Jefferson Davis HWY, Arlington VA 22202. More than 200 people showed up at the event. They enjoyed the cocktail refreshment and music by the DJ while attending the event.

Among guests of honor attending this significant event were Dr. Berhanu Nega; Dr. Hailu Araya; Eng. Gizachew Shiferaw; Ato Beruck Kebede; Artist and Human Rights activist Tamagne Beyene; Ato Nigussie Nega ; Dr. Abraham Bekele and Ato Yilma from DC-Metro Kinijit Support Group and Ato Aklog Limeneh, Chairman of KNAASO.

Most of the Guests made brief speech but all had one very important message – “The youth must carry forward the struggle and break the vicious cycle of gossip and bickering politics “. They reminded the youths to be ready to embrace responsibility, to exercise creativity, to participate in leadership teams and to prepare for senior levels of leadership. They blamed their generation and before for not passing down the proper values.

A videotaped message was delivered by Wzrt. Birtukan Mideksa. She reminded the youth to be the owner of the struggle and must do so for their own survival.

Ato Aklog Limeneh stated, In Ethiopian Politics, it is always the norm to not pass the Torch of Leadership to the next generation and this cycle must be broken. He said that one of the most important and fulfilling tasks of any leadership should be passing the torch to the next generation.

Tamagne quotes from a Russian saying ….One day, a young man went out riding. In the fields he saw a very old man planting a fig tree. Surprised to see a man who was planting a tree for fruit from which he could hardly hope to eat, he approached the old man and asked “You are too old to enjoy the fruit of this tree, why are you planting this tree now?” The old man replied, “If I might not taste the fruit of this tree, my children and grand children might do, just as I have eaten the fruit of the trees planted by my forefathers.” The moral of the story is that we should not be so myopic in our way of thinking and planning. We should remain committed to efforts that will bring freedom and democracy, not only for generations of Ethiopians alive today, but also for the sake of generations to come.

We, the Abugida crew were present at the event and fascinated to see what these young Ethiopians were able to put together over this short period of time. We also admired the group’s teamwork. It reminded us what an Ethiopian Preacher once said in a church gathering. He asked “Why is it that Ethiopians do not do well in Soccer but in short and long distance running?” The answer to the question was “It is because Ethiopians do not like team work”. DC-Metro Kinijt youths have proven that saying wrong.

Here at Abugida, we would like to say kudos to DC-Metro Youths for the job well done.

Watch here the news coverage of this event on ouretn news

  1. chaltu
    | #1

    Kudos, Kinijit Youth League.
    It is a good start.

    I strongly encourage more young women to get involved to contribute their quota to bring democracy freedom and justice to the motherland.

    CW

  2. alme
    | #2

    i couldn,t belive yes indid it is great, job well done. move on DC and NA yoth league. i heared the VOA report

    alme

  3. giveup
    | #3

    I think, the next generation will save ETHIOPIA good job, please don’t divide like the eldery kinijt.
    ONE ETHIOPIA ,ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION.

  4. Chaltu D. U.
    | #4

    {Tamagne quotes from a Russian saying ….One day, a young man went out riding. In the fields he saw a very old man planting a fig tree. Surprised to see a man who was planting a tree for fruit from which he could hardly hope to eat, he approached the old man and asked “You are too old to enjoy the fruit of this tree, why are you planting this tree now?” The old man replied, “If I might not taste the fruit of this tree, my children and grand children might do, just as I have eaten the fruit of the trees planted by my forefathers.” The moral of the story is that we should not be so myopic in our way of thinking and planning. We should remain committed to efforts that will bring freedom and democracy, not only for generations of Ethiopians alive today, but also for the sake of generations to come.}

    Interesting that Ato Tamagne would qoute this story….Does he not have it backward? What about also respecting your elders present who have paved for the ideals the toarch bearers the ones who had the vision and the guts to do the work because they believed in the people and nation, and were willing to do the job that most of our eliets have not dared. The people who walked among the disenfranchised the peasent eat with them selpt with them and spent hours educating them and empowering them. Those are the real patriots, not the ones that are just talk and when you softly scratch them show their deep contempt to who they are as people. Sorry Tamagne your an empty hypocrit. Yo real have gotten to big for your britches. A TV show does not make a Man a Man makes a TV show. cool out….

  5. Aha!
    | #5

    Not so fast K-5, the major goals as defined by you are not in tandem with the Ethiopian masses. Second you encourage to join the democratic movent movemnt set in the the ideal Kinjit party. You, then arrange for seminars to raise awareness and formulate strategy for the peaceful struggle to achieve freedom and democracy, in the order they are presented. With the strugle achieving freedom in all aspects, and replacing the current regime either by relection or referndom, you canot have democracy with fairly elected representatives. To have a democratic representatives, the Ethiopians need to have the the freedom to and their vote respected. To have their vote respected, an independent Election Board, Supreme Court, Military need to be formed under a provisionary government and the constitution written with all the concerened parties having an input on it. Any other deal or negotiation or putting pressure on the Government to negotiate as Dr. Berhanu put in his testimoney in congress is asking for piece of pie which you have forfieted by not joinjng the parliament and going to prison with diplomatic immunity removed. That piece of a pie, however small is being enjoyed by Ato Lidetu, Dr. Beyene Petros, etal, to no avail.

    You want to go that route, go ahead try it but not in the name of Kinijit party.

    You need to stick with the peacefull struggle for freedom and democracy. Follow and facilitate the passage of HR 2003 and tell us through the Hills media the that back door diplomacy is better than legislation and then turn around and appear at the hearing. Follow our foreign heroes Honerable Christopher Smith, Honerable Donald Payne, and Senate leaders and Ana Gomez, and Eng. Hailu shawl, who understand the plight of the Ethiopian people.

    It is the time passing the torch but raising the the awareness of the the new generation, who have detached from their homeland in the past thirty years with one kind of revolution after another denying to live in peace and disloging the masses from their homeland.The 70 or so million people left behind are leaving in fear, harrasmnet, in dire poverty, economic hardship and tens of thousands in prison camps not 100 as Vice Chairwoman put it.

  6. Sekokaw Beza
    | #6

    I like the youngster to have the tourch of leader ship but it has to be with respect of our elders. Being old means accumilation of experiance, leader ship with out experiance is not easy. Yes there is one ethiopian saying “YENETOLO TOLO BET GIDGIDAW SENBELET.” Why all this rush N4ega your leader is sick and if you listen his message for hte new year was let the yangster took over the strugle. Hailu clearly speak for the young that the comming year is their future why you are in hurry that the young to hate the elder which is not Ethiopian. Tamagn sorry your comment is not related with leader ship but you better preach the youngster to rispect the elder that is the way you grow up. They better respect the experiance Hailu has, Prof. Mesfin has and others Leader ship is not easy. If birtukan and berhanu have such experiance the can be patient to reach the power they need now they are lost belive me.
    let me ask you guys if our god is not watiching what berhanu, berhane mewa and betinachew thinks and kinijit took power think where our lovely Ethiopia is to day?
    god bless Ethiopia. byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  7. | #7

    The presence of these insightful delegates at the youth gathering tells their intentions,which is to liberate Ethiopia. well! now what are you going to talk about? Is Berhanu looking for shumet or does he want to pass on the shumet to the young Ethiopians. If you do not get it now that the time is not here to grab power. The time now is to educate, to build and lay the foundation of democracy. so think hard and long before you utter!!!
    Thanks for listening.

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