The Teddy Afro Factors – By Tigist Gedamu

April 21st, 2008 Print Print Email Email

This short article about Teddy Afro and his role in the current Ethiopia situation was written about a year ago. I thought, considering the fact that currently he is imprisoned in Kality; we should revisit the Teddy Afro Factors. And, we all should think of him and follow his extraordinary and exemplary life. (more…)

This short article about Teddy Afro and his role in the current Ethiopia situation was written about a year ago. I thought, considering the fact that currently he is imprisoned in Kality; we should revisit the Teddy Afro Factors. And, we all should think of him and follow his extraordinary and exemplary life.

It is an open secrete that the Teddy Afro’s music has been phenomenal in the contemporary Ethiopia music history. Teddy’s music not only tells the amazing talent that this young man acquires, they also convey the issues that Teddy cares so much about. Apparently what Teddy cares about is what most Ethiopians care about. That is the main reason why his messages are residing in the majority Ethiopians heart and makes his message powerful. Since the release of “Yasteserial” I had chances to attend three of Teddy’s concerts. In March 2006 in Seattle, in July 2006 in Lose Angeles and again on July 2, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. In these concerts I noticed that Teddy flexed his Ethiopian celebrity mussel by drawing large crowed of funs from every age group and gender, particularly the younger generation. Besides entertaining his fan base, Teddy also consistently speaks about, from stage, the matters that are dear to him and to all of us Ethiopians. In my opinion Teddy’s messages can be seen in three main categories.

First, Teddy sings and preaches about how we Ethiopians need to strengthen our unity as citizens of a nation by celebrating the culture and beauty of the diverse ethnic groups that existed in Ethiopia. Teddy articulates that our diversity should be a source of pride, strength and beauty for Ethiopia, not a source of division and chaos. That is how most Ethiopians feel and they have been shown that time and time again. Tolerance, acceptance and mutual respect among Ethiopian ethnic groups are all good for all Ethiopians who are capable of thinking rationally.

Teddy sings and talks about the unity of Ethiopia and at the same time he suggests that he is not a politician and he has little or no interest in politics. That leads me to believe that Teddy thinks that the Unity of Ethiopia is not a political issue, it is not suppose to be like that and the Ethiopia unity shouldn’t be up for discussion by any political organization. I couldn’t agree more. Politicians can have their difference regarding a lot of issues with in the unity of Ethiopia that matters for Ethiopians. The Ethiopian politicians can differ on their economic, educational and other polices. However, they have no right to question whether Ethiopia should remain or stay united as a nation or not. The major United States political parties, Democrats and Republican can be mentioned as a good example in this case. These two major political parties have quite a few logical and natural differences between them regarding how to lead and strength the United States of America. However, both of these parties have an unwavering stand when it comes to defending the United States and never put the unity of their county in a compromising position. All Ethiopian political parties should follow the American political parties’ example for the good of our country.

The other interesting message that Teddy has been communicating from the stage is the need of Diaspora Ethiopians to go back to Ethiopia. (Wede Agre Bete) I am sure Teddy is more than smart enough to know the brutal and dictatorial nature of the governing group in Ethiopia. I am sure Teddy knows that thinking freely and expression of ideas can cost life in Ethiopia. I am confident that Teddy understands that the political and economic instability that cause a lot of us to leave our beloved country still exist in Ethiopia. Nevertheless, he emphasizes that we at some point need to go back to Ethiopia, and he says that is where we belong to. It seems to me that Teddy believes we don’t need the Weyanne’s good will or mercy to go back to our country. I think that Teddy believes that we just can be far away from the challenges that we face now in our country history and be effective catalysts for a change. We need to be close to our country, our people and confront whatever obstacle we may have a head of us. In principle, he is defiantly right. If we love our country and if we care so much about it, we need to find a way to go back and contribute what we can for a positive change. It is true that can be a tough task that could go as far as costing our lives for some of us. Given the brutality and irrational thinking of Weyannes What Teddy says and sings on the stage freely has a potential for a trouble for Teddy himself. If I were Teddy, I would not go back to Ethiopia. But, Teddy is not me. He is one courageous and very talented young man who lives what he preaches. That is why I admire him so much. I think he has a rare quality that Ethiopia needs from her children in these very difficult and dark days of our country history.

In conclusion, what we all or at least most of us should learn from Teddy’s factors is that we need to stand for the causes that we believe in. If we don’t speak our mind, if we don’t participate in our country affairs actively, and if we don’t tell hour history, it is easy for others to tell us who we are. Usually they would tell us or paint us as something that they want us to be. That just can’t be good at all. We need to tell who we are, stay active, go back to Ethiopia at least to visit at this point and be a part of the solution that our country needs these days. Visiting or living in our own country, speaking our mind freely and addressing our concerns are just basic human rights that are given to all human beings from the almighty God. We don’t need to wait mercy, permission or a good will from nobody to do that. Imagine what would happen in Ethiopia, if not all of us, if most of us get courage to stand up and be resolute for our convictions. In my opinion that is what Teddy has been doing in a very civil and creative manner, and we all need to do the same thing.

  1. Ethiopia Tefferi
    | #1

    Free!, Tedy Afro.

  2. Sahle bedane
    | #2

    Sometimes life is not that fair. I like Teddy very very much. But was thinking seriously about the hardship that has befalen upto him. There are two scenarios here; either he did it or not. For sure, even if that had happened, it could only be an accident. The other thing is, knowing how the Woyanne is vindictive, they want avenge him. In the first case, no matter how I dore him, I believe that he should get a fair trial and serve his term. On the other hand, if it’s just a revenge, we should all join hands to get him out of prison.

  3. i dont trust teddy
    | #3

    belive or not guys teddy afro is a pro zenawi who is wrote a song about melese zenawi by saying meliye .he is a smart hodam ,i wish his song about melese was realsed unfourtunatly he was advised not to realse the song i wish he did by know people knows who is teddy afro behind the closet . still i dont belive they put him in jail because he is anti goverment, they are preparin him like ato kidetu

    what about a radio show was sued by teddy ? now its closed so he has a connection with zenawi high rank millitery officials belive me teddy loves meles zenawi

  4. bilbao
    | #4

    ehmmmm tedy

  5. | #5

    free ethio love tedy afro .

  6. Mamo
    | #6

    ”i dont trust teddy Says:
    April 22nd, 2008 at 8:43 am
    belive or not guys teddy afro is a pro zenawi who is wrote a song about melese zenawi by saying meliye .he is a smart hodam ,i wish his song about melese was realsed unfourtunatly he was advised not to realse the song i wish he did by know people knows who is teddy afro behind the closet . still i dont belive they put him in jail because he is anti goverment, they are preparin him like ato kidetu

    what about a radio show was sued by teddy ? now its closed so he has a connection with zenawi high rank millitery officials belive me teddy loves meles zenawi”.WHO CARE THAT YOU TRUST TEDDY OR NOT,THATS YOUR OPINION WHICH DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL IN THIS WORLD.JUST LOOK BACK WHAT YOU WROTE AND ATLEAST THINK WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY BEFORE YOU RUN TO THE KEY BOARD.’WEREGNA’!!!!!!!!!

  7. WAIT AND SEE
    | #7

    CALL ME CRAZY BUT TEDY NEEDS THIS TIME THERE AND HE IS GOING TO MAKE STH YOU AND I LOVE OUT OF THIS BRIEF EXPERIENCE. YOU NEED A BIT OF THAT TOUCH TO SEND OUT A REAL VIBE TO THE PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA.I WOULD TRUST TEDDY BETTER SINGING ABOUT KALITI NOW THAN READING ME SB’S STORY WHO WAS THERE.I AM NOT WISHING FOR ANYHTING BAD TO HAPPEN TO TEDDY FOR HE IS A PRECIOUS YOUNG ICON WHOSE GOLDEN SONGS WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO LISTEN TO.HE IS BY FAR BETTER THAN ANY OTHER ETHIOPIAN SINGERS PILED UP TOGETHER,I MEAN THE PIONEERS TOO.HE MAKES MORE SENSE TO ME. I AM MORE THAN SURE THAT THERE IS STH FISHY ABOUT ALL THIS CRIME THING , BUT MARK MY WORD THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL. TEDDY WILL PULL THIS THING OFF,AND WHEN HE DOES GET READY FOR THE MILK AND HONEY…….

    LET THY WILL PREVAIL
    AMEN!!

  8. wugerew
    | #8

    woyane has destroyed the ring roads of addis ababa,has killed and jailed 25000000 ppl, etc this is the current ethiopian opposition party propaganda! hahahahahahah
    i realy came to know that the amara wants to stay supper ethnic group in the horn as it was in the las

  9. michael g
    | #9

    Hi We all say bela bela but theriality is teddy will face oneofthe two
    maybe free becouse lack of evedence or go for good, so in myopinion teddy is not poletical taregate but he is a victom of others.
    any haw lets see what hapend.we can not get him out from prison by dimnestration at the moment whats happening USA.if it was working it was working for kingets.

  10. kendel
    | #10

    HE DID IT! ithink that was him who did it becouse there was no body around there they said but i can’t juge no one. But if he did it why don’t he tell the truth? killer lier runner that wasn’t the man we loved. let me ask teddy this what if gosaye the singer was in his place, what teddy has to say? he will be like the same us we all saying about him but it doesn’t mean that i will do the same heay he is short he didn’t see the guy when he was driving so he just run but god brouht him back!! death for teddy and kuku!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. kendel
    | #11

    ask teddy this what if gosaye the singer was in his place, what teddy has to say? he will be like the same us we all saying about him but it doesn’t mean that i will do the same heay he is short he didn’t see the guy when he was driving so he just run but god brouht him back!! death for teddy and kuku!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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