In search of an Ethiopian Obama – By Teodros Kiros (PH.D)

November 20th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia is yearning for a leader who can heal the wounds of the traumatized Ethiopian public. Contemporary Ethiopia is despairing to found a leader, who could unify the divided nation by invoking the idea of Andinet, anchored on the soil of Ethiopiawinet. (more…)

Ethiopia is yearning for a leader who can heal the wounds of the traumatized Ethiopian public. Contemporary Ethiopia is despairing to found a leader, who could unify the divided nation by invoking the idea of Andinet, anchored on the soil of Ethiopiawinet.

By Ethiopiawinet, I understand, the contributions of a mosaic of world historical civilizations flowing from the cultures and institutions of Axum, Lalibela, Harrar, the Great Oromo lands, and the fertile soils of the South. Each of these Ethiopian cultural crucibles are rich enough to enable us to shift the geography of negative ethnicity towards the sunlight of a singularly Ethiopian nation celebrating the profoundly shared destiny of all Ethiopians, residing in contemporary Ethiopia.

A genuinely virtuous Ethiopian leader would use this rich heritage and articulate a vision of an Ethiopia- that could invite its citizens to bring to the palaver of Ethiopiwinet their hard earned traditions, customs and languages, without singling out a single ethnicity, but by a grand harmonizing of all ethnicities and language groups- to the historic task of uniting Ethiopians, who find themselves deeply wounded by the scars of ethnic hostility.

An Obama like leader would serve as a leader who teaches, as a leader who unites, as a leader who appeals to our best selves, as a leader who leads by transforming us, cleansing us from hate, revenge and resentment.

Such a leader would skillfully bring us out of the suffocating cocoon of isolation to the comforting zone of sharing our destines, and put us on the path of declaring war on poverty, and set a humane agenda of putting an end to unnecessary wars with our brothers and sisters in the East African neighborhood.

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