Recently, Jimmy Kimmel (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jimmy-kimmel-on-obamacare-vs-the-affordable-care-act/) has asked some ordinary Americans on a street a simple question: Which do you think is better – Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act? Almost all those who were interviewed responded in favor of the Affordable Care Act but strongly opposed the ObamaCare. But, in reality the Affordable Care Act and ObamaCare are one and the same thing. So, how did the people got it wrong? The reason is that the Republican Party, which opposes the Affordable Care Act (ACA), does not want to call ACA by its correct name fearing that most people may start liking it. What members of the Republican Party did instead is to give ACT a catchy name—Obamacare, misleading a sizable portion of the American population.
Ethiopian opposition groups could get a valuable lesson from the above in terms of packaging a message to ordinary Ethiopians. For example, if one asks randomly selected famers, merchants, civil servants or students from either countryside or cities in Ethiopia: what is “Woyane” ? What would be their answers? Guess. Would an answer be “Tigrai people” or Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)? It definitely begs a study, informally or formally.
But, I think “Woyane” is a very confusing name. It does not represent TPLF in any form or shape. TPLF has been lucky in this regard. Look at other sister political groups in Ethiopia which have similar ideology as that of TPLF. These are Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) among others. The latter fronts are always called by their respective names, directly translated to local languages such as “Oneg” and “Obneg”, respectively . Most people in Ethiopia are familiar to the missions of OLF and ONLF but definitely confused about TPLF. The surprising thing is that one cannot find an equivalent local name for TPLF. What about “Thneg” ? This is much better than ‘Woyane” in communicating the true nature and mission of TPLF to an ordinary person. At least it is moral and ethical to call TPLF the same way as OLF and ONLF are treated in local languages. After all, all are our brothers and sisters.
Please stop using “Woyane”! If not, please clarify for what it stands for to an ordinary person. Does “Woyane” refer to the whole Tigray people or exclusively to members of TPLF (Thneg) ? Clarity of a message hits the target. For example, when TPLF was in the jungle it equated “Derg” (another confusing word for a farmer) to “Amara”, and as the result, was able to get unconditional support from many people in the north–Tigray.
For the last 22 years, the ruler of Ethiopia has been TPLF (Thneg) , on the backs of the other 3 (OPDO, ANDM, SEPDF) “Saudi Arabia type housemaids”. I think it is time to call TPLF by its own name “Thneg” rather than “Wonaye”. Please STOP using “Woyane”. Here are the potential advantages (politically) of calling TPLF by its own name:
There are so many other examples one can look at how Thneg does business hiding behind EPRDF, such as EFFORT, military and security structures, and so on.