Hurting the Poor Bedele Beer Employees By Aba Guracha Hussien

I guess we, the Oromos, are upset because Menilik II was not a perfect, divine, and a leader or an Emperor without fault.  My question is: weren’t the leaders, even limited to the U.S., like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison great? Yet, Madison, the father of “the living U.S. Constitution, or the greatest document ever written”, owned slaves as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did.  Still, you don’t see African Americans today demanding no schools, roads, or hospitals named after them. African Americans and Native Americans do not glorify the founders shortcoming, but celebrate their great deeds-establishing a great nation. 

Even Lincoln’s initial goal was to save the Great Union, not to free the slaves!! Consequently, Menelik may have made errors that can be explained or even justified given his time and circumstances. I am not apologizing for what he did to the Oromos or others as he was toiling to unify the country, but I want to see it from another wide and liberal angel. Not doing so would certainly attempts to unfairly exclude the great Oromos who fought and led the Adwa war, not doing so would deprive the credit earned and due to the tens if not hundredth thousands Oromos who died in the historic war an African, Black, Nation defeating European colonizer, and not doing so would be a tragedy that history and humanity would not forgive!!

I am certain if Justin Biber or Justin Timberlake were to say the “war against the Natives” or the ” Civil War” was a holy war to unify the Country not many would protesting, let alone boycott their sponsors. It certainly would be distasteful for any celebrity, note here a celebrity not historian or political leader, to make insensitive and one sided statement. Teddy Afro is just a singer who saw things from one angle and when he was told he made a grave error, he owned up to his mistake and apologized. Further, even the newspaper published and admitted misquoting Teddy. Then, why are we still persisted in destroying the good name of the young singer and hurt, hurt the poor Bedele Beer employees who are Ormoms who would be adversely affected? 

The cancellation of the “Love Journey” is truly heart breaking and is a travesty.  The promoters of the “boycott Bedele” beer campaign should be ashamed for preventing the Millions of Oromos from enjoying a show and a singer who has incorporated Oromigna and Oromo heroes in his songs. Boycotting “love journey” tantamount to advocating for hate and division. Truly a  sad affair!!

As to Heinken and Teddy, I suspect they will survive financially or business wise after this debacle. It is the poor and innocent employees of Bedele beer, the Oromos, who would suffer the consequences and left holding the bag as a result of the reckless, thoughtless, and cruel actions of Jawar and Co. 

The fact of the matter is Menilik II was human, not immortal without fault, however, his great deeds far outweighs his shortcomings as all the great leaders before our time. In sum, I believe the Oromos need to get out of silly fights against silly causes, when there are current, pressing, and needed issues to focus and concentrate on. 

Now, Jawar and Co., let’s see you freeing the tens of thousands of Oromos in Ethiopian Jails all over the country, stop the giving away of the fertile Oromo lands to foreigners while displacing Oromos, show us that Oromos empowered and demand fair share of wealth and power when they are the majority, not subservient to a minority regime, and above all please boycott the true enemies of the Oromos: lack of love, unity, and vision!!

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7 Responses to Hurting the Poor Bedele Beer Employees By Aba Guracha Hussien

  1. Dejach Geresu+Duki

    January 3, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Oromos were not slaves or a colonized people.The recent Ethiopian leaders starting from Emperor minilik, lij Eyassu , queen Zeweditu ,atse haile selasse and the late president mengistu all of them were oromos or having an oromo blood.How on earth a colonized people under colonialism would be an emperor or a leader of their country. A colonized people under colonialism only serves their masters as a slave not the other way round . any way oromos are the back bone of Ethiopianism and Ethiopia, Traitors and anti Ethiopians can talk a lot but the reality on the Ground is We Ethiopians are one and intertwined to each other .

  2. ዮሃንስ ሃጎስ

    January 3, 2014 at 7:57 AM


  3. ali

    January 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    “he was toiling to unify the country”,

    How can some people can talk about “unifiyin of the country ,when some people are still fighting what is seen,and iS really colonisation? It is time to redress the mistakes of the past amara rulers and let the people self determination if they want be part of ethiopia or independant nation.Then we can talk of not forced union .Otherwise we all are wasting our time.

  4. ናፋኪ ሰው

    January 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    ምን አልባት ጃዋር መሃመድ ኦሮሞ ካልሆነስ,
    (ደጃች ገረሱ + ዱኪ)

  5. Helina

    January 4, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Aba guracha thank you for telling the we all know tplf/weyane is the one after this drama not the opdo/weyane jawar.if there is any mistake done by minilik which I am not sure no body is account responsible for his act .as Aba guracha put it does our action today free those oromos who are suffering today by weyane. I don’t think so.

  6. Bandit fighter

    January 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    The real issue for our people is removing this bandits from power and there surrogate double face diasporas running them out of town. Two mistakes can’t make it right so let’s not follow the ethnic line rather trying to recognize our differences and unify to fight poverty.
    Long live Ethiopia our mother land.

  7. Bonsa kenya

    February 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    why for