The Fictitious Professor Feqadu Lemessa

By Tolessa on 

If you are an Oromo, you probably heard about the fictitious professor who started writing Oromo’s history over the internet. If you are an Oromo scholar, you probably were pulling your notebooks out to see if you have his name on your peers’ list. Or you might have called friends back home to find out if a person by this name existed.

We couldn’t match the infamous internet professor to a real life person–breathing, talking or perhaps writing history. The only close match we found was the Academic Vice President of Dire Dawa University, Dr. Fekadu Lemessa. Pay attention here. The internet historian’s name is spelled “Feqadu,” and he is a former Adama University professor and writer. You would think you would know someone like professor Feqadu Lemessa. Right? He writes about stuff (I have no idea what it is about but it could be history.) If you were once Adama University student, you should remember him well, because he taught you–probably shared his writing skills and tips with you too. Never mind, there were no students when professor Feqadu Lemessa was teaching at Adama University. Nobody remembers him. The staff of Adama University doesn’t remember him either.

Do you want to punch me yet? Okay okay, calm down! I will get to the point. The former professor from Adama University does not exist. But you are in luck. I tried to dig some information up for you. Since we could not meet a person who has met professor Feqadu Lemessa, we were left with speculation. I am going to mention a name not as a confirmed but as a suspect who might have been posing as the fictitious professor.

As most of you, writers probably know, it is not an easy feat to publish articles on authority websites. I am not saying salem-news dot com is an authority website, but they probably want to be recognized as such. This website’s editors probably did not do their readers a justice. They did not confirm the identity of the author who claimed to be a historian–refuting other historians’ perspective. The author biography states that he is a former professor at Adama University. Nothing was mentioned about his current whereabouts. They did not do an internet search to see if a person by this name existed. My conclusion, salem-news dot com is not a credible website.

Then how did this fictitious professor get on that site? Think. Does he work for the “news” site? Ahhh…why didn’t I think of that? No worries. Now you are thinking about it. Let’s go to the said website and try to spot a suspect. Do you think you will find an Ethiopian staff on there? Yes. Yes, you do. His name is Kiflu Hussain. Darn! You are in luck again. I would guess you can take the investigation from here.

On July 20, 2013, Kiflu Hussain wrote about Jawarism (I’m an Oromo first) on ECAD Forum, where ‘ethiopianism’ is preached. He shared his take on an article written by Awoll Allo. He cited from Merera Gudina’s book to refute some of the assertions made by Mr. Allo. He also complained about one-sided stories. I guess he didn’t realize he was giving the other side of the stories. Or, maybe he did not think he was that credible. Do you see anything wrong here? I don’t. Just like any other Ethiopianist, Mr. Hussain has a right to share his opinion.

Fast forward to July 28, 2013. Viola! An article titled “History 101: Fiction and Facts on Oromos of Ethiopia,” appears on salem-news dot com at 19:21 hours. This article complains heavily about the story told on Al Jazeera being one-sided story. One hour later (My Twitter time stamp shows 11:31 PM EST), Kiflu Hussain posted a link to the article on his Twitter feed. This does not say Mr. Kiflu Hussain himself wrote the article. But he might have had a role in publishing the distorted article, from a fake professor. Did he write to the editors about the article being from a credible author? Did salem-news dot com allow a pseudonym? We will see. But Mr. Kiflu Hussain has got some explaining to do. Don’t forget he also agreed with the fictitious professor on Press TV article.
Here, attached a photo of Mr. Kiflu Hussain and his tweet.


Mr. Kiflu tweeted this

Mr. Kiflu tweeted this

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6 Responses to The Fictitious Professor Feqadu Lemessa

  1. Birtu/can

    July 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    What are you blabbering about? We don’t care who wrote the article. The end justifies the means. What’s important is everything said in the article turned up to be 100 percent true!Instead of discussing the message, you wasted time on the messenger. YETEM FICHEW DUKETUN AMCHIEW!!

  2. ሳተናው

    July 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    ይሄ ቶሌሳ የሚባል ጠባብ መልስ በመስጠት ፈንታ ያልሆነ ዝብዝንኬ ይለፈልፋል:: በጥላቻና በአሜታ የሰለጠነ ደደብ ለፕሮፌሰሩ መልስ በመስጠት ፈንታ ያልሆነ ነገር ይለቀልቃል:: የEMF አዘጋጅ ይህንን ማውጣቱም በጣም ይገርማል::

  3. wey gud

    July 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    EMF; what happened to you guys? Is this article a rebuttal for the well researched and fact based article by Pro. Feqadu Lemessa?
    Don’t you think it degrades your web site?
    After all shouldn’t you work for the integrity and unity of Ethiopia?

    wey gud

  4. Ahadu

    August 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Ato Tollsa i could not find any substancial fact to prove that Ato Fekadu fact findings wrong ,in the other way i could not find your historical fact no where except in the minds of your likes that only being supported with emotions rather than Facts.One of your likes is for example is Jawar who is only try to satisfy his Frustration and disinform the Ethiopian oromoes and at the same time the Arabs from whom most probably he get his living Support (Assumption)that might be Comes out in day light as Ethiopian God (Allah)IS always look after his peoples.Next time when ever you Comes out with your pieces please dont attack peoples rather the ideas.

  5. Habtamu

    August 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Dear Tolessa, you seem to miss the forest for a tree. The so called “Real Oromos” seem to hunker on concocted history to cling on you secessionist aspirations. So someone trounce you with factual history you go about to counter it by attacking the person instead of the fact he presented you to duel with. To your surprise there are millions and millions of Oromo-Ethiopians who want to live with other Ethiopian brothers in a just and democratic Ethiopia. What Ethiopia need is a system in which all Ethiopians are treated equally without favor to any particular group. Once that objective is set all other things can be settled easy through negotiation and compromise. That is the core of democratic governance. Being an Oromo, for that matter any other nationality, is not a guaranty that you will have a democratic system. Your own Oromo dictator can decimate you more than any outside dictator ever capable of doing. If you keep your boiling your Ethnic sensation down a notch and if you make your rational mind to do the heavy lifting we will live in just and peaceful Ethiopia.

  6. Garii

    August 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    A professor who write articles on history without any reference and footnotes is really professor>
    Yes , he is fake who exist in web world. whether you write with Oromo name or to confuse and distort the issue, nobody accept your myth. Just entertain the crow who always believe myth as true history.