’25 Most Influential’

This year Ethiopian Review starts to release its annual list of ’25 Most Influential Ethiopians.’ The list, which is prepared on Ethiopia’s New Year, September 11 (Meskerem 1), is about 25 persons who are the most influential (for good or bad) in the Ethiopian society.

The following is this year’s list. It is prepared in consultation with Ethiopian Review readers and editorial advisers.

Ethiopian Review’s “25 Most Influential”

1. Meles Zenawi, political leader: He is in charge of a murderous tribal gang named ‘Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne) that has made Ethiopia one of the poorest, most miserable countries in the world where over 10 million people are currently starving. Meles spends millions of dollars to invade and occupy a neighboring country, Somalia, while tens of thousands of children in Ethiopia are dying of starvation. (watch this documentary by France24 TV to understand the extent of the suffering in Ethiopia). The tactics Meles is using to pacify Somalia includes slashing the throats of Somali religious leaders and prisoners of war, and gang rape of Somali women by Woyanne soldiers. The Meles army has left over 2 million Somalis homeless following the illegal invasion of their country in December 2006. Meles continues to terrorize the people of Ethiopia and Somalia with the full political and financial backing of the World Bank, the U.S. Government and some European countries such as the U.K. The Meles regime is killing, maiming, and terrorizing more innocent civilians than Al Qaeda could ever dream of.

2. Sebhat Nega, political leader/businessman: Without him there is no Meles. Considered by many as the ‘god father’ of Woyanne, he is in charge of the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), a consortium of several multimillion-dollar industries that have mushroomed right after Woyanne took power. EFFORT is being used by Tigrean supremacist Woyannes to launder Ethiopia’s treasury for their ultimate goal of building ‘Greater Tigray’.

3. Azeb Mesfin, political leader/businesswomen. As the wife of Meles Zenawi, she has a stranglehold on the Ethiopian economy. No major private industry can do business in Ethiopia without making her a partner. Azeb is a member of the rubber stump parliament and serves in some committees, but she spends most of her time traveling to the U.S. and Europe to manage the treasures she is looting from the people of Ethiopia. She is currently buying homes and commercial buildings in Washington DC, Ohio, Colorado and California. She is believed to be the richest women in Africa.

4. Bereket Simon, propagandist. He is chief of propaganda for the Woyanne tribal junta. He works out of Meles Zenawi’s office of the Prime Minister. In 2005, he ran for parliament in Bugna district of Wollo and lost by a wide margin to a local farmer named Destaw Kassie. Bereket charged that he was cheated and sent his armed thugs to organize a new election. He won the re-vote, of course. The whereabouts of Destaw Kassie since then is unknown. Bereket is responsible for controlling the flow of information in Ethiopia. He is behind the blockade of Ethiopian news web sites such as EthiopianReview.com, the jamming of Voice of America, DW and other radio broadcasts to Ethiopia, the shutting down of most of the private newspapers in the country, and the jailing of journalists and editors. Bereket has paid a huge amount of money to the Chinese government to jam the VOA daily broadcasts to Ethiopia. VOA countered by launching more powerful frequencies. VOA continues to be heard through out Ethiopia clearly, despite desperate efforts by Chinese engineers to jam it. VOA also exposes the paradox of U.S foreign policy toward Ethiopia. On the one hand, the U.S. Government allows the VOA, which is under the supervision of the State Department, to expose Woyanne’s injustices. On the other hand, it continues to give political, diplomatic and financial support to the Woyanne regime.

5. Al Amoudi, businessman. Leftovers from Woyanne-owned businesses go to this Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire. In return, Al Amoudi says Woyanne is like his mother and that he is ready to sacrifice his life for it. During the 2005 elections, he was campainging for Woyanne candidates wearing a t-shirt with Woyanne logo. Al Amoudi invests little of his own money in Ethiopia, but controls several huge companies that he built or bought with borrowed money from the stated-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. He borrows even from the World Bank to buy or start a business. He has recently borrowed $200 million from the World Bank to build a cement factory. Al Amoudi’s business interests range from hotels to mining. According to ER sources in the Ministry of Mining, over 70 percent of the gold that is mined at the Legedenbi location, south-western Ethiopia, is being transported directly from the mine to London by Al Amoudi’s private planes, and protected by Woyanne’s special forces units, without being inspected by the Ministry of Mining. Al Amoudi’s corrupting influence is having a devastating effect on the Ethiopian economy, not to mention his moral corruption, such as the sexual exploitation of teenage girls by him and his foreign and local groups of friends and business associates, his public drunkenness, and bribing critics of the Woyanne regime to keep silent. Some of Ethiopia’s icons in the arts and sports are in the pocket of Al Amoudi. Artists such as Tilahun Gessesse could have been powerful voices for the people of Ethiopia against the Woyanne injustices had they not been bought by Al Amoudi.

6. Abune Merkorios, patriarch. When Woyanne came to power in 1991, it had decided to either destroy or bring under its total control all major institutions of Ethiopia. One of these institutions is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EOTC). Meles and his tribal gang (Woyanne) have completely dismantled the Ethiopian army and replaced it with the Woyanne army. Currently, over 90 percent of all the high ranking officers in the army are members of the tribal Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne). Meles used a different strategy with the EOTC, a powerful Ethiopian institution with 2000 years of history. Since Woyannes could not dismantle the Church, they tried to install their own patriarch named Ato Gebremedhin (formerly Aba Paulos). But there was one problem: The longstanding rules (cannon) of the EOTC doesn’t allow the appointment of a new patriarch while the incumbent is still alive. To save the Church from legitimately being taken over by a Woyanne cadre, his Holiness Abune Merkorios was advised by the Church leaders to save his life by fleeing out of the country when Meles and gang came to power in 1991. His Holiness agreed and they managed to take him out of the country in a carefully orchestrated scape plan, thus denying Ato Gebremedhin legitimacy as the newly Woyanne-installed patriarch. Currently, Abune Merkorios is in the United States. Most Ethiopian churches continue to invoke his name as the legitimate patriarch. Millions of Ethiopian Christians inside the country and around the world follow him as their religious leader. His presence continues to be a major cause of restlessness to the Woyanne junta.

7. Mohamed O. Osman, political leader. As chairman of the opposition Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) since 1998, Mohamed Osman is leading a well-armed fighting force that is shaking the Woyanne regime from its root. In retaliation to ONLF’s military operations, Meles is carrying out a ‘scorched earth’ policy in the Ogaden region where Woyanne troops burn entire villages, massacre civilians and commit other crimes against humanity, as reported by credible international human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The crimes that are being committed by Meles in Ogaden in retaliation to attacks by Osman’s ONLF could one day put the entire Woyanne leadership on trial for war crimes.

8. Kenenisa Bekele, athlete. A triple Olympic gold medalist, he is the undisputed king of long-distance running. Kenenisa is a pride of Ethiopia, a great source of inspiration to other Ethiopian athletes, and a role model for those who strive to achieve excellence in their field of profession.

9. Tirunesh Dibaba, athlete. It is a joy to just watch her run. Tirunesh’s elegant strides make her victories effortless. She is the queen of world’s women long distance running, and like her team-mate Kenenisa Bekele, a perfect representative of Ethiopia in international stages.

10. Teddy Afro, artist, political prisoner. Woyanne is trying hard to eradicate Ethiopian nationalism, and is almost succeeding. Most Ethiopians today, particularly in the countryside, grow up knowing little about their Ethiopian identity. In Ethiopia under the Woyanne regime, awareness of one’s ethnic identity is more encouraged, and ‘Ethiopiawinet’ (Ethiopian national identity) is being undermined. Teddy Afro, through his songs, has been able to reverse this trend set forth by Woyanne — until Meles and Bereket have decided to stop him. Currently, Teddy is locked up in a dark prison cell at the notorious Qality jail.

11. Kemal Gelchu, military leader. He is highest army officer with the rank of general to defect to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and later became head of the organizations’ military wing. Recently General Kemal had joined other OLF leaders to bring a change of leadership and strategy. General Kemal and friends want OLF to fight for “democratizing and unifying Ethiopia” where the interests and rights of Oromos, as well as all other ethnic groups, will be protected. OLF is the strongest armed opposition group that is fighting to remove the Woyanne dictatorship in Ethiopia.

12. Meazaw Getu, military leader. He is chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front, an armed resistance that is gaining ground in the fight against Woyanne.

13. Alemayehu G. Mariam, professor, attorney. He has helped the Ethiopian Diaspora to open a new front in the battle against the Woyanne brutal dictatorship — the U.S. Congress. The “Freedom and Democracy in Ethiopia Act” (H.R. 2003) is being looked at as a grave threat by the Woyanne regime. Meles is currently paying a powerful U.S. lobbying firm, DLP Piper, $50,000 to kill H.R. 2003. The House of Representatives last year passed the bill and it is currently pending in the Senate. Dr Alemayehu and friends at the Coalition for H.R. 2003 are laboring hard to get the bill passed in the Senate.

14. Leul Qeskis, political leader. He is an elected member of parliament from Gondar. Before escaping to Eritrea, Leul was Kinijit’s top representative and organizer in Gondar. When the Woyanne junta had rounded up and jailed all of Kinijit’s top leaders, Leul and a group of other members of parliament decided not to join the rubber stamp parliament. Instead, they decided to flee the country and help armed resistance fighters. Leul and friends spent over 3 months in the mountains, deserts and jungles of Ethiopia with fighters of the Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF). Currently, Leul is a key individual who is helping EPPF to restructure itself and broaden its support base.

15. Berhanu Nega, political leader. He is the legitimately elected mayor of Addis Ababa who spent almost two year at the Qaliti jail after helping to mastermind the defeat of Woyanne at the 2005 elections. When Woyanne prevented the oppostion Coalition for Unity and Democracy (Kinijit) to freely operate inside the country, Dr Berhanu Nega and friends formed a new opposition movement, Ginbot 7, in exile that has adopted a strategy that calls for change in Ethiopia by any means available.

16. Andargachew Tsige, political leader. He is one of the top leaders of the newly formed Ginbot 7 Movement for Freedom, Justice and Democracy in Ethiopia. Andargachew is said to be the architect of Kinijit’s 2005 election victory. He is considered by many to be the best Ethiopian political theoretician, analyst and strategist of the day. We will see if he can live up to his reputation by what he is doing with Ginbot 7.

17. Abebe Belew, artists, radio host. He hosts the most popular Ethiopian radio program that is listened by tens of thousands of Ethiopians in the Diaspora. His Washington DC-based radio program is also available on the Internet, making it accessible to a worldwide audience. Recently Abebe has launched a weekly radio broadcast to Ethiopia, which now can be heard by millions of Ethiopians inside the country.

18. Seye Abraha, political leader, former political prisoner. He is the former defense minister of the Woyanne regime. After a confrontation with Meles Zenawi, Seye was thrown in jail on trumped of charges of corruption. Seye is a Tigrean supremacist who is much more popular among Tigreans and rank-and-file Woyannes than any of the current top Woyanne leaders. The Meles crime family is afraid of him and keeps him on a 24/7 surveillance. Meles has reason to be afraid. There is a real possibility that Seye could replace him in a mutiny within Woyanne. The only reason Meles has released Seye after keeping him in jail for 6 years is to placate Tigreans whose support he needs if he starts war with Eritrea.

19. Abraha Belai, journalist. He is the chief editor of one of the most widely read Ethiopian web sites. Abraha is also a founding member of Gasha, a Tigrean political group. He is one of the few Ethiopians with Tigrean ethnic background who have consistently opposed the Meles dictatorship, particularly after the former defense minister and high-ranking member of Woyanne, Seye Abraha, was thrown in jail in 2001. Abraha Belai, through his popular web site, ethiomedia.com, had played a key role in rallying Ethiopians behind Kinijit before, during and after the 2005 elections. However, after Seye Abraha was released last year, Abraha’s focus has changed. He is now working to help reform Woyanne with Seye Abraha at the top, rather than destroying it. Abraha is also working hard openly, as well as behind the scene, to make sure that Ethiopian opposition groups, such as Ginbot 7, will not cooperate with the Government of Eritrea. Because any force that comes from the north with the support of Eritrea could completely eliminate Woyanne, instead of reforming it by removing Meles Zenawi. Abraha Belai does not seem to be an ardent Tigrean supremacist like his friend Seye Abraha and other Tigrean elites, but his vehement opposition, and emotional reaction, to any cooperation between Ethiopian opposition group and the Eritrean government is puzzling, to say the least. It should be noted here that Abraha Belai is a strong supporter and admirer, as well as a close friend of Seye Abraha, a former Woyanne military chief who had killed tens of thousands of Ethiopians when he fought on the side of Shabia. So is it his position that only Seye Abraha can deal with Eritreans?

20. Berhane Mewa
, TV executive. He is the general manager of the Virginia-based Ethiopian Television Network. Berhane is currently finalizing a plan to make the 24/7 TV network available to Ethiopians inside the country via satellite. If successful, ETN could be the first TV network that is owned and operated by Ethiopians. If the Woyanne dictatorship is afraid of the VOA and DW, wait until what an independent 24/7 TV network that can be accessed by any one with satellite dish in Ethiopia can do. ETN is an exciting and promising endeavor that needs to be supported by all Ethiopians who care about the future of their country.

21. Tamagne Benene, artist, TV show host. He has consistently for the past 17 years fought Woyanne’s effort to silence Ethiopian artists from speaking out against the regime’s injustice. When some popular artists wavered, Tamagne remained true to his beliefs and conscience. This earned him the love and admiration of Ethiopians around the world. Tamagne continues to be a strong voice for those Ethiopians who are silenced by the Meles dictatorship.

22. Obang O. Metho, human rights advocate. When Meles and gang are brought to face charges of crimes against humanity, the work done by Obang to document the genocide of Anuaks in western Ethiopia alone could result in conviction. Obang is a tireless human rights advocate who works day and night to expose to the international community the Woyanne regime’s crimes against the Anuak ethnic group and all other Ethiopians.

23. Liya Kebede, model, fashion designer, humanitarian. She is a supermodel who has graced the covers of many of the world’s top fashion magazines. Liya also runs her own children clothing line named ‘Lemlem’ and works with the United Nations on humanitarian missions.

24. Mesfin Woldemariam, political leader, scholar, human rights advocate, peace activist. Although he has lost some credibility after his recent uncalled for verbal attacks on armed freedom fighters, Professor Mesfin continues to be a strong voice against the Woyanne regime’s repression. He is currently a senior leader of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), and wields the strongest influence in the party.

25. Iyasu Alemayehu, political leader. He is a leader of the reactionary wing of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP). Iyasu spends most of his time and effort as a leader of an opposition party fighting other opposition parties. He has helped or led the effort to cripple and even destroy some promising opposition alliances for no reason other than that he or his party was not in charge. Half of the EPRP leadership split last year after many in the top leadership of this highly secretive party became frustrated by lack of progress. The group that has emerged out of the split up calls itself EPRP-Democratic. After the split up, Iyasu’s influence, or potency to do harm, has been greatly diminished, but he continues to be in charge of most of EPRP’s assets that he uses to attack other opposition groups and leaders.

24 thoughts on “’25 Most Influential’

  1. You seem to be biased in your analysis. Mentioning every known Ethiopian does not make him influentional. But, you should have included others and excluding some in the list. Firts of all you should be able to mention thousands of people to select 25 in a nation of 80 million.


  2. Hagos Araya on

    I have objection on some of the name lists, since they are not more influential people as others that we could replace them, I guess Elias you put your own selection first along with the majority of the people choice. However, I strongly agree on 80% of your choice as a very influential people however to me people like Leoul Qeskis, Meazaw Getu, Liya, Berhane Mewa and Iyasu Alemayhu could be easily replaced by other more essential and influential people, whereas I strongly agree with the rest of the names along with their description.

    For example who cares anymore about the so called Iyasu Alemayhu who is leading less than 100 retiree people that are only determined to insult strong opposition party leaders around the world in the name of the late EPRP. I can guarantee you that Iyasu and his remnants that are relied on cult mechanisms are not influential anymore, just because they own a website, a radio show and paltalk rooms such as ethiolion, debeteraw, maheder, Nesanet le Ethiopia radio, assimba paltalk, ethiofourm paltalk, Ethiopian women paltalk and other cult activated medias, they cannot be fit or deserved to be considered as influential.

    Berhane Mewa was also used to be influential when he was entirely devoted to organize the kinijit supporters around the world, but now he is not influential. I believe we are measuring by their current status not former credits. And the same scenarios goes to the rest of the people that I mention above and I consider that they don’t deserve to be most influential’s compare to others that I will list below.

    My own list of 25 most influential people as follows:
    However Elias , your description is JUST the best for each individual…….

    1. – Meles Sytanawi – The most evil person that has been killed many civilians in East Africa including Ethiopia and somlia. He is also very determined to completely destroy Ethiopia along with its people.

    2- Bereket Simon- The evil advisor that is also coordinating and orchestrating so many killings to carry out in Ethiopia along his teammates Meles and Sebhat.

    3- Sebhat Nega or commonly known as SEW SIBELA NEGA – the most evil person that TPLF created to entirely devoted to kill Ethiopians especially the Amahra’s that he and many other idiot members of TPLF consider as an enemy. He is also known as the teacher of racism for tigrians against other ethnic groups.

    4- Al Amoudi- for collaborating the biggest corruption network along the idiot members of TPLF( one of the worst criminal and corrupted group). This guy becomes one of the top millionories in the world by taking the Ethiopians wealth and asset along with the HODAM AND DEDEB members of Weyane and their servant cadres. This guy is responsible for expanding of poverty in ethiopia along with the worst members of weyane by supporting their dirty and evil strategies that is bounded by killing innocents.

    5- Hailu Shawel- the idiot and DEDEB person that was the biggest cause for the fallen of Kinijit along his teammates Bedenu Adem and Nigest HONDA.

    6- Denkoro Taye – The worst selfish and idiot person that has orchestrated the fallen of kinijt along many DEDEB and DOMA retiree members of EPRP.

    7- Andargachew Teige- One of the life saver of former kinijit supporters in Diaspora to entirely coordinated a lot demonstration and others major diplomatic works while the kinijt leaders were incarcerated at weyane jail. And now one of the leader of G7 who entirely determined to fight the weyane criminal group by any means possible.

    8- Muluneh Eyoel- Former kinijit secretary that was highly segregated at kality jail for his firm determination against weyane, and now member of G7.

    9- Ato Abrha Belay – One of the very crucial person that persistently shows the best journalism ethics along with his firm stand against the weyane tyranny.

    10- Ato Obang Metho – One of the very honest and determined people that always strive for the solidarity of Ethiopians among oppositions along his firm stand against inhumane actions of weyane brutal.

    11- Prof. Al Mariam – one of the outstanding scholar that we Ethiopians have that persistently works to bring the right democracy for his country by putting his efforts with Ethiopians, Americans and others to show Meles Seytanawi and its self owned company TPLF is the worst criminal group in Ethiopia in all dimensions.

    12- HIS HOLINES PATRARICH ABUNE MEREKORIOS in exile who strongly believes in God and respects his church rules that has been fought to keep his orthodox church along with many other strong priests, church officials and orthodox followers from the weyane gangster groups that are appointed by Tagay Paulos in the name of Mahebere Irkusan.

    13- Abebe Belew- one of the best patriotic Ethiopian that become a journalist to expose the truth about the dirty games of Weyane since he strongly feels he has to contribute his part for the struggle against weyane. He also always tries to reduce the gap regarding the chicken fight among oppositions especially in Diaspora.

    14- Dr. Birhanu Nega – the bed rock that steadfastly cares for his country and people from the vultures, from every corner. One of the very outstanding and firm people that always wishes the best for his country. He also strongly believe that we all can bring the right justice and democracy by easily removing the weyane criminal group. And now one of the leader of G7.

    15- Birtukan Midekessa- a young Ethiopian heroine that persistently works for the principle she holds through peaceful struggle to keep her strong promise for her beloved people. Now a chairman of UDJ, the first women to become a leader of a political party.

    16- Tamagne Beyene – one of the greatest patriotic Ethiopian artist and human right activist that always parches about unity among Ethiopians with a principle “One Ethiopia, One people.” He is also shows a firm stands against the inhumane actions of weyane criminal group.

    17- Elias Kifle – that constantly exposes the dirty game of weyane, and strongly angry about the gross human rights disrespect of wyenae. He strongly believes that weyane has to be removed by any means possible. Elias also believes that why we Ethiopians don’t work against weyane as the weyane works everyday against Ethiopians.

    18- Teddy Afro – a singer and an icon that strongly believes in our unity and languishing at weyane jail for the crime he didn’t do.

    19- Seye Abrha –TPLF founder and former TPLF member. But now strongly disagree with meles and seems believes Ethiopia needs justice and democracy. But has not yet put a lot of effort to tell the Tigrians NOT to support the criminal group of TPLF. Now is a member of Arena.

    20- Gen. Kemal- member of OLF and former server of TPLF. Now strongly believes that OLF should stand with other Ethiopians to liberate the whole Ethiopia from weyane rather than tiny mine
    ethnocentric views of former OLF bad greedy leaders.

    21- Dr. Gidey – one of the leaders of Ginbot 7.

    22- Mohamed O. Osman- Ogaden National Liberation Front chairman

    23- Kennenissa Bekele- the great long distance runner and holder of the 5000m and 10,000m world record.

    24- Dr. Hailu Araya- PR of former kinijit and PR of current UDJ, that strongly believes in one Ethiopia and relentlessly resists against the hodam racism politics of TPLF members, and were languished at weyane jail along with other former kinijit leaders and members.

    25- Freedom fighters of ONLF, OLF, EPPF AND OTHERS….that become a fighter against weayene after a repeated human rights disrespect of weyane on Ethiopian people.

  3. Okay. Now we know who Kamal Galchu is. He is working for united Ethiopia, ahh. Good luck and good by to him.

  4. Waluwa on

    You should break it down based on their deeds in relation to Ethiopian History. The top 10 and the bottom 15 as you have more people whose their life contribution has been to take Emmama Ethiopia in the wrong direction…….

  5. I have to agree with most of the guys, who are able to make it in the list. But I don’t agree in the order of which the guys are listed. Berhanu Nega should be listed next to Melese. Also, Abebe Belew & Tamagne Beyene? Really. Do they deserve to make it in the list. I am sure more than 90% of Ethiopian population never heard of thier name in the last year, if not ever. How come Abebe and Tamagne can be infulential?

  6. Oromticha on

    This is an excellent review. However, for those of us do not some of these people, please help us picture them by posting thier photo’s by their names if it is not too much of trouble for your team.

  7. Kebede on

    Why one of the most popular leaders of kinigit Birtukan Medeksa is not in the list. When it come to the politics of Ethiopia she is the maverick, be real bro.

  8. Oromticha on

    I agree on # 1-5, 8-10,13,19,21 and 23.

    I will never agree on #6. If Abunu made mistake, there is only one power to judge about #6. We can’t judge about number#6.

  9. Elias you have done really a wonderful job. The document, beyond its informatory nature, provides an accurate description of the deeds of the personalities listed.
    I had a few dissension with the ranking though.

    1. Ranking Teddy behind Kenanisa and Trunesh is an insult to Teddy and his over a million fans. He is unarguably, the most ethiopian loving artist ever. In my opinion teddy is more influencial than these two atheletes. He is in the heart and minds of true ethiopians. This, by the way, is not an attempt to belittle the influence of the great Kenanisa and Trunesh.

    2.How come Dr. Birhanu be ranked 15th. I just dont get it. As far as I am concerened he is as infleuntial as the corrupt woyanes. He is a very popular figure in ethiopian politics. I think it is only a matter of time for him and his movement to prove how much worth and influencial he is!

    3. I dont see how Liya kebede make it to this list. In what sense did/does she influences ethiopians is a puzzle to me.
    I got one question for you elias, did she ever visited ethipia in the past five years?????

    Anyway, that was an oustanding work dear Elias.
    God Bless True Ethiopains!
    Death to Meles and his ugly b’tch!

  10. Elias
    My agreement goes with you, reason is you include mr abreha belai somebody who is hiding in the name of ‘tekawami’ and you describe him in a way who he is; thank you again. The rest is also perfect.

  11. begashaw AyeleIf the 25 on

    Where will you put Ledetu Ayalew and Professor Asrat Woldeyes if you have to rewrite again. Remember history is not always for the living but to those who pay priceless life as well

  12. Balcha on

    Mr Hagos Araya. Forget having a follower; are Hailu Shawel and Taye alive? I did not know. I mean…Hailu’s followers! Who are they? I am not denying that he is one of the best among Ethiopian children…but his followers are the good whether friends…no one in the countryside even in his birthplace rebelled when Meles put him in prison for 2 years. However, there were many artificial city supporters here in foreign land and in Addis thinking that he would be the next leader. Do not be mistaken people who sacrificed for kinjiet are not a follower. They are leader themselves. True Leader never shy way from death. You and me shall follow them.
    Well, Mr Hagos you better examine your name or be a follower in your heart, don’t just be Mederegha and try to get a name out of nowhere

  13. anubasaw on

    The Hagos Brothers.

    Tecola and Zeru Hagos.

    ዘሩን ላትወድደው ትችላለህ። bዌብ ሳይቱ ግን ዕውነትን ወይም የመሰለውን ይጽፋል። ለዚህም ተገቢውን ያገኛል። ስራው ነውና ፕሮፌሽናል!

    እሺ ይሁን ትኮላ ሃጎስንስ?

  14. Anonymous on

    I think Elias choice appears to be on track, however, Elias of ER must be included too. Also Lioul Keskis, would be the star of the future. Just watch.

  15. koster on

    Excluding Engineer Hailu shows only how biased you are. Whether you like it or not this great man has millions of supporters and he will be remembered in history for his great achievment.

  16. addisu micael on

    Guess who is the most influential figure out of the list. In my opinion in Ethiopia as well as abroad,in different nationalities or followers of different religions, in the old alike in the youth,in the educated or in the illiterate circle and in countryside and as well as in towns no one has made a profound impact nowadays other than the popular artist and living icon Tedi afro who is now accused and jailed in solitary cell for unfounded charges !!!

  17. Ato Elias, you often reminds me of the “George Bush doctrine”– you want to see the world(Ethiopia) or shape events in your consistently failed and bunkrupted vision. “Äny fool can get into a fight, but a wise man knows how to stay out of them”is your brand of modus operandei.One thing I observed since your appeared on the diaspora tablod-like junk “news”is your garrulity. You have gained notoiety among the gulliable and misanthrope, and milked it for what it is worth. Like all your predecessors and brown shirts you only can survive in the time of confusion. when the dust starts to settle down, your premium plummets down to the ground like a damaged and depresserised passenger jet. Finally , your readers and admirers are using use and you in return use them for mutual self preservation and ineviatable down fall to be buried under the the ashes of TRUTH.
    Your self appointed kingmaker ego one day will betray you by the fact on the ground out side of your control and illusion. The only remedy for ailment is to to begin to understuand or know that you do not know enough to make judgement on any body even your own identity. God help you to be a better person than a venomous human being who loves to be disrespected by multititude and favoured by un reliable opportunists.


  18. Kebe Shuluda on

    Seye Abraha reminds me of Zuma – well liked by his people in Tigray; accused of corruption but he denies it (he may be right); Just like Zuma, those who are now in power are afraid of him; he will certainly replace Meles whatever residual power TPLF will have when “kifu ken comes”. He may even become a Prime Minister during the political tarnsition which we will certainly have very soon and which will be a smart move for him to re-ethiopianize his soul and vision. In sum, Seye’s impact (both positive and negative) on the Ethiopian political landscape is too early to assess.

  19. menilik on

    I could not imagine such a person like Hagos Arya becomes arrogant and rude. I am not surprised, his backgroud plays a big role. As a last reminder; let us make it part of our culture that we can make our critisisms without using rubbbish and insultive language.
    Insults do not help you to convey anything, only shows your baseless hatred and hidden agenda.
    Try to be civilized.

  20. Mezgebe Berhe on

    It is quite absurd for you to think of Abreha Belay the person you have made him to be. How you who ride a horse emotions and you who kill a tarantula with a bullet, feel to have possessed moral fitness to speak of Abreha Belay is indeed astounding. No one like Abreha Belay has come up with a thorough political analysis of the current government. He has very much contributed to our candid and clear understanding of the current government. He has vehemently opposed and exposed the hidden plans of the Meles-Sebhat octopus. In some cases however, he has allowed some pieces of writings that echo the divide-rule principles of Meles that came from some corners. I believe this was done probably without awareness.
    Elias, you want to fight Meles with any thing in your hand regardless of the efficacy and efficiency of it. That is the reason why I said, your are riding a horse of emotions. “YobaTun Yoqoten” Remember politics has also its own discipline that if not followed can make it fail miserably. Politics has its own ethos that if not followed it can bring “political kisara.” Abreha Belay does not see any hostility between Isayas and Meles, where as you, you are running from one dog to another dog of the same kind to get help.
    That really is the difference between the two of you.

    In general you are sailing a boat of emotions. You are thinking with your heart not your mind. I advise you to combine the two in equal measures.

  21. Anonymous on

    It is good to make pepole know what is going on in Ethiopia.The problem is these stupid people are highly organized with bastard “hodam amara” Each village has got tena kela and wireless telephone the main purpose of these facilities are to control any opposibng movement.This is controlled by Sibihat nega the principal dictator of the country,
    Again in each church and mosque of Ethiopia one Weyanie the so called religious representative is assigned with modernize mobile and this is controlled by paulos. So it might be a bit difficult to freed Ethiopia from these evil guys. Everybody who is Ethiopian should know this and fight these evils.We will win !!!.

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