Congratulating Abiy “Champion of Peace” Ahmed!

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By Alemayehu G. Mariam

In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel provided for an award to be given to “champions of peace to be selected by a committee of five persons in the Norwegian Storting”.

I wish to congratulate the “2019 Nobel Champion of Peace”, H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He will be accepting his prize on December 10, 2019 in Oslo, Norway.

Nobel declared in his will, “It is my express wish that when awarding the prizes, no consideration be given to nationality, but that the prize be awarded to the worthiest person, whether or not they are Scandinavian.”

PM Abiy Ahmed is the “worthiest person” (in my book, the hardest working man in peace business) working in the cause of peace to be awarded the 2019 prize.

I am so proud of PM Abiy that “my cup runneth over”.

It is written, “Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, [and] see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”

The Scriptural prophesy has come to pass.

Our son, our brother Abiy Ahmed has seen visions of an Ethiopia at peace, a Horn of Africa at peace and an Africa at peace.

And we, the old men, are blessed to see our dreams come true.

Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation (young people) will raise Ethiopia from the pit of despair to the heights of hope; from a bottomless poverty to boundless prosperity.

“Weeping may endure for a 27 year-long night but joy cometh in the morning.”

Ethiopia’s best days are yet to come and its dark days are over.

So, I congratulate all Ethiopians for producing a world class leader that will lead them into a new era, indeed a new age, of prosperity, progress, productivity and probity.

In its  award citation, the Nobel Committee listed PM Abiy’s cumulative accomplishments that earned him the position of “Champion of Peace” including his:

decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.

initiation of important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future.

lifting of the country’s state of emergency.

granting amnesty to thousands of political prisoners.

discontinuing media censorship.

legalization of outlawed opposition groups.

dismissal of military and civilian leaders who were suspected of corruption.

increase of the influence of women in Ethiopian political and community life.

pledge to strengthen democracy by holding free and fair elections.

active contribution to the normalization of diplomatic relations between Eritrea.

efforts to mediate between Kenya and Somalia in their protracted conflict over rights to a disputed marine area; and

key role in the Sudan conflict by bringing to the negotiating table the military regime and the opposition.

The Committee expressed its

hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and has East Africa’s largest economy. A peaceful, stable and successful Ethiopia will have many positive side-effects, and will help to strengthen fraternity among nations and peoples in the region.

But I would like to add to the list Abiy Ahmed’s other monumental contributions to the cause of peace, understanding and reconciliation in Ethiopia.

I commend Abiy Ahmed for

Liberating our minds from the mental slavery of ethnic politics (though there are many of us who are perfectly comfortable living in that mental slavery).

Teaching us there is no Oromo Ethiopia, Amhara Ethiopia, Tigray Ethiopia… There is Ethiopiawinet. There is Medemer, or all Ethiopians working together to make Ethiopia a shining city upon a hill.

Reminding us the eternal truth, “When we are alive, we are Ethiopians. When we die (and turn to dust) we become the land that is Ethiopia.”

Not only talking peace, he also walking the talk of peace.

Proving to us power does NOT come out of the barrel of the gun but from good ideas formed in intelligent and reasonable minds.

Instructing us that killing to remain in or to grab power is the politics of losers. Real winners do not kill, they heal.

Proving to us we have only one country and the only way we can solve our problems is through dialogue without mouths, not through the barrel of an AK-47.

Making us feel proud to be Ethiopians after 27 years of carrying Ethiopiawinet as a criminal conviction and a badge of blame and shame. Today, we wear our Ethiopiawinet as a badge of fame, as a medallion of our pride in a country that had preserved its independence for over three thousand years.

Ending a 27 year-long nightmare of fear, terror, loathing and sleeplessness.

Opening up the political space so we could realize our dream of a free democratic society under the rule of law.

Teaching us to love because it is the only way to live. Dying and hating isn’t much of a living.

Preaching love is not something we learn. It is in our DNA. It is the essence of being human and the ultimate proof of being alive.

Preaching Ethiopia will rise up as a nation only when the power of love overcomes the love of power of those in power and those hungry and thirsty for power.

Teaching us we cannot make progress unless we learn and practice to forgive and reconcile.

Showing us there is a better way than hate and conflict.

Reaching out and touching everyone with a message of forgiveness, reconciliation and love.

Proving to us he is man of the people. He went into the countryside, the hamlets and towns to talk to the people. He listened to them and answered their questions truthfully.

Scouring the Horn of Africa and the Middle East looking for our exiled brothers and sisters forgotten in the jails and prisons, finding them and bringing them home.

Travelling ten thousand miles to America to bring home the banished, the exiled, the defiant, the indefatigable and unconquerable. He even managed to bring home one native son who was presumed lost for 48 years.

Lifting every voice in our nation as our choirmaster and leading us in harmony.

Showing us a new way to do our politics. Medemer.

Showing us how to win hearts and minds. With ideas, love and understanding.

Showed us the right way to deal with women. With equality. He appointed women to half of the country’s ministerial positions.

Showed us the power of telling the truth when it is more convenient to lie. Abiy Ahmed tells it like it is. He says what he means and means what he says.

Professionalizing the military, police and security forces.

Upholding the rule of law and due process when they urged him to act on impulse and violate the law.

Banning extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions.

Stabilizing the economy after it had been looted and ransacked by crooks and swindlers.

His extraordinary efforts to establish an open, accountable and transparent government.

His extraordinary efforts to bring harmony and understanding among factions of the two great religions in Ethiopia.

There are still threats to peace

PM Abiy has a long road ahead of him. The Peace Road never ends. There are many forks in the road.

As the African saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

We can go fast and far if we walk on Peace Avenue with Abiy Ahmed.

Do we really deserve Abiy Ahmed?

I have often found myself asking this question: Do we really deserve Abiy Ahmed?

It has been said, “Every nation gets the government it deserves.”

That is to say, the people must defend and promote their government or they will end up where they do not want to be.

So few people in Ethiopia today remember how miserable their lives were only 20 months ago.

Today, they complain about too much freedom that has led to lawlessness and instability.

If Ethiopians do not count their blessings in the leadership of Abiy Ahmed, they may get their wish.

They will have “stability” and “security” in a police state, just like they did over the past 5 decades.

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

On December 10, 2019, let all Ethiopians set aside their differences for one day, lift our voices and rejoice in the fact that our son, our brother Abiy Ahmed  is being honored by the world as a peacemaker.

Let us cast asunder the poverty of spirit that afflicts so many of us because of jealousy and our own inadequacies.

Let us not be like those who suffer from the bankruptcy of soul because they have lost the capacity to experience joy.

Let us be mindful that it is unlikely there will be another Ethiopian who will win a Nobel Peace Prize in the next 50 years. Since 1901, only 100 awards have been made.

Abiy Ahmed is the 100th recipient!

This is Ethiopia’s moment in the sun. Let us bask in it!

On December 10, 2019, I ask all Ethiopians to come together, or if they are alone to take a moment of silence, to lift our voices and salute our son, our brother Abiy Ahmed:

“Hail to the 2019 Champion of Peace!”


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5 Responses to Congratulating Abiy “Champion of Peace” Ahmed!

  1. Who are the real hidden powers operating behind the scene as makers and masters of peace and wars in the world? Read this
    “We shall unleash the nihilists and the atheists and we shall provoke a great social-cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to all nations the effect of absolute-atheism; the origins of savagery and of most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the people will be forced to defend themselves against the world-minority of the world-revolutionaries and will exterminate those destroyers of civilization and the multitudes disillusioned with Christianity whose spirits will be from that moment without direction and leadership and anxious for an ideal, but without knowledge where to send its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal-manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer brought finally out into public view. A manifestation which will result from a general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and Atheism; both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”
    “When Mazzini died in 1872; Pike made another revolutionary leader named Adrian Lemmy; his successor. Lemmy, in turn, was succeeded by Lenin and Trotsky, then by Stalin. The revolutionary activities of all those men were financed by British, French, German, and American international bankers; all of them dominated by the House of Rothschild. We are supposed to believe that the international bankers of today, like the money-changers of Christ’s day, are only the tools or agents of the great conspiracy, but actually they are the masterminds behind all the mass-communications media leading us into believing that communism is a movement of the so-called workers; the actual fact is that both British and American intelligence-officers have authentic documentary-evidence that international liberals, operating through their international banking houses; particularly the House of Rothschild, have financed both sides of every war and revolution since 1776.

    December 10, 2019 at 5:25 am

  2. Folks,

    I saw Abiy Ahmed’s speech (in writing) on It has the hallmarks of Al G. Mariam’s writings in which a statement constitutes a paragraph. I don’t think somebody who wrote for Abiy imitated Alemayehu’s style. Words, phrases in some places entire statements that pervade Alemayehu’s writings have made their way into Abiy’s so called speech. I guess it is Alemayehu’s writing crammed and delivered orally by Abiy. The only attempt was to use simpler words to make it easy for cramming.

    I’m happy Abiy won the prize, but I resent him for not trying hard enough to be himself. Whoever wrote it, he should have read the damn paper in his own pronunciation and pace. English language is a serious problem in this country and we should accept our misery. We livw in a lingustic gheto. Even if Abiy has problem reading, the people in attendance would have cared less since English is second or third language for them as well. Seeing someone struggling to memorize words is something else.

    Reading speeches – unless one is highly experienced speaker to large audiences – enables to deliver the right message. Why did the chairperson of the Nobel Prize read? Although she went extra length to justify the award, it was excellent speech. Read or speak orally, it’s a speech. What matters is the content and the extent to which it has seized the ears of the audience. For Abiy reading was the best option. Even Alemayehu who is – was professor and lawyer was reading the last time he made speech to faculty.

    For this national shame, I suggest that Abiy replace all staff of his press office.

    Next time, I will take the contents of the speech head on. Once I start that Alemayehu should look for a cover.

    Shuka & Mankia
    December 10, 2019 at 2:11 pm

  3. I wish it could be otherwise; but as matter of reality, it is just a well rearticulated and retheorized collection of deceivingly decorated speeches (oratories) we heard so redundantly and loudly since he took the premiership under oath to carry out his duties by upholding and safeguarding the very evil-designed and deadly implemented constitution for a quarter of a century.
    Yes, he deserves acknowledgement and acknowledgement for what he tried to do despite his terribly narcissist and hypocritical political behavior . But it is not far from the truth to say that it is too early to earn the Nobel and other Notably Great Prizes for the Prime Minister who terribly failed in many instances of horrible happenings and crimes in every corner of the country for the last two years. It could have been quite convincing if the Prize was given after testing him how he could handle those extremist elements of his own party and ethnic group such as Jawarian and Onegawian . I strongly believe and argue that to make our own terrible wrong doings right and establish our own democratic society and be proud, we do not necessarily beg for the approval or gift from other bodies . They will come forward and work with us when and only when we make history that can put our home in a democratic way of life. The rest is explanatory story . Nobody is either undermining or against the Prize which could make all genuinely concerned Ethiopians proud. But, it is the right thing to see things what others are giving us critically and honestly. The Prize we claim for our great job done should be relatively independent of any excessive and highly politicized lobby or propaganda . I wish this Prize could make a miracle in making things fantastic. But the reality on the ground does reflect otherwise. Any way, the only way out from all the dreadful political, economic . social and moral situation is not by allowing ourselves to remain victims of this or that Prize or admiration or fantasy; but by doing our own homework in such a way that it could defeat the political system that is badly rooted in the very political culture of the ruling circle (call it EPRDF or Prosperity) and to bring about the fundamental democratic transition and establishment . Agree or disagree, the rest is a political drama that slowly but surely will keep us captives of the stupidity of doing the same or worst political vicious cycle over and over and over gain.

    December 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

  4. There is no question that the old country has been ablaze. The hot flames are what led the former Prime Minister to abdicate the throne. The new Prime Minister assumed the role of Fire-Fighter-in-Chief. He accepted the mantle, which, in itself, was an act of bravery. That the fire is still burning must not be construed that the fight against it has abated. However sophisticated a country might be, such fires do take time to put-out. Not too infrequently, rain from the sky is what ultimately extinguishes it. And yet, even then, mudslides follow, more deaths occur!

    December 12, 2019 at 7:07 am

  5. Words, words, words…! English is what they call it. Who can really claim to be the master at it? The Anglo-Saxons themselves – don’t they too, more often than not, have to engage a speech writer when the need so demands? Ever listened to a Norwegian trying to speak English lately? It comes out disparately, with an accent. The Americans have curved out of English, a language purely their own. They call it American English. Is it not common knowledge that this great country, Ethiopia, was never colonized by Great Britain? Why, therefore, should any Ethiopian chide a fellow Ethiopian for speaking English the Ethiopian way?

    December 12, 2019 at 8:49 am

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