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Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin Remembered

The hall of Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) was filled to the brim as family, close friends and admirers gathered to remember and celebrate the life and works of Ethiopia’s poet and dramatist Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin last night. 

 

The programme that lasted for more than two hours included a reading of his poems, tribute from fellow poets like Tesfaye Gessese and Nebiy Mekonnen and others.

Event chairwoman, Dr. Heran Sereke- Berhan,whom most of us remember for her role in restoring Gebre Kirstos Desta to his place as a great Ethiopia poet, spoke of the siginificance of this homage and the need to celebrate and promote other key literary figures like Daniachew Worku and Mengistu Lemma.

She expressed her appreciation to those who  have contributed for the realization of this event and introduced some other commemorative plans for the laureate that are in store  this Saturday at the Exbition Center. 

Nebiy Mekonnen, Editor-in-chief of Addis Admass and a fellow poet, spoke of Tsegaye’s poetic abilities, the richness and colour  in his poetry, his technical acumen and mastery at manipulating the languages.

Nebiy remarked that Tsegaye raised a wide range of topics in his poems, like social injustice, the loss of identity, love, historical facts and heroic actions, phiolsophy of life and tug-of-war between taditonal and modern values and many others.

Next veteran actors Fikadu Tekle Mariam, Getnet Enyew, Meaza Biru, Teferi Alemu, Haimanot Alemu, Menebere Tadesse, Getachew Debalke and Abebe Balcha recited Tsegaye’s poems, which everyone enjoyed immensely.The roar at the end of each recitals being indicative of how special it had been.

I can’t recall an IES audience responding so positively during a poetry recitals.It was a situation that you had to experince. 

On the occasion, a reprint of the poet’s poetry book, ‘Esat Wey Abeba’, a new CD and a cassette entitled, ‘Abren Zem Enbel’ were made available for sale.

I feel this was a well deserved laudation and I hope other cultural icons would be considered too.

Let me leave you with one of  Tsegaye’s English poem, that Nebiy had read the extract.

Gladiator’s Love

While the air no more refreshes

And the wind no more blows

Memories are still charming

And your love still glows.

My dreams stay as haunted

And my heart as you have tore

Though the skies are no more blue

And the seas do no more roar.

Yet your love is

And blossoms as a bine,

While the lilies cease blooming

And the sun does no more shine.

Though the cloud does no more rain,

Though the moon shall not be borne

Yet your love is not in vain

Though I bid fare-well to life

Where you too are included

Breaking the laws of nature

your loving has intruded. 

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  1. Juru
    February 23, 2007 at 12:14 am

    He’ll be missed forever. For those of you who loves poetry, I’ll suggest you to go out and get his CD. You won’t be dissapointed. Eventhough, i don’t know Oromo’s language, i enjoyed listening it equally with Amharic & English. It’s that goooood. He’s awesom man.

  2. February 23, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    keep the good work! ‘Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin Remembered’ is really a good post

  3. wubshet
    July 28, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I’ve written & deleted so many times to say something about tsegaye. In common, I should forward his title name first, yet, would anyone call his father “Ato” or else like this? you see! parenthood should not be merely about flesh; spirit & humanity shares the big part in our life. So, tsegaye is my father & yours. Why yours? because, a father would have care even when the child identifies him. Do you ever listen “AESOP”? how much he had tried to uncover the cushite civilization which history jumps intentionally. Of all, he never live for himself as he reavealed in one of his poems. Yes, he had lived (sacred?) for us. And the program is about us, not about tsegaye. do you noticed that?!!!!!!!!

  4. wubshet
    July 28, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I’ve written & deleted so many times to say something about tsegaye. In common, I should forward his title name first, yet, would anyone call his father “Ato” or else like this? you see! parenthood should not be merely about flesh; spirit & humanity shares the big part in our life. So, tsegaye is my father & yours. Why yours? because, a father would have care even when the child couldn’t identifies him. Do you ever listen “AESOP”? how much he had tried to uncover the cushite civilization which history jumps intentionally. Of all, he never live for himself as he reavealed in one of his poems. Yes, he had lived (sacred?) for us. And the program is about us, not about tsegaye. do you noticed that?!!!!!!!!

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