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Had it not been the force of mere indignation & power of sheer frustration, I would have not dared to write “Berekete Mergem!” In this poem, I have cursed all. abraham-berekete-mergem. abraham-berekete-mergem. Text; Yigitimgubae. abraham-berekete-mergem. – (A ) A_ _ E * * * * * * A _ . link to Tweet; Embed Tweet. An intro of the Berekete Mergem, the great Ethiopian poet Hailu es-Gemoraw R.I.P (ነብስህን በገነት.

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In mids, when he left the central prison in Addis Ababa, Hailu resumed teaching at the Technical High School and later as a language course instructor ,ergem the Addis Ababa Teachers Collage.

Gemoraw on Gemoraw: Why I Write? The Basic Motive of My Literary Work

He clearly demonstrates to his readers that the Ethiopian identity is distinct, indivisible and everlasting by the grace of the Ethiopian- God-of-us-all, which goes beyond the thinking horizon of ethnicity and religious factions. The s was also the period when Hailu Gemoraw was considered by the secret police in Addis Ababa as ‘the man with a poisonous pen’. Eventually, just instinctively and intuitively, Hailu got seriously immersed into the philosophy of life and death.

Unique enough, Hailu’s three dimensional dictum writing style follows strict rhyming and writing schemes that read smooth but unique in their own ways. As a small boy, Hailu was given church education by his father Merigeta Gebre Yohannes, who had the ambition to see his son, young Hailu, become a priest.

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One can thus safely conclude that this great man of a powerful pen is an author and translator, as well as a philosopher, researcher, poet and a great teacher.

Likewise, at this juncture, this all rounded man of our nation deserves recognition from those of us who are of the same offspring, sharing and breathing the bsrekete of common upbringing in and suffering for mother Ethiopia. Unlike many of the intellectuals of his generation, he has not turned his back upon Mergrm.

Regardless of being known by the Collage staff and his student friends as an outstanding, bright and youngest student of the Trinity Theological Collage, he was ultimately thrown out of his class accused for raising some philosophical questions about the unquestionable bfrekete of befekete Heavens and Earth. Upon completion of compiling his findings for his thesis, he started to critically write each of the chapters for his doctoral thesis. His works are engaging others in discussions and his philosophical touch on human and natural resource development and logic are simply enlightening our perception beyond the level of mere knowledge.


His poems slowly flow into the reader’s senses giving musical rendition of their own; and instill in the reader’s mind an unforgettable experience. Shortly after, he was given a scholarship to study Chinese Literature at the University of Beijing in China.

His depth of knowledge and interest in geophysics dealing with the internal parts of the Earth as well as his ability of putting terms in a triangular meaningful dimensions are all amazing. Particularly, while living in exile, he lost most of his dear and near relatives as well as friends.

Thus, to Hailu, life is surrounded by lots of potential causes for an actual death. Three years after his arrival in China, Hailu won popularity among Chinese and international students for his fluency in the Chinese language and for his observation of the strong and weak points of Chinese philosophy.

Berekete Mergem

Through numerous writings and famous poetic works, this living legend, Novelist, Poet Hailu Gebre Yohannes has already won the minds, taken the souls and stolen the hearts of numerous Ethiopians. While under police surveillance, Hailu was thrown out of the university, once again, for his radical political and socio-economic outlooks.

That is why life goes way and life goes on in a turbulent, boiling, bubbling Ethiopian environ. Believing that education is the only instrument to emancipate most uneducated Ethiopians from the bondage of ignorance, Hailu decided to become a teacher for the rest of his lifetime.

In Hailu’s view, Ethiopiawinet is an identity of people who live in contradictory conditions of life dynamically interwoven in socio-economic-political fabrics that tempt one to struggle in order to overcome the daily challenges of life and the essence of living.

While in Oslo, Hailu found out that he could neither berekette most of his hand written works nor could he continue his studies on Chinese philosophy. Overall, he is a great example of an enduring man for all of us.

Gemoraw on Gemoraw: Why I Write? The Basic Motive of My Literary Work

Most of Hailu’s works are filled with predictive and visionary wisdom, initially giving early warnings to the Ethiopian society at large, indicating what might take place for lack of prompt reaction in due time. Thus he had to move between his parent’s home and jail several times. Accordingly, he went to the Technical School and later to the Teachers Training Collage at Addis Ababa where he resumed his teaching career.


This work remains to be popular among students majoring or studying Amharic. To name few among his unique and master literature contributions and scripts suffice to list nine of them herein below: At that time, the Ethiopian University students showed keen interest in reading revolutionary works coming from the Socialist countries and radical university students.

In the meantime, an attempt is being made to bring Hailu to Canada. Apart from this, in his spare time he produced fresh writings in Amharic and even tried to reproduce some of his hand written old works, which the Ethiopian police authorities in Addis Ababa confiscated when he went to prison. He is the man behind the fine tones of church, radical and cultural songs that we hear him sing from time to time either alone or in-groups.

His life goes on while the lives of many, who he knew in the good-old-days, have persistently been passing away without his physical presence to share the respective family mourning.

Indeed, and very truly indeed, the major question that stroked his mind was – Why is life so much full of the art of making life itself and that of causing the horror of death?

Hence, Hailu attempts to harmonize and depict about the average person struggling to win one’s daily breads either out in the berekdte or in the tightly settled townships of Ethiopia. His books of prose are equally attractive, serving the young Ethiopian generation as a source of inspiration. When freed from jail, Hailu turned out to be one of those unique and exceptionally few precious, selfless, far fetching sons of Ethiopia.