Thanks to my father, despite being a farmer living in a remote area, he taught me how to read and write long before I was introduced to school. When I was enrolled as grader one in the last months of 1991, I was already able to read and write in Tigrigna. I knew also A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s in English. School was then very easy for me. As a result of this, many students and teachers of my elementary school use to consider me as exceptionally brilliant one. As this year was the first year where schools in Tigrai came into operation due to the long dreadful civil war that ended few months ago, only grade one was opened. Due to this I couldn’t be promoted to grade two in the second-half semester.
My hobby of writing my feelings started before school. Then in school, I developed it. We had school clubs of all sorts and I was very active in the language, literature and related clubs. Many people from Adiabo, especially in the then woreda Adi Hagerai, surely have my image when reading poems for gatherings in public meetings, market places, school ceremonies, etc. I never stopped writing my own feelings until recently where I got stuck into unsorted out routine life cycles. After graduating from university, I was teaching in some universities and private colleges. Then I got some spare time to write. Some of the books I wrote were technical books prepared to fill the resource gap in those universities, colleges and TVET schools. Many of them, however, didn’t get published and distributed to where they were written for. There were many reasons for this, economic constraint being the most prominent factor.
Here is a short description of my previous works. Whether published, pending, unpublished or otherwise, you can find a clear description of my books here. There is no limit to the type of literature I use in my books, but so far most of my works have poetic, fictitious, technical and comic styles. The last in the list is real historic account of true events. I believe in seeing and as a result of which in most of my works relevant illustrations are included. Ever since my childhood, I was fond of writing any strange things/feeling I encounter or thought of, and yet am same to this date.
I follow freestyle and freethinking both in my life and writings. I don’t want to see people killing their time worrying for troubles that may or may not arrive in the future. Today is the only day we’ve at hand. Tomorrow may not arrive or we may not lucky enough to see tomorrow. A good day spent today will surely affect tomorrow’s positively.
- ሕሱም ስደት (Bad Life of Refuge in Tigrigna, Play) 
- Once Bitten Twice Shy (Fiction)[Published in 1999]
- ጁባይ እያ ዘመደይ (Poem in Tigrigna) [Unpublished, 2000]
- Modern Industrial Controls (Applicable Methods, 2006) [Pending]
- Industrial Motor Rewinding and Maintenance (based on local experiences) [Published 2007]
- Residential and Industrial Wiring (Two Books, Theory and Complete practical guide ) [Unpublished]
- What Happened to My Dreams? (Poems in English) [Published in 2011]
- Refrigerator and Air Conditioner Maintenance [Unpublished]
- ጥበብ ፊልም (Filmmaking in Tigrigna) [Unpublished]
- ወግዒ ጓሳ (Cowboy Tales/Chats in Tigrigna), 2020 [in process]
- The Three Backstabbers, 2021 [Not completed yet]
My first book was a play in Tigrigna. It was inspired by true events that happened during the drastic famine of 1984/85 in most parts of Tigrai and Wollo. One of my classmates was a survivor of the famine who returned back from Sudan after staying 4 years in a refugee camp. He was the only survivor among his 8 family members who traveled with him to Sudan. He lost his parents, sisters, brothers and other relatives. He came back home with the help of some neighbors. When he came back home, the local authority couldn’t let him live at his parents home. There was no documented file, they say, that indicate it was his family’s property. He suffered a lot for the next 5 years. He use to sleep on the streets and sometimes with us until finally the local people get united and pushed the authorities to let him live in his parents house.
There were many ups and downs in his life. The fiction was played in school and won some years later an award organized by the Western Zone of Tigrai, offices of education and tourism. It was later on developed into an amateur play and that same boy played it well. It was nominated for “ፌስቲቫል ኪነ-ጥበባት ትግራይ” in 1996 at state level. I don’t remember the rank it stood, but it gained huge appreciation from the audience.
Once Bitten Twice Shy
This was a small fiction, written in English. I wrote it in 1999 while I was a 10th grade student. It is a bombshell about two bombshells, who, as the title indicates, accidentally became pen pals. Their relationship led them to an unpleasant experience where after which both were too careful to avoid something similar.
I was in Kellamino Special High School by then. This book was totally handwritten as our school director and TDA (Tigrai Development Association) refuse to help me type and publish it. Our school secretary helped me photocopy the handwritten booklet and put some in the library for students to read it. Many gave me constructive feedbacks. A year later, I showed it to a German Ambassador to Ethiopia, on her visit to our school one day, and she was really surprised. She promised to helped me publish and distribute it to elementary and high school in Tigrai through their PEAP-Tigrai project. Unfortunately this was not successful. With the help of some friends, I was able to produce 500 copies which were distributed to some random schools including my school, Kellamino.
ጁባይ እያ ዘመደይ
The third one “ጁባይ እያ ዘመደይ” was written a year latter. Its theme revolves around the ideology that your hard working is the only guarantee of your life, regardless of how rich or poor your family or relatives are. It is poetic type written in Tigrigna, my mother tongue.
A year latter I prepared a concise academic booklet entitled “Industrial Automation: Using A PLC”, it was based on my industrial experience at Wonji Sugar Factory during my Senior project time. The book was entirely based on local experience and very useful for the industrial workforce both for new industrial installations, expansion and/or maintenance. I remember to have contacted the factory manager to sponsor me publish the book, he was interested but couldn’t act. I left Nazareth for Addis Ababa and consequently for Mekelle and couldn’t contact them anymore.
Industrial Motor Maintenance & Rewinding
The next year, I was teaching ‘Industrial Machines and Drives’ in one local poly technique college for Level IV students. I outlined the course to be more of practical where the students were allowed to spend 3/4th of their time practicing on the work shop. Industrial machines and drive control circuits were intensively practiced both in design and practical implementation aspects. Finally as a semester project all students were put into groups of five individuals and given burned out motors to rewind. They have to collect nameplate data from the burned outs, carry out necessary calculations, draw the relevant winding diagram and finally rewind the motors.
They have to get checked up their works at every step to make sure each step is correct and that they can continue. For this purpose I had prepared a motor rewinding manual from different resources in the way it can fit to the current Technical Vocational Training and Education (TVET) standards. Most of the students, especially those in the night session, were from local industries. The manual was so practical that, latter on I found it Mesfin Industrial Engineering, maintenance section, and in Tigrai region Small and Micro Enterprises tenant training workshop serving as a reference on their workbenches. Then I decided to revise the manual and re-write it in the form of a book with more additional features of electrical motor maintenance.
Later on that year, I gave it the title “Industrial Motor Maintenance and Rewinding” with brief description of all types of electrical motors at the beginning, most common faults frequently encountered in the industrial motors and their relevant remedies. Almost half part of the book covers details about the motor rewinding. Right from data collecting, taking necessary calculations, and drawing the wiring diagram to finally rewinding the motor to recover it’s original operation. The book was clearly stated with a very plain English.
- Electrical Installations: Design, Cost Analysis and Contract Management
- Electrical Installations: Residential and Industrial Wiring
In 2008, while I was giving intensive courses for “Building Electricians”, I had the chance to work in residential and industrial electrical installations. In the same year I opened a small company “PCB Electrosystems” focused on the Design, Maintenance and Installation of electrical and communications systems. In this company, I had some talented and experienced electricians with whom we carried out many residential and industrial electrical installation works. We were also engaged in the then hot issue of condominium electrical installations.
My academic and practical experience in the area helped me to write two practical books related to this fiel. “Electrical Installations: Design, Cost Analysis and Contract Management” and “Electrical Installations: Residential and Industrial Wiring”, both of which were entirely based on the local experiences, international guidelines, Ethiopian Building Standards and EEPCo (Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation) rules and regulations. The first book covers electrical installation at design level, the necessary cost analysis to install the planned electrical system, and the most common types of electrical installation contracts, the effective and efficient management of the contract.
The second one is a complete guide for the practically implementing the designs into real structures, with a lot of relevant illustrations. In other words, the first one was written for engineers who need a handbook on how to design electrical plans and for electricians who wish to know how to read electrical installation plans. The second one, however, was written for trained and ordinary electricians as a complete guide for all types of residential and industrial wiring principles.
What Happened to My Dreams?
“What Happened To My Dreams?” Ever since our childhood, we all have dreams. As we grow older and older we find some of them to be silly immature dreams, some of them just impossible, some if them just vanish and yet some of them remain just a dreamed. When we stop at a certain moment and seriously look back at all the journey we have been traveling, it’s sometimes a frustrating discovery that we find ourselves traveled totally the opposite to what we dreamed off. I used to dream more than I can tell you here. I don’t know “What Happened to My Dreams?” I have lost lots of them and still hoping for some to come real. This is a collection of poems in English, written at different times since my high school and finalized in 2011.
This book was published in small quantity in Alpha Printing Press, Addis Ababa, and made available to the public. Very few reader have got the chance to buy it. I’m considering a re-print sometime in the near future.
Refrigerator and Air Conditioner Maintenance
In early 2006 GC, a friend of mine from college (Samson Bedlu) and I prepared a complete guide in refrigeration and air conditioning. I compiled it in the form of a handout, and latter a book format with a title “Refrigerator and Air Conditioner: A Complete Guide” Everything about a refrigerator and an air conditioner was stated there in with clearly understandable words, sentences, illustrations and picture. Right from the working principle of both equipment to the advanced maintenance and repair and diagnostic procedures were included.
“ጥበብ አሰራርሓ ፊልም” was the next book I wrote in Tigrigna, the next year, 2009 G.C. It’s a small book, better say manual, but of course the first of it’s kind in Tigrigna.
The idea came into my mind while I was helping the young artists at Chura Abugida Artistic Association in a related field. The association was giving training on Film making (Acting, Script Writing, Directing, etc) and I was part of the training as a trainer. We were all giving the training based on local experiences and internet resources, there was no single material available in the local market even in foreign languages. I, then, decided to collect resources, organize them and write them in the form of a book, so that it may be helpful to those in need of such resources their mother-tongue. The manager of the association Mr. Biniyam Nadew tried to find sponsors to help me publish it a lot. It wasn’t successful however.
Life has many faces. Ever since my childhood, I have seen almost all extremities. The most important part of my life goes to the time where I was a cowboy. Until I was about 10, I was keeping herds in the country side travelling around the lowlands of western & north western Tigrai, Eastern Sudan and South western Eritrea. There I, and of course many other cowboys, used to live merely on milk for several months with the vision of owning a large herd of cattle. I used to travel days & nights just to find a comfortable & sustainable grazing land, keeping them from beastly wild animals. Sometimes with friends, sometimes alone. There wasn’t a single jangle left that we never known from north Gondar to South Eritrea and from Western Tigrai to Eastern Sudan. That was the most golden part of my life I really consider have ever lived.
A cowboy is bold, courageous, friendly, honest and very kind, at least as far as I know, and as far as I was part of it. Life is always adventurous, always scary, always suspenseful, and always new. You have no place you call home, you have no boundaries, no landlords, and no IDs. Your home is where there is food for your cattle. Nature is your everything. The sun, the wind, the stars, the moon, the birds, the season, your cattle etc are your essential timings to count on. No one tells you the weather forecast, the location of water for your cattle, where to find grasses, or the best place for your cattle. Nature has ways to tell you. There is no compass, but you will never get lost.
I’m not denying that there are red lines. You come into conflict with many stakeholders of the jungle. The wild beasts, selfish cowboys, etc. But there are certain ways to resolve your conflicts. Everyone knows their limits.
In this book, I’ve stated the life of cowboys, the fun they make, their perception of and interaction with the modern world. My first day at school as a cowboy was a real comedy. My experience as a cowboy, an outstanding student, my life in the big cities, etc has inspired the comic in the book. Hopefully, one day, I’ll be able to make it into a comic play in the cinemas.
The Three Backstabbers
The book writing is still going, I’ll update it when ready.
This page is under development. Some of the books are not published due to financial constraints. The writer is ready to cooperate with anyone interested in working together in publishing the books.